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Cycling in Saxony-Anhalt – Where nature and culture combine

Bike Touring Collection by Reiseland Sachsen-Anhalt

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.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    04:11
    33.1 mi
    7.9 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    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.You start the tour in Wittenberge at the train station and should actually take a short time to enjoy the remarkable cityscape. Especially the town hall and the city gate are worth a closer look. If you'd rather pedal right away, that's no problem either. Finally, your tour ends again in Wittenberge, which gives you the opportunity to explore the city in more detail for a second time.As soon as you have left the city, you always follow the Elbe on its north bank along the dike. You pass the town of Cumlosen and come shortly after Lütkenwisch to the ferry route to Lower Saxony. If the ferry is just on the other bank and you don't want to wait, you can take a short break in Lütkenwisch in Café Jaap on the bike path. However, it usually doesn't take too long for the ferry to return.After a short stop at the lookout tower near Schnackenburg, you will reach the Stresow Memorial a little further south. The inner German border used to run here and you get an impressive picture of how perfidiously the former border system was built at the time. From here you follow a piece of the Alland before you meet the Elbe again at Wahrenberg, this time on its south bank.After a short drive on the dike, you cross the Elbe south of Wittenberge again. As an alternative to a final city tour, a visit to the Old Oil Mill is also a good option. The industrial monument is located directly on the river and actually offers everything you could wish for at the end of a bike tour: from the leisure center to a sauna area to the beach bar on the banks of the Elbe - just take a look at what there is still to be discovered.

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    Intermediate
    03:43
    39.6 mi
    10.6 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.The tour starts on the outskirts of Schönebeck directly on the Elbe. Through broad landscapes you roughly follow their course to the east. Since hardly anything blocks your view, you can make out the more than 4,000-year-old cult site of the ring sanctuary in Pömmelte from afar. The short detour from the bike path to the south is worthwhile to visit the "Little Stonehenge" near Magdeburg.The path takes you to the Elbe again and you cross the towns of Glinde and Pömelte before you have earned a refreshing break at the Barby Seepark. Back from Barby it goes west through the gem of wasps and then through small lake landscape north of Calbe. Here you can think about whether you want to shorten to Kleinmühlingen or drive the big round via Calbe.In Kleinmühlingen it is worth visiting the Friedensfahrt Museum, which in its exhibition rooms is dedicated to cycling in general and the former stage race "Course de la Paix" in particular. Then it goes via Großmühlingen and Eickendorf again in the direction of your starting point.Back in Schönebeck we recommend that you stop in the brine park. At the historic graduation tower you can finally take a deep breath or try one of the many other relaxing spa facilities. Your tour ends a little later, where it started - on the Elbe. Here you can end the day at the Weltrad Café, as befits the class.

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  • Intermediate
    04:44
    44.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.From the double economy lock at Hohenwarthe, the path leads you directly along the canal to Burg. Shortly afterwards you branch off from it, cross it once and drive across meadows and fields. Now you can even see the Elbe again.For a few kilometers you follow the Elbradweg through the Jerichower Land. It is worth taking a short detour to Zerben to visit the castle that inspired Theodor Fontane at the time to his novel "Effi Briest". If you want, you can also take a refreshing break at the swimming lakes, which are located directly at the junction for Zerben.A short time later, you leave the Elbe again and go back to the Elbe-Havel Canal behind Parey. You follow this from Bergzow via Genthin to Wusterwitz. The Große Wusterwitzer See is an excellent place to end your tour in a relaxed way and invites you to a swim or an ice cream on the promenade. The bike path ends in Kirchmöser at the train station. If you want, you can also curl a bit around the many lakes on the Havel before you return.

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    Intermediate
    04:32
    42.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this bike tour we take you on a journey through the impressive cultural landscape of the Leopold III garden. Friedrich Franz of Anhalt-Dessau. As a supporter of the Enlightenment, he undertook several study trips to other countries during his working life, the findings of which he also implemented in landscaping. He made a little variety in the baroque gardens and created beautiful parks that were closer to nature. Look forward to a journey of almost 70 kilometers through the blossoming garden world of a bygone era.The train station in Mosigkau is the perfect starting point. Since the tour leads around Dessau-Roßlau, it is also easy to reach from Dessau's main train station. The starting point would be just behind Ziebigk in the north of Dessau. If you start the tour in Mosigkau, the route initially leads you in a wide arc around Dessau, past the Kühnauer See and along Wallwitzberg along a section of the Elbe, which describes a pretty loop here.It continues on the Elbdamm, where the first pretty elements of the garden kingdom are not long in coming. Again and again on the tour you will encounter such dreamy buildings that locate the route in an almost fairytale-like atmosphere. A clear highlight of the tour is the Wörlitz Park shortly afterwards. Here you should definitely take the time to explore the parks more closely.Via the village of Oranienbaum, you continue south along the palace grounds of the same name along the garden kingdom of Prince Franz. Shortly afterwards you are in the middle of the Middle Elbe biosphere reserve. The protected area designated by UNSECO is home to an incredibly diverse flora and fauna, and one or the other beaver castle can also be admired here.Back to Mosigkau it goes again in a wide arc in the south around Dessau. At the end of the tour in the garden kingdom, you can still look forward to a tour of the Mosigkau Castle with its extensive park. If the tour is too long for you, you can also cleverly divide it into two small round tours. A good basis for an overnight stay is, for example, in the inner-city area north of Dessau-Roßlau.

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    Difficult
    05:28
    47.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this bike tour you will learn and experience all the important connections around the famous sky disk of Nebra. The circular bronze plate is one of the most fascinating prehistoric finds. Today she tells us a lot about early astronomical knowledge and how people made use of it, at the same time she still puzzles us. Plan a full day or maybe even two for this tour because there is a lot to discover. An excellent stage stop is offered, for example, at the Sweet Lake. There is even a campsite there.You start your journey of discovery southwest of Nebra in Wangen at the train station, where you will reach the “Arche Nebra” adventure center after just one kilometer. The sky disk is not exhibited here, but you will find out everything about the location and the knowledge contained in it in an impressive exhibition. In this context, a visit to the site itself should not be missed. There is also a lookout tower where you can try out the function of the sky disk practically "live".With so many new impressions, you drive from Mittelberg through the Zieglroda Forest to Querfurt, where the town center invites you to take a long break and the huge castle complex to explore further. From here you drive further north and reach the Salzige See after almost 20 kilometers. The road here leads directly through the lake and can sometimes be flooded at high tide, which gives the word "jaunt" a whole new meaning. Shortly afterwards you will reach the Süß See, which is an ideal stage stop if you want to split the tour into two days.Now you drive further east, pass many small lakes and ponds and pass the villages of Rollsdorf, Zappendorf and Lieksau. In the forest area Dölauer Heide you can, if you want, make a small detour to a burial mound. Although this is not directly related to the Nebra sky disk, it comes from a similar period.Then you drive to Halle an der Saale, where you can treat yourself to an extensive refreshment on the island of Peißnitz before you finally see the highlight of the tour in the State Museum of Prehistory: the Nebra Sky Disc. From the train station in Halle you finally come back perfectly to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    04:54
    44.0 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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.You start your tour on the Green Belt in Ilsenburg, which can be easily reached by train, for example, via Goslar. Slightly downhill, the route leads you first in the northeast to Berßel, where you change the compass direction and drive over Osterwieck to the Kleine Fallstein.In the middle of an otherwise rather flat landscape, such a small elevation is something special. You will also get to see something special, because from the range of hills you have an excellent view of the northern Harz foothills and the Brocken, the highest mountain not only from Saxony-Anhalt, but throughout northern Germany.Hornburg, with its beautiful old town, is the perfect place to take a break before heading back south in a small arc over Börßum and Werlaburgdorf. From Schladen you now drive directly along the Green Belt along the Oker and will certainly not only be informed once about the course of the former inner German border by information sign.From Vienenburg you change your companion and join the Ecker, which also runs along the Green Belt. About Abbenrode and and past Stapelburg the round closes again in Ilsenfeld. Only a small extension of the Harz stands in your way beforehand, then you have reached your starting point again.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    251 mi
  • Duration
    27:31 h
  • Elevation
    5,100 ft

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