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Ride past rivers and lakes — Germany’s Elbe Müritz Cycle Path

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Ride past rivers and lakes — Germany’s Elbe Müritz Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

7

Tours

27:05 h

258 mi

4,975 ft

The Elbe Müritz Cycle Path connects the Elbe and the Mecklenburg Lake District. A wide, slightly hilly landscape that stretches between the impressive river and the glittering lakes. Wild romantic forests, wide fields and picturesque green meadows unfold on either side of the trail. Enchanted moors, lush meadows, unique nature reserves and beautiful beaches line the banks of the lakes and the Elbe.

On the 410-kilometre (255 mi) long Elbe Müritz Cycle Path, you can experience this wonderful variety with the wind in your hair. The cycle path takes you on seven stages that average 60 kilometres (37 mi), through the beautiful landscape of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In addition to the beautiful countryside, you’ll also get to know small towns and dreamy villages that invite you to take a break en route or welcome you as a stage destination.

In this Collection, I present the Elbe Müritz Cycle Path with Wittenberge as the starting point. Since the cycle path is a circuit, you can start anywhere along the route. Wittenberge is easily reached by train and the city is located on the Berlin-Hamburg railway line. It’s served by local and long-distance trains as well as the S-Bahn from Magdeburg. You can leave just as easily after the trip. In all stage destinations of the Elbe Müritz Cycle Path, you find a variety of accommodation options as well as a train station. You can easily hop on a train to take a shortcut or avoid unfriendly weather.

Restaurants and cafés in the villages and towns await you, offering local foods. The beaches of the Elbe and the crystal-clear lakes of the Mecklenburg Lake District, such as the Müritz or the Plauer See, invite you to take a refreshing dip in the water when the temperatures are right so pack your swimsuits in your panniers.

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Elbe-Müritz-Rundweg

257 mi

4,925 ft

4,925 ft

Last updated: November 9, 2021

The stages of the Elbe Müritz cycle path

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    Etappe 1: Von Wittenberge nach Bad Wilsnack – Elbe-Müritz-Rundweg

    Intermediate
    02:28
    25.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circular tour on the Elbe-Müritz circular route begins in Wittenberge. You can easily get there by train. Wittenberge is served by both local and long-distance trains. The S-Bahn from Magdeburg also brings you here.

    

    On the almost completely flat stage from Wittenberge to Bad Wilsnack you cycle first

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  • Intermediate
    04:20
    43.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,000 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage from Bad Wilsnack to Meyenburg, you can expect beautiful passages over extensive fields, through wooded areas and over some hills with a wonderful view.

    

    Immediately behind Bad Wilsnack you dive back into the forest that accompanied you to the city limits the day before. While cycling

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  • Intermediate
    04:28
    41.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    675 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The third stage of the Elbe-Müritz circular route spoils you again with a large body of water, along the banks of which you cycle. On the way from Meyenburg to Waren (Müritz) you drive along the Müritz for long stretches.

    

    At the beginning of the stage, however, you first cycle through the beautiful field

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    41.3 mi
    9.7 mph
    950 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today you can enjoy the beautiful waters of the Mecklenburg Lake District again. On the way from Waren (Müritz) to Plau am See you will pass several lakes.

    

    From Waren you cycle north along the Tiefwarensee. Behind the lake you drive a large arch that leads you through a beautiful forest and meadow landscape

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  • Difficult
    03:58
    38.2 mi
    9.6 mph
    700 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the fifth stage from Plau am See to Parchim, you first cycle along the banks of the Plauer See. On the beautiful route you can really enjoy the closeness to the water and the nature at the lake again. Beautiful beaches and idyllic bathing spots in the forest invite you to jump into the water and refresh

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    33.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    900 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the penultimate stage from Parchim to Karstädt, the Ruhner Mountains await you today as a highlight. Although they are called mountains, they are more like hills that you can easily cross by bike.

    

    The Müritz-Elde waterway leads you out of Parchim and lets you into the beautiful nature at the gates

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    35.2 mi
    8.8 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today is the last stage on the Elbe-Müritz circular route. It takes you from Karstädt back to the starting point of the tour to Wittenberge.

    

    Karstädt is surrounded by a wide landscape with a lot of nature and this is exactly what you are driving through now. While you cycle on the almost flat route towards

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    258 mi
  • Duration
    27:05 h
  • Elevation
    4,975 ft

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