Biking in Dresden, Germany

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Biking in Dresden, Germany is a treat.

It’s pancake flat for starters. It’s also absolutely beautiful, especially the section along the Elbe River. And much of the biking can be done on dedicated bike paths so not only is the outing family friendly, it’s very safe as well.

Last week I had just a few days in Dresden, but that was enough time to spend part of an afternoon on a bike. Four of us, including two fellow travel bloggers, Backpacker Becki and Creative Elena as well as Christophe from Dresden Marketing started off at our hotel – the QF Hotel, perfectly situated in the inner old town of Dresden.

"The QF Hotel is well situated in Dresden's inner Old Town"

The QF Hotel is well situated in Dresden’s inner Old Town

The first question Christophe posed to us as we headed out on our bikes was what’s the oldest building in the square? We all thought it was some sort of trick question…and it was.

As it turns out, all the handsome buildings and even the beautiful church have been rebuilt in the last decade.

"The building at the back on the right is the oldest in the square"

The building at the back on the right is the oldest in the square

From the square it was stop and go for the next few kilometers as we poked about marveling at the traditional as well as some of the more unusual sights.

"The Zwinger Palace"

The Zwinger Palace

"Art by A.R. Penck on top of the Arts Hotel"

Art by A.R. Penck on top of the Arts Hotel

"It looks like a mosque in the distance but it's actually Yenidze - a former cigarette factory that's now an office building"

It looks like a mosque in the distance but it’s actually Yenidze – a former cigarette factory that’s now an office building

Next, we crossed the Elbe River via the Marienbrucke Bridge and made our way to a bike path that follows the Elbe River. The bike path becomes part of the Elbe Cycle Route - something that has now been added to my ever growing bucket list. The approximately 1000 kilometer long Elbe Cycle Route starts in Prague and ends in Cuxhaven on the North Sea. I am told by Christophe that the most beautiful section of the route runs from Torgau, a Renaissance city about 115 kilometers northwest of Dresden, all the way through to the Czech border. Sign me up.

"The view of old Dresden from the Marienbrucke Bridge"

The view of old Dresden from the Marienbrucke Bridge

"Our group cycling through a blossom filled park"

Our group cycling through a blossom filled park

"Greenpeace members working on a photo shoot"

Greenpeace members working on a photo shoot

"One of Viking's cruise boats"

One of Viking’s cruise boats

"Christophe giving us the low down on what we're seeing"

Christophe giving us the low down on what we’re seeing

"Super easy biking past castles and vineyards"

Super easy biking past castles and vineyards

"Watching an old paddle wheeler go by"

Watching an old paddle wheeler go by

"Space is exceedingly well used; a vineyard comes down to the bike trail"

Space is exceedingly well used; a vineyard comes down to the bike trail

"A mass of spring flowers adorns an old wall"

A mass of spring flowers adorns an old wall

"Looking across at one of the castles we cycled by"

Looking across at one of the castles we cycled by

"This scene is as traditional as it gets - swans, vineyards & a castle"

This scene is as traditional as it gets – swans, vineyards & a castle

"Heading back to Dresden"

Heading back to Dresden

These photos just give you a taste of what I experienced. I loved the fact that the paths were used by people of all ages. Christophe explained to me that he uses his bike regularly to do all the short five to seven kilometer errands. What a great way to do your shopping!

From what I could see – though I don’t have any photos – the bike path is well marked with distances provided to the next town. This is absolutely the way I would like to see more of Germany and Europe.

Have you done any biking in Dresden? Or tried any of the long distance bike trails in Germany?

***A big thank you to Christophe for acting as our tour guide and to Dresden Marketing for underwriting my trip. All thoughts are my own; I really did fall in love with this city!!***

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Leigh McAdam

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