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Ancient forests & pretty lakes – Cycling adventures around Leipzig

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Ancient forests & pretty lakes – Cycling adventures around Leipzig

Bike Touring Collection by Leipzig Travel

7

Tours

30:09 h

348 mi

7,350 ft

Leipzig is surrounded by a wide, open landscape with countless lakes that are perfect to swim and relax. Big and small rivers meander in playful loops in and around the city, carving through wide fields, colourful meadows and ancient forests. With a multitude of well-developed cycle paths, the region around Leipzig is best explored on two wheels. In Leipzig, you can ride through wonderful nature during the day and enjoy the vibrant city at night – a perfect mix.

In this Collection, we show you the seven most beautiful bike Tours around Leipzig. Varying in length from 32 to 65 miles (52 to 105 km), the routes are ideal day rides. If you want to relax and take a whole weekend, you can split the longer tours into two stages. On the way, you will find plenty of places to stay overnight and stop for food and drink. In addition, you can easily reach all the cycle paths by public transport from Leipzig.

The Tours introduce you to the well-known Elbe and Elster cycle paths, as well as great themed routes in the Leipzig area. You will immerse yourself in the largest contiguous fruit-growing area in Saxony and learn more about the transformation of the former open-cast mining landscape. With wonderful spots to relax in nature, which is reclaiming the region, Leipzig makes for a perfect cycling destination.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    04:55
    63.4 mi
    12.9 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The beautiful bike route takes you past nine picturesque lakes south of Leipzig that were created by the open-cast mine. The starting point of the round tour is in Markkleeberg, …

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    57.0 mi
    12.7 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For a nice day or weekend trip from Leipzig, the best thing to do is to join the themed cycle path in Bitterfeld. The S2 takes you from Leipzig Central …

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  • Intermediate
    04:41
    41.9 mi
    9.0 mph
    775 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the bike path is on the banks of the Elbe in Torgau. With the S4 or the Regional Express you can be in Torgau in half an hour from Leipzig.To start, you cycle through the historic center and then leave the city to the west. Past wide fields, meadows and romantic ponds you cycle into the Presseler Heidewald and moor area. Surrounded by fabulous nature, you drive here under shady trees.

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  • Difficult
    03:50
    36.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Obstland route takes you through the largest contiguous fruit growing area in Saxony. The circuit starts in Leisnig. The Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn (RB 110) takes you from Leipzig Central Station to the starting point in just under an hour.From Leisnig train station you cycle along the Freiberger Mulde and follow the river out of the village. After you have crossed the water, you drive past wide meadows, fields and the first fruit tree plantations towards the northwest.

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  • Intermediate
    04:48
    65.1 mi
    13.6 mph
    725 ft
    850 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    If you want to take a tour on the Elberadweg from Leipzig, the best place to start is in Riesa. From Leipzig Central Station you can be in the city …

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    51.9 mi
    12.6 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Leipzig-Elbe cycle route starts right at Leipzig Central Station. From here you cycle southeast of the city. At the gates of Leipzig, a beautiful landscape of vast fields and …

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  • Intermediate
    03:18
    32.5 mi
    9.8 mph
    425 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Elster Cycle Path passes Leipzig, which is ideal for a section of the day. The Erfurt train takes you from Leipzig Central Station to Profen in half an hour, where you board the Elster cycle path.On a slightly downhill route, you cycle on beautiful paths near the Weißen Elster and the Schwennigke, which flows in parallel here. In Pegau you can take a first break and continue to follow the course of the Weißen Elster with new strength.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    348 mi
  • Duration
    30:09 h
  • Elevation
    7,350 ft

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Ancient forests & pretty lakes – Cycling adventures around Leipzig