Cycling Tour: Elbe River Trail – Dessau to Dresden

8 Days / 309 km (192 m) / from 499 €

The Elbe River Trail is one of Germany's most popular Cycle Trails. You decide which part of it you wanna ride. It is hard to give a recommendation, as there is simply so much to explore and see. If it is nature or culture everything is so close, just like the Dresdner Frauenkirche, Meissen porcelain, the wines of Saxony, Luther in Wittenberg, the bauhaus in Dessau or the Hundertwasser in Magdeburg, it can't get boring! At the Elbe sandstone mountains you can change form the bike to your walking boots or you just dwell in one of the Cafés and enjoy a typical Saxony cake "Eierschnecke". Come and discover your very own Elbe RiverTrail!


Day 1: Arrival in Dessau

Travellers are responsible for their transportation to Dessau. The House of Ascania onced resided in Dessau. The city's acclaim stems from the renowned ‘Bauhaus’ architectural design movement which combined crafts and fine arts. Stay the night in or near Dessau.

Day 2: Dessau - Wittenberg

Distance: approx. 47-75 km

Leaving Dessau you can either cycle along the Elbe or through the little Baroque city of Oranienbaum. Cross the Elbe into Wörlitz. Wörlitzer Park was the first English landscaped park in continental Europe. It was created in the late 18th century under the regency of Duke Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau and encompasses 142 km² (55 mi²). Spend the night in Wittenberg.

Day 3: Wittenberg - Torgau

Distance: approx. 37-71 km

Along the Elbe on your way from Wittenberg you will pass Lichtenberg Castle and go through Pretsch. During WWII the United States Army and Soviet forces met on the Elbe River Bridge in Torgau. Spend the night in Torgau.

Day 4: Torgau - Strehla/Riesa

Distance: approx. 44-54 km

On your way to Torgau you will cycle through Mühlberg where you may want to visit the Cistercian monestary and the park, Treblitzscher Baumpark. Strehla is an idyllic small city with over 1000 yrs of history. Spend the night in Riesa or Strehla.

Day 5: Strehla/Riesa - Meissen

Distance: approx. 27-37 km

Ride along Germany’s northernmost vineyards to Diesbar-Seusslitz. Near the baroque castle and grounds are several places to stop in for a bite to eat and taste regional wines. A visit to the stately Meissen Porcelain Factory and the Albrecht Castle is a must. Stay overnight in or near Meissen.

Day 6: Meissen - Dresden

Distance: approx. 26 km

On your way from Meissen it would be worth your while to leave the cycling paths and cycle through the vineyards. You may want to take a nice break to enjoy a delicious glass of wine in one of the rustic inns. The Karl May Museum (Karl May was one of Germany’s best selling authors in the 19th and 20th century) is in Radebeul. Dresden, also known as “Florence on the Elbe River”, is a cultural metropolis in Saxony. The view from the river towards the city is gorgeous. The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Brühlsche Terrasse nicknamed "The Balcony of Europe", the Semperoper Opera House and Zwinger Palace are just a few points of interest worth visiting. Spend the night in Dresden.

Day 7: Dresden – Elbe Sandstone Mountains - Dresden

Distance: approx. 46 km

Take an excursion to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains today. Cycle along the Elbe past the Albrecht Castles and former imperial vineyards. There is a "Lustschloss" and park in Pillnitz, and the market square with its Renaissance town hall is worth visiting. The Elbe Valley gets more narrow on your way to Wehlen and the spa town of Rathen. You may like to walk to the castle and bastion overlooking the valley and take the ferry to Königstein at the feet of the Königstein Castle. The fare is payable on-site. Enjoy a tea or coffee and a Saxon cake specialty on the promenade in Bad Schandau. Take the S-Bahn commuter train back to Dresden. The fare is payable on-site and not included in your tour price.

8. Tag: Abreise von Dresden

Nach dem Frühstück Heimreise in eigener Regie.


Preis in € pro Person *Cat. IICat. I
Double Room619.00499.00
Single Room819.00679.00

Season Prices

From 16.05.2020 to 24.06.2020

  • 70.00 € surcharge in Cat. I
  • 80.00 € surcharge in Cat. II

From 25.06.2020 to 04.09.2020

  • 90.00 € surcharge in Cat. I
  • 100.00 € surcharge in Cat. II

From 05.09.2020 to 19.09.2020

  • 60.00 € surcharge in Cat. I
  • 70.00 € surcharge in Cat. II

Additional Services

  • Elektrorad mit 2 Gepäcktaschen - 170.00 €
  • Leihrad mit Gepäcktasche - 80.00 €

Children's Discount

Children under 4 travel for free

Children (5-15 yrs.):

  • One child sharing a double room with two adults (w/extra bed): 50% discount per child
  • Up to two children in their own room (w/two adults paying for a double): 15% discount per child
  • One child sharing a double room with an adult: 15% discount for child

Children (from 16 yrs.):

  • One child sharing a double room with two adults (w/extra bed): 10% discount per child



Preis in € pro Person*Cat. ICat. II
Single Room100.00120.00
Double Room60.0075.00


Preis in € pro Person*Cat. IICat. I
Single Room125.00105.00
Double Room80.0060.00


Elbe River Trail – Dessau to Dresden
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Kultur und Natur pur entlang der Elbe von Dessau -Dresden (Bad Schandau)

In einer Gruppe von 8 Personen genossen wir - bei herrlichem "Radwetter"- jede Etappe des äußerst abwechslungsreichen Radweges zwischen Dessau und Dresden (wieter bis Bad Schandau in Eigenregie ) .

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Elbe River Trail – Dessau to Dresden
8 Days / 7 Nights
Daily, 25th April - 03rd October 2016

Preis in € pro Person*Cat. IICat. I
Double Room619499
Single Room819679

Achtung: Diese Reise ist nicht für Personen mit Mobilitätseinschränkung geeignet.

Rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC

By train - To Dessau Hauptbahnhof, main train station (We can book RIT Tickets for you.)

By car - The city garage near the hotel costs approx. € 8,- to € 12,-/day. All parking depends on availability. Reservations are not accepted and fees are payable on-site.

All costs subject to change.


  • Accommodations for 7 nights (according to booking category)
  • Breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer service to each hotel
  • 7-Day Service Hotline
  • 1x Tour information packet per booked room, incl. maps and route descriptions
  • GPS-Track on request