Tour: Highlights along the Elbe (Glanzlichter an der Elbe)

On the Elbe Cycle Route from Dessau-Roßlau to Dresden

Wittenberg: Luther Memorials

Almost 500 years ago, when Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation by posting his theses, the small town of Wittenberg on the Elbe became an epicenter of change.
Bauhausgebäude Dessau

Bauhaus Dessau

The Bauhaus was the most important school of art, design and architecture of the 20th century.
Gondelfahrt auf dem Wörlitzer See

Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom

Goethe raved about the first (and largest) part of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom 250 years ago.
Ausstellung im Auenhaus Informationszentrum

Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe

The Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe is one of the oldest such reserves in Germany.

Lutherstadt Wittenberg - Torgau (approx. 68 km)

Leaving the birth place of the Reformation, you follow the Elbe upstream to the small town of Pretzsch to visit its Renaissance castle and the church St. Nicholas. Somewhat removed from the Elbe, you will then traverse small villages until you reach Torgau, where Hartenfels Castle, once the electors residence, and a castle church consecrated by Martin Luther invite you to stay a while.

Schloss Annaburg-Prettin


Charmingly framed by the Elbe-Elster lowlands and the densely wooded Annaburg Heath, the small town of Annaburg lies about 35 km southeast of Wittenberg. It is the easternmost town in Saxony-Anhalt. Visitors will notice the massive 16th century Renaissance castle Annaburg, the impressive marketplace with its half-timbered houses, the Porzellaneum, a museum for the history of stonewares, and more.

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Schloss Hartenfels in Torgau

Torgau - Riesa/Meißen (approx. 48 km/76 km)

This section has pretty castles along the river, some of which are open to visitors. You can choose the slightly shorter tour to Riesa and take some time there to visit the pasta museum or the zoo at the Riesa monastery. If you prefer to be active, just continue directly to Meißen. You will notice the citys landmark from afar: the castle mount with the cathedral and Albrechtburg Castle.


Meißen - Dresden (ca. 30 km )

Once in the wine region of Saxony, enjoy a first wine tasting in Meissen or stop at one of the many regional wine taverns (Straußenwirtschaften) along the route. Paths in mint condition let you fly past the Karl May city Radebeul right into the lively city of Dresden. If you are looking for yet another challenge, take a detour to the hunting lodge of August the Strong in Moritzburg. But dont lose too much time. Dresden, often affectionately called Florence on the Elbe,” has a lot to offer for people interested in culture, activities and night life.

Dresden - Bad Schandau (ca. 45 km)

The last leg once again holds many impressive sights in store, among them Pillnitz Castle, the Bastei Bridge, Königsstein Fortress and the bizarre rocky landscapes on the edge of "Saxon Switzerland" (Sächsische Schweiz). From Bad Schandau, it is a mere 7 km to the last village before the Czech border. Schmilka is a well-known eco-refuge at the border of the national park and a wonderful place to relax after an eventful cycling tour. 



Sights along the Highlight Tour