Elbe River with Schloss Moritzburg, Sachsen, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Polybert49

View from Albrechtsberg Castle in Meissen, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Harshil Shah
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Dresden to Magdeburg Bike Tour

Germany Bike Tours

Along the Elbe River…

  • 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 Deutsche 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 results from its long history as the 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”.

    Highlights:

    • Frauenkirche, ‘Church of Our Lady’
    • Brühlsche Terrasse, nicknamed ‘The Balcony of Europe’
    • Cycling through vineyards
    • Semperoper Opera House and Zwinger Palace
    • Albrechtsburg, a 15th-century late-Gothic castle
    • Marin Luther and the Reformation

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  • 2020

    9 Day TourCat.  1Cat. 2
    All other dates $ 1106 £ 576 $ 1,001 669 $ 1155 kr 7132 $ 760 $ 1271 £ 662 $ 1,150 769 $ 1327 kr 8198 $ 873
    May 16 to June 24  $ 1230 £ 640 $ 1,113 744 $ 1284 kr 7931 $ 845 $ 1412 £ 735 $ 1,278 854 $ 1474 kr 9104 $ 970
    June 24 to Sept 4 $ 1263 £ 657 $ 1,143 764 $ 1318 kr 8145 $ 868 $ 1436 £ 748 $ 1,300 869 $ 1500 kr 9264 $ 987
    Sept 5 to Sept 19 $ 1213 £ 631 $ 1,098 734 $ 1267 kr 7825 $ 834 $ 1395 £ 726 $ 1,263 844 $ 1457 kr 8998 $ 958
    Single supplement (applies to all seasons) $ 314 £ 163 $ 284 190 $ 328 kr 2026 $ 216 $ 364 £ 189 $ 329 220 $ 380 kr 2345 $ 250

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 198 £ 103 $ 180 120 $ 207 kr 1279 $ 136

    Return transfers, Magdeburg to Dresden*: $ 132 £ 69 $ 120 80 $ 138 kr 853 $ 91

    *Advanced reservation required. Min. of 4 participants. Payable on site. 

    Extra nights in Dresden

    Cat. 1

    Cat. 2

    Double Room

    $ 99 £ 52 $ 90 60 $ 104 kr 640 $ 68

    $ 132 £ 69 $ 120 80 $ 138 kr 853 $ 91

    Single Supplement

    $ 74 £ 39 $ 67 45 $ 78 kr 480 $ 51

    $ 74 £ 39 $ 67 45 $ 78 kr 480 $ 51

    please note

    Children discount available. Please ask us. 

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Berlin.

    Local Travel

    Train from Berlin airport to Dresden, approx. 2-3 hr, cost of ticket approximately €40 depending on connections.

    Climate

    Average high/low temperature in °F for Dresden is approximate: 64/47 for May, 70/53 June, 70/53 July, 72/56 August, 66/50 September, & 56/44 for October. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Category 1: Nice 2-star, but mostly 3-star hotels and inns
Category 2: Great 3-star to 4-star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights according to booked category
  • Breakfast buffets
  • 24-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • 7-day service hotline
  • GPS-Tracks on request

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival at your first hotel in Dresden
  • Remaining meals
  • Visitor’s tax (appx. 1-5 € per person/night, payment directly at the hotel)
  • Entry fees to sights/museums
  • Ferry/ship tickets
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in Dresden

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length9 days
From669 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily from April 25 to September 25, 2020

Skill Level

Easy self-guided hotel tour with average daily distances of 25 miles per day over good asphalt roads or bike paths and flat terrain.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Dresden to Magdeburg Map

Day 1: Arrival in Dresden
Day 2: Dresden - Meissen, 16 mi. (26km)
Day 3: Meissen - Riesa/Strehla,   23/26 mi. (37/42 km)
Day 4: Riesa/Strehla - Torgau, 33/27 mi. (54/44 km)
Day 5: Torgau - Wittenberg/Pretzsch/Surrounding, 22-44 mi. (37-71 km)
Day 6: Wittenberg/Pretzsch/Surrounding - Dessau, 25-46 mi. (41-75 km)
Day 7: Dessau - Barby, 24 mi. (39km)
Day 8: Barby - Magdeburg, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 9: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

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. 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. Spend the night in Dresden.

Day 2: Dresden - Meissen, 16 mi. (26km)
The Karl May Museum (Karl May was one of Germany’s best selling authors in the 19th and 20th centuries) 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 in 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 3: Meissen - Riesa/Strehla,  23/26 mi. (37/42 km)
Ride along Germany’s northernmost vineyards to Diesbar-Seusslitz. Near the baroque castle and grounds are several places to stop in for a bite to eat and taste regional wines. Continue on past the former steel city of Riesa and on to Strehla. Strehla is an idyllic small city with over 1000 yrs of history. Spend the night in Riesa or Strehla.

Day 4: Riesa/Strehla - Torgau, 33/27 mi. (54/44 km)
During WWII the United States Army and Soviet forces met on the Elbe River Bridge in Torgau. On your way to Torgau, you will cycle through Mühlberg where you may want to visit the Cistercian monastery. Enjoy the beautiful park in Trebnitz. Have a lovely evening and spend the night in Torgau.

Day 5: Torgau - Wittenberg/Pretzsch/Surrounding, 22-44 mi. (37-71 km)
Along the Elbe, on your way to Wittenberg, you will pass Lichtenberg Castle and go through Pretsch. You may want to visit the ‘Lutherhalle’, the largest Reformation exhibition. Imagine walking in Martin Luther’s footsteps. Stay overnight in Wittenberg.

Day 6: Wittenberg/Pretzsch/Surrounding - Dessau, 25-46 mi. (41-75 km)
Cross the Elbe into Wörlitz. Wörlitzer Park was the first English landscaped park in 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 once resided in Dessau. The city's acclaim stems from the renowned ‘Bauhaus’ architectural design movement which combined crafts and fine arts. Stay the night in or near Dessau.

Day 7: Dessau - Barby, 24 mi. (39km)
Today you'll cycle Elbe delta on your way to Aken. This 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. Continue cycling to Barb where you'll stay overnight.

Day 8: Barby - Magdeburg, 29 mi. (47 km)
Cycle through the towns of Gommern and Schönebeck before reaching today's destination, the beautiful city of Magdeburg. The green Citadelle is worth a visit. Overnight accommodations in Magdeburg.

Day 9: Departure
Departure following breakfast. 

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  • C. Thompson 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Some of the directions from the bike path to the hotel were not great. In 2 cases, when hotel was far from bike path, it was only with GPS in our phone that we were able to find our way. Loved having the meal plan where possible. Thanks for setting that up.

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