Alexander Klich – Region Leipzig

Three routes, two springs, one secret – the Mulde Cycling Path

Bike Touring Collection by
Mulderadweg

If you ride your bike along the Mulde, you will embark on a journey through untouched nature and through the past. Mighty fortresses, fairy-tale castles and medieval towns line your path as you cycle the Mulderadweg through the hilly landscape of the Vogtland and the Ore Mountains and along the countless river bends through the floodplains.

The Mulde consists of two arms which flow together in Sermuth and become the United Mulde. The Mulder Cycle Path therefore has the shape of a Y – you can cycle all three parts of it in five stages. The Freiberger Mulde rises in the Bohemian Ore Mountains and flows over Freiberg and Döbeln to Sermuth. This part of the Mulder Cycle Path is initially a bit hilly and later becomes flatter. The cycle path along the Zwickauer Mulde begins in Schöneck, the highest town of the Vogtland, and leads over Zwickau and Glauchau to Sermuth. This section is a bit more demanding as you cycle up and down in the deep valley, sometimes high above the young, babbling Zwickauer Mulde.

From the unification of the Mulde in Sermuth, the landscape changes. Here, you leave the hills behind you and plunge into the flat meadow landscape of the Muldeschleifen, which you cross again and again on your way to the mouth of the Elbe at Dessau-Roßlau.

Depending on the section, the Mulder Cycle Path is therefore ideal for beginners, families, and experts. There is something for everyone, not just for nature lovers. Culturally, the region is surprisingly rich and the lovingly restored medieval towns are the perfect place to spend a few hours. So far, the cycle path is still an insider tip so you can enjoy long distances away from hustle and bustle. Nevertheless, the existing infrastructure is well developed and you will find overnight accommodation in all stages. More information on the Mulder Cycle Path can also be found on the Mulder Cycle Path flyer, which gives you discounted admission for some facilities. And, if you visit at least six places mentioned in the flyer, you even get a small present.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    00:28
    4.81 mi
    10.2 mph
    100 ft
    575 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the first, short leg of the Muldenradweg, you drive from the source of the Freiberger Mulde to Holzhau. On the way you can enjoy wide views of the Bohemian Ore Mountains.The spring hides just behind the Czech-German border in a forest. From here to the junction with the Zwickauer Mulde, the Freiberger Mulde covers 124 kilometers.On your way through the forest to Holzhau you pass the pretty church in Moldava. Not only the fantastic view in the Bohemian Ore Mountains are worth seeing but also the cemetery.Incidentally, the best way to get to the source is by public transport from Holzhau station - so on the first day you drive a short but beautiful round trip.

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    23.1 mi
    10.4 mph
    925 ft
    1,650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage takes you through the foothills of the Erzgebirge. In winter, the Ore Mountains are popular with winter sports enthusiasts, in summer it is a paradise for cyclists.On small streets you follow the still young Freiberger Mulde. You drive through tranquil villages, such as Mulda, where there is a lot to discover, such as a small water park.Your way will take you through small villages and castles, until you reach your final destination Freiberg after two short ascents. It was here that silver was found over 800 years ago, which is why today's inhabitants still greet each other with "good luck". Freiberg owns one of the most beautiful city centers in Saxony. Here it is worth to stroll through the late medieval old town.

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  • Intermediate
    01:39
    15.9 mi
    9.6 mph
    625 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Freiberger Mulde meanders idyllically through the landscape on this 25 km long stage. On the way you often meet witnesses of mining and interesting bridges. One of them is the at first glance inconspicuous Altväterbrücke, which spans the river for about half a millennium.Later in the route, the Freiberger Mulde has dug deep into the landscape and forms a magnificent backdrop for the bike path.Your stage ends today in Nossen. In the middle of the village towers the huge castle over the Mulde as a proud landmark of the city.

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  • Easy
    01:25
    13.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    350 ft
    550 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Nossen, the Freiberger Mulde changes its direction and flows a short distance to the west. Shortly after the bend you will pass the Altzella Monastery. Meanwhile, the former abbey is an exciting parkland with old buildings and ruins.Roßwein lies in the middle of the stage and in the heart of Saxony. The place is suitable for a long lunch break and an exploration tour. You will find here the museum of local history with the well-known Renaissance portal, the reconstructed old town bath and one of the most beautiful post-milestones in the area. These used to serve as distances of the post routes.Now you follow the Freiberger Mulde alternately on small streets and natural trails to the center of the medieval city Döbeln. There is much to discover here, such as the horse tram including the museum or the Mirakelmann, a movable sculpture made of lime wood. Very nice are also the restored buildings in the old town, which were destroyed by the Thirty Years' War and many city fires again and again.

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  • Easy
    01:47
    18.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    475 ft
    600 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last section of the bike path on the Freiberger Mulde begins with a ride through beautiful nature. On your way are the monastery meadows and several canals that used to make the village mills run. One of the most beautiful spots of this stage is the mouth of the Zschopau in the Freiberger Mulde.In a contemplative loop of the river lies the former Kloster Buch. Parts of the complex have been beautifully restored and can be visited. Here you will also find a restaurant.About five kilometers and a few short climbs later you reach Liesing with its huge castle Mildenstein. From the huge building, you have a beautiful view of the Freiberger Mulde and the exhibition on the history of the castle is very interesting.The rest of the day's stage is completely flat and after about 30 kilometers you reach the end of the Freiberger Mulde with the dump association. Here you can either drive along the Zwickauer Mulde or follow the Vereinigte Mulde up to Dessau.

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  • Difficult
    03:23
    31.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,850 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The cycle path along the Zwickauer Mulde begins in Schöneck, the highest town of the Vogtland, which you can reach by the Vogtlandbahn.Just behind the station hides in the forest the source of the Red Mulde, which is dammed shortly thereafter together with the White Mulde.The hilly bike path leads through a beautiful forest landscape, always near or directly to the young, babbling Zwickauer Mulde.For the last twelve kilometers, you will continue on a former railway track, gently downhill through the valley, which has dug the hollow into the landscape. On beautiful paths through nature, you finally reach your milestones Aue.The city is a pretty gem in the Erzgebirge. The townscape is characterized by the rivers and streams, as well as the bridges from different eras. In addition, you will find many houses with impressive Art Nouveau elements. You can find a lot of information about events and cultural offers on aue.de.

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  • Difficult
    01:48
    18.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    875 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    On today's, somewhat hilly stage you follow the loops of the Zwickauer Mulde and a bit through the beautiful Hartenstein forest. Here, the hollow has dug a beautiful valley into the landscape.In a river bend stands the striking castle Stein, which is now again in private possession of the original family.The entrance to today's stage destination Zwickau is particularly beautiful. You drive along the Mulden promenade to the city center of the fourth largest city in Germany.On your way lie some treasures, such as the especially beautiful St. Matthew's Church and one of the last covered wooden bridges in Germany. And even Zwickau itself awaits you with many sights, a beautiful old town and many cultural offers.

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  • Easy
    01:04
    11.2 mi
    10.4 mph
    50 ft
    150 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your today's, completely flat stage begins with a ride on the beautifully landscaped bike path along the Zwickauer Mulde. Several parks are on your way, such as the New World Park. He is named after the famous Art Nouveau Ballhaus.After less than 20 kilometers, you will reach today's stage destination Glauchau. An alternative, very beautiful route to Glauchau leads you to Schlunzig over the new Muldenbrücke to the reservoir of Glauchau. Continue on the green pond and the castle Glauchau over in the city center.

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    27.7 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your stage today is all about the different bridges over the Zwickauer Mulde. Many suspension bridges, weirs and viaducts cross the river. The most impressive example is the 68-meter-high railway viaduct near Göhren.The hilly bike route takes you through beautiful landscapes along the Muldetal. On your way there are always impressive palaces and castles, such as the Wolkenburg.Your stage ends in Rochlitz, one of the oldest cities in Saxony. In addition to the historic city center, especially the castle Rochlitz is worth seeing.

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  • Easy
    01:04
    10.6 mi
    10.0 mph
    450 ft
    500 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage at the Zwickauer Mulde leads you on beautiful little roads along the river. Today you pass by one or other castle and small villages lie along your way.The most impressive structure of your stage today is Colditz Castle with its eventful and exciting history.A few kilometers to Colditz, the Zwickauer Mulde merges with the Freiberger Mulde. Now you can follow the Freiberger Mulde to the Erzgebirge or you continue downriver along the Vereinigte Mulde to Dessau.

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  • Easy
    01:50
    18.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Before you lies the bike path along the United Mulde, after in Sermuth the Freiberger Mulde combined with the Zwickauer Mulde.After about ten kilometers you reach Grimma. The medieval old town is protected by over 400 meters long, well-preserved city walls.You leave the city via the Pöppelmannbrücke. The originally baroque bridge was severely damaged by a flood and then supplemented by a steel construction.On a wonderful bike path you continue northwards until you reach today's stage destination Wurzen.The more than 1000-year-old city is an impressive ensemble of Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau buildings and houses the most important museum about the author and actor Joachim Ringelnatz.

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  • Intermediate
    01:07
    11.7 mi
    10.5 mph
    100 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today's stage takes you on wonderful bike paths from Wurzen to Eilenburg and is all about impressive castles that line your way.Particularly noteworthy are the baroque palace Nischwitz and the castle Thallwitz with its baroque garden. Just in between you will find in Canitz a beautiful park with a special trough crossing, the Canitzer bridge.After nearly 20 kilometers, you have already reached your destination today and you are in Eilenburg. The castle of the same name is considered the cradle of Saxony and completes the day of the fantastic castles and palaces.

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  • Easy
    01:14
    12.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    100 ft
    150 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    Between Eilenburg and Bad Düben a nature reserve was created around the Mulde with its countless meanders. Here the river is entirely up to you.Shortly before Hohenprießnitz you cross the natural hollow with a hand-operated ferry. The baroque Hohenprießnitz Castle is harmoniously integrated with the other palace buildings along the Mulde.Between the small villages, through which you drive again and again, you will find some former arms of the hollow and in Niederglaucha and Doberschütz old windmills.Your today's stage ends in the Moorheilbad Bad Düben. The landmark of the place is the imposing castle, which today houses a landscape museum of the Dübener Heide.If you want to try the healing powers of the natural moor, you can do so in the Heide Spa, the largest wellness area in Saxony.

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  • Intermediate
    02:15
    19.6 mi
    8.7 mph
    225 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of your stage, the path leads you through a varied and beautiful floodplain landscape. In Schnaditz you can make a little dangling to the big castle, which is currently being renovated.After about 20 completely flat kilometers you are in a former lignite mining area, which has now been renatured. The many lakes, such as the Great Goitzschesee, invite you to swim and cool down.Shortly after the Muldestausee you reach already your intermediate goal Bitterfeld-Wolfen. The city emerged from the vision of a green industrial city on the lake, harmonizing ecology and economy.If you have some spare time, we recommend a detour to the numerous other lakes south of Bitterfeld.

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  • Intermediate
    01:40
    17.8 mi
    10.6 mph
    200 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    You start the last stage of the Mulderadweg with a drive through the shady Salegaster forest until you cross the hollow in Jeßnitz. In the beautifully landscaped park of Altjeßnitzer castle you will find a labyrinth with a viewing platform in the middle.The path leads you through forest and meadow landscapes, which are characterized by the hollow and the old arms of the hollow. On beautiful paths through the meadow landscape you reach the end of the Mulderadweg in Dessau.Here the hollow flows into the Elbe. Dessau is mainly known for the Bauhaus, but there are also other interesting museums and castles to discover.The main train station in Dessau is very well connected to the local and long-distance traffic, so you can start your return journey from here.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    15
  • Distance
    255 mi
  • Duration
    26:03 h
  • Elevation
    8,150 ft
Three routes, two springs, one secret – the Mulde Cycling Path
Bike Touring Collection by
Mulderadweg