Elbe Sandstone Mountains

 

The southern part of the route begins with the idyllic Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

The countryside is the former ground of a 100 million year old chalk sea. Its the area's age that makes it so beautiful, the bizarre rock formations, striking volcano cones, wildly romantic ravines and fabulous views.

This natural highlight along the Elbe Cycle Route is followed by a cultural highlight. Saxony's grand glory all combine in the pompous city of Dresden. Frauenkirche, Brühlsche terrace, Semper Opera House and Zwinger are all situated along the riverside. With its famous castles, museums and theaters, Saxony's state capital has a truly unique air. The motto here is: stop and be amazed.

Further downstream, the route with the blue "e" leads along the Saxon wine route right into the heart of Germany's smallest and northeastern wine region. This region in which the slopes are adorned with red to green grapevines is called Sächsisches Elbland by the locals. Culture and tradition are at home here just as much as good wine. Further sites are e.g. the Karl-May-Museum in Radebeul and the magical historic city center of Meißen with its castle mountain and 300 year old porcelain manufacture.

From Meißen the route continues through Riesa and Rolandstadt Belgern into the former electoral Saxon residence of Torgau. Torgau boast Hartenfels castle and the Marienkirche which is also the burial site of Katharina von Bora, the wife of the great reformer Luther. Afterwards, cyclist have the opportunity to admire three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: These are the Luther city Wittenberg – with the Luther House and the Melanchthonhaus as well as the castle church – then the nature park Dessau-Wörlitz and the Bauhaus city Dessau. Whatever the World Heritage Convention declares as a World Heritage for humankind is well worth a visit.