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Dresden Adventure Region - Cycle Route 7

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  • Elbe bei Niedergohlis
    / Elbe bei Niedergohlis
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  • / Markierung Route 7
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  • / Oberwartha
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  • / Landschaft bei Kleinopitz
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  • / Kirche Fördergersdorf
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  • / Aussicht am Landberg
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  • / Porphyrfächer bei Grund
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  • / Kirche Sora
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  • / Lehmannmühle
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  • / Saubauchtal bei der Neudeckmühle
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  • / Aussicht bei Kleinschönberg
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Dresden Adventure Region Cycle Route 7:

Through valleys on the left bank of the river Elbe to the edge of the "Most Beautiful Forest in Saxony

Route length: 55 km

Profile: difficult, very long ascents

Starting point: Niederwartha (Elbe cycle path, height of Elbe bridge)

Distance 55.1 km
4:05 h
545 m
545 m
Only a few meters from the recommended starting point, the Niederwartha pumped storage power plant catches the eye. It was put into operation in 1929 and was considered the first efficient hydroelectric power plant of its kind at the time. Not far from the lower reservoir, with its Bauhaus-style turbine house, you will drive to Niedergohlis. Before that, it is worth taking a detour to the Gohlis Windmill, built in 1832 and located directly on the Elbe River. There you can visit the mill museum.

The route leads up to Rennersdorf and is accompanied by a nature trail, which provides interesting cultural and historical facts on numerous panels. Passing the upper reservoir, you will reach the Steinhübel lookout point, which offers a beautiful panoramic view. In Kesselsdorf you can visit the local history museum. The path then leads to the spa town of Hartha. The "state-recognized resort" offers offers of active recreation, health maintenance and prevention, as well as environmental education and education.

From Hartha, you can take a side trip to the Forest Botanical Garden. The 33-hectare garden was founded in 1811 by Heinrich Cotta, making it one of the oldest scientific collections of woody plants in the world. On the edge of the Tharandt Forest you will reach the village of Grund. Numerous distant views, evidence of former mining activities and geologically significant rock outcrops, such as the porphyry fan in Schmieders Graben, offer constant variety along this section.

In the village of Grund, also known as Little Tyrol, is the production site of the oldest smokehouse. The Knox company has been producing incense here for over 135 years as a remedy for whooping cough and asthma, as well as a Christmas decoration. In the Incense Museum you can learn about the history and production. Not far from the factory premises, those interested in geology can learn interesting facts about the various local rock types on a newly designed path of rocks. Following this, you will travel along a section of the former Wilsdruffer narrow-gauge rail network to Helbigsdorf.

Along the Kleine Triebisch you will reach Klipphausen. Worth seeing here is the Lehmannmühle, a historic flour mill from the 17th century. On the last kilometers of the route, you cross the Saubach valley and reach the Elbe cycle path in Constappel. The pilgrimage church of St. Nicholas, which was already mentioned in documents at the end of the 14th century, is today one of the oldest churches in the Meißner Land. It houses valuable furnishings and various art treasures. Following the Elbe cycle path, you will return to Niederwartha.

Note: In the town halls of the adventure region you can purchase the brochure "Cycling & Discovering in the Dresden Adventure Region" with further information.

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Update: October 08, 2021
Highest point
407 m
Lowest point
102 m


Niederwartha (Elbe cycle path, height Elbe bridge) (170 m)
51.090806, 13.567816
51°05'26.9"N 13°34'04.1"E
33U 399702 5660898


Niederwartha (Elbe cycle path, height Elbe bridge)


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Public transport


We recommend for the journey to the starting point in Niederwartha by public transport the stop "Haltepunkt, Niederwartha".

This can be reached by train with the RB31 from Coswig, Dresden, Elsterwerda-Biehla and Großenhain. In addition, the bus lines 68, 404 and 423 stop there.

Getting there

Niederwartha can be reached from the direction of Dresden as well as from the direction of Oschatz via the B6. 


Nearby parking is available at the Niederwartha train station, as well as at the Cossebaude reservoir. A free parking lot can also be found on Weinsberger Platz near the station. 


51.090806, 13.567816
51°05'26.9"N 13°34'04.1"E
33U 399702 5660898
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Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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55.1 km
4:05 h
545 m
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