The Elberadweg is a key component of the transnational “Blue Ribbon of the Rivers Elbe/Labe” project promoting important cycle paths between Germany and the Czech Republic. With a length of 1165 kilometres, the cycle path starts at the source of the river Elbe in the Riesengebirge (Czech Republic) and traverses both countries before arriving at its final destination, the North Sea. On a journey along the Elberadweg you pass through scenic countryside and the gentle landscapes of Bohemia, Saxony, central Germany and Lower Saxony. The route through Saxony-Anhalt deserves a special mention since this exceptionally beautiful section of the Elberadweg not only meanders through the two biosphere reserves "Mittlere Elbe" and "Flusslandschaft Elbe", it also offers many interesting trips as well as numerous other things to discover and explore.
The capital city Magdeburg has made a great contribution to this ambitious project by building a marvellous 19.9 km cycle path between its northern and southern borders.
Outside the city the following sections have already been completed, and clearly signposted paths lead you safely along the river:
- Elbe source to German border 415 km
- Schmilka to Dresden 65 km
- Dresden to Dessau 260 km
- Dessau to Magdeburg 85 km
- Magdeburg to Wittenberge 165 km
- Wittenberge to Hamburg City 170 km
- Hamburg City to Cuxhaven 180 km