The Elbe cycle path
Reaching from the heart of the Czech Republic to the German North Sea coast, the Elbe and its eponymous cycle path connect countries and cultures. Unique nature experiences await: Distinctive mountain tops and glacial cirques in the Giant Mountains, dreamy landscapes in northern Bohemia, the dramatic Saxon Switzerland water gap, quiet meadows and forests in the former intra-German border or the lower Elbe in the Kehdinger Land, which opens itself to the North Sea between Hamburg and the mud flats.
Throughout the centuries, Prague has lost none of its splendor and cultural riches. Charles Bridge traverses the Vltava and connects the old town with the Malá Strana, where the Hradschin, Prague’s castle, towers. After 50 kilometres along the Vltava, you will reach the Elbe cycle path, which follows the river on its adventurous path.
The Elbe goes on to Dresden and Meißen, two of Germany’s most important cultural assets. Now that the Frauenkirche has been rebuilt, the Elbe panorama once again shines in its old glory - not least due to the Residency, the Semperoper and the Zwinger Palace.
Along the river’s middle reaches, the Elbe cycle path is surprisingly close to nature - conservation areas and biosphere reservations make sure that the river’s pasture landscape is preserved. Slowly but surely, the metropolis of Hamburg - Germany’s largest port and age-old gateway to the whole world - appears on the horizon. The Michel and the Jungfernstieg, the Landungsbrücken jetties and the Reeperbahn await your discovery. However, the Elbe cycle path is not over yet - the ‘Old Land’, with its countless fruit trees and old Hanseatic towns lie on the lower Elbe, until you reach Cuxhaven, where the river flows into the sea and visitors get to enjoy pristine sandy beaches.
Our cycling holidays on and around the Elbe cycle path
One of the two classics among the Elbe cycle tours has long been the tour from Dresden to Dessau. Florence on the Elbe, Meißen and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains are clear highlights. The second tour, which enjoys increasing popularity, goes from Prague to Dresden. Both cities have always been worth a visit in their own right, but together they make for a beautiful cycling holiday.
Along the lower Elbe, we offer two interesting tours:
- Elbmarsch and Old Land is a loop from Hamburg along the lower Elbe to Brunsbüttel and Cuxhaven and back to the Hanseatic City via the Old Land, where an extended stay is highly recommended
- Our new tour on the old salt road leads from picturesque Lübeck, along the Elbe-Lübeck canal through the Lauenburg Lakes nature park to the salt city of Lüneburg and later onwards to Hamburg. Some of the stages are more lengthy, but most of the time on flat terrain. Lübeck, Mölln, Lauenburg, Lüneburg, Hamburg - a cycling trip through enchanting towns with small and big names and lots of atmosphere!