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Gravel bikers at Moritzburg Castle in Saxony Germany

Dresden and Saxon Switzerland

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 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 Saxony tour by Gravel Bike Tours

Itinerary

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 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. The track 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. Enjoy the fresh air and look for sources with clean drinking water. 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. A visit is highly recommended. 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 Sonnenburg 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 it 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.

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
  • GPS data
  • Local phone assistance 24/7
  • 1x ferry (bike included)
  • Tour documents
  • Single supplement; if available: discount for 3 or 4 occupancy
  • Luggage storage in Dresden (for free)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (140 EUR)
  • Extension of stay at one of the overnight places (price on request)

All partner accommodations are middle class accommodations. When we chose a partner accommodation, it’s important to us that they all have anything that is particular. If available, the accommodations’ specialties on our Saxony tour are:

  • Overnight right next to an old castle complex
  • thematic rooms
  • family-run hotel
  • sleep in the middle of the Inner Old Town of Dresden

Dates and prices

From 1 May 2021 to 31 October 2021

From 1 May 2022 to 31 October 2022

from 259 EUR per person in a double room

General information

Tour characterArrival and departureTravel and safety notice

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.

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