If the journey is the destination, then a city trip can be a voyage of discovery before you even arrive. In this Collection, you will escape the urban jungle and explore the charming landscapes of the East as you ride from Berlin to Leipzig. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, tranquillity, nature and a slower pace await.
Over the five stages of your journey, you will visit historical remains of divided Germany, travel through beautiful lake landscapes, stop at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can even meet the largest bird on our planet. You can discover many hidden treasures in the East.
In total, you will cycle 155 miles (250 kilometres) through the countryside following cycle paths, trails and forest tracks with wonderfully little traffic. Varying in length from 23 miles to 34.7 miles (37 and 56 kilometres), the routes are relatively flat so you have enough time to discover all of the highlights. Thanks to the minimal elevation gain and reasonable distances, this adventure is also suitable for amateur cyclists and children. If you are a more ambitious rider, you can do more distance in one day by completing two stages at once.
Accommodation is available at every stage destination in Zossen, Jüterbog, Wittenberg and Bad Schmiedeberg. Here you can spend the night in bike-friendly hotels or camp. You could also have a look at the Warmshowers Community (warmshowers.org) to see if a local is available to host you.
You can decide which direction to ride this route as both Berlin and Leipzig are easily reached by train. You can find more information on taking your bike on the train, here:
Our tour begins in the middle of the capital at the Brandenburg Gate, but of course you can freely choose your starting point. The Berlin-Leipzig cycle path winds past Tiergarten and Kreuzberg, crosses Schöneberg and Tempelhof until you leave the urban jungle behind you after Marienfelde. On the piece of the Wall Cycle Path the break from big city to nature becomes even clearer. Now it's time to take a deep breath and enjoy cycling in the Brandenburg countryside.The route of 43 kilometers runs without any noteworthy vertical meters, so you have time for one or the other detour. The tour takes you through nice places like Masow, Dahlewitz and past Rangsdorf. Here you can stock up on food anywhere. If you want to hop into a lake on the way, we recommend a detour to the bathing lake near Rangsdorf. In Dahlewitz you can visit the charming little observatory.Your stage destination Zossen will beckon you soon where you can end your tour in the beautiful city park.
On your stage today, it's 50 kilometers to Jüterbog. Look forward to dreamlike asphalt, on which you glide just like that, blue-shimmering swimming lakes and the largest living bird of our planet.After just five kilometers you reach the Mellensee, which invites you to a morning bath. Then you can look forward to a sprint, because it goes first pretty straight through to Kummersdorf-Gut. Here, the huge former military site can be explored, but with expert guidance.From one movie set to the next, you will reach Stülpe, where a baroque castle awaits you. After about eight kilometers you reach the Flaeming Skate. Driving on this tarmac is almost like flying.Before you reach your goal in Jüterbog, we recommend that you stop at the ostrich farm Neuhof to greet the impressive ratites. You can not fly, but you can walk up to 70 kilometers per hour, so do not get involved in a race.
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Today it is 45 kilometers from Jüterbog to Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The route through the Brandenburg region is flat, as usual, and the border crossing from Saxony-Anhalt does not stop there. You'll find wonderful places to rest on the route, so it's best to plan a picnic or two.From Jüterbog it goes through meadows and fields to Dennewitz, where a few funny companions are waiting for you at a pretty pond rest area.
On your way you drive through wide fields and small towns. Look out for the windmill on the horizon and look forward to beautifully paved bicycle roads.If you are an art lover, at the end of this stage we recommend the Bülzig sculpture park and the Hundertwasser school in Wittenberg.
The journey continues from Wittenberg to Bad Schmiedeberg. If you haven't done it yesterday after your arrival, we recommend that you visit the Luther House in Wittenberg, a significant piece of history. From the Elbe you can look back at Lutherstadt again before you set out on a route through the beautiful landscape of Saxony-Anhalt.Merklin fans can look forward to a multi-storey model train on the side of the path right at the start of the stage. After about 15 kilometers you will reach Bergwitzsee, which invites you to take a bath. On the further route you will definitely discover one or the other windmill on the horizon, because the area around Bad Düben is the region of the mill.Shortly before your milestone, a stop at the Reinharz moated castle and its beautiful palace park is worthwhile. Arrived in Bad Schmiedeberg, your tired feet and legs can relax in the state-approved moor, mineral and Kneipp spa.
The last stage of your journey takes you 56 kilometers from Bad Schmiedeberg via Bad Düben to your destination, the exciting and diverse city of Leipzig.From Bad Schmiedeberg you drive to Bad Düben through a beautiful forest area and you can look forward to pure nature without any traffic. In Bad Düben, the gauge house attracts an excursion into the history of hydrology.It is best to get some provisions for a picnic, because now it continues through meadows, fields and forests, past windmills, high seats and beautiful water points that invite you to linger.After about 20 kilometers through the mature landscape, you will already reach Leipzig's suburb. Before you throw yourself into the urban jungle, you can cool off again in the Northeast natural pool.The city has a lot to offer, in addition to a large selection of important art collections and museums, it has a world-famous musical heritage. With cheap rents and great freedom, Leipzig has developed into an attractive city for the start-up, creative and cultural scene, and has even earned the nickname Hypezig. Whether you visit the Distillery or the St. Thomas Choir, there is something for everyone to discover.