Cycling holidays in Germany
The Elbe and Danube river valleys, Bavaria and Lake Constance – Germany’s stunning rivers, lakes and smart spa towns, green alpine valleys and magical mountain views make for superbly scenic cycling holidays.
Cycle out to Dresden and Meissen from Prague. Country hop around the ‘Bodensee’ and see the dramatic Rhine Falls. Sample Bavarian hospitality from musical Munich across to Mozart's Salzburg. Or head to Passau, Germany’s borderland 'City of Three Rivers' and gateway to Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, for a taste of Europe’s most classic cycle route along the mighty meanders of the Danube.
Our self-guided cycling holidays in Germany feature both linear and circular routes and include hotel to hotel, single centre cycling tours plus bike and boat holidays.
Take in all of Germany’s Elbe River Cycle Path best bits on this short and gentle river-hugging ride through some spectacular Saxony scenery. Starting just inside the Czech Republic in Děčin, you’ll soon see why Romantic composer, Chopin, found the area quite an inspiration as you pedal northwards out along the Elbe into Germany, flanked by the sandstone outcrops of ‘Saxon Switzerland’. With almost every river meander, the clifftop castles keep appearing all the way to pretty Pirna, then come the vineyard terraces on the approach to the city of Dresden. Visit its Royal Palace and delightful Zwinger Gardens before cycling on to Meissen’s more rugged Albrechtsburg Castle, the original home of the city’s world-famous porcelain factory. A visit to both is a must – the lofty castle has awesome views (and a panoramic lift to reach it!) and the State Porcelain Workshops give a superb insight into the history of the town’s ‘white gold’.
In Děčin, Pirna, Dresden and Meissen.
Do you love the idea of cycling Lake Constance and exploring the diverse three country culture, but fancy just that bit more flexibility? With a single centre stay in the vibrant city of Konstanz, you get to choose totally where your discovery days by bike take you. Our selection of circular cycle routes is enhanced by a range of ferry transfers, boat trips and attraction admissions included in the tour price, so you can simply hop on your bike and head off on great days out. There’s even a choice of accommodation too - just you can find the formula that’s best for you and really relax into your ‘Bodensee’ stay.
In the lively university town of Konstanz.
Enjoy a real symphony of superb scenery adorned with beautiful Baroque flourishes. Explore the Czech Republic’s gorgeous ‘Golden City’ of Prague in the Vltava Valley with its Mozart connections, then cycle north to meet the meanders of the Elbe at Mělník on the Bohemian Wine Road. Pass Dvorák’s birthplace and share in the sheer drama of precarious clifftop castles and fairytale towns nestling in the wooded slopes, their market-square façades rich in colourful swirls or topped with fanciful cupolas. Near today’s German border, you’ll soon understand why Děčin was one of Chopin’s favourite inspirational spots, being the gateway to the mighty sandstone outcrops of ‘Saxon Switzerland’. Cycling the Elbe River Cycle Path, it’s easy to criss-cross the river by means of bridges and local ferries to visit the numerous villas and vantage points along the route to the city of Dresden with its Royal Palace, once home to so many famous court composers.
In Prague (2 nights), Mělník, Litoměřice, Děčin, Bad Schandau / Pirna and Dresden.
Fine Meissen porcelain and Dresden palaces; scenic steam railway rides and river views; ‘Saxon Switzerland’s’ rocky sandstone outcrops; world-class garden realms and Bauhaus buildings – pedal the Elbe River Path north from health resort Bad Schandau to design-giant Dessau and there’s so much more to discover than just the varied valley scenery from clifftop castles to gentle floodplain gardens. Criss-cross the river by bridge or local ferry to take in monasteries and mills or fairytale towns tucked away in the wooded slopes. Get a taste for German history too - from Baroque churches and breweries, to the Saxon Wine Road or life and times of that great religious reformer, Martin Luther. A wonderful tour of contrasts, with something for everyone, on a great cycle path. Why not book an e-bike and come and enjoy the ride all the more?
In Bad Schandau, Dresden, Meissen, Riesa/ Strehla, Torgau, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Dessau.
Why not indulge in a comfortable cruise down the Danube on a bike? We’re convinced that this classic cycle route has to be one of the best in Europe. The magical meanders, the valley itself and the vineyards make for the most impressive and inspiring scenery. Start in Germany and head into Austria: Passau, Linz and Vienna are packed full of rich cultural offerings and with Richard the Lionhart’s Schloss Durnstein and the amazing monastery at Melk along the route, variety is firmly on the agenda. The cycling is mainly traffic-free and bike ferries allow you to skip between the paths on both sides of the famous river. And if you fancy a day out of the saddle, that’s no problem thanks to the numerous boats and river-hugging, cycle-friendly railway.
Upgraded accommodation is now available on this tour please ask for details.
In Passau, Schlogen, Linz, Grein, Maria Taferl, Traismauer and Vienna.
Three countries. Numerous islands. One enormous expanse of water and perhaps Europe’s most iconic cycle route. Lake Constance combines spectacular views of the Alps with cities brimful of culture, captivating castles and the most enchanting of painted towns. Boat trips are a must and who can resist a riverside pedal to feel the excitement and spray of the famous Rhine Falls? An unmissable, classic cycling adventure full of contrasts and with plenty of scope for reflection.
In Konstanz (3 nights), Überlingen, Nonnenhorn (Lindau), Höchst / Rorschach / Arbon and Schaffhausen.
Inspiring alpine backdrops and the timeless beauty of the Bavarian lakes are your companions all the way along this city to city tour which leads through some of the most awesome scenery Germany can muster. Visit smart spa towns such as Bad Tölz and idyllic lakeside villages.There's plenty of warm Bavarian hospitality en route from marvellous Munich, the vibrant city of colourful clocks and exuburant Oktoberfest spirit to the refined cultural elegance of that musical masterpiece, Salzburg.
In Munich, Bad Tölz, Schliersee,Bad Feilnbach, Chiemsee, Inzell and Salzburg.
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