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On the bicycle through the bohemian volcanic landscape

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There, where the Elbe flows through northern Bohemia, lies the Bohemian Uplands. You can expect volcanic cones, basalt lava baskets and beautiful cities in fascinating landscapes. You will follow the course of the Elbe as it meanders through the landscape. At the Porta Bohemica, the gateway to Bohemia, the Elbe has dug deep into the Bohemian Uplands and flows through the Elbe Canyon, the deepest sandstone gorge in Europe and through the Bohemian Switzerland to Saxony. Along the river, there are historical and interesting cities, such as Litoměřice, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Bohemia. The area also has an abundance of castles and palaces and is a famous wine-growing region – you are sure to get your money’s worth in Bohemia.

In this Collection, we show you the volcanic landscape of the Bohemian Uplands, which you can explore on nine varied routes. Firstly, you can discover the Elbe Cycle Route, one of Europe's most popular long-distance cycling routes. The North Bohemian section has been divided into four easy and short stages. We have also put together five exciting routes to help you get to know the area even more intensively. Starting from Litoměřice, Ústí nad Labem and Děčín, three cities on the Elbe, four 25-miles (40-kilometer) routes take you to cultural and scenic highlights. Since you leave the Elbe Valley, the routes are hilly, because you drive on small streets through the original and mysterious Bohemian Uplands. An easy tour from Litoměřice to Lake Pisthausee is a great day out especially for families.

All routes start and end in places that are well connected to the Czech railway network. You can also easily reach the routes from Dresden, for example. On the way, you will find plenty of accommodation and restaurants.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:49
    18.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    300 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Elbe Cycle Path is one of the most charming and varied long-distance cycling routes in Europe. From the source to the mouth on the North Sea, it offers countless highlights over 1,200 kilometers. In this collection we present you four short stages that lead through northern Bohemia.The beginning of the first stage is the village Hněvice, opposite the small town Štětí. For example, you can reach Hněvice from Dresden in about two and a half hours by train. The first striking highlight of your route is the two-kilometer rowing canal in Račice, where several World Championships have already been held.Shortly after, you will reach Roudnice, whose old town and castle are perfect for a break. In Roudnice you also cross the Elbe and follow its course. Dreamy villages and idyllic natural landscapes accompany you on your way to Litoměřice. You reach your stage destination after 30 kilometers. The city is one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic. At the confluence of the Elbe and Eger the old town enchants you with its colorful houses and the cathedral. At the end of the stage you can taste a delicious wine that is grown here.In Litoměřice there are several accommodation options. For example, if you want to travel back to Dresden, you need about two and a half hours by train. Timetables and tickets can be found at cd.cz/en.

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  • Easy
    01:40
    16.0 mi
    9.6 mph
    375 ft
    400 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage on the Elbe Cycle Route takes you 25 kilometers from Litoměřice to Ústí nad Labem. From Dresden you can reach the beautiful city of Litoměřice in two to two and a half hours by train.From Litoměřice bishop's seat with its beautiful old town, the path leads you along the Elbe to Píšťanský lake, the Pisthauer lake. It is a popular recreational area with a beach that you can reach by leaving the route just before Píšťany and driving straight ahead.Pretty little villages are on your way. The Elbe meanders through the gorge-like valley. The most famous bottleneck is the Porta Bohemica, the Elbe breakthrough through the Bohemian Uplands. On the steep, sun-drenched flanks of the Elbe Valley, excellent wine is also grown.The stage destination is Ústí nad Labem, an industrial city whose local mountain offers a great destination. You reach the Ferdinandshöhe (Větruše) comfortably with a cable car. From above you can enjoy a beautiful view of Ústí and the Elbe Valley, for example from the excellent restaurant.In Ústí you will find several ways to stay overnight. You can reach Dresden by train in an hour or an hour and 45 minutes, depending on whether you are traveling with the EuroCity or choosing a connection.

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  • Difficult
    01:31
    16.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The third stage on the Elbe Cycle Route starts in Ústí nad Labem. For example, if you are traveling from Dresden, the direct train will take you to the starting point in an hour - the regional train will take another three quarters of an hour longer.You leave the industrial city of Ústí on beautiful cycle paths along the Elbe. The stage leads you flat on the right side of the Elbe from one pretty village to the next. Only rarely are there a few small climbs to overcome.After 25 kilometers, this stage ends in Děčín. You reach the old town by crossing an old stone arch bridge. The most important sight of the city is the castle, which is worthwhile for the view alone. The rose garden is also pretty to look at.If you want to travel back to Dresden by train, you will need 45 minutes or one and a quarter hours. In Děčín there are also many overnight accommodations.

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  • Easy
    00:36
    6.76 mi
    11.2 mph
    50 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth and final leg on the Elbe Cycle Route in Northern Bohemia begins in Děčín. The city can be reached with the EuroCity train from Dresden in three quarters of an hour or in an hour by regional trains.First and foremost, you change on the Tyrš Bridge the Elbe side and then cycle along the left bank. At low tide you can see a very special testimony from the history of the people in the Elbe Valley, a so-called hunger stone. Here are dates engraved in which the population had to suffer from hunger due to long-lasting drought.On the only 11-kilometer short stage, the Elbe Cycle Route shows once again in all its glory. Left and right of the Elbe rise steep cliffs in the midst of unique nature. From Děčín, the mountains are no longer part of the Bohemian Uplands but of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.Shortly before the border you have the possibility to get on the train in Dolní Žleb or you drive 13 kilometers to Bad Schandau. Another 45 kilometers later you reach Dresden and after another 800 kilometers the North Sea.

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  • Intermediate
    02:35
    25.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This flat circular tour takes you from Litoměřice, one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic, 20 kilometers up the Elbe back to Roudnice and on the other side of the river. The tour starts in the pretty market square of Litoměřice with its colorful houses from various eras. The city is known not only for its Old Town and bishopric, but also for its exhibition of the Bohemian Gardens. The exhibition center hosts exhibitions throughout the year. You can find information on this (in Czech) here: zahradacech.cz.From Litoměřice you drive along the Elbe. On your way lie dreamy villages and idyllic natural landscapes. One or the other church stands on the bank of the river and is reflected in the calm waters of the Elbe. In Roudnice you cross the river. The city lies romantically in a Elbeschleife and the old part with its beautiful houses and the prominent lock is ideally suited for an extended break.On the short drive from the Elbe to the old town, you'll overcome the only notable, but still short, ascent of the otherwise completely flat stage. Just off the track, about five kilometers south of Roudnice, rises Mount Říp, around which there are a few legends. On the 456-meter-high summit is a rotunda with a statue of St. George and his dragon.From Roudnice you drive on the left bank of the Elbe back to Litoměřice. Before you reach your destination, you pass Terezín (Theresienstadt). Emperor Joseph II built the fortress and named it after his mother Maria Theresa. During the Second World War, Theresienstadt gained notoriety as a prison and a cruel concentration camp. Today Theresienstadt is a lively place of silent devotion.From Terezín you are only three kilometers from your starting point, the market square of Litoměřice, where you can round off the tour with a delicious glass of wine.From Dresden you can reach Litoměřice by train in two and a half to three hours.

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  • Easy
    01:08
    11.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    On this short tour, from Litoměřice, you will explore the Elbe line at Lovosice and the Píšťanské lake, in German Pisthausee. Since the route is flat, past a bathing lake and you cross the Elbe twice, it is also a great trip for families with children.Let's start in Litoměřice. The small town is known above all for its historic old town. The market square with the beautiful old town hall is one of the largest in Bohemia. As the seat of the bishopric Litoměřice rises above the old town of the cathedral with its distinctive, freestanding tower.After leaving Litoměřice, you follow the course of the Elbe to the village of Píšťany, which lies on the lake of the same name, the Pisthauer See. This artificial lake is a beautiful recreational area with a small beach, boat rentals and restaurants.From Píšťany a small ferry takes you to the other Elbe bank in Lovosice. The ferry operates daily from May to September from 8am to 8pm. From Lovosice you continue along the Elbe until just before the Porta Bohemica, the Elbe breakthrough through the Bohemian Uplands. In Malé Žernoseky you again board a ferry and get back to the other side of the river. This ferry runs from April to September between 10 and 18 o'clock. You will pass Píšťanské Lake again and after eight kilometers you will reach Litoměřice again.From Dresden you can reach Litoměřice by train in two and a half to three hours. After Lovosice the ride is a bit shorter.

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  • Difficult
    03:02
    25.9 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 40 km long and hilly tour through the beautiful Bohemian low mountain range begins in Litoměřice. The city at the confluence of the Elbe and Eger with its colorful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings is one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic.Let's go first flat along the Elbe. You cycle past Píšťanské Lake, an artificial body of water that serves as a recreational area. Right behind you is the next highlight, the Porta Bohemica, the Bohemian Gate. Here, the Elbe has dug deep into the mountains. In Libochovany you leave the Elbe and a long, leisurely climb begins. At the end of the climb you will see a magnificent view from the ruins of the Kamýk castle.Now you are in the middle of the Bohemian Uplands. In this former volcanic mountains you will discover unusual shapes, volcanic cones and basalt lava cover. Incidentally, the area is known for excellent wine. The route through the Bohemian Uplands is correspondingly hilly, with strong climbs being short and slight climbs long. After about 26 kilometers you have reached the highest point of the stage.From here it is a long descent to one of the most beautiful castles in Northern Bohemia: Ploskovice Castle. In addition to the impressive baroque building, the huge castle park with its ponds and wells is worth seeing. After Ploskovice, a short ascent follows, before you go downhill to Litoměřice back.From Dresden you can reach Litoměřice by train in two and a half to three hours.

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  • Difficult
    03:01
    26.5 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your round starts in the northern Bohemian city of Ústí nad Labem. With a good 42 kilometers, the tour is not long, but the 600 meters have it especially in the first half in itself. Right at the beginning you climb the local mountain of Ústí, the Ferdinandshöhe (Větruše). From up there you can enjoy a great panorama over the Elbe Valley and Ústí.On small, quiet roads it goes through the forest and across meadows uphill again to the small town Stebno. You drive on a plateau about 200 meters above the Elbe Valley and then follows a long, last climb. At over 400 meters you have reached the climax of the tour. From here it is almost only downhill or flat back to Ústí.You will enjoy the long descent through the valley of the Milešovský creek into the Elbe valley, which you will reach at Malé Žernoseky. There you cross the Elbe with a ferry, which changes the shore every half an hour from April to September between 10 and 18 o'clock. The journey together with bike costs 25 CZK.Back to Ústí it goes along the Elbe. First, you cross the Porta Bohemica, the Bohemian Gate, the Elbe breakthrough through the Bohemian Uplands. It is an interesting narrow point of the Elbe Valley and surrounded by high mountains. After about 20 kilometers on the banks of the Elbe, you returned to Ústí.You can reach Ústí nad Labem from Dresden in one hour by EuroCity or in about one and a half hours by regional trains.

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  • Difficult
    03:05
    26.5 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,950 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    Your tour to the most beautiful places in Northern Bohemia and the southern Saxon Switzerland begins Děčín. The 40-kilometer tour is steep, especially in the second half, while at the beginning you drive flat through the Elbe Valley.From Děčín you follow the river Elbe. The important industrial city separates the Bohemian Uplands from the rocky Elbsandsteingebirge. You cycle through the impressive Elbecanyon, the largest sandstone canyon in Europe with a depth of up to 300 meters. After ten kilometers you cross the border with Germany. Next to the pole marking the border, are the flood marks and it is worth pausing and examining the markings.Shortly before Bad Schandau, you will notice the interesting rock formation called the "Kleine Basttei". In cribs you can take a small ferry to Bad Schandau. The well-known health resort with its pretty center is a popular starting point for wonderful walks, for example on the Schrammsteine or for a ride on the Kirnitzschtalbahn.You cross the Elbe again with a ferry and leave it at cribs. Here begins a long and sometimes steep climb. After about nine kilometers, you have reached the highest point and the view from above is worth every single elevation gain. The Great Zschirnstein is not only the highlight of your stage, but also the highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland. After enjoying the unique panoramic view, you drive comfortably through the forest and later downhill to Děčín.From Dresden to Děčín, you'll travel between 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes, depending on whether you're connecting or direct train.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    173 mi
  • Duration
    18:27 h
  • Elevation
    7,950 ft

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