The most beautiful bike tours in Saxony

Worthwhile bike tours in the Free State of Saxony

By bike through Saxony: The Free State is crisscrossed by a well-developed network of bike paths that offers something for everyone. Relaxed cycling in the floodplains, tough mountain bike tours in the low mountain ranges or sporty city explorations. Three beautiful bike excursions in Saxony:

Fahrradtour: Mit dem Bike auf dem Elbe-Radweg bei Meißen
Fahrradtour: Mit dem Bike auf dem Elbe-Radweg bei Meißen

Cycling for Fitness and Health: With the Bike on the Musicians' Cycle Route

You should plan at least two days for the approximately 115-kilometer round trip through the "Vogtländischer Musikwinkel". There is a lot to see along the route, and the route itself is quite challenging. Anyone setting out should be fit enough to conquer the sometimes steep inclines.

The starting and ending point is the small town of Adorf. It was the home of the famous Trampeli family of organ builders in the 18th and 19th centuries. First, the trip goes to Markneukirchen - known for over 300 years for instrument making at the highest level. The interesting museum of musical instruments is worth a detour. Equally attractive: "Hüttel's Mechanical Musical Works Exhibition", a humorously nostalgic private collection in the Wohlhausen district.

Continue by bike to Klingenthal, famous since the first half of the 19th century for the construction of harmonicas and accordions. There is also a modern ski jump here.

Next stop on the bike tour is Zwota, also a home of harmonica making, as the museum with its rich collection proves. The route continues steeply uphill to Erlbach, where more than 30 handicraft businesses for string, wind and plucked instruments have settled. In nearby Landwüst, an open-air museum offers the chance to get to know Vogtland life in earlier times. In the "Einkehrstube" you can strengthen yourself for the further route. It leads through Bad Brambach and Bad Elster, the Saxon state spas, and then back to Adorf.

Cycling for fitness and health: discovering the Leipzig countryside by bike

The 55-kilometer bike tour shows the beauties in the surroundings of the university city of Leipzig. The tour starts in the Rosental, a part of the northern Auenwald. Passing the zoo, the ride leads through the city center and then into Mariannenpark.

On the Berlin-Leipzig cycle path, you finally leave the city behind, the route leads via Plaußig, Taucha, Sehlis, Panitzsch, Borsdorf and Naunhof through slightly hilly countryside on well-signposted cycle paths or field paths. Near Naunhof, several bathing lakes invite you to take a break - perhaps you can unpack your picnic basket. In good weather, a swim provides refreshment and new fitness.

In this area, the so-called Leipziger Neuseenland, a leisure oasis with a camping site and climbing forest was created from open-cast mining pits and gravel pits, which no longer shows its origins. A large forest area provides healthy air.
The end point of the bike tour is in Grimma - from here it's back to Leipzig by train.

Cycling for fitness and health: by bike on the Elbe Cycle Path

The Elbe Cycle Path follows the course of the river for about 1,220 kilometers from Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Giant Mountains to Cuxhaven, where the Elbe finally flows into the North Sea. The charming and varied route was voted Germany's most popular long-distance bike route by members of the ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club) for the 12th time in a row in 2016.

One rewarding stage is the approximately 42-kilometer section between Meißen and Heidenau. Even before starting the tour by bike, a visit to Meissen's Albrechtsburg Castle is recommended. The tour then starts amidst the Elbe meadows that line the river on both sides. The ride leads along vineyards and wine terraces through cozy little wine villages like Sörnewitz and Brockwitz to Radebeul, where the former home of the writer Karl May welcomes friends of the novel and film heroes Winnetou and Old Shatterhand as a museum.

The route continues in the direction of Dresden - the dome of the rebuilt Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) points the way. The river meanders picturesquely through the Saxon capital. In the Loschwitz district, the route passes the "Blue Wonder," an Elbe bridge built in 1893. On the Loschwitz slope of the Elbe are the three Elbe castles Albrechtsberg, Lingnerschloss and Eckberg. Afterwards, you can bike to Pillnitz, where not only the palace, but also the palace park and pleasure garden are worth a detour. The destination of the tour is Heidenau, just over ten kilometers away.

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