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The Most Beautiful Cycling Routes in and Around Leipzig

Leipzig and the surrounding region are perfectly suited to exploration by bicycle. Whether you are true sports fanatics or would describe yourselves more as leisurely cyclists, Leipzig has the perfect route for everyone. We have put together a list of the most beautiful cycling routes in and around Leipzig for you.

Leipzig-Elbe Cycle Path

The most well-known bike route in Germany is the Elbe Cycle Path. This popular path is connected to the city of Leipzig via the lesser-known Leipzig-Elbe Cycle Path. Idyllic village and countryside scenes alternate along this family-friendly route. Rolling fields and floodplains dominate the view.

A highlight of the route is the Beucha Fortified Church. It is located directly on a heart-shaped lake and a perfect spot to take a break. The Dahlen Heath offers an attractive landscape with expansive meadows, forests and peaceful little ponds. Numerous windmills, old castles and interesting village churches line the path which mostly follows quiet country roads. The route intersects with the Parthe-Mulde Cycle Path, the New Lake District Cycle Path and the Mulde Cycle Path, making it easy to explore a variety of circular routes.

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Coal | Steam | Light Cycle Path

The departure point is the Sachsenbrücke in Leipzig. The Sachsenbrücke is the perfect place to begin your cycling tour because it has everything that is typical of Leipzig all in one place. Just a quick stop for a last hot coffee at the Kaffeewagen auf Rädern ("Coffee on Wheels") and you're off!

We start the tour in a northerly direction and leave the city centre behind us. As the name suggests, the Coal, Steam & Light Cycle Path is designed to give visitors a glimpse into the greatest structural transformation in German economic history. On the 120 km route, you can not only marvel at old opencast mining equipment but also explore the man-made lakes in the former mining areas.

You may want to take your first break at Lake Schladitz, just an hour into your cycling trip. Here, you can expect to find water sports as well as cultural highlights such as Camp David and Biedermeier Beach. Continue on to the Baroque city of Delitzsch with its impressive old town and outdoor installations of a paddle wheel and boulders. Instead of continuing your ride north in the direction of the Luther City of Wittenberg, we recommend heading northeast toward  Torgau.

Did you know that the Coal, Steam & Light Cycle Path has been extended towards the New Lake District in southern Leipzig? There are actually long-term plans for a connection to Thuringia.

"Obstland" Route

As the name suggests, the Obstland (fruit country) route runs through the area called the Saxony Obstland where you can cycle through almost 60 kilometres of beautiful fruit orchards and stunning scenery. It's the perfect little trip out for anyone looking to take a break from the city for a couple of hours. Incidentally, the extensive Obstland route consists of three smaller themed trails, which focus on topics such as the history of fruit orchards and religious buildings along the way.

A great place to start the route is the Mügeln Geoportal. You can get from Leipzig to Oschatz in 30 minutes by train. A historic narrow-gauge railway will then take you on to Mügeln. This is where the cycle path begins before leading you past charming farm shops offering local fruit and vegetables along with great recipe ideas. The final stop is Leisnig on the river Mulde where you can take the train back to Leipzig city centre.

PS: If you would still like to pedal further, you can ride a few extra kilometres on the Mulde cycle path.

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New Lake District Cycle Path

It is already a well-known fact that Leipzig is referred to as the water city. And our water city is a great place to explore by bike. Cycling is such a flexible way to travel that you can visit as many bathing spots as you like. Furthermore, the firm paths around the many lakes are perfect for exploring on two wheels.

You will be pleasantly surprised by the small places to stop along the way that will sweeten your ride and help you answer the most important question on a cycling tour: "where shall we take a break?"

On the eastern shore of Lake Störmthal, there is a small red food truck called Speisewagen no.51 that offers delicious snacks. There are numerous restaurants and beer gardens both along the route and by the lake.

Overall, the route stretches for about 100 km. On warm days, it is a good idea to break it up into two stages. For the perfect overview and route planning, we recommend you take a look at the map.

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Torgau Cycle Path

We now come to our final cycle path in Leipzig and the surrounding region. The Torgau cycle path leads you through the heart of Düben Heath. The start and finishing points can be easily reached by train, so you can cycle this route in one day. If you set off from Delitzsch, you will cover 67kilometres on your way to Hartenfels Castle in Torgau. But as we know, the journey is the reward, and the town of Bad Düben is en route. This spa town is a nexus of many cycle routes, such as the Mulde cycle path and the Berlin-Leipzig cycle path. While in Bad Düben, you should definitely check out Düben Heath and if you're lucky, you might even come across the famous beaver.

Along the cycle path, you will encounter various types of mills, some of which can be visited on Mühlentag am Pfingstmontag ("Mill Day on Whit Monday"). Once you get to Torgau, don't miss the chance to visit Hartenfels Castle. This castle is exceptional because of its early Renaissance style and the fact that it was once the main and secondary residence of the Saxon electoral princes. Now that's impressive!

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Looking for cycling events in Leipzig and the Leipzig region? You're in the right place!

Good news for your next cycling tour in and around Leipzig:
You can leave your car at home. On public transport, you can bring your bike along on the train for free in the MDV (Central German Public Transport Association) zones. Good connections from Leipzig are listed in our brochure, "Out and About by Bike".

Have you already discovered other favourite tours in the Leipzig region that don't appear in this blog? Write and tell us about the most beautiful cycle routes you have experienced in Leipzig and the Leipzig region. Send a photo and short description to: region.leipzig@ltm-leipzig.de

You still have questions? Then get in touch with us!

Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Social Media Redaktion
Tel: +49 (0)341 / 7104-340
Mail: social.media@ltm-leipzig.de


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