Axel Gehrbrandt

The best gravel Tours around Magdeburg – #explorelocal

Axel Gehrbrandt

The best gravel Tours around Magdeburg – #explorelocal

Mountain Biking Collection by Axel Gehrbrandt

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Magedburg is a green city that is made to be explored on your gravel bike. To the west of the city lie the Magdeburger Börde, renowned black earth landscapes. Paths lead through fields and the occasional forest such as the Hohe and Saure Holz. In contrast, in the eastern part of the region, you discover beautiful pastures, small, idyllic woodlands, numerous quaint canals and lakes. To the north, you roam the wooded slopes of the Flechtingen Hills and the forests of the Colditz-Letzlinger heath with its endless forest roads. In this Collection, I show you a bit of everything. You explore the varied countryside of Magdeburg which I am sure you will find captivating.

Each of the stages varies in length and difficulty. However, the Tours are all well rideable even on a trekking bike if you don’t mind pushing occasionally. You shouldn’t encounter any problems on a mountain bike and a gravel bike is, of course, ideal. I rode all the trails on my gravel bike with 47 mm wide tyres and no studs. Hybrid tyres that roll smoothly on asphalt but can manage some rougher terrain would also be a good choice. The routes are suitable for everyone, from beginners to advanced riders, as well as leisure cyclists. Make sure you read the route descriptions as I included important information about any challenges on the respective routes.

So hop on your saddle and get exploring!

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:13
    51.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour takes you from Magdeburg Cathedral along the Elbe to the north, through the industrial area in Rohtensee up to Lake Barleber. When you arrive at the ship lift, you will soon head to the Elbe dike. Here you can expect beautiful views over the meadows. In the distance you can see the "Kalimandscharo", the salt mountain in Zielitz.After you have circled the highest elevation between Magdeburg and the Baltic Sea, you drive back to Magdeburg via the old post route. Arrived here, the last few meters lead past Neustädter See through the north of the city back to Domplatz.

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    Difficult
    03:31
    35.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Sternbrücke, the meeting point for all cyclists, is the starting point of this great tour. At the beginning it goes straight through the beautiful Rotehornpark and over to the Elbe dike to Prester. From there you drive on the Klusdamm bike path over the Umflutehle to the Klusbrücke and on through the forest to Wahlitz. There it goes past the train station and along a small agricultural road via Pöthen to Ziepel.These agricultural roads that lead you back to Möckern and via Wörmlitz are very susceptible to wind and, in case of doubt, a very good “training”. Arrived in Biederitz, it goes through the Heerenkrugpark back to the western side of the Elbe, on which you can then follow the Elberadweg back to the Sternbrücke.

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    44.4 mi
    9.8 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour starts in Domersleben, but you can join the route at any point. It leads you from Domersleben towards the landfill and then crosses over to the telegraph cycle path. From there it goes straight through Magdeburg and on the Elbe promenade to the north. After the river has been crossed at the height of the Herrenkrugpark, it goes over the finest gravel roads and agricultural roads up to the waterway intersection. You pass a great vantage point on the vineyard in Hohenwarthe.From the waterway cross you drive a bit along the Mittelland Canal. At the height of Altbrandsleben, it goes through small towns, over beautiful field paths and challenging small climbs through a typical bordering landscape. From Groß Santersleben, a so-called braces path awaits you, which guarantees you quick progress. If there are waves, you will reach the road again, which you no longer leave to the starting point.PS: This route is part of the well-known Orbit 360 Track for Saxony-Anhalt from 2020. If you fancy a 270km long adventure tour, then take a look at the Orbit 360 profile;)

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    Difficult
    03:50
    35.8 mi
    9.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Varied, green, heavy on gravel. This round is an absolute gravel grinder. The start is once again the popular meeting point: the Sternbrücke. The Elbe is quickly crossed over the Anna-Ebert-Brücke and you are already on the first beautiful gravel road heading north.The classic route is via the Elbe Cycle Path and the vineyard to Hohenwarthe, but this time you tackle the Elbe-Havel Canal on the finest gravel heading east. Shortly before Burg, the route turns into the hinterland of the canal and awaits with fast and easy-to-drive forest highways. Back in Lostau you can turn onto the local cyclocross track and do a few more laps. Or you can jet back on the Elbe Cycle Path towards Magdeburg for a warm tea or coffee in your living room.

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    Difficult
    03:39
    31.1 mi
    8.5 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In this round the soles of the mountains are the goal. Beautiful trails, a lot of forest and great views over the city await you here. You still start on the Elbe Cycle Path in the direction of the sun - off to the south!Arrived in Schönebeck, you fight your way out of the city along the Elbe over a narrow but very beautiful gravel road. When you have left the last houses behind you, it goes over the railroad tracks past the landfill up to the Frohse Berg and then into the Sohlender Berge. There you can really work off before you start your way home past the Salbker lakes.

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    Intermediate
    04:01
    36.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    There is nothing that this tour cannot offer (apart from a high mountain with a great view). The route leads you through the Rotehornpark on the dam to Prester and then south. As soon as you arrive at Kreuzhorst, you leave the dam and you are on the first trail, which can be driven very relaxed.Now you drive through Pechau, leave the Umflutehle behind you and shoot on a fast gravel path to the Klusbrücke. Off to the next piece of forest that will spit you out again in Wahlitz! You follow the road to the middle of the village and then turn sharply to the southeast - the next gravel road is already waiting for you here. You quickly cross Vogelsang and dive back into the trees until you reach Gommern and are led to the Kulk. This small lake with its observation tower invites you to take a quiet break.Shortly after the observation tower, the route leads very close to a fence between the trees. Warning: it is easy to get lost here (which is not a bad thing, because you can only come to a dead end). Then it becomes extremely sandy for a very short distance until a forest motorway leads you to a road in the direction of Dornburg.From there you roll back relaxed over the Elbe Cycle Path. In Pretzien you can take a look at the weir and treat yourself to a little refreshment at a small kiosk that also offers coffee and cake. Now comes the greatest fun: Shortly after Plötzky, it goes to the Elbe dike, which you will soon leave to cross the flood basin. If you don't think you can pass through the canal at this point, you can leave the dam on your right and take the road to Elbenau instead. Then turn towards Calenberge to get back on the route. That said, you will be missing out on a lot of fun! From Randau, the classic route back to Magdeburg takes the Elbe Cycle Path.

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    Intermediate
    03:33
    30.6 mi
    8.6 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Hohe Holz is located west of Magdeburg behind Seehausen and offers a very beautiful forest, short climbs and beautiful forest highways - perfect for a relaxing round in nature.Dotted with many shelters and rest areas, this round can be shortened to have a great gravel family outing with the kids. The way there from Domersleben, however, is a bit more demanding at one or the other ramp, but offers a great change from the Hohen Holz with wide views over the Börde.The ice cream parlor in Schermcke, which the route passes by, is not an insider tip. Here you can enjoy a delicious ice cream even in times of Corona. But check when it is open - especially in winter.

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    Difficult
    05:16
    48.2 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    If you can't make up your mind and just feel like doing everything, this tour is just right for you. It starts with a stretch of road to warm up. The first piece of gravel then follows shortly before Hundisburg. Then you drive alternately over cobblestones, gravel and suspender paths to Druxberge and then to Eilsleben.Now follows a picturesque bike path through pastures between paddocks and small canals to Wormsdorf. Through a beautiful beech forest, the "Hohe Holz", you reach the culinary stage destination of the tour, the Jordan ice cream parlor in Schermcke. After the best ice cream in the world, you drive back on the road (hopefully with a tailwind). At Wanzleben Castle, you can take one last off-road detour across the meadows before you fly the last few meters to Domersleben 🚴🏼‍♂️.

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    Intermediate
    02:27
    23.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    To come in for gravel newbies, as a short after-work lap or as a quick exit for the lunch break - this short lap offers you a quick change from the city bustle that somehow still fits into your schedule.You can shoot a bit along the dike on the way, make a trail unsafe or just enjoy being in nature for a while. With little time you can see and enjoy a lot here. And when you really pedal, you really get to work. The highlight here is clearly the first piece in the Kreuzhorst, which leads you along the water. The hardest part, on the other hand, is the short but steep climb on cobblestones up to St. Paulus Church in Menz. Have fun on this short adventure!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    337 mi
  • Duration
    36:03 h
  • Elevation
    6,850 ft

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