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Elbe Cycle Route: maritime flair & charming cities
During your holiday, you will encounter exciting natural contrasts: idyllic landscapes and traditional cities shape the surroundings of the Elbe Cycle Route. It is up to you if you want to discover the cycling paths along the river on guided or self-guided tours. However, there is one thing you can be sure of: The tour in-between Germany and the Czech Republic will blow your mind. Follow the sun on your favorite mode of transport – your bicycle!
Travel through diverse landscapes & discover the Elbe bike path
Well-paved cycling paths, flat terrain and a diverse landscape are waiting for you. The Elbe Cycle Route has a lot in store and is definitely worth traveling. Go on an adventure along picturesque river landscapes or stop by some of the most traditional cities of Germany and the Czech Republic. There are over 782 miles of cycling paths waiting to be discovered by you! Torgau, Lauenburg or Hamburg: Get excited and explore the most beautiful parts of the Elbe, soak in the atmosphere on the dikes or cycle all the way to the estuary at Cuxhaven, Germany. The good part: Eurocycles takes the planning off your hands! We provide you with luggage services, maps, rental bikes, pre-booked accommodations and handle all of the organizational tasks for you. Lean back and enjoy your ride!
Tackle the Elbe Cycle Route in legs according to your wishes
782 miles leave you with many choices as you can cycle several legs along the Elbe. It is up to you which one you choose. What would you prefer: A trip from Dresden to Schmilka across the Saxon Switzerland or the leg from Hamburg to Cuxhaven along the famous Elbe dikes? The variety of the Elbe bike route is what makes the journey so unique. Maritime flair as well as mountainous terrain and cities – all in one route! Do not miss the leg Tangermuende – Havelberg if nature is your thing! The nature reserve “Old Elbe” is a beautiful get away for all nature enthusiasts. Other possible legs to cycle are Hitzacker – Dachau in Lower Saxony or Dresden – Prague across the German-Czech border. Pro tip: If you are looking at one of our holidays, you always have a map of the whole Elbe Cycle Route. If the leg is not what you were looking for, you can easily chose a different leg. Another beautiful river bike path in Germany is the Weser Cycle Path.
How to plan a successful bike trip
In order to fulfill your wish and plan a bike holiday at the North Sea, across Germany or at the Czech Republic, you should book your trip with Eurocycles. Depending on the route you book, you will reside in
- comfortable three-star-hotels
- luxurious four-star-accommodations
- spacious cabins of our bike and boat holiday
Book your journey with us and plan in advance how you reach the starting point of your holiday. We recommend train connections to Hamburg, Lüneburg, Cuxhaven, Stade, Hitzacker or Boizenburg. Regional trains will get you to the smaller train stations whereas ICE trains will get you from the airport to bigger cities. When traveling the Elbe Cycle Path, you should be prepared for some eventualities: Sheep are roaming free on the dikes and might block your way. In addition, some of our offers require a ferry pass to reach the next leg of your journey.
Explore the many faces of the Elbe bike route
The traditional Elbe dikes, mountain ranges, beautiful villages and cities as well as costal lines greet you on your way along the Elbe. If you chose this holiday, you will get to see the most beautiful parts of Germany and the Czech Republic. Start planning your individual trip with Eurocycles and enjoy your holiday in Europe!
Frequently asked questions about the Elbe bike path
Who are the routes along the Elbe most suitable for?
required fitness level differs depending on the leg you choose. Cycling paths in Germany and the Czech Republic are mostly flat but sometimes not paved. Inform yourself in advance about your trip and see if your leg includes steep elevations.
How do I plan my cycling holiday along the Elbe Cycle Route?
If you are inexperienced, we recommend choosing shorter distances to begin with. As a beginner, you can estimate to travel six miles per hour. When booking your first holiday, plan with a maximum of 31 miles per day. You can extend the distances for your next holiday.
What type of clothes do I need to cycle along the Elbe?
With Eurocycles, you benefit from luggage service. Therefore, you can pack for all eventualities. For your day tours, we recommend wearing three layers: comfortable underwear, warm clothes and weather-resistant trousers and coats. To upgrade your outfit, you can buy special cycling shoes and functional (padded) shorts. Also, remember to wear a fitted helmet when cycling.