The tour starts in the town of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. In this town the Reformation began and it is a world heritage site. There are many fascinating historic buildings, churches and museums. In the evening you can have a guided tour with historic clothes and enjoy the town where Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 theses.
The next day you will cycle through beautiful Elbe meadows, heathland and Saxon villages to Torgau. This is the place where Soviet and American troops met on April 25 1945 and finished the World War II. But Torgau’s history dates back more than 1000 years and the Old Town has not been destroyed in the war. Torgau is one of Germany´s most beautiful Renaissance towns and in the 16.Century it was already a political center of Saxony and the Reformation. From the Hartenfels castle and its tower you will have a beautiful view of the town, the Elbe and its surroundings.
You will drive on to Meißen, the cradle of Saxony, where Europe´s first china factory can be found. Take a stroll through the narrow alleys and enjoy a glass of local wine in one of the traditional wine taverns. To the left and right side, vineyards and little castles are bordering on the Elbe. Many restaurants with open-air facilities invite you for a rest.
After passing by the famous promenade Altkötzschenbroda - the most popular village center of Radebeul, you will soon reach the Lobnitzgrund Valley and cycle along the railway tracks of the Lobnitzgrundbahn Train. This train is more than 120 years old and the residents call it affectionately "Dackel - sausage dog". Your path leads to Moritzburg, characterized by a beautiful castle which elector August der Starke used as a hunting lodge.
By lunchtime on the next day you will arrive in Dresden. You can enjoy this charming city with the nickname "Elbflorenz" the whole afternoon. Last but not least you will see Pillnitz Castle, the picturesque Grobsedlitz Baroque Garden and the town of Pirna. On your last day you will finally arrive at the Saxon Sandstone Mountains, where you will have from the Bastei rocks a magnificent view of the world-famous sandstone cliffs of Saxon Switzerland. You will also visit Europe´s biggest mountain fortress called Konigstein.
1st Day 77 km – 48 miles
From Lutherstadt Wittenberg to Torgau
After you have been fitted with the appropriate bicycle, you will start cycling through beautiful water meadows while enjoying the charming flora and fauna. You will pass by the historic Bock Windmill and reach a beautiful restaurant at lunchtime. There you can sit outside and enjoy the view of the nearby lakes or you just go swimming for a while. After the town of Dommitzsch, you will cross the Elbe River by ferry and arrive in Torgau in the evening. In the castle courtyard you can relax with a cold beer or climb the tower, where you will have a splendid view of the Elbe and the old town.
2nd Day 79 km – 49 miles
From Torgau to Meißen
After cycling along the Elbe for about an hour, you will reach the town of Belgern. Especially the marketplace with the beautiful town hall from the Renaissance, and the famous Roland - the emblem of the town - are well worth seeing. The 20 ft. high statue is made of sandstone and there are many folk tales about it. In the evening you will arrive in Meißen, where you should have a wine tasting.
3rd Day 29 km – 18 miles
From Meißen to Moritzburg
You will have all the morning for a visit to the oldest porcelain manufactory of Europe and the beautiful Old town as well as the Albrechtsburg Castle.
After lunch we should go on and travel up the Elbe. Soon you will reach the famous cultural centre of Altkötzschenbroda with its wonderfully restored village centre. Have a break in one of the numerous beer gardens or pavement restaurants!
You will pass the viticultural town of Radebeul, also famous for his author Karl May.
Then you will be cycling along the Lößnitz River Bed with its third oldest narrow-gage railway of Germany until you will arrive in Moritzburg. You will have time to visit the hunting seat of August the Strong, the pheasant bawn and deer park and will sleep in a comfortable hotel in the area.
4th Day 27 km – 17 miles
From Moritzburg to Dresden
Using a different path, you will reach Dresden via Radebeul at lunchtime.
You can use the afternoon for a guided sightseeing tour of this town with its multitude of monumental renaissance, baroque and 19th century buildings.
5th Day 24 km – 15 miles
From Dresden to Pirna
You can use the morning for a stroll through the Old town, a visit the Old Masters Picture Gallery in the Zwinger or the "Green Vault" - the treasure chamber of the Saxon electors and kings.
In the afternoon you will pass the architecturally interesting steel bridge „Blue Miracle". Then you will cross the Elbe River by ferry and visit the Pillnitz Castle with its beautiful parkways. After this you will be cycling along the Elbe River to the Großsedlitz Baroque Garden.
Elector of Saxony and King of Poland August the Strong established this French-style gardening composition in 1719, which shortly after served heady parties.
In the evening you will arrive in the little Saxon town of Pirna, where you will spend the night.
6th Day 32 km – 20 miles
From Pirna to Krippen
Those who wish may visit the historic city centre of Pirna in the morning, with its middle-class houses from the 16th and 17th century, which were built with their bays and figurines from homelike sandstone.
In the morning you will arrive in the spa town of Rathen and climb up to the Bastei Rocks.
They are famous for the splendid view of this unique hiking and rock climbing region of Europe. The stone bridge was eternalized by Caspar David Friedrich amongst others in the famous painting "The rocky gorge". You can also inspect the rocky Neurathen fortress, a fortress of natural stone, which was built by Bohemian knights in the middle of the 14th century.
Then you will cross the river by a ferry again and you will arrive at the largest European mountain fortress called Königstein using the Königstein Express - a fancy double decker bus - and a local line for transport. You will find more than 30 different buildings on the large plateau - attestors of former centuries.
In the afternoon you will be cycling through the health resort Bad Schandau and reach Krippen, a district it finally, where you will spend the night in a little hotel.
7th Day Departure
After the breakfast you can reach the train station by foot within 5 minutes. The train will bring you to the main station of Dresden within about one hour.
- 6 cycling days, 7 nights, 268 km - 167 miles
- Self-led tours can be started in the evening (arrival) of every Mon, Tue.
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