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12 rides around Dresden – Exploring the banks of the Elbe in Germany

Dresden Elbland

12 rides around Dresden – Exploring the banks of the Elbe in Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Dresden Elbland

12

Tours

46:58 h

483 mi

14,700 ft

The city of Dresden is a baroque pearl on the banks of the River Elbe in eastern Germany. With its ornate Semper Opera House, Church of our Lady (Frauenkirche), and Augustus Bridge, the capital of Saxony offers sensational cultural sites. The city and surrounding countryside have plenty of nature to discover too. The green Elbe meadows and impressive limestone and sandstone rocks are just waiting to be discovered by bike.

In this Collection, we present 12 rides in the Dresden Elbland between Pirna and Meißen. You’ll find different types of rides ranging from leisurely family trips to sweat-inducing challenges. During and after each ride, there are plenty of places to enjoy the regional cuisine, tuck into a slice of “Eierschecke” cake, and enjoy a crisp glass of wine.

All of the routes start and end in Dresden or just a stone's throw away by train. The region has good train links so you can often shorten a section if your legs get tired. Regardless of whether you are visiting Dresden or if you have been living in the city for a long time, you will get to know extraordinary corners of the city and its surroundings in this Collection. Get pedalling and enjoy some wonderful bike trips through the Dresden Elbland.

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  • Difficult
    09:20
    96.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour, which is best completed in two days, shows you the most beautiful spots in the Elbe Valley between Pirna and Riesa. Because there are no significant climbs on the bike path, the tour is also very suitable for families. You can also ride the lap on a racing bike in one day.

    

    From Dresden, it

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  • Intermediate
    01:43
    14.1 mi
    8.2 mph
    700 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Rose Garden is just a stone's throw from the Albert Bridge. It is cared for and looked after as if the gardener had gone through with the ruler. On this tour you will also learn the exact opposite: the Dresdner Heide. In the huge local recreation area, nature is in charge and you can really relax

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  • Intermediate
    03:58
    41.7 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The wine-growing region in the Elbe Valley is one of the smallest wine-growing regions and the northeast of Germany. But thanks to the special climate, delicious wines grow on the slopes around Dresden. Let yourself be convinced on this tour.

    

    It starts right at the Karl May Museum in the wine-growing

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  • Intermediate
    03:12
    29.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    You start the tour through the varied north-east of Dresden directly on the Elbe. The path takes you through the Neustadt to the Dresdener Heide, where you always cycle slightly uphill through the wild and romantic valley of the Prießnitz. The bike path through the forest is a fantastic idyll and a quiet

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  • Difficult
    03:55
    38.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this round you will explore the hilly area southwest of Dresden. The landscape can hardly be more varied: deep valleys with rushing streams and hills with beautiful views alternate on this tour.

    

    From the Sportpark Ostra you drive to Plauen and dive into the wild and romantic valley of the Weißeritz

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    31.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    There was once a dense network of narrow-gauge railways around Wilsdruff. In the meantime, it has been decommissioned, but you can still ride a bicycle comfortably on many former routes.

    

    The Wilsdruffer Bahntrassenrunde begins in Meißen. You can get there quickly and easily with the S-Bahn from Dresden

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  • Easy
    01:41
    17.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Pillnitz is best known for the manorial castle and the impressive castle park. The fact that the vineyards rise behind it is perhaps more noticeable when you drive past. On this tour we will show you that it is well worth driving through the vineyards.

    

    From the Körnerplatz in Loschwitz you drive on the

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  • Easy
    01:53
    20.4 mi
    10.8 mph
    325 ft
    300 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    A bike trip with the family is a great idea. You are in the fresh air all day and can explore the area with the children. This family tour is flat and mostly leads along well-developed bike paths. This makes it easy for the little ones to master.

    

    From the Neustadt you follow the Elbradweg via Kaditz to

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    57.7 mi
    13.7 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Elbland is very popular with road cyclists. You cycle through beautiful areas with varied nature and you can put together your perfect tour with the desired altitude. Here we present you a round on the Elbe and through the Meissner highlands.

    

    You start in the middle of Dresden's old town and follow

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  • Difficult
    05:34
    54.2 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Almost everyone knows the Golis windmill directly on the Elbe, but did you know that there are many more mills in and around Dresden? On this round you will get to know some of them. And also many other special places north of Dresden.

    

    It starts near Radeburg. The most romantic way to get there is with

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  • Difficult
    03:20
    33.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    These 50 kilometers are full of variety and show you well-known highlights as well as mysterious, quiet corners between Dresden and Moritzburg. You start at the Marienbrücke in Dresden and follow the Elberadweg. In Niederwartha you cross the Elbe and drive via Coswig into a really beautiful forest area

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  • Difficult
    04:57
    48.8 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Meißen is known for the imposing Albrechtsburg, the pretty old town and of course for the "white gold" - the Meissen porcelain. But the area around the city on the Elbe is also particularly beautiful, especially if you explore it by bike. On Meißner 8 you get to know the Meissen area on the left, either

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    483 mi
  • Duration
    46:58 h
  • Elevation
    14,700 ft

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