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View from Königstein Fortress

Elbe Cycle Path, Dresden – Wittenberg

Dresden – Wittenberg

9 Days / 8 Nights
View from Königstein Fortress

Like a magnet river Elbe appealed good architects. They built baroque magnificent buildings and summer residences for Augustus the Strong. They designed the medieval ambience of the porcelain city Meißen, built the renaissance city Torgau or Luther city Wittenberg. Starting point for this journey is Dresden. Buildings as the Frauenkirche, the Dresdner Zwinger, the Semper opera and the residence palace display the aesthetics of this first-class architecture. Nature is a good architect too, proof for that is the tour through Elbe Sandstone Mountains with its bizarre rocks. You cycle downstream along the river, you visit stations as Radebeul, home of Karl May and wine villages in the near of Meißen.

Itinerary at a glance

Stroll through the baroque old town of Dresden, while the Saxon Switzerland provides a wild and romantic contrast. Radebeul was the home of Karl May, and in Wittenberg, you'll encounter Martin Luther – let's raise a glass of Saxon wine to that.

Afterwards it is possible  to stroll through the baroque old city of Dresden. Discover the well-known beauty and magic of the city with places of interest as Zwinger, Frauenkirche, palace and Semper opera.

The bicycle path leads directly along the Elbe to Bad Schandau. By ferry cruise to palace Pillnitz, enjoy the unique view onto the baroque building. You continue by bike upstream to the bizarre sandstone mountains. A short climb onto Bastei Mountain is worth it. A wonderful view onto the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the course of the river reward you for your efforts. Return journey from Pirna to Dresden by boat.

Today's bike tour runs in the romantic Elbe Valley along the Saxon vineyards past the town of Radebeul, which is closely associated with the name of Karl May. Soon you will reach the city of Meissen, world famous for its porcelain. The picturesque alleys of the historically grown city center are ideal for strolling and shopping. The Albrechtsburg Castle or the world-famous Meissen Porcelain Manufacturing Company are also worth a visit.

Today you go a bit more through Germany’s most northern vineyards. Taste the regional wines! The baroque castle Diesbar-Seußlitz with its wonderful park is a good place for rest. Accommodation is in the town of Riesa or Strehla.

You follow the Elbe river downstream to Mühlberg with former Cistercian monastery and Electoral Saxony’s milepost.

You should not miss the Treblitz Tree Park with trees and bushes from five continents. Destination of the day is Torgau with nice town hall in renaissance style, residence palace Hartenfels and church St. Marien.

From Saxony-Anhalt you cycle via palace Lichtenberg in direction Bad Schmiedeberg.

After your arrival in the city where Martin Luther posted his theses, you have the possibility to make a trip down memory lane. The Luther Hall, Wittenberg’s most interesting building, has the biggest historic collection on the Reformation. The old city of Wittenberg was restored lovely too. The beautiful shops and restaurants are guaranteeing a wonderful evening.

Departure or extension

Route Information

Daily routes from 25 to 45 km in flat and slightly hilly terrain. The Elbe cycle path offers the possibility to cycle on car-free roads along one of the most beautiful and most important rivers in Germany. Other sections lead along small country roads and paths with less traffic through diversified river landscape.

Prices & Dates

Category A: Hotels and guesthouses, mainly 3***- and 4****level

Category B: Hotels, guesthouses and inns, mainly 3***-level

Prices per person in EUR

Our Rental Bikes

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Rental bike partner men
Men's bike 9 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex bike 7/8-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Rental bike partner men
Men's bike 7/8-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality men's touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Rental bike partner e-bike
E-bike 5 to 9-speed
with coaster brake

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Rental bike partner unisex
Unisex rental bike PLUS 21 to 30-speed
Derailleur gears with freewheel

Sportier, lighter and more precise premium rental bike

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel information 1x per room (German, English)
  • 1 boat ride Pirna - Dresden
  • App for navigation and GPS-data
  • Service-hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return journey by minibus to Dresden every friday, saturday and sunday, from Wittenberg EUR 85 per person, extra cost for own bike EUR 39, reservation is necessary, payable in advance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Dresden train Station
  • Dresden Airport
  • Good train connections to Dresden
  • Hotel Category A: Parking garage, costs EUR 24 per day
  • Hotel Category B: Parking garage, costs EUR10 per day, also free parking close to the hotel.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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