River course of the Elbe

Elbe Cycle Path

ENJOYMENT AND ACTIVITY ALONG THE ELBE

It is one of the most beautiful and best-known cycle paths in Germany – the Elbe Cycle Path. No wonder, because the cycle route along the Elbe captivates with its scenic charm, its flat route and the extremely attractive stage locations! Come with Eurobike on a cycle tour that your will talk about for a long time! You can find all the information here!

View from above over the river Elbe

Brief information about the Elbe cycle path

For about 1300km the Elbe meanders from its origin in the Giant Mountains in the Czech Republic through Germany, past Dresden, Dessau, Magdeburg, Hamburg and finally flows into the North Sea between Brunsbüttel and Cuxhaven. Around 805km, the majority of this popular cycle path is located in Germany. Countless impressions, beautiful landscapes, the idyll of the Elbe meadows and the cultural aspect of the cities that sit on the banks of the Elbe make up the charm and attraction of this great long-distance cycle path! Acquired a taste? Then read on!

The most beautiful stages and cycle tours on the Elbe Cycle Path

Prague – Dresden

You probably can’t decide what you look forward to more – the starting point? The destination? Or everything in between? Believe us, you can really look forward to every part of this tour! And the relatively easy route makes it a dream holiday for young and old!

Dresden – Dessau

Countless sights line the cycle path between Dresden and Dessau. Look forward to the splendid buildings from earlier times in Dresden, romantic castles along the Saxon Wine Route and try excellent wines in Meißen. Wherever you go, the Elbe will always be your loyal companion.

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Prague - Dresden

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Elbe Cycle Path

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Magdeburg – Cuxhaven

Between the imperial city of Magdeburg and Cuxhaven, the city where the Elbe flows into the North Sea, you will see one jewel after the other. From Magdeburg it goes past Havelberg, Hitzacker and Lauenburg and finally on to the fantastic Hanseatic city of Hamburg, before you accompany the Elbe to the North Sea, where it says goodbye to German soil.

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The most beautiful cities along the Elbe Cycle Path

View on Prague

Prague

Why is Prague known as ‘The Golden City’? There are several explanations for this. However, the most plausible is probably Emperor Charles IV had the towers of the Prague Castle gilded. The Prague Castle still serves as the residence of the Czech President. Other sights that you should definitely visit are the Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral and of course you should see the changing of the castle guard at the courtyard. It takes place every day at noon.

View to the Frauenkirche and Academy of Art in Dresden

Dresden

The capital of the federal state of Saxony is known for its numerous art treasures, the breathtaking architecture and its many museums. A visit to Dresden will appeal to both the art and culture lovers among you and will literally inspire you. The most popular places in Dresden include the Dresden Frauenkirche, the Zwinger – a magnificent building with beautiful gardens, and of course the Residenzschloss and the famous Semperoper.

Impressions of the bike tour from Magdeburg to Hamburg

Magdeburg

Did you know that Germany’s oldest Gothic cathedral is located in Magdeburg? And why has Magdeburg been the Otto city for over 1000 years? Does that have anything to do with Otto the Great? The best way to find out the answer is to visit the beautiful state capital. Visit the somewhat sloping millennium tower, stroll through the old market and comfortably stretch your feet on the Elbau park!

Sailing ship in the port of Hamburg

Hamburg

Hamburg is probably the most dazzling city on the Elbe. With the large harbour, the world-famous entertainment mile, the many theatres and the beautiful warehouse district, Hamburg is one of the most popular destinations in all of Germany. Spend a few days in the millionaire city of Hamburg and see for yourself why so many people fall head over heels in love with this great city.

Beach chairs at the beach in Cuxhaven

Cuxhaven

The pretty town of Cuxhaven is located directly at the mouth of the Elbe in the North Sea and is known as one of the largest North Sea spas in Germany. The colourful beach chairs along the miles of beaches on the North Sea give the city an incomparable charm. Marvel at the landmark of Cuxhaven – the Kugelbake, treat yourself to a long walk on deserted beaches and enjoy the soothing sea air!

Useful information about your cycling holiday on the Elbe Cycle Path

Cycle path

You will cycle with the Eurobike from the Czech Republic to the North Sea for about 1200 kilometres. The cycle path is largely flat and contains very few gradients. Mostly you cycle on separate paths next to the Elbe, which are mostly asphalted. So you can look forward to a relaxed and calm cycling adventure. A higher traffic volume can be expected only at the entrances and exits to cities.

Travel time

The Elbe Cycle Path is a recommended destination for your cycling holiday almost all year round. From March to October, the beautiful Elbe attracts our guests to its banks. June, July and August in particular are very popular travel months since the temperatures are the most pleasant in summer. But if you like it a little quieter and maybe a little cooler, we would recommend a cycle tour in spring or autumn.

Vineyards along the river Elbe

The cuisine along the Elbe

Wine lovers, take note! You will particularly like our cycle tours along the Elbe. Because on your cycle tour on the Elbe you will meet the beautiful Saxon Wine Route – home to well-known wines such as Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Traminer. Goldriesling and Schieler are considered regional specialties. And if you drink excellent wine, you should of course also eat fantastic food. The Elbe city of Hamburg is the perfect terrain for this. Because hardly any other German city concentrates on outstanding cuisine like Hamburg. Have you always wanted to have your food served by a famous TV chef? In Hamburg you have the opportunity to do so, because greats like Tim Mälzer, Steffen Henssler and Christian Rach run successful restaurants here, and a visit is really recommended! A reservation is advisable!

Impressions of the bike tour from Magdeburg to Hamburg

UNESCO biosphere reserve ‘Elbe River Landscape’

The UNESCO ‘Elbe River Landscape’ biosphere reserve is the largest biosphere reserve in the interior of Germany. Animal species that have been threatened with extinction have successfully settled here on around 282,000 hectares. The beaver is a local on the Elbe, for example, and the white storks are also welcome and returning guests in the Elbe. Some geese and swans even hibernate here and use the revitalised natural space to find food and shelter. We believe that this is a really successful project that offers animals a wonderful environment to survive and that we cyclists use as a wonderful backdrop for our tours.

Did you know…

  • …that there are only 10 professional fishermen left on the Elbe? In summer mainly pikeperch and eel are caught here. In winter, fishermen often fish for sea cucumber. But sometimes it can be a little more exotic. Woolen crabs, which were once the river fisher’s natural enemy, are now sold as a delicacy to the Far East.
  • …that the Elbe is known as ‘Labe’ as its place of origin is in the Czech Republic?
  • …that the Elbe is the second longest river in Germany? With a length of 727km, which flow on the German soil, it joins the Rhine and the Danube. In Europe, the Elbe occupies 8th place with a total length of 1094km.
  • …that the Elbe can cope with a height difference of 1386 metres from its origin to its mouth in the Baltic Sea? Fortunately, it always goes downhill. 😉
Bikes in front of castle in Dresden

Perfectly organised cycle tours on the Elbe

For a trip to the Elbe you should bring a good dose of time, rest and a bike. Because this is the best way to appreciate this beautiful river and experience its breathtaking landscape. And if you say cycling, you have to think Eurobile. Because we understand how to organise perfect cycle tours like no other. Comfortable hotels, perfect travel documents, punctual luggage service, modern rental bikes and a friendly service on site – we will take care of it all!

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