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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. Discover the great nature and history in the Saxon Switzerland in a small group!


Day stages

3,100 m

Altitude difference



  • Bastei Bridge on rocks in Saxon Switzerland Germany
  • Gravel bikers wait at crossing of Loessnitz ground train in Saxony Germany
  • View to the castle town of Stolpen in Saxony Germany
  • Gravel path between two rocks in Saxon Switzerland Germany
  • Village at Elbe river in Saxon Switzerland Germany
  • Gravel biker on a dirt road in the forest of Saxon Switzerland Germany
  • View from a lookout in Saxon Switzerland Germany
  • View from Königstein Fortress to Elbe river and over Saxon Switzerland mountains
  • Gravel bike leaning on a tree on a dirt road in Saxony Germany
  • View from a side to Pillnitz Castle and Elbe river in Germany
  • Stallhof and Frauenkirche Church of Our Lady in Dresden Saxony Germany


  • 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 (95 km)

After breakfast you meet you English and German speaking tour guide, Michael Herold. 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: 950 m – Level of difficulty: 2-3/5

Day 3: Stolpen - Bad Schandau (80 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: 1.300 m – Level of difficulty: 2-3/5

Day 4: Bad Schandau - Dresden-Altstadt (80 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: 900 m – Level of difficulty: 2/5

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.



Included services:

  • 4 nights
  • 4x breakfast
  • Visitor’s tax
  • English and German speaking guide (Days 2 to 4)
  • GPS data
  • 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
  • Gravel bike rental (150 EUR p. p., brand: GIANT)
  • Extension of stay in Dresden (from 60 EUR p. p. in DBL)

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
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sleep in the middle of the Inner Old Town of Dresden

Date and prices

Date: 1 June to 5 June 2024

739 EUR per person in a single room

639 EUR per person in a double room

549 EUR per person in a triple room

General information

Tour characterArrival and departureTravel and safety noticeAdditional

50% gravel, 37% asphalt, 13% other road surface

3 Day stages

Altitude difference: 3,100 m

255 km

Level of difficulty: 2/5 (Refreshing)

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

You can share your room with other participants (double or triple room). Please note that some accommodations only have double beds, no twin beds, so you should be sure, if you want that. Please tell us in the booking form, if you wish a female, male or mixed room. After booking, we will send you first a booking confirmation for a single room. We cannot guarantee you that you will receive a shared double/triple room. 5 weeks before tour start (at the latest), we will let you know, if your demand for a shared double/triple room was successful, and if so, we will send you a new booking confirmation with the new room category.
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”. If you find someone, please let us know, so we can bring together your rooms.

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