01.04.-31.10.2019 01.04.2019 - 31.10.2019
Day 1: Individual arrival in Magdeburg
The Elbe winds right through the green state capital passing manorial parks, docks, old warehouses and the beautiful skyline. Apart from idyllic riversides Magdeburg can attract guests with a wide and various cultural programm as well as exciting sights. The trail of the Elbe River Cycling Path leads along the Gothic cathedral St. Mauritius and St. Katharina, the Monastery of Our Lady as well as the city park, the Elbauenpark and Herrenkrugpark.
Friends of architecture will find the last project of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser right in the city centre, the green citadelle. Be amazed!
Day 2: Magdeburg – Tangermünde (about 73 km)
You leave Magdeburg in the north through the Herrenkrug which was designed by the garden architect Lenné in the 18th century. A first pause you should make at Hohenwarthe at the new and impressive waterway crossing. Gaze at the longest about 3280 feet long trough bridge in Europe.
In Rogätz you can use the ferry to get to the western bank of the Elbe and continue your journey through rare lea-landscapes up to Tangermünde. Art lovers should cycle on the eastern side of the river to have the opportunity to visit at Ferchland the half-timbered church and the monastery at Jerichow.
There where the Tanger results in the Elbe ends your todays lap. Tangermünde, the old imperial city from 1373 acted as a secondary residence of Emperor Charles IV. The well-preserved half-timbered houses from the 17th and 18th century, imposing city walls and winding streets make up the particular charm of the old Hanseatic city and confirm its reputation as the "jewel of the Altmark".
Day 3: Tangermünde – Havelberg (about 54 km)
On your today's lap you can expect sleepy villages and pure nature. You often can have an overwhelming view over the Elbe valley like at Arneburg. Here, as in many other places along the Elbe you find remains of the wall, romanesque churches and settlements that existed over 1.000 years ago which reminds at the fights between the Ottoman Empire and the East Elbe Slavic neighbours.
Your today's destination is Havelberg. From high above the city greets the cathedral of Havelberg. With its red brick architecture, it is not only the center of one of the oldest dioceses at the Elbe, but also a cynosure because of numerous events and cultural attractions. Do not miss a view from the cathedral over the contemplative Havelberg. The only climb in this stage is worth it!
Day 4: Havelberg – Wittenberge (about 39 km)
On the right side of the river Elbe you get through Nitzow, Quitzöbel and Abbendorf to Rühstädt, the village with the most storks in Germany. Visitors from everywhere in Germany come, especially in spring, to see the baby storks. There is a tourist information next to the church which organizes guided tours through the “stork village”. Every year in July there is a big celebration of storks.
Today you stop in Wittenberge. The port in Wittenberge is one of the most important ones at the river Elbe. Mainly for tourists there are lots of things to discover, for example the stone gate, the oldest building in the historic centre of Wittenberge. In 1926 the old walls were converted into a local history museum. Another towns' landmark is the clock tower which is supposed to be the biggest on the continental European.
Day 5: Wittenberge – Hitzacker (about 75 km)
On the western side of the Elbe you first past Wahrenberg where also are many storks. There it is very quiet, because it is situated behind a dike. In the past it was often threatened by high water. The area at Wahrenberg belongs to the bird protection area of Europe and with its meadows and ponds it is a paradise for nature lovers.
In Aulosen you can visit an open-air model of the former inner-German border with original parts.
The Border Museum of Schnackenburg reminds at the 45-year-long division of Germany.
Your today's destination is Hitzacker which is famous for its beautiful old town with its half-timbered houses and the German brick architecture. Enjoy a walk through the old town which is one of the most attractive destinations of the "German Framework Road". The view from the most northern wine yard in Germany to Mecklenburg is amazing! If you want to learn more about the life of former inhabitants of the region you should not miss the Archaeological Museum Hitzacker.
Day 6: Hitzacker – Lauenburg (about 57 km)
If you cycle on the eastern side of the Elbe you reacha few kilometres after Hitzacker Rassau. There is the Stixer Wanderdüne, that was created about 10.000 years ago and until today is a famous destination.
At Darchau you can use the ferry to get on the west bank of the Elbe or you cycle on the eastern side. In Boizenburg brick houses and half-timered houses dominate the urban landscape. Centre of the old town is the historic market place with the baroque town hall and Marien Church. You can explore the museum and the fortress hill with its recently completed wells. Lauenburg is a typical sailor town on the old salt road between Lüneburg and Lübeck. The city is dominated by the German brick architecture. A remarkable number of historic buildings are "downhill" in the lower town. Worth seeing are for example the oldest lock chamber of northern Europe on the Elbe-Lübeck canal, named after its builder Palm, the Elbshipping mill and museum, the Fisheries Museum in Hohndorf (Elbe) and the "Kaiser Wilhelm" museum boat.
Day 7: Lauenburg – Hamburg (about 55 km)
On the eastern side of the Elbe you soon reach Geesthacht. The city is located in the southwest district of Herzogtum Lauenburg. It has almost 30.000 inhabitants, is the largest town of the district and one of the oldest settlements in the region. It was first mentioned in a documentary in 1216. It was famous because of Alfred Nobel who invented here in his powder factory the dynamite. Worth seeing is the Krügersche House which includes a muesum, archives and the tourist information.
Then you continue on the Elbdamm past many small villages and reach Hamburg. Experience Hamburg on a city tour or take a boat tour to see the historic warehouse district - the largest continuous warehouse complex in the world. Beautiful parks in Hamburg offer opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
Day 8: Hamburg – Glückstadt/Wischhafen (about 68 km/67 km)
Today you cycle along the river Elbe from Hamburg Altone through Blankensee to Wedel. You cross Uetersen through the Elbe river floodplains and get to Elmshorn. The central point is the densely populated town centre. Here you can see the 630 years old Nikolai church which is one of the prettiest ones in this area.
If you decide to take the left side of the Elbe, you cycle to Stade through the "Alte Land", a world-renowned fruit growing area. You can admire a sea of blossom here in spring.
Today's aim is Glückstadt. Christian IV., king of Denmark, established Glückstadt in 1617. There are lots of things to discover in the port. If fishing cutter, sailing yacht or vintage car race, there is always something going on. Glückstadt is famous for its' culinary specialities like "Glückstädter Matjes" as well.
Day 9: Glückstadt/Wischhafen – Cuxhaven (about 68 km/65 km)
At the end of the last stage of our tour you arrive in Cuxhaven. You cross the river Elbe to the left side in Glückstadt. On this side you cycle through Freiburg to Otterndorf. If you are interested in art you shouldn't miss the ''Studio A - museum of arts'' in Otterndorf, the green city at the sea. The land marked former 'Seiler House' is worth to visit as well. To visit the ''Dolls' House'' is like a trip to the past and your own childhood. You can see more than 1000 dolls, teddy bears and other plush toys here.
Finally you arrive at your destination, Cuxhaven. You have many possibilities to relax here. The huge traps which transport the tourists to the island ''Neuwerk'' are unique as well as the horse races on the sea floor. The ''Duhner Wattrennen'' is the highlight for everyone.
Day 10: Cuxhaven, departure or extension
Enjoy your day in the North Sea spa resort of Cuxhaven - either at low or high tide! Today your tour along the Elbe comes to an end and you travel home on your own. We gladly offer our support in the organization of further services.
category B (2-3* hotels/guesthouses/B&B's)
DBL: 502 €
SGL: 674 €
category A (3-4* hotels)
DBL: 582 €
SGL: 819 € Included Services:
- 9 nights in your selected category
- 9 x breakfast
- city tour in Magdeburg
- maritime museum in Lauenburg
- welcome present
- each room 1 information package
- certificate of security
- emergency hotline prices per person
8 x halfboard category B 160 € (Cuxhaven breakfast only)
8 x halfboard category A 184 € (Cuxhaven breakfast only)
rental bike for 10 days 100 €
rental e-Bike for 10 days 190 €
luggage transfer (min. 2 persons / 1 piece per person) 316 €
(discounts for luggage transfer starting with 4 persons travelling together)
additional day rental bike 10 €
additional day rental e-Bike 19 € (prices per person)
cat. A / cat. B
DBL: 62 € / 55 €
SGL: 85 € / 82 €
cat. A / cat. B
DBL: 43 € / 39 €
SGL: 66 € / 62 €