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The Elbe Cycle Route

Elberadweg - Czechia and Germany to the North Sea

Guidebook to the Elbe Cycle Route through Czechia and Germany. This 1227km 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.


Except 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.


A 1227km 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.


This 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 See

Krkonoše 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.
8 Feb 2022
8 Dec 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.35cm

A guidebook to cycling the 1227km (763 mile) Elbe river through Czechia and Germany from its source to the North Sea coast. Possibly the easiest long-distance cycle route in Europe, being almost flat or entirely downhill, this route is suitable for all levels of cyclists and is best experienced April through to October.

  • Presented in 29 stages of 21-69km (13-43 miles)
  • Suggested schedules include 13, 15, 17 and 19 day options, making this a perfect 2-3 week cycle tour
  • Route passes key areas including Prague, Dresden, Magdeburg, Hamburg
  • GPX files available to download
  • 1:150,000 mapping provided for each stage
  • Detailed information on planning, facilities and accommodation

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Mike Wells Cicerone author WELLS

By Mike Wells

Mike Wells has been a keen long-distance walker and cyclist for over 25 years. He has walked all the major British trails, the GR5 through the Alps from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean and has explored the Italian Dolomites’ Alta Via routes. He has also walked in Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway and Chilean Patagonia.

Mike has cycled the C2C route across northern England and Lon Las Cymru in Wales, as well as the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de la Compostela. He has completed an end to end traverse of Cuba, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape.

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