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Germany

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 PragueCountry 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.

Castles, Cities & Ceramics
Elbe Path - Děčin to Meissen

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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’.    

Accommodation

In Děčin, Pirna, Dresden and Meissen.

Area Elbe
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Any day
Tour Duration 5 days and 4 nights
Tour Grade Grade 1
Price per person From £464 to £464

Lake Constance
Single Centre

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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.

Accommodation

In the lively university town of Konstanz.

Area Lake Constance
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Sunday
Tour Duration 6 days and 5 nights
Tour Grade Grade 3
Price per person From £552 to £670

Prague to Dresden – Elbe Path

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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.

Accommodation

In Prague (2 nights), Mělník, Litoměřice, Děčin, Bad Schandau / Pirna and Dresden.

Area Elbe
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Set dates
Tour Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Tour Grade Grade 2
Price per person From £742 to £742

Dresden, Meissen & More
Elbe Path- Bad Schandau to Dessau

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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?    

Accommodation

In Bad Schandau, Dresden, Meissen, Riesa/ Strehla, Torgau, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Dessau.

Area Elbe
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Any day
Tour Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Tour Grade Grade 2-3
Price per person From £769 to £769

Danube - The Classic Cycle Tour
Passau to Vienna

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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.

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Accommodation

In Passau, Schlogen, Linz, Grein, Maria Taferl, Traismauer and Vienna.

Area Danube
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Any Day
Tour Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Tour Grade Grade 2 - 3
Price per person From £749 to £869

Lake Constance & the Rhine Falls

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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.

Accommodation

In Konstanz (3 nights), Überlingen, Nonnenhorn (Lindau), Höchst / Rorschach / Arbon and Schaffhausen.

Area Lake Constance
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Any Day
Tour Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Tour Grade Grade 2
Price per person From £779 to £1009

Bavaria: Munich to Salzburg

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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.

Accommodation

In Munich, Bad Tölz, Schliersee,Bad Feilnbach, Chiemsee, Inzell and Salzburg.

Area Bavaria
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Friday
Tour Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Tour Grade Grade 4
Price per person From £850 to £951

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