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Elbe Cycle Route - in Flow with the River

Bicycle Ride · Saxon Switzerland
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Sandstone, wine-growers, royal residences! This route has been voted Germany's most popular cycle route by the German Bicycle Association (ADFC) many times.
easy
Distance 525 km
14:00 h
315 m
322 m
157 m
66 m
It is a star among the German cycle routes. Not surprising, considering the diversity of culture and nature that the Elbe river bank has to offer. The Saxon section is especially versatile: First up, the dramatic rock formations of Saxon Switzerland National Park. Then the lovely crests of the hills of the Meissen Spaargebirge mountains behind Dresden. And finally, Torgau, the Reformation town of Luther in the Northwest. In between, unspoilt nature and terraced vineyards alternate, surrounding peaceful village greens like Altkötzschenbroda and the picturesque old towns of Meissen and Pirna. The bandwidth of accommodations has everything from spa hotels to cosy holiday apartments with a family setting. Culinary offers range from hearty country inn cuisine to elegant star restaurants and, at the latest in Radebeul, many seasonal barn restaurants providing wine and cheese. Finally, Dresden’s advanced culture is the icing on the cake: The art collections in the Royal Palace and the Zwinger are practically en route. The Semper Opera can be admired while cycling by, and during summer, the route leads directly through the film festival at the Elbe river bank. What more could you ask for?
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Heike Grunow
Update: November 25, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Experience
Landscape
Highest point
157 m
Lowest point
66 m
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Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz e.V.
Tel: +49 (0) 3501 470147
info@saechsische-schweiz.de
www.elberadweg.de
www.saechsische-schweiz.de

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Coordinates:
DD
50.891567, 14.230717
DMS
50°53'29.6"N 14°13'50.6"E
UTM
33U 445894 5638048
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Coordinates

DD
50.891567, 14.230717
DMS
50°53'29.6"N 14°13'50.6"E
UTM
33U 445894 5638048
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • ADFC-Radreiseführer Elberadweg Süd 1:75.000, Bielefelder Verlag, ISBN: 978-3870736439
  • bikeline-Radtourenbuch, Elbe-Radweg Teil 1 Esterbauer Verlag GmbH, ISBN 978-3850000307
  • Radwanderkarte Elberadweg 1, Bad Schandau - Dessau Verlag Publicpress, ISBN 978-3899204483
  • Bruckmanns Radführer Elberadweg Verlag Bruckmann, ISBN 978-3-7654-4771-6

Author’s map recommendations

kostenloses Elberadweg Handbuch: www.elberadweg.de/news-service/elberadweg-handbuch

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Equipment

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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
525 km
Duration
14:00 h
Ascent
315 m
Descent
322 m
Highest point
157 m
Lowest point
66 m
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