Elbe Cycle Route
The Elbe Cycle Route (Elberadweg in German) is part of an international network of cycling routes all over
Europe. It is integrated in the system of currently 37 river cycling routes in Germanyand by far the most popular route for cyclists in this country.
The Elbe Cycle Route starts in
Pragueon the Vltava, which joins with the Elberiver about 50 km from Prague. It then runs for about 980 km until it ends in Cuxhavenat the North Sea. Part of it falls together with the EV7 of the EuroVelonetwork.
After a fairly adventurous part of the Route on the Czech side of the river one reaches the famous Elb Sandstone Mountains and crosses the border to Germany. Shortly after this the Route leads through
Dresdenand later through other cities like Meißen, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Dessau, Magdeburg, Tangermünde, Lauenburg, Hamburg, Cuxhaven.
There are many small
villages with old churches and other interesting sites along the way. A lot of restaurants and pensions offer their service to the weary after a day of cycling.
One of the main reasons however for its popularity is probably the fact that there are no significant level changes from Dresden on. It is practically downhill all the way from Dresden to Cuxhaven.
The Elbe Cycling Route is marked throughout Germany with a special sign.
* [http://www.elberadweg.de/ Elberadweg] (in German and English)
* [http://www.elbe-rad-weg.de/ Elberadweg] (in English)
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