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Gravel bikers at Moritzburg Castle in Saxony Germany

Dresden and Saxon Switzerland – guided

In the region of Saxony, the tour starts in the capital Dresden and leads you over fields in the Western Lusatia and through the forests of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. On this guided sporty cycling journey you enjoy beautiful views of castles and wide woods. On every day, you experience the great nature and history in the Saxon Switzerland.

3

Day stages

4,000 m

Altitude difference

300

Kilometers

  • Bastei and Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland Germany
  • Gravel bikers wait at crossing of Loessnitz ground train in Saxony Germany
  • forest track for gravel bike in Saxony Germany
  • Steamboat on Elbe river in Saxon Switzerland in Germany
  • Moritzburg Castle in Saxony Germany
  • Gravel bike at a forest picnic area in Saxony Germany
  • Perfect forest track in Saxony Germany
  • Gravel bike in front of Stolpen Castle in Saxony Germany
  • Hornbeam alley in the Pulsnitz Castle gardens in Saxony Germany
  • Gravel bike in front of Koenigstein Fortress in Saxony Germany
  • Stallhof and Frauenkirche Church of Our Lady in Dresden Saxony Germany
  • View over Saxon Switzerland Germany

Highlights

  • Saxon Switzerland
  • Dresden
  • Königstein Fortress
  • Pulsnitz – City of gingerbread
  • Elbe Valley
  • Castle town of Stolpen
  • Moritzburg and Pillnitz Palaces
Map of Saxony tour by Gravel Bike Tours
Elevation graph of Poland tour by Gravel Bike Tours
Day 1: Arrival in Dresden-Neustadt

Individual arrival in Dresden. Your accommodation is in Dresden-Neustadt, known for its subculture and its international gastronomy.

Day 2: Dresden-Neustadt - Stolpen (100 km)

After breakfast you meet you English and German speaking tour guide, Michael Schreiber. Then you get on your bike for the first day’s stage. You leave the urban surroundings and discover the former hunting grounds of the Saxon nobility, passing fish ponds and the famous hunting seat Moritzburg Castle. Michael guides you through mixed forests and across fields until you reach Pulsnitz, the city of gingerbread. There are different restaurants and cafés where you can refresh. In the palace garden of Pulsnitz you get off your bike and you’re rewarded by the look at an extraordinary hornbeam alley. You continue through the historical woodland of Massenei. After about 100 km, you reach your first day’s stage: Stolpen.

Altitude difference: 1.010 m – Level of difficulty: 3/5

Day 3: Stolpen - Bad Schandau (100 km)

After a large breakfast, you can visit the impressive, 800 years old Stolpen Castle. After this, you enter the Saxon Switzerland National Park (free access). You make a side trip to the famous Bastei Bridge, because it’s a must-see when you are in the Saxon Switzerland. After visiting the Bastei, you discover the national park enjoying many breathtaking views over Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland. Beautiful gravel roads through vast forests invite you to slow down. You can enjoy the fresh air and drink from fresh water sources that your guide shows you. Having passed bizarre and impressive rock formations you finally reach your day’s stage Bad Schandau at the Elbe river.

Altitude difference: 1.740 m – Level of difficulty: 4/5

Day 4: Bad Schandau - Dresden-Altstadt (95 km)

Today’s track starts to the nice Bielatal valley, where you might see some climbers. Soon, through the trees, you catch a glimpse of the imposing Königstein Fortress that finally appears in its full size. Accompanied by guide you visit the fortress. After Königstein, you slowly leave the Saxon Switzerland in the direction of Dresden. The area gets more and more urban and you reach the city of Pirna. You pass the historically interesting Sonnenstein Castle and the old town centre with its many restaurants and cafés. You follow the track back to the other side of the Elbe river and you see many vineyards on your way to Pillnitz. The amazing Pillnitz Castle is characterized by its late Baroque architecture with East Asian influences. If you have time left, it’s worth visiting the beautiful castle complex. You finish your journey with a final ride on the Elbe Cycle Route to the old town (Altstadt) of Dresden. It’s time to say goodbye to your tour guide. Overnight in Dresden Old Town.

Altitude difference: 1.310 m – Level of difficulty: 3/5

Day 5: Departure Dresden-Altstadt

If you have time, you can discover the old town of Dresden by foot after your breakfast. The historical center of the Saxon capitol was rebuilt after its total destruction in World War II. The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Brühl’s Terrasse, the Royal Palace and the palatial complex “Zwinger” are in immediate proximity to your hotel. Individual departure or extension of stay.

Services

ServicesExtrasAccommodation

Included services:

  • 4 nights in double room
  • Visitor’s tax
  • 4x breakfast
  • English and German speaking guide (Days 2 to 4)
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Electrolyte-based beverage powder and fruits/nuts
  • Entrance fee Königstein Fortress
  • 1x ferry (bike included)
  • Tour documents
  • Single supplement (150 EUR)
  • If available: discount for 3 or 4 occupancy
  • Extension of stay in Dresden (from 57 EUR p. p.)

All accommodations are middle class accommodations. When we chose a partner accommodation, it’s important to us that they all have anything that is particular. The particularities for this tour are:

  • Bike friendly (all)
  • Overnight right next to an old castle complex
  • Thematic rooms
  • Apartment with balcony or terrace
  • Sleep in the middle of the Inner Old Town of Dresden

Date and price

Date: 14 July to 18 July 2022

519 EUR per person in a double room

General information

Tour characterArrival and departureTravel and safety noticeAdditional

50% loose ground, 37% asphalt, 13% road surface

3 Day stages

Altitude difference: 4,000 m

300 km

Level of difficulty: 3/5 (Sporty – Standard)

Nearest airports: Dresden, Leipzig-Halle, Prag (CZ), Berlin
By train: Dresden-Neustadt (arrival), Dresden Hbf. (arrival & departure)
By intercity bus: almost all Europe

Please take account of the travel and safety notice of your home country for Germany, the federated state of Saxony and the districts Dresden, Bautzen and Sächsische-Schweiz-Osterzgebirge, as same as the applicable regulations in these areas.

Tour is run only with 2-8 participants.

Questions and answers

Who is the guide?

The guide of this tour, Michael, is a passionate gravel biker. He grew up in Saxony and knows a lot about the area regarding history and presence. Michael speaks English and German and is trained in first aid. He knows the track by heart because he’s the one who planned the track.

I want to share the room with another person

If you want to share your room with other participants, you can indicate that in the booking form below “Other desires and concerns” (please also indicate, if female, male or mixed room). Please note that some accommodations only have double beds, no twin beds. If you accept that, we are happy to check, if there are other participants who ask for a shared room.
If you want to look for a room mate on your own, feel free to use therefore our Facebook group “Gravel Bike Tours Meeting Point”.

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