Blick von Elberadweg auf Lauenburg
Hamburger Speicherstadt © Hamburg Tourismus GmbH Print und Internet
Marktplatz von Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Brunnen im Hundertwasserhaus in Magdeburg
Blick vom Elberadweg auf die Silhouette von Dresden © Robert Michalk Photography
Dampferparade in Dresden © Sylvio Dittrich
By bike from Hamburg to Dresden along the Elbe Cycle Path
Varied cycling tours from the far north to Florence on the Elbe
Along the excellent signposted cycle track, eleven stages will take you through different sceneries. Experience the vast landscapes of the north, the nature reserves in the region of mid-Elbe and the imposing vineyards in the south section of the river before reaching Dresden. Discover charming towns like Hitzacker, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Meissen, as well as metropolises such as Hamburg and Dresden.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Hamburg
The Hanseatic city offers a wide range of cultural attractions. Discover the neo-gothic brick architecture and, in contrast to that, futuristic-looking buildings, symbolising the city’s everlasting growth.
Overnight stay in Hamburg
Day 2: Hamburg – Lauenburg (approx. 55 km)
Your first cycling stage along the Elbe Cycle Path will take you through Geeshacht to the old shipping town Lauenburg. The Elbe – here still very broad – winds its way through the flatland, dispersing into many smaller and larger tributaries.
Overnight stay in Lauenburg
Day 3: Lauenburg – Hitzacker (approx. 55 km)
Today you will ride through sleepy villages and the Elbe Floodplain UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with its largely untouched fluvial landscape to Hitzacker. The town’s historic centre with numerous half-timbered houses is picturesque situated on an island and invites you for a stroll.
Overnight stay in Hitzacker
Day 4: Hitzacker – Wittenberge (approx. 78 km)
On your fourth day you will continue to cycle through the peaceful Elbe floodplains. Enjoy the tranquillity and wildlife along the way. You will also pass the former inner German borderland. Soon after that, Wittenberge will appear on the horizon, well known for its many towers.
Overnight stay in Wittenberge
Day 5: Wittenberge – Havelberg (approx. 38 km)
After leaving Wittenberge you will cycle on dykes along the banks of the Elbe to Havelberg. Visit the city’s impressive cathedral in the Romanesque and Gothic style made of red-brick.
Overnight stay in Havelberg
Day 6: Havelberg – Tangermünde (approx. 50 km)
The sixth leg of your biking holidays will take you through small villages to Tangermünde. The town’s medieval centre invites you to discover the many red-brick and half-timbered buildings.
Overnight stay in Tangermünde
Day 7: Tangermünde – Magdeburg (approx. 80 km)
Today’s stage is defined by nature: enjoy the ride through the vast floodplains with its diverse wildlife. Shortly before reaching Magdeburg, stop at the imposing "European water junction" connecting the Elbe, the Elbe-Havel-Canal and the Mid-land Canal. In Magdeburg do not miss to pay a visit to the cathedral and Hundertwasser building.
Overnight stay in Magdeburg Tip: This tour can be divided by an overnight stop in Bertingen (results in approx. 33 km/41 km). Online booking via "Erlebnispaket".
Day 8: Magdeburg – Dessau (approx. 78 - 88 km)
The cycle path will lead you through the Biosphere Reserve of the Mid-Elbe, one of the last undeveloped floodplains in Central Europe. The untouched nature is home to rare bird species. Soon you will be arriving in Dessau. The Bauhaus buildings and the Masters’ houses from Kandinsky, Klee or Feininger all belong to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
Overnight stay in Dessau Tip: This tour can be divided by an overnight stop in Barby (results in approx. 42 km/40 km). Online booking via "Erlebnispaket".
Day 9: Dessau – Lutherstadt Wittenberg (approx. 37 km)
The short cycling stage allows you to explore extensively the world-famous Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 100-hectare large park offers numerous attractions including islands, chanals, temples and statues. Today’s tour ends in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the starting point of Martin Luther’s Reformation process 500 years ago. Take a walk through the intact historic centre and visit the various memorial sights dedicated to Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon which were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.
Overnight stay in Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Day 10: Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Torgau (approx. 68 km)
Your todays bicycle tour along the Elbe Cycle Path continues through the Elbe floodplains to Torgau, a Renaissance town featuring Schloss Hartenfels and the Palace Church known as the first German Protestant church.
Overnight stay in Torgau Tip: The stage can be divided by booking an extra night in Pretzsch (approx. 35 km/33 km). For prices see extra nights (Cat. B).
Day 11: Torgau – Strehla (approx. 40 km)
Today your cycle tour will take you to Belgern first, the only place with a Roland statue in Saxony. Continuing the journey you can enjoy the enchanting rural atmosphere of the Elbe town Strehla.
Overnight stay in Strehla
Day 12: Strehla – Dresden (approx. 66 km)
The final leg of your cycle tour will take you to the Riesa first. The city is home to a famous German pasta manufacturer and at its museum, you can gain insight into the modern food production. You will also pass picturesque vineyards, as well as the wine and porcelain city of Meissen with its castle Albrechtsburg. Finally, the cycle path leads you to Dresden. Take a walk through the historic old town and visit the Frauenkirche, the Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House. Enjoy the view from the Brühl’s Terrace – also known as ‘The Balcony of Europe’.
Overnight stay in Dresden
Day 13: Individual departure
Take your time to review your memories of the journey along the Elbe River Cycle Path before departure. You are welcome to prolong your cycling holidays with additional nights, e.g. in Dresden or other towns along the route. We will be delighted to arrange the accommodations for you.
Experience PACKAGES: Put the crown on your holiday!
- 12 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
- 12 x continental breakfast
- Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your cycle tours
- GPS data on request
- 1 package with maps and information material per room (in English language)
- Telephone-service-hotline during your cycling holidays
Please feel free to add the following value-added services to the basic travel package of the tour from Hamburg to Dresden:
Please note that in some cities accommodation taxes, visitor's taxes, etc. apply. Unless otherwise stated, these are not included in the tour price and must be paid locally.
This cycle trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.
Arrival & Departure
How to get to the tour
Arrival by train:
Hamburg is easy to reach by train from all major cities in Germany.
From Hamburg's main train station, you then have the option of using public transportation to get to your hotel.
Current timetable information and prices can be found at www.bahn.de or www.hvv.de.
Arrival by car and parking facilities:
Depending on the hotel, there are direct parking options or often nearby.
Please understand that there are limited parking facilities at the hotel, especially in the city centers.
Check directly with your starting hotel to see if they offer parking. At www.parkopedia.de you will find a good overview of other parking options and we will be happy to inform you individually.
- Prices for services includedPrice validity: 01.04.2017 to 31.10.2024incl. luggage transferDblSglPrice validity: 01.04.2024 to 05.05.20241,349.00 € per person1,749.00 € per personPrice validity: 06.05.2024 to 07.09.20241,349.00 € per person1,749.00 € per personPrice validity: 08.09.2024 to 31.10.20241,409.00 € per person1,809.00 € per person1,349.00 € per person1,749.00 € per person
- Prices for additional nightsDblSglHamburg90.00 €120.00 €Dresden75.00 €110.00 €
- Prices for rental bikesPriceUnisex-Tourenrad mit 21-Gang-Freilauf15.00 €
per person and dayUnisex-Tourenrad mit 7-Gang-Rücktritt15.00 €
per person and dayHerren-Tourenrad mit 21-Gang-Freilauf15.00 €
per person and dayHerren-Tourenrad mit 7-Gang-Rücktritt15.00 €
per person and dayUnisex-Elektrorad mit 7-Gang-Rücktritt30.00 €
per person and dayTachometer (nach freier Verfügbarkeit)0.00 €
- Experience packagesPriceFlexPLUS39.00 € (DZ), 39.00 € (EZ)
per personZusatznacht Bertingen (inkl. Gepäcktransport)110.00 € (DZ), 140.00 € (EZ)
per personZusatznacht Barby (inkl. Gepäcktransport)90.00 € (DZ), 120.00 € (EZ)
per personZusatznacht Pretzsch (inkl. Gepäcktransport)90.00 € (DZ), 120.00 € (EZ)
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