The starting point of this tour is Dresden. This city spread over the Elbe attracts visitors to its Baroque sights such as the Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House or Frauenkirchen Church, the two latter rebuilt piece by piece from the ruins left after WWII. History revived, that is Dresden.
Guided tour: evening briefing with our guide who brings bikes and information materials.
Overnight in Dresden.
Dresden – Moritzburg – Meissen (44 km / 27 miles)
Semi-guided tour: morning briefing with our guide who brings bikes and tour info materials.
Start cycling through the Saxony land alongside the Elbe River diverting soon northwards. The Weinberge bike route will take through the courtyard of Wackerbarth Chateau right at the foot of south-facing vineyards. Then comes the only real hill of the tour as the route turns to Moritzburg, which is definitely worth the short climb. The Moritzburg Palace proudly mirroring its towers in a lake calls for a ride around. A path through a vast forested area will bring you back to the Elbe arriving to Meissen, the cradle of high-quality white porcelain, which has been produced here since 1710.
Overnight in Meissen.
Meissen – Torgau (77 km / 48 miles)
Heading westwards follow the flat river valley through a countryside of fields and meadows dotted with tiny villages and local manor houses. You can take a rest in Muhlberg, a calm small town, no wonder an ancient monastery site. Near Muhlberg is the memorial of a prisoner-of-war camp Stalag IV B, after WWII turned into Soviet secret service NKVD camp. Arriving to Torgau, a town with a monumental castle, you will go in the footsteps of the Allies defeating Nazi Germany. The US Army and the Soviet Army met here on 25 April 1945, “the Elbe Day“.
Overnight in Torgau.
Torgau – Lutherstadt Wittenberg (67 km / 42 miles)
Ride the wide riverside plains crossing the Elbe by a ferry on your way to Lutherstadt Wittenberg, world-known as the birthplace of Protestant Reformation pronounced here by Martin Luther in 1517. The town center has remained amazingly intact also thanks to the fact that the Allies spared it from air raids during WWII. Thus it could become a place with high density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Overnight in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Luckenwalde (60 km / 37 miles)
Though leaving the Elbe River today heading northwards, the countryside remains predominantly flat. Riding through the mosaic of fields and forests enter the Brandenburg land. Pass a small historic town of Jüterbog, until the fall of the Berlin Wall the Soviet army base, then a nearby Zinna Abbey built in the 12th century and arrive to Luckenwalde, in past known as the hats production capital.
Overnight in Luckenwalde.
Luckenwalde – Potsdam (58 km / 36 miles)
Leaving Luckewalde ride in a forested countryside towards a series of large lakes on the Havel River. Follow the lakeside paths as far as Potsdam. Lying in the outskirts of Berlin, it is truly a historical place not only thanks to UNESCO enlisted Sanssouci Park with highly decorative Rococo palaces, called the “German Versailles”. As the pre-1918 seat of the German emperor, the site of post-WWII Potsdam Conference and the bridge to West Berlin it took part in the world’s history.
Overnight in Potsdam.
Potsdam – Berlin (39 km / 24 miles)
The shortest and final day of the tour leaves ample time for sightseeing around Potsdam. Leaving the town go over the legendary Glienicke Bridge, the route only spies could take before 1989. Follow the path alongside Wansee Lake through former West Berlin. Then it is straight on through the Brandenburg Gate, along Unter den Linden Street to the heart of Berlin.
Overnight in Berlin.
Enjoy sightseeing around Berlin, the second largest city in Europe and since 1991 once again the capital of reunited Germany.
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