Discovery Cycle Tours
Huge sandstone rocks and historic buildings line the horizon like a string of pearls: anyone of a variety of
cycle tours is guaranteed to include impressive scenery. 40 km on the Elbe Cycle Path The well-signposted 860 km long cycle path, identified by a blue “e”, extends from Schöna to Cuxhaven in north Germany. The popular Elbe Cycle Path (Elberadweg) shadows Germany’s secondlargest river. The 40 km stretch that runs through Saxon Switzerland is the most spectacular section. It takes cyclists along the water’s edge in a valley lined all the way by fascinating sandstone formations. Along the way, numerous restaurants offer a wide choice of regional cuisine, including a menu of the day with a drink for around € 10.
Tip: A cycle tour through the Bielatal
Family tour: Rosenthal, Bielatal, Cunnersdorf, Bielatal, Königstein.
For sportier cyclists: Bielatal, Hermsdorf, Hirschstange, Festung Königstein (Parking area), Thürmsdorf, Bärensteine, Pötzscha and then the ferry to the pretty town of Wehlen.
The National Park of Saxon Switzerland boasts some 50 km of eventful and challenging cycle routes. These are indicated by green signs with the word “Radroute” (cyclepath) in yellow and a bicycle logo. In addition, there is a well-developed cyclepath network around Neustadt, Hohwald, Sebnitz, Kirnitzschtal, Stolpen and Hohnstein.
There are several local companies that hire out suitable equipment, from classic bikes to mountain bikes and tandems. Private hire is also available at some hotels, inns and holiday homes.
Cycling Bicycle bus service:
From April to October, a regular bus service catering for cyclists and their bikes runs at the weekend and on public holidays. The service is particularly useful for those who wish to skip the most difficult and steep climbs and pick up the route when the going gets easier.
• Bicycle hire company addresses: http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de
• Cycle path maps for the National Park: http://www.nationalpark-saechsische-schweiz.de
• You can get an overview of all bicycle bus routes at: http://www.vvo-online.de or http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de