Cycling tour to the land of the Reformation: The Elbe Cycle Route from Dresden to Wittenberg

6 Days

Your trip

Come to the land and heart of the Reformation !

Embark on a varied journey along the highlights of the Elbe Cycle Route. Discover a wonderful landscape full of history and culture.

Your bike tour will take you from the historic old town of Dresden to the porcelain city of Meißen and the Lutherstadt Wittenberg. You will start with a double overnight stay in Dresden, in order to see the numerous monuments such as the Frauenkirche, the Semperorper and the Zwittenberg. The tour also includes a visit to the numerous monuments such as the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the Semperorper (Semper Opera House) and the Zwinger.

Then you cycle along the Elbe cycle path, accompanied by steep vineyards, orchards and the view of the flowing Elbe river.

Super special offer

For arrival from 01.07. until 31.08.2023 you get one overnight stay incl. Breakfast at 4**** hotel in Dresden before Start of the bike tour FREE of charge, if there are still places available in the hotel.



  • You will stay in selected hotels of the 3*** category.
  • All rooms with bath/shower and WC


  • daily breakfast buffet included
  • When booking half board daily 3-course dinner at the hotel of accommodation or within walking distance.

The route

  • mainly flat and paved bike paths, away from car traffic
  • 5 daily stages between 35 and 64 km; in total approx. 250 km
  • The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

  • Robust touring bikes (German quality bikes of the brand Kettler & Schauff): 7 gears with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 gears with derailleur gears and freewheel, comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights, saddle bag rental and 1.5 l mineral water at bike handout in Bregenz.

  • If you are taller than 1.90 m or smaller than 1.60 m, we will ask for wheels with a 66 frame or 26 inch wheels for you.
  • Electric bikes: 8-speed gears (freewheel); only 21 kg own weight! daily range between 60 and 80 km (depending on weight / height of the customer and setting of the assistance); suitable for body heights from 1.60 m – 1.90 m; bookable on request

Own bikes

  • It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk.
  • For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.


Dresden and Wittenberg are easily accessible by train. Get in on the vacation at home. Relax during the train ride against the magnificent backdrop of the lake and mountains. Rent the bikes and ride the train without stress. Info at

Car / Parking

  • Parking at the hotel for about € 5,- per car/day subject to availability, not reservable in advance, please pay on site if necessary.
  • Free parking in Pieschener Allee, about 3.5 km from the hotel, subject to availability.

Return transfer Wittenberg-Dresden

A return trip is possible daily by train, free choice of any Regional train, 2nd class. Please come to the station on your own. By train you will travel for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours and usually change trains once in Leipzig.

Customer’s own bikes can only be transported back to Dresden by transfer on Thursday evenings. Drop-off no later than 5:00 p.m. on THURSDAY at the departure hotel in Wittenberg. On all other days, please take your bike back to Dresden yourself on the train. Please be sure to book transfer person and transfer bike with or without transport insurance.

A take home of the Bicycles on the train is possible at your own expense in principle. Please allow enough time due to possible cancellations or congestion in the region traffic. Please pay on the spot.

Country information

For information on countries and entry requirements to Germany, please refer to our country information.

Tops of the tour

  • The Old Town of Dresden
  • Elbe Cycle Route and Navigation on the Elbe River
  • Lutherstadt Wittenberg and the Heartlands of the Reformation

Day by day

Journey to Dresden :
Day 1

Individual arrival to Dresden

Move into your quarters in Dresden. We will give you the information material in the hotel. Your rental bike (if booked) is waiting for you in the underground car park of the arrival hotel.

You can park at the starting hotel for an extra charge of about 5 € / day. The seats cannot be reserved in advance. Please pay directly on site if necessary. Alternatively, free parking is also available near the hotel.

Dresden - Königstein :
Day 2

Bike tour Dresden – Königstein, approx. 45 km & 3 h boat trip

Bike tour along the Elbe to Königsstein and then boat trip back (payable on site approx. € 30,00 – depending on availability) or by train (payable on site, approx. € 10,40) to Dresden. Overnight stay as on the previous day.

Dresden - Riesa :
Day 3

Bike tour Dresden – Riesa Strehla, approx. 60 km

Past vineyards to Radebeul, Meißen (cathedral, castle, porcelain) and to the Diesbar-Seußlitz Castle and the day’s destination Riesa.

Overnight stay in 3*** hotel

Riesa - Torgau :
Day 4

Bike tour Riesa – Torgau, approx. 45 km

Via Kreinitz, Mühlberg and Belgern further through romantic riverside forests to Torgau, which is famous for its castle and the church of St. Mary.

Overnight stay in 3*** hotel

Torgau - Wittenberg :
Day 5

Bike tour Torgau – Wittenberg, approx. 65 km

On the left bank to Elster and further to the city of reformers. Individual shortcut by train from Elster possible (approx. € 6,70 incl. Wheel, payable on site, then only 47 km bike).

Overnight stay in *** hotel

Departure or extension :
Day 8

If you don’t have to go home yet – take your time and stay a little longer in Lutherstadt.

Are you drawn back home? Then the Elber will say goodbye to you and you will start your individual journey home.



included in the travel package:

  • 5 x overnight stay / breakfast
  • Luggage transport along the entire route incl. 700 € liability/person with pick-up at 9.00 am and delivery until approx. 18.00 pm
  • Info package with detailed tour book
  • GPS data of the route on request

to add:

  • Local taxes: in several places an overnight stay is charged; from about € 3,- p.p./night, payable locally.
  • All special services that are not listed under the included services
  • Boat or train trip Königsstein - Dresden on day 2
  • Arrival, departure and if necessary also return transport, if not booked
  • Parking lot

Dates and prices

Travel start: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in the …
Season 1 04.09. – 16.09.
Season 2 06.05. – 03.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply. Please note that – depending on the trade fair dates – unscheduled surcharges are levied by the hotels in Friedrichhafen. It may therefore be that the prices quoted increase by surcharges depending on the overlap with trade fair periods.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2
Double room with breakfast Standard (Cat. B) 410 € 530 €
Single room w. breakfast Standard (Cat. B) 610 € 730 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Dresden double room with breakfast 60 € 60 €
Extra night in Dresden SR with breakfast 90 € 90 €
Extra night in Wittenberg double room with breakfast 60 € 60 €
Extra night in Wittenberg SR with breakfast 90 € 90 €
depending on availability, on request.
Additional services
Half board: tgl. 3-course dinner at the overnight hotel or nearby 150 € 150 €
Rental bicycles
E-bike 190 € 190 €
Touring bike 90 € 90 €
Children discounts
Discount for 2 adults in double room, maximum 1 extra bed in double or shared room.
> Child as 3rd pers in room up to under 7 years old 100%
> Child as 3rd pers in room from 7 and under 12 years (“Child 1”) 50%
> 3rd pers in room from 12 and up to under 16 years (“child2”) 25%
Note: Please select “Child 1” or “Child 2” in the booking, depending on the age.
Is there a child discount or family discount?

Yes! If you are working with min. two full-paying guests, you can take children with you in a shared or double room with an extra bed under the following conditions:
– Children 0 to under 6 years: 100%
– Children 6 to under 12 years: 50%, please book as “Child 1”.
– Children 12 to under 16 years: 25%, please book as “Child 2”.

Can I stay an extra night?

Yes, of course. We are happy to offer you additional nights in Dresden and Wittenberg. Enjoy your time at the stream. Please just choose the option “Extra night at the starting point” or “Extra night” when booking.


Please note: The given route is only a suggestion. Follow the paths as you please. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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