Dresden to Magdeburg
Germany Bike Tours
Along the Elbe River…
Depending on which of the following bicycle tours you choose, you can cycle a total of approximately 108 miles (335 km) between Bad Schandau and Madgeburg. You can start in Dresden with Wittenberg, Dessau or Magdeburg as your destination. Or, reverse the order, start in one of the three towns and end in Dresden. There are 1001 possibilities to combine sight seeing with your tour. Enjoy regional cuisine and wine tasting in pubs and restaurants along the way. A few wine specialties are Goldriesling, Ruländer and Scheurebe. Come along and explore the picturesque landscape from the narrow Elbe Sandstone Mountain Valley to the vast flood plains by Magdeburg.
Starting in Dresden in eastern Germany, this tour incorporates scenic river landscapes with palaces and castles, chapels and churches, vineyards and valleys, history and harmony and always, tasty traditional Deutsch cuisine, from sausages to sauerkraut! Dresden is known for its Baroque towers and gables. For a great view of the city, climb the dome of the Frauenkirche! This famous symbol of Dresden was recently reconstructed and is considered the world’s finest Protestant church.
From the dome, one can see Brühl's Terrace (a terrace overlooking the Elbe River); Semper Opera House in Dresden-Baroque architecture; Zwinger (Baroque buildings enclosing a picturesque garden courtyard); the Catholic Hofkirche (the largest church in Saxony and one of Dresden's foremost landmarks) and the Residenzschloss. The city’s cultural and artistic splendor result from its long history as capital and Royal residence for the Kings of Saxony, and its importance as a cultural center has given it the nickname Elbflorenz or “Florence of the Elbe”.
The town of Meißen is dominated by the Albrechtsburg, a 15th century late-Gothic castle that was the first of its kind to be built solely as a residence. In the historic town of Torgau, you will notice the early-Renaissance Hartenfels castle. The town of Wittenberg will take you back to the roots of Marin Luther and the Reformation. On the door of the Schlosskirche (castle church) is where the Augustinian monk Luther is said to have nailed his famous 95 theses in 1517, starting the Reformation. On the market square is the ancient Rathaus with a statue of Luther.
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Where You’ll Stay
Category 1: 2, but mostly 3 hotels and inns
Category 2: great 3 to 4 hotels
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- 21-speed hybrid bicycle
- Luggage transportation
- Route descriptions & maps
- 7-day service hotline
What’s Not Included
Extra nights available in Dresden, Wittenberg, or Magdeburg.
Day 1: Arrival in Dresden
Day 2: Dresden – Elbe Sandstone Mountains 15/28 mi. (24/45km)
Day 3: Dresden - Meißen 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 4: Meißen - Strehla 27 mi. (44 km)
Day 5: Strehla - Torgau 41 mi. (66 km)
Day 6: Torgau - Wittenberg 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Wittenberg - Dessau 25 mi. (40km)
Day 8: Dessau - Magdeburg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 9: Departure
**The 7 day / 6 night tour runs from Dresden to Wittenberg (or v.v.) with overnight stays in Dresden x 2, Meißen, Strehla, Torgau, & Wittenberg.
The below itinerary is for the 9 day / 8 night tour:
DAY 1: Arrival in Dresden
Dresden, also known as "Florence on the Elbe River", is a cultural metropolis in Saxony. The view from the river towards the city is gorgeous. A few points of interest include The Frauenkirche, 'Church of Our Lady', Brühlsche Terrasse, nicknamed 'The Balcony of Europe', the Semperoper Opera House and Zwinger Palace are just a few points of interest worth visiting. Overnight in Dresden.
DAY 2: Dresden – Elbe Sandstone Mountains 15/28 mi. (24/45km)
There is an abundance of castles and points of interesest in the region around Dresden. Follow the Elbe River past the castles once belonging to Prince Albert, past the Blue Wonder, and past the stately vineyards on your way to Pillnitz. Not too far from there is the beautiful Old Town of Pirna. The Königstein Fortress and Bastion are favorite tourist destinations. The seemingly magical rock formations surrounded by forest are captivating. The spa town of Bad Schandau is a perfect place to spend the night.
DAY 3: Dresden - Meißen 26 mi. (42 km)
The Karl May Museum (Karl May was one of Germany's best selling authors in the 19th and 20th century) is in Radebeul. On your way to Meissen it would be worth your while to leave the cycling paths and cycle through the vineyards. You may want to take a nice break to enjoy a delicious glass of wine at one of the rustic inns. A visit to the stately Meissen Porcelain Factory and the Albrecht Castle is a must. Stay overnight in or near Meissen.
DAY 4: Meißen - Strehla 27 mi. (44 km)
After Diesbar Seusslitz, you’ll ride along the northernmost vineyards of Germany. Beside the Baroque castle with wonderful gardens, the winegrowing area offers many opportunities for becoming acquainted with the Saxonian Weines. Next the day will take you further along the Elbe past the former steel town of Riesa following Strehla. Strehla is an idyllic small town also over a 1000-years-old. Overnight accommodation in Riesa or Strehla.
DAY 5: Strehla - Torgau 41 mi. (66 km)
Today the former fortress town of Torgau is your destination. A historical place to meet in. During World War II at the Elbe bridge, the Soviets were on one side and the Americans on the other. Along the way, you’ll pass the small town of Muehlberg with a Cistercian monastery and the Treblitz tree park.
DAY 6: Torgau - Wittenberg 31 mi. (50 km)
Wittenberg is famous for its one-time citizen Martin Luther, and here you can find the largest exhibition about the history of the Reformation. Along the way, you’ll ride over the lock, Lichtenberg, over Pretsch along the Elbe.
DAY 7: Wittenberg - Dessau 25 mi. (40km)
Cross the Elbe into Wörlitz. Wörlitzer Park was the first naturalistic English landscaped park on continental Europe. It was created in the late 18th century under the regency of Duke Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau and is 142 km² (54.8 sq mi). On your way to Dessau you can either cycle along the Elbe or through the little baroque city of Oranienbaum. The House of Ascania onced resided in Dessau. The city has become very reputable since the ‘Bauhaus’, a “Building School” in Germany that combined crafts and fine arts and is famous for its approach to design, was located there in 1925. Stay the night in or near Dessau.
DAY 8: Dessau - Magdeburg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Cycle across flood plains of the Elbe on your way to Aken. The small city was founded by Albert the Bear in the 12th century. The old town is surrounded by a 700 yr. old city wall with 14 fortified towers and 3 city gates. Cycle through the towns of Barby, Gommern and Schönebeck and on to the beautiful city of Magdeburg. Spend the night there.
Day 9: Departure from Magdeburg