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, ride on the finest asphalt of the Flaeming-Skate through the landscape without any contact to traffic, 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:
Today's stage is 50 kilometers to Jüterbog. Look forward to dreamlike asphalt on which you can glide along, blue shimmering bathing lakes and the largest living bird on our planet.At the beginning of your stage, we recommend that you stock up on provisions, because the Brandenburg hinterland is not lavishly equipped with supermarkets. After five kilometers you will reach the Mellensee, which invites you to take a morning swim. Then it goes straight through to Kummersdorf-Gut. The huge former military site can be explored here, but with an expert guide.From one film set to the next it goes to Stülpe, where a baroque castle is waiting for you. After about eight kilometers you will get to the Flaeming Skate. The cyclist's heart will jump higher here, because the route runs through nature away from any car traffic, and driving on this fine asphalt is almost like flying.
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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.
From Wittenberg the journey continues to Bad Schmiedeberg. If you didn't do it yesterday after your arrival, then we recommend visiting the Lutherhaus in Wittenberg, an important piece of history. From the Elbe, you can look back at Lutherstadt again before you set out on the route through the beautiful landscape of Saxony-Anhalt.After about 15 kilometers you will reach the 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 a mill region.Shortly before your stage destination, a stop at the Reinharz water castle and its beautiful castle park is worthwhile. When you arrive in Bad Schmiedeberg, your tired feet and legs can relax in the state-approved mud, mineral and Kneipp spa.