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Through the East in five stages - the Berlin Leipzig cycle path

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Through the East in five stages - the Berlin Leipzig cycle path

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah

3-4

days

3-4 h

/ day

142 mi

2,850 ft

2,600 ft

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:
bahn.de/p/view/service/fahrrad/bahn_und_fahrrad.shtml

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Radweg Berlin Leipzig

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2,550 ft

2,325 ft

Last updated: November 18, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Berlin bis Zossen – Radweg Berlin Leipzig

    Intermediate
    02:32
    26.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The route begins in the middle of the capital at the Brandenburg Gate, but of course you are free to choose your starting point. The Berlin-Leipzig cycle path meanders past the Tiergarten and Kreuzberg, crosses Schöneberg and Tempelhof until you leave the urban jungle behind you after Marienfelde. On

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    32.7 mi
    10.5 mph
    575 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

    

    I recommend that you stock up on provisions at the beginning of your stage, because the Brandenburg hinterland is not lavishly

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    26.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    475 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it is 45 kilometers from Jüterbog to Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The path through the Brandenburg region is flat as usual, and the border crossing from Saxony-Anhalt does not detract from it either. You will come across beautiful places to rest along the way, so it's best to plan a picnic or two.

    

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  • Difficult
    02:24
    22.3 mi
    9.3 mph
    650 ft
    575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From Wittenberg the journey continues to Bad Schmiedeberg. If you haven't done it yesterday after your arrival, then of course you can visit the Lutherhaus in Wittenberg. From the Elbe, you look back at Lutherstadt again before you set out on the route through the beautiful landscape of Saxony-Anhalt

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  • Difficult
    03:46
    33.8 mi
    9.0 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The last stage of your journey takes you 56 kilometers from Bad Schmiedeberg via Bad Düben to your destination, the diverse city of Leipzig. From Bad Schmiedeberg you drive through a beautiful forest area to Bad Düben and can look forward to pure nature without any traffic. In Bad Düben, the level house

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    142 mi
  • Duration
    14:27 h
  • Elevation
    2,850 ft2,600 ft

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