Cycling in Saxony-Anhalt – Where nature and culture combine
© B.Breuer im Auftrag intention / IMG Sachsen-Anhalt mbH
From vast plains in the north, across the Elbe River to the Saale River, and from the deepest Harz Mountains to the English landscape parks in the east – the state of Saxony-Anhalt in the east of Germany has a lot to discover. This Collection takes you on a cultural journey through green nature, along former borders, and through open spaces – all best explored on two wheels, of course!
In six varied Tours, you will learn about mankind’s earliest astronomical discoveries of mankind, cycle past long-forgotten places of worship, and visit the dreamy gardens of Prince Franz. You can also explore the lowlands of the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve and the Green Belt along the former inner-German border which are home to diverse wildlife.
The Tours in this Collection are not exactly the shortest so we recommend splitting them into two stages, depending on your fitness level, or using an e-bike. In the Tour descriptions, we’ve included more information on how to split the routes. However, Saxony-Anhalt goes easy on you in terms of climbing. The gentle gradients make the routes very pleasant to ride.
You can easily travel to and from the Tours with public transport. If you have time, you could also ride the stretch between the Tours instead of taking the train. Most of the routes can be combined and three are connected via the Elbe Cycle Path (komoot.de/collection/380). The Saale Cycle Path (komoot.de/collection/699) is also linked to the Tours via the Elbe Cycle Path near the town of Barby. This route takes you across Saxony-Anhalt and into the region where the Nebra Sky Disk was discovered.
This moderate day tour takes you along the Elbe through the federal states of Brandenburg, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The river used to mark part of the inner-German border between the GDR and the FRG. Fortunately, beautiful bicycle paths now run where there used to be border guards and barbed wire fences. The Grenzlandtour combines history with impressive nature, here and there relics and monuments commemorate past times while you roam the beautiful river landscape along the Elbe.
This moderate day tour takes you through the extensive landscape of the Börde on almost 64 kilometers. The start and end point are in Schönebeck south of Magdeburg, which can also be reached practically by train. If the route is a bit too long for you, you can skilfully shorten it between the towns of Wespen and Kleinmühlingen. This saves you roughly 15 kilometers.
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The bike tour on the Elbe-Havel Canal takes you, as the name suggests, from the Elbe to the Havel. The starting point is the Hohenwarthe double savings lock. Since the town of Hohenwartthe has no rail connection, you can also consider starting the tour a bit further in Burg. Your destination is at the Havel lakes in Kirchmöser directly at the train station, so you can skilfully get back to your starting point.
The Green Belt Germany is a project for nature conservation, which provides a green strip up to 200 meters wide along the former inner German border, which is to be declared a complete protected area for animals and plants. It is a fine example of how negative can be converted into positive and how a space can develop from a boundary.