Refreshing lakes and rivers, picturesque meadows and shady forests, rugged mining areas and idyllically restored areas where nature is gradually reclaiming the landscape marked by coal mining: The coal, wind and water tour, which we present to you in this collection in six stages, takes you through the varied Elbe-Elster-Land over a distance of around 250 kilometres.
Along the route you'll come across exciting stations that are not just places of interest, but part of the region's history. They tell stories about people's lives, about the way of life in the Elbe-Elster-Land and about the past and future of the region. The topic of energy is always present. Whether coal, wind or water — on this tour the name says it all and is embodied by windmills, historical power stations and old conveyor systems. And of course through the Black and Little Magpie with their tributaries, which are omnipresent and make a remote water mill rattle here and there.
The officially designated stages are mostly flat and so short that they can also be mastered in a relaxed manner by occasional cyclists. If you are used to riding longer tours, there is no reason why you shouldn't combine individual stages and complete the tour in just a few days. On the way you will always find opportunities for a little rest and in the villages on the way you can replenish your supplies. The stage locations are sometimes quite small, so that the choice of overnight accommodations is often small. We therefore recommend that you plan and book your overnight stays in advance so that you don't have to stand in front of closed doors. If you make other plans along the way, for example because the weather changes, you can take a bus or train back to the starting point in Bad Liebenwerda. However, the connection is not always optimal and you have to change several times. Many buses even carry bicycles — to be on the safe side, you can check your connection here: verkehrsmanagement-elbeelster.de/fahrplanaenderung.
As this is a round trip, you can always join the tour from any stage. We have chosen Bad Liebenwerda as our starting point. The cosy health resort is easily accessible by car or train, and there are also many accommodations here, so that you can arrive the evening before the tour start and have a good rest.
We wish you lots of fun on this energetic bike tour with all its mills, industrial monuments, nature and culture.
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Last updated: November 30, 2021
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