Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour

Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour

Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour


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Follow the Elbe Rive on bike from Hamburg to Dresden

Cycle through vineyards, floodplains, and protected nature reserves full of wildlife.

Overnight in picturesque transitional round villages in the countryside, soaking up the local atmosphere.

See traditional architecture and modern innovations in Dessau and Magdeburg.

Admire the impressive sights in the vibrant cities of Hamburg and Dresden.

Discover the myriad of sights along the Elbe Cycle Path, a biking route along the beautiful Elbe River that meanders through modern cities and rolling countryside. The Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour is great for long-distance cyclists who enjoy covering 100km or more per day.

You'll ride from the beautiful bridges and canals of Hamburg through the charming small towns of Hitzacker, Tangermünde, and Magdeburg, past historic castles and cathedrals. Finish your tour in the vibrant city of Dresden, renowned for its artistry and architectural style. Challenge yourself to a journey of 640km through Germany's gorgeous countryside!

Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Hamburg

The beautiful port city of Hamburg has rivers, canals and bridges to rival Venice, and many important attractions. After your arrival check in to your hotel and pick up your welcome package which has all the information and maps for your biking holiday.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Hamburg

Day 2 Hamburg to Hitzacker

It's time to saddle up and hit the road. Your biking holiday kicks off today with a ride along the riverside through the unique circular villages known as “rundling.” Your destination today is the charming town of Hitzacker, where you can explore the cobblestoned squares and colourful old-fashioned half-timber houses.

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Day 3 Hitzacker to Havelberg

Enjoying the quiet scenery of the idyllic countryside, pass small villages until you begin to approach Wittenberge, with its towers rising in the distance.

When you reach Havelberg, the traditional round village where you'll stay for the night, be sure to visit the town's lovely Romanesque church.

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Hotel in Havelberg

Day 4 Havelberg to Magdeburg

After breakfast, cycle towards the historic town of Tangermünde with its imposing red brick walls. From here, pass the technological marvel of the Waterway Junction, a canal bridge for ships.

Once in Magdeburg, enjoy some free time visiting the old market square.

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Hotel in Magdeburg

Day 5 Magdeburg to Dessau

Today's route takes you through the protected Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve, a refuge for many species of rare birds. When you arrive in Dessau, take some time to appreciate its interesting character, with a mix of traditional architecture and modern Bauhaus style.

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Hotel in Dessau

Day 6 Dessau to Torgau

Continuing along the peaceful riverside path, you'll pass Dessau's famous Wörlitz Park and Gardens, a World Heritage Site recognized for its exceptional landscaping.

End your ride at the renaissance town of Torgau, known for its palatial Protestant church and the Hartenfels Castle, overlooking the Elbe River.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Torgau

Day 7 Torgau to Dresden

Passing through the Elbe River's vineyards and wineries, you may be tempted to stop and buy a bottle of local wine. Don’t fight temptation!

You’ll finish today's ride in the city of Dresden, chock-full of incredible sites to visit. From riverside palaces to opulent Baroque churches, Dresden is dazzling. You’ll be ending your trip on a high note in one of Germany's most beautiful cities.

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Hotel in Dresde

Day 8 Departure from Dresden

Though your cycling adventure comes to an end today, you are welcome to add on additional nights in Dresden to extend the fun! Otherwise, safe travels home!

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Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour of the Elbe Cycle Path is run as a private tour for your group only and the price per person is fixed.

Please note that the departures for this tour are available every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from April to October.

The prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,450USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $1,150USD
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Accommodation on the Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour

This tour is based in hotels and guesthouses. Hotels and guesthouses on this trip are 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. The required supplement for solo travellers or single rooms is included in the listed price.

Night 1

Hotel in Hamburg

There’s no shortage of attractions in Hamburg, with historic buildings, modern shopping districts, and boat tours of this port city available.

Night 2

Hotel in Hitzacker

Take time to explore the cobblestoned squares and colourful old-fashioned half-timber houses of Hitzacker.

Night 3

Hotel in Havelberg

Havelberg is a traditional round village or “Wendland,” with quaint streets and a lovely Romanesque church.

Night 4

Hotel in Magdeburg

Magdeburg is a charming town with a historic cathedral and monastery, perched right on the river.

Night 5

Hotel in Dessau

Dessau is home to the World Heritage Worlitzer Park and Gardens, iconic Bauhaus buildings, and a number of palaces, churches, and museums.

Night 6

Hotel in Torgau

Torgau is known for its palatial Protestant church and the regal Hartenfels Castle overlooking the Elbe River.

Night 7

Hotel in Dresden

A city full of impressive sights and Baroque architecture, Dresden has a number of castles, museums, palaces, and parks.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour?


7 breakfasts are included.


Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour can be added as a supplement. Tour participants can also extend their stay at any of the overnight locations along the tour route.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage from hotel to hotel is included throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • 1 package with maps and information per room (in English)
  • Service hotline during the walking tour

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Rental bicycles or e-bikes
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Entrance fees to attractions

Optional Extras

  • Bike and biking equipment rental:
    • Touring bike
    • E-Bike
    • Speedometer
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Transfer service for participants, their luggage, and their bicycles back to the starting point of the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour

How hard is the Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 5/5. Though Elbe Cycle Path is fairly flat, this tour does require participants to be fit enough to bike anywhere from 80km to 130km per day for 6 consecutive days. You should be comfortable with high-mileage cycling to get the most out of this tour.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Rental bikes are standard touring bikes or electric pedal-assist bikes.

What do the rental bikes come with?

All rental bicycles are supplied with the following accessories: one cable lock with key and one waterproof pannier per bicycle, one map holder and complete tool kit per room (tool kit: inner tube, pump, puncture repair kit, tire levers, cleaning cloth, allen key). Speedometers can be rented for 5 EUR per day.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Where do I pick up/drop off the rental bike?

The rental bikes will be delivered to your hotel at 8 am on Day 1. The bike will be picked up from the last hotel when the tour finishes.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a road bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Where do I park my bike at the end of the day?

Every hotel and guesthouse along the route provides safe and secure bicycle parking.

Can I bike in the other direction, from Dresden to Hamburg?

Yes, this tour can be done in the opposite direction. Ask us about this option if you’d prefer it.

Are meals included on the Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour?

7 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Hamburg to start this tour?

Fly into Hamburg Airport (HAM) to begin this tour. You will need to arrange transport to your hotel.

Where does the Hamburg to Dresden in a Week by Bike Tour end?

The tour ends in Dresden when you check out of your hotel. You can fly out of Dresden Airport (DRS) or take a train back to Hamburg.

Do I need a visa to travel to Germany?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Germany?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Germany?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Germany for this tour?

The best time to travel to Germany for this tour is from May to September when the weather tends to be warm and mostly clear.


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We rate this tour as a 5/5. Though Elbe Cycle Path is fairly flat, this tour does require participants to be fit enough to bike anywhere from 80km to 130km per day for 6 consecutive days. You should be comfortable with high-mileage cycling to get the most out of this tour.

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