The Elbe Cycle Path

From Dresden to Dessau - 8 days / 7 nights from 419,- €
The Elbe Cycle Path - From Dresden to Dessau

This stretch forms the heart of the Elbe cycle path. You will cycle through the almost untouched landscapes of the Elbe floodplains and the impressive Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Famous cities such as Dessau, Wittenberg, Meißen and Dresden and the omnipresent legacy of Martin Luther are part of the cultural offering. Dreamy baroque castles and Renaissance gardens will take you back in history. The countless reaction ferries are a true peculiarity – these cable ferries have no motor, but use the reaction of the current against a fixed tether to propel themselves across the river.

Day 1 Individual arrival in Dresden

Zwinger palace, Dresden

Dresden’s impressive townscape will beckon to you from afar. See for yourself and explore the elegant Baroque architecture of this cultural centre. Use the time to visit the wonderfully restored historic part of the city and its famous buildings, the Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Frauenkirche, which was completely destroyed in the Second World War and has been lovingly rebuilt.
Overnight stay in Dresden

Day 2 Saxon Switzerland approx. 45 km + train journey, or approx. 90 km

Saxon Switzerland

Today you will follow the Elbe cycle path to Pillnitz. You will then continue cycling upstream to the rugged sandstone rocks of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. A hike up the Bastei Rock is worthwhile - it is one of the most striking viewpoints of Saxon Switzerland. From here you will have a beautiful view of the Elbe Valley. We recommend the light rail (S-Bahn) for your journey back (not included).
Overnight stay in Dresden

Day 3 Dresden - Meißen, approx. 25 km


Before the trip really gets going, it´s worth taking a small detour to Moritzburg Castle and then, if you like, a steam train to Radeburg. After that you pedal via Radebeul, which used to be home to Karl May, to Meissen. As you cycle along the Elbe there will be lots of opportunities to try some wonderful local wines. In the porcelain town of Meissen, Albrechtsburg castle and the porcelain factory are a must. It´s worth making sure you have enough time to visit them.
Overnight stay in Meißen

Day 4 Meißen - Riesa, approx. 35 km

Elbe Cycle Path

From Meißen to Riesa you will cycle along one of the most well developed stretches of the Elbe cycle path. The soft green of the vineyards will accompany you all day as you follow the Saxon Wine Road (Sächsische Weinstraße). Diesbar-Seußlitz is perfect for a break, here you can find a dreamy castle with a labyrinthine Baroque garden. The sports town Riesa is today’s destination.
Overnight stay in Riesa

Day 5 Riesa - Torgau, approx. 45 km


 You will cycle downstream along the Elbe to Mühlberg, where a former Cistercian monastery is located. Maybe you won’t even notice, but you will cycle through a tip of the federal state of Brandenburg. Your destination is Torgau, well-known as one of Gemany’s most beautiful Renaissance towns. The grave of Martin Luther’s widow Katharina von Bora is located in the church St. Marien.
Overnight stay in Torgau

Day 6 Torgau - Wittenberg, approx. 65 km


Today you cycle along the river into the federal state of Brandeburg. Following Luther´s traces, Pretzsch and Lichtenburg castles will mark your way. Castle Lichtenburg is home to a museum for local history. Following the Elbe Cycle Path downstream you will soon arrive in Wittenberg, one of the most significant places associated with Martin Luther. He nailed his 95 theses to the door of the local church here in 1517.
Overnight stay in Wittenberg

Day 7 Wittenberg - Dessau, approx. 30 km

The Georgium palace, Dessau

You will cycle downstream along the Elbe directly to the extensive park landscape of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, also known as the English Grounds of Wörlitz. Soon you will reach Dessau and you will have the opportunity to visit classicistic buildings, countless castles, as well as the Bauhaus – Dessau’s landmark, which was constructed in 1926.
Overnight stay in Dessau

Day 8 Individual departure or extended stay


Your cycling holiday along the Elbe cycle path unfortunately comes to an end after breakfast. If you like, we can happily extend your stay.

Booking Information

Arrival daily from 30.04.2016 to 30.09.2016 and further dates in April and October

Saison A           02.04., 09.04., 16.04., 23.04., 01.10., 08.10. and 15.10.2016
Saison B           30.04.2016 - 31.05.2016 und 01.09.2016 - 30.09.2016
Saison C
          01.06.2016 - 31.08.2016   

Non-bookable dates are shown in the booking form. For pricing purposes, the season is dictated by the arrival date.

Prices Category B

All prices are per person
Double room with breakfast, season A419,- €
Additional fee season B70,- €
Additional fee season C110,- €
Additional fee single room175,- €
Additional fee half-board (7x dinner)155,- €
Rental bike
Unisex bicycles, 7 gear70,- €
Unisex bicycles, 21 gear70,- €
E-bike170,- €
Extra night in a double room, B&B50,- €
Extra night in a single room, B&B70,- €
Return transfer by bus incl. bike60,- €
Booking codeNO-ELDD7b

Prices Category A

All prices are per person
Double room with breakfast, season A479,- €
Additional fee season B90,- €
Additional fee season C120,- €
Additional fee single room195,- €
Additional fee half-board (7x dinner)175,- €
Rental bike
Unisex bicycles, 7 gear70,- €
Unisex bicycles, 21 gear70,- €
E-bike170,- €
Extra night in a double room, B&B, Dresden65,- €
Extra night in a single room, B&B, Dresden90,- €
Extra night in a double room, B&B, in all other places50,- €
Extra night in a single room, B&B, in all other places75,- €
Return transfer by bus incl. bike60,- €
Booking codeNO-ELDD7a

For our younger cyclists

The following discounts or fixed prices apply to children sharing a room with two full-paying adults (with regard to basic price and seasonal charges):
to an age of 6100 %
from 6 years to an age of 1450 %
from 14 years to an age of 1825 %

Rental bikes

Types of rental bikes:
7-gear unisex bike, hub gears with back-pedal brakes
21-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
Electric bike

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, pump, repair kit

The GuteFahrt protection WITHOUT health insurance includes the following benefits (without deductibles): travel cancellation insurance, health assistance, travel assistance, premature termination insurance, rebooking fee protection and luggage insurance.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the GuteFahrt protection WITH health insurance includes a travel health insurance and medical return transport.

These insurance policies are available for different durations of travel and can be booked directly via our online booking form. The costs per person are shown accordingly.

Important information: Authoritative for insurance protection are the general terms and conditions of insurance of AGA International S.A. The complete product and consumer information and terms and conditions of insurance can be found at or call: +49.89.62424-460 to order a copy. We reserve the right to make changes to the benefits and premiums.

Note: the insurance policies are only available in German!