The Elbe Cycle Route
Elberadweg - Czechia and Germany to the North Sea
By Mike Wells
Guidebook to the Elbe Cycle Route through Czechia and Germany. This 1232km route along one of Europe's great rivers follows the Elbe from its source to the North Sea coast, visiting Prague, Dresden, Magdeburg and Hamburg. 29 stages of easy, flat cycling mainly on quiet country roads and dedicated cycle tracks.
SeasonsExcept for the first half of stage one, where snow cover remains until early May, the route can be cycled from April to October, though June to September is the best period.
CentresA 1232km point-to-point route visiting many towns and a few cities in Czechia and Germany. Main cities are Pardubice, Prague, Dresden, Wittenberg, Magdeburg and Hamburg.
DifficultyThis is probably the easiest long-distance cycle route in Europe, with almost no hills and, except for a few short unsurfaced stretches in Czechia, a good surface throughout. The only thing needed is stamina to keep cycling for some 1200km.
Must SeeKrkonoše mountains (Sudetenland), historic centre of Prague, Saxon 'Switzerland' sandstone gorges and rock formations, restored Dresden the 'Baroque jewelbox', Wittenberg/Lutherstadt birthplace of Protestantism, Dessau home of the Bauhaus architectural movement, remains of the Iron Curtain, Hamburg Germany's second largest city.
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Mike Wells is an author of both walking and cycling guides. He has been walking long-distance footpaths for 25 years, after a holiday in New Zealand gave him the long-distance walking bug. Mike has also been a keen cyclist for over 20 years. After completing various UK Sustrans routes, such as Lon Las Cymru in Wales and the C2C route across northern England, he then moved on to cycling long-distance routes in continental Europe and beyond. These include cycling both the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de la Compostela, a traverse of Cuba from end to end, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape. He has written a series of cycling guides for Cicerone following the great rivers of Europe.View author profile
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