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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
English and German speaking guide (Days 2 to 4)
Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
Electrolyte-based beverage powder and fruits/nuts
Entrance fee Königstein Fortress
1x ferry (bike included)
Gravel bike rental (130 EUR p. p., brand: GIANT)
Extension of stay in Dresden (from 65 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
Sleep in the middle of the Inner Old Town of Dresden
Date and prices
Date: 1 July to 5 July 2023
729 EUR per person in a single room
569 EUR per person in a double room
519 EUR per person in a triple room
Tour characterArrival and departureTravel and safety noticeAdditional
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.
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.