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A note on our own behalf:
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Laid back cycling tours from Magdeburg to Bad Schandau

Journey

Travel time
12 days/ 11 nights
Travel period
01.04.2020 - 15.11.2020
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Total length of tour
340 km
Characteristics of the tour
Level of difficulty: easyPlace-to-place tourLaid back tours with short haulsAugustusTours Original Tour (organized by AugustusTours)
  • Hundertwasserhaus in Magdeburg

  • The architecture style 'Bauhaus' in Dessau

  • Gohliser Windmuehle am Elberadweg

  • Cyclists in Dresden
    Image source: Robert Michalk Photography

  • Market square in Wittenberg

  • The castle of Hartenfels in Torgau
    Image source: Bernd Blume, Torgau Informations Center

  • The old town of Dresden from the Elbe River Cycle Path

  • Elbe River Cycle Path in Bad Schandau

  • Cyclist along the Elbe Cycle Path in Königstein in Saxon Switzerland
    Image source: Sylvio Dittrich

ATTENTION: We currently assume that travel to Germany will be feasible again from mid/end of June 2020. Of course, we will gladly accept new bookings after checking your preferred travel date and the current regulations. Here you can find more information about the effects of the corona virus on our cycling and walking tours.

What to expect

Versatile cycling tours will make you experience a magnificent countryside, the Saxon vineyards and the culturally significant towns and cities between Magdeburg and Bad Schandau. Baroque palaces, castles and parks invite you to put in numerous stops along your cycle tour. A wide variety of restaurants, wine cellars and rustic pubs on both sides of the river cater to all tastes.

This tour has been specially designed for cyclists who would like to combine relaxed biking and cultural experiences. Due to short stages there will be plenty of time for taking extended breaks and visit some of the interesting sights along the way.

Please note: This cycle tour from Magdeburg to Bad Schandau can also be booked in the opposite direction.

This cycle trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.

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Itinerary

Detailed tour description

Day 1: Individual arrival at Magdeburg
Seize the day, experience the Cathedral, the Monastery and stroll in the footsteps of the inventor Otto von Guericke. Magdeburg also offers lots of rambling parkways like the 'Elbauenpark’ and the ‘Rothehornpark’ where you can relax.

Day 2: Magdeburg – Barby (approx. 40 km)
Between Magdeburg and Barby you will cycle across another biosphere reserve along the river Elbe giving home to lots of vulnerable species of birds. Sometimes you can even see a beaver.

Day 3: Barby – Dessau (approx. 38 km)
With Dessau you will enter a town which played an important role for a new architecture style including a whole life philosophy occured in the 1920s, the so called "Bauhaus". The Bauhaus Building, the Masters' Houses in Dessau and the Garden Realm Dessau-Woerlitz are part of the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage.

Day 4: Dessau – Lutherstadt Wittenberg (approx. 37 km)
This cycling tour will take you through the beautiful meadows of the Elbe and past the world-famous Woerlitzer Park and Gardens. The 100-hectare large park offers numerous attractions including islands, canals, temples and statues. Today you will be staying in Wittenberg, a town which became famous through Martin Luther.

Day 5: Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Pretzsch (approx. 35 km)
As the historic, spiritual and cultural centre of Europe, Wittenberg was influenced by such important historical figures as Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, Johannes Bugenhagen, Justus Jonas, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Lucas Cranach the Younger. In 1996 the Luther memorials were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Take your time to discover all this interesting places because it is only a short ride passing through the floodplains of the river Elbe until Pretzsch.

Day 6: Pretzsch – Torgau (approx. 37 km)
Your cycling tour continues to Torgau, a Renaissance town featuring Schloss Hartenfels and the palatial church which is known as the first Protestant church of Germany and which was dedicated by Martin Luther.

Day 7: Torgau – Strehla or Riesa (approx. 40 km/48 km)
Today you will be cycling through the town of Belgern, the only town in Saxony which owns a Roland statue. Next stop will be Riesa, the city of sports. The town is also famous for its pasta production. In the transparent noodle centre you can gain an insight into the modern food production at the second biggest German pasta manufacturer. On the way you will be enjoying the enchanting rural atmosphere of the Elbe town of Strehla.

Day 8: Strehla or Riesa – Meissen (approx. 36 km/28 km)
Today’s cycling tour will take you along the picturesque wine villages located along the Elbe river, especially Diesbar-Seußlitz. From far away you can already see the landmark of the city of Meissen: the impressive castle hill with the cathedral and the Albrechtsburg castle. A visit to the world-famous Meissen porcelain factory is also a must. Enjoy a good wine in the evening as you are in the heart of one of the smallest yet most distinguished winegrowing regions of Germany.

Day 9: Meissen – Dresden (approx. 30 km)
Next you will be cycling to the city known as the Florence of the Elbe, Dresden, which is beautifully located along the Elbe valley. Whether the famous Zwinger, the Semper Opera or the Court Church – a tour of the former royal residence by bicycle will take you past many sites.

Day 10: Dresden – Pirna (approx. 22 km)
With renewed vigour you will start the todays leg of your cycling tour to Pirna. The highlight of the day will be a stroll through the gardens of Pillnitz Palace, the former summer residence of the royal Wettin family of Saxony. The park with its numerous trees, some of which are more than 200 years old, is regarded as a significant collection of rare and precious plants.

Day 11: Pirna – Bad Schandau (approx. 23 km)
Pirna is the gate to the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Today you will pass by a unique scenery with bizarre rock formations, massive woods and plateaus. We recommend to visit the famous fortress in Koenigstein. Your cycling tours end in Bad Schandau, one of the oldest and most centrally located resorts of "Saxon Switzerland".

Day 12: Individual departure
You can of course always extend your bike tour with extra nights in Bad Schandau, Dresden or other towns. We will be pleased to arrange additional nights in all overnight locations of this tour programme for your.

This cycle trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.



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Services

Services included

  • Welcome surprise
  • 11 x overnight stay in the booked category with private facilities
  • 11 x continental breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your cycle tours
  • Maps and information pack (in English language)
  • 24-hours-service-hotline during your cycling holidays

Bookable value-added services for the bike tour Magdeburg – Bad Schandau

Please feel free to add the following value-added services to the basic travel package to personalize your laid back cycling holidays from Magdeburg to Bad Schandau:

  • Additional nights at every overnight location according to the tour description
  • Rental bikes or electric bicycles for the duration of the tour (more about our rental bike service)
  • Transfer services from Bad Schandau to Magdeburg or vice versa (more about our transfer services)

Prices of these value-added services are detailed under the tab "Quotes" of this travel information.

Further advice on the cycling tour from Magdeburg to Bad Schandau

Please note that in certain cities between Magdeburg and Bad Schandau compulsory city, tourist or occupancy taxes are required to be paid. Unless otherwise indicated, the taxes are not included in our prices and have to be paid directly to the hotel.

This cycle trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.


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0351 - 563 48 20
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Further information about our cycling holidays along the Elbe River Cycle Path

Cycle tours along Germany's most popular cycle path

Overwiev map of the Elbe River in GermanyThe Elbe flows through beautiful countryside. Its characteristic features include the towering Elbe Sandstone Massif, delightful riverbank meadows and impressive terrace vineyards. There are charming historical monuments along the river and lovely "old towns".

The Elbe, Germany's second largest river, flows through beautiful countryside. Its characteristic features include the towering Elbe Sandstone Massif, delightful riverbank meadows and impressive terrace vineyards in the region around Meissen. There are plenty of charming historical monuments along the river including magnificent castles, palaces and lovely, preserved, historical "old towns".

The cycle tours are fairly flat and follow the run of the river Elbe. The majority of the trails are in good condition and offer a wide range of cultural and leisure activities, making it ideal for travellers in every age group, for families and groups. The Elbe is one of the "slow" rivers. There is hardly any altitude, so it does not really matter whether you cycle upstream or downstream. However, the prevailing winds from the west and the countryside around the Elbe make the journey upstream preferable.

We would be very happy to organize your cycling holidays along the Elbe Cycle Path

Logo of the Elbe River Cycle PathSince 2002 we have been offering cycling holidays as self-guided tours in English language and thereby have gained a lot of experience with foreign travellers. If you are interested in booking a cycle tour along the Elbe Cycle Path we would be glad to become your travel partner! All you need to worry about are arrival and departure – the entire rest you can leave up to us!

We will organise the reservation of your hotels, the transport of your luggage and if necessary lunch packages, transfers or further services. If you want to know more about our cycling holidays in general or get more details information about our bicycle tours along the Elbe River Cycle Path, please feel free to contact us!

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