Ancient forests & pretty lakes – Cycling adventures around Leipzig

Bike Touring Collection by Leipzig Travel

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

    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, where you can get from Leipzig Central Station by S-Bahn lines S4, S5 and S6.From the train station, you cycle east to Markkleeberger See and drive along its east bank. From the bike path you can enjoy wonderful views over the water. After you have also enjoyed the route along Lake Störmthal, you cycle through fields and meadows to Lake Hainer.Past further, smaller lakes you reach Borna. Here you can take a break or - if you want to split the tour into two stages - also set your stage goal. In the village you will find accommodations and have connection to the S-Bahn to Leipzig.On the way you go around the Borna storage basin and you come to the Haselbacher See, on the banks of which you will find wonderful sandy beaches for swimming.From here you cycle along the Schnauder through wide fields, meadows and romantic forests to Groitzsch. From Pegau you follow a piece of the White Elster and finally drive via Zwenkau to the lake of the same name. You roll along the bank to the northern tip and from there to Lake Cospuden. You cycle north on its east bank and again reach Markkleeberg, the starting point of the tour.

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    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 Station in less than half an hour, alternatively you can also take the Regional Express.It starts at the Großer Goitzschesee after you have let the great atmosphere at the harbor work for you. You cycle south through enchanted forests and pass the picturesque Holzweißiger Baltic Sea, Ludwigsee and Neuhauser See. All of these lakes are flooded brown coal mines that have been impressively recaptured by nature.We continue via Delitzsch to the Werbeliner See, which was also an open-cast mine in the past. While enjoying the view of the water, you roll right on the bank to the southern tip of the lake. Then you pass the Schladitzer See and drive to Leipzig. Here you can take an extensive break or even only continue the next day if you want to split the tour into two stages.After your rest, you cycle along the Elster flood bed into the Elster and Pleisse floodplains and a little later you reach the enchanting Cospudener See, which was created from an open pit. After cycling along the banks of the equally beautiful Lake Störmthal, you drive towards Großstolpen, the destination of the tour. On the way you will pass the Lippendorf power plant and the open-cast mine that is still active.In Pegau, a few kilometers away, you can take the Erfurt train back to Leipzig after your tour.

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  • Intermediate
    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.On the other side of the bog, extensive fields and meadows await you, which accompany you to the edge of the forest in the Tiglitzer forest. After you have passed the forest, you will reach Bad Düben on the picturesque Mulde.Here you have earned a leisurely break, where you can stop in and relax. Accommodation and a train station can also be found in the village if you want to split the tour into two stages.From Bad Düben you follow the playful loops of the Mulde through the beautiful landscape until you turn off at Löbnitz to the Seelhausen Lake. Here you roll along the south bank of the imposing water and enjoy great views.Shortly after leaving the lake behind you will reach Delitzsch, the destination of the tour. From here you can take the S2 or the Regional Express back to Leipzig.

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    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.In Leipnitz you turn west and drive through the agricultural region in continuous ups and downs. Finally, a refreshing descent takes you to Mügeln, where you deserve a break.With new strength, you set off on the journey, on which some climbs await you. Through picturesque hop plantations it goes up to the landscape park Kranichau and then on a hilly route through rural idyll. On the way you pass sleepy villages and enjoy wonderful views over the vast landscape.A rapid descent then takes you down to Klosterbuch and to the Freiberger Mulde. Near the river you cycle from here through the fields back to Leisnig, the starting point of the tour.

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    65.1 mi
    13.6 mph
    725 ft
    850 ft
    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 on the Elbe in less than an hour by long-distance or regional trains.At Riesa train station, you get on your bike, roll to the banks of the Elbe and leave the city heading north. Sometimes the bike path leads you directly along the river, sometimes you pass colorful fields and lush meadows. If you are lucky, you may see storks majestically strolling across the green meadows.On pleasantly flat paths you finally reach Torgau, where you can take a break. If you want to split the tour into two stages, this is a good destination. In addition to cozy restaurants and cafés in Torgau, you will also find numerous accommodation options, such as hotels, guest houses and a campsite. There is also a train station here.After you have strengthened and rested in Torgau, you cycle further north on the Elberadweg. As on the first part of the bike tour, you take turns cycling along the river and through the agricultural landscape off the shore. You will also pass pretty villages, small wooded areas and romantic lakes along the way.At Pretzsch you take the ferry across the Elbe and roll on the right side of the Elbe. Finally you cross the Black Elster and shortly after you reach the place Elster. Here you have reached the destination of your tour on the Elberadweg and can take the train back to Leipzig.

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    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 meadows welcomes you. You will also pass several idyllic quarry ponds. A break at Lake Albrechtshain is worthwhile, because here you can jump into the water on warm days.Via doers, past colorful fields and idyllic forests you reach the banks of the Mulde, which flows here in happy loops through the wonderful nature. As you cross the river, you can enjoy a fascinating view of the beautiful river landscape. Shortly afterwards you will reach Wurzen on the other side of the river.If you want to split the tour into two stages, the location is a good destination. Here you will find numerous places to stop for refreshments, various accommodations and a train station.After a long or short break, you will continue cycling towards Elbe with renewed energy. In gentle ups and downs you drive through rural idyll to the Dahlen heath. In the forest area it gets a bit hilly, but the wonderful nature lets you quickly forget the efforts.After leaving the forest behind you, a refreshing descent awaits you. Past fields and meadows, you roll to Dahle, where you meet the Elbe Cycle Path.

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    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.Wide fields and meadows alternate with passages that lead you directly along the picturesque shore. After about 20 kilometers you cross the river and reach Lake Zwenkau. With a view of the water, you drive to the northern tip of the water and then on to Lake Cospuden. At both lakes you will find beautiful swimming areas for refreshing breaks.After you have reached the northern tip of Lake Cospuden, roll back to the White Elster and follow it to Leipzig. Through the Richard Wagner grove and past the Red Bull Arena you reach the end of the Elster basin, which is divided here into the White Elster, the Neue Luppe and the Nahle. You follow the Neue Luppe and always cycle directly along the bank, while the White Elster flows in playful loops parallel to you.In the Luppe Aue you leave the river bank and drive across the wild and romantic floodplain forest towards Schkeuditz. Before you reach your destination, you cross the White Magpie one last time. When you arrive at the train station in Schkeuditz, you can take the S3 back to Leipzig.

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Collection Stats

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

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