Easy biking. 3 world-class cities. This tour taps into the youthful and creative pulse of Germany. There is something for everyone on this BikePlanet tour! It’s also a perfect destination for non-bikers. In Berlin, we visit major sites as well as of the beaten highlights…and after four days biking, walking and exploring this capital treasures, we join the Elbe River bike path. Destination: dreamy Dresden.
Riding is flat and easy along the river as we bike through the romantic Saxony alps…where sandstone formations rise up like giants waking from a deep sleep. We pass Europe’s most northerly vineyards on our way to the Meissen porcelain factory. We finish in the former-Imperial city on the Main river in Bavaria. Medieval Bamberg is a perfectly preserved medieval gem, luckily spared from the ravages of war. It’s a journey to Germany’s greatest monuments—past and present.
Extend your stay in Germany with another week of bike-and-barging on Main River aboard the IRIS! Go here for our 15 day trip: Berlin-Dresden-Bamberg-Miltenberg.
Check-in at our hotel in Prenzlauerberg, one of the vibrant hotspots of the former East-German part of Berlin. We gather in the hotel lobby at 9:00 pm to meet our fellow travelers and tour guides. We’ll have a relaxing cocktail and explain logistics and bike safety.
Berlin - cycletour Potsdam
Travel by S-bahn (rapid transit railway) to Potsdam for the start of our cycling journey. Potsdam was the residence of the Prussian kings and German Kaisers until 1918. Around the city there are a series of interconnected lakes and cultural landmarks. First goal is the Wannsee Villa where Nazi officials met to organize and implement the Final Solution to the Jewish Question. From here we visit Cecilienhof where Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill met post-war. We ride through the red-brick Dutch Quarter onto Alexandrowka, a small enclave of Russian homes (including an Orthodox chapel) built for immigrants. Our final stop in Potsdam is Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany and former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. It’s Germany’s answer to Versailles. This evening features a short lecture about the Berlin Wall and Cold War. We stroll to a local restaurant and toast to a magnificent day.
Not biking? A BikePlanet guide will escort you to Wannsee Villa, Cecilienhof and Sans Soussi palace.
Berlin - the Wall
We bike along the Berlin Wall with a local guide, stopping at Checkpoint Charlie and finishing our ride at Alexanderplatz. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Berlin is a city of art and museums, parks, monumental buildings, cool neighborhoods and history at every turn. What intrigues you? The site of the SS headquarters, the Jewish museums, a stroll along Unter den Linden to Brandenburg Gate? If you’re a museum-goer, choose from 170! Berlin’s Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Hackesche Höfe is a magnificent retail complex that embodies the characteristic buzz of Old Berlin with great shopping, theaters, and cafés. Or go above the city to the “Sphere.” It’s the famous rotating restaurant in the TV Tower with a bird’s eye view!
Not biking? A BikePlanet guide walks with you along the Berlin Wall to Alexanderplatz in time to join the others.
Berlin: Liebensberg and Sachsenhausen
Today we ride through a lovely rural area of field and forest criss-crossed by small rivers and lakes. Stopping in Liebenberg for lunch at a 17th century noble estate, we learn about the part they played during WWII resistance. The head of the SS Stormtroopers, Hermann Göhring liked to hunt here. After lunch we continue to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Due to its close proximity to Berlin, SS officers trained here before moving on to oversee other work camps in the Reich. After this solemn visit, it’s back to Berlin.
Not biking? You have a longer excursion at Liebenberg and enjoy the group lunch. Then it’s your choice to visit Sachsenhausen concentration camp or return to Berlin for the afternoon.
Berlin - transfer to Dresden
Explore more of Berlin. Or, put a few miles on and pedal around the city with a local guide. Great bike paths throughout old neighborhoods and trendy new areas. The Berlin Philharmonic is one of the best orchestras in the world where Mahler, Brahms, Strauss and von Karajan all conducted. Did you know there are free concerts in the foyer on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.? One strategy is to reserve a table at the opera restaurant and enjoy an elegant lunch while the music plays. Whatever you choose, we do meet again in the late afternoon on a train to Dresden. After dinner in the hotel, we stroll through magical Dresden on the Elbe River. Lit up at night, she’s especially beautiful in her baroque refinements—this royal residence of Saxon Kings.
Dresden - Königstein
Wake up to church bells from the Dresden Cathedral, a baroque jewel lovingly rebuilt after 90% of the historic city was leveled at the end of WWII. Our local guide shows us around, and we hit the trail along the Elbe River, riding through an expansive green paradise known as Saxon Switzerland. Ancient rock families rise out of the landscape in unusual formations, softened eons ago by ocean waves. This is also a mecca for free climbers and the thing they like to do here is Boofen, an eyebrow-raising word referring to the local tradition of “sleeping in open air” under cliff overhangs. An unusual German activity that’s common here. We pedal onward to the massive medieval fortress called King’s Rock. This former dungeon-prison played an important role in Saxony’s history. The mighty Saxon Dukes and Prince-Electors used the hill-top fortress as a hunting lodge and secure refuge during war times. The best way to get back to Dresden is aboard the world’s oldest and largest paddle steamer. All aboard!
Not biking?YYou will join our driver/guide to King’s Rock. You have more time to visit this highlight.
Dresden - Meissen
Today we bike along the Elbe River to the Meissen Porcelain Factory and observe how fine porcelain has been crafted since 1710. Thanks to local deposits of china clay (kaolin), potter’s earth and German ingenuity, Meissen porcelain was the first of its kind made outside of the Orient. The emblem on the back of every piece is two swords crossed. It’s the oldest trademark in the world! After lunch we get on a bus and travel to a more unknown little gem in Moedlareuth. Here we visit a Cold War Open Air Museum, showing us the how the separation of Germany into East and West could devide a little country village. After this visit we continue our bus ride to Marktleugast were we will have dinner and a good nights rest in a Landgasthof.
Not biking? You have more time to visit Meissen and coffee on the way to getting there.
Marktleugast - Bamberg
After our country side night, we conquer some hills and then follow the Main River crossing through countryside and little villages to arrive at Lichtenfels. Here we board the train taking us the last stretch into Bamberg. We walk to our beautiful Rezidenz hotel to check in. Dinner on the terrace if possible!
Not biking? Biking is an option today, you can explore Bamberg today
A guided walking tour in Bamberg is on the agenda today. The entire old town is a UNESCO site. After exploring, you might need to quench your thirst. Take your pick from 9 breweries and 50 beer varieties in Bamberg alone. Once the seat of temporal and religious power in the 11th century, both an emperor and a pope are entombed here. The Imperial Cathedral showcases a wealth of art including the Bamberg Horseman, a medieval stone monument that (700 years later) inspired WWII resistance fighters like Claus von Stauffenberg, Hitler’s would-be assassin. Stop and smell the roses at the Price-Bishops Palace. There’s a lovely outdoor café overlooking the baroque gardens, tiled rooftops and city church spires. The “island district” features the only town hall in the world straddling a river. For centuries, Bamberg cultivated and traded licorice root, the sweet plant that flavors candy. But even more famous are the city suds. Try the “smoked beer” from Schlenkerla Brewery.
The guided portion ends here, but your trip is not over yet! Your hotel is booked for another night, so enjoy the rest of the day to explore or relax.
Guests continuing on the extension Bike and Barge Along the Main in Sunny Bavaria are transferred at 2:00 p.m. to the IRIS.
After Sunday Breakfast your tour ends! Farewell, bye-bye!
hotel Myers in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin
Myer’s Hotel Berlin offers its sixty rooms in a unique design with individuality, flair and quality in the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, near famous Kollwitzplatz and central Alexanderplatz. This place of hospitality and culture has a lobby lounge,a terrace, an idyllic garden, and a gallery as well as the red lounge, that invites you to stay with newspapers, a good book and a drink. In the yellow salon the appealing breakfast is offered.
Changing art exhibitions in the gallery, an exhibition of sculptures of Marco Flierl in the garden and the romantic entrance courtyard will impress you!
Our hotel is located in the heart of Dresden, within a short walking-distance of the historical Old Town.
100 years ago the house served as a simple accommodation for women travelling unescorted, arriving at the Silesian train station, the future “Bahnhof Neustadt”. Most of the women came to Dresden hoping to find employment. Later the house advanced to a home for ladies, before the “Sophienschule” – a boarding school for young girls – moved in 1921.
Although today, a century later, the appearance of the house has changed considerably, it always remained true to its fundamental idea: accommodating people.
Enjoy our breakfast buffet with its extensive choice of freshly prepared dishes in peace before hours full of events in Dresden will follow.
A bright winter garden invites our guests to stay.
It’s a cosy hotel, typically German Biedermeier Style. In the vaulted cellar is a nice restaurant.
Services in detail:
Your tour has been prepared into the finest of details, check “about our SERVICES” for general information
Our rates are based on one person, double occupancy of rooms.
Single supplement = € 550
What’s included on this tour:
- 9 nights in hotels in Berlin, Dresden, Marktleugast and Bamberg including breakfast
- welcome reception in Berlin
- 1x dinner in Berlin
- entrance of St. Cecilienhof
- lunch at St. Cecilienhof
- lunch at Liebenberg
- guided Wall tour in Berlin
- guided Citytour in Dresden
- 1 x diner in Dresden
- coffee and cake on the way to Königstein
- entrance Königstein (King’s Rock)
- steamship to Dresden
- snacks on board
- entrance Meissen Porcelain Museum
- guided city walk in Bamberg
- dinner in Bamberg
- all transfers by S-bahn, train or coach
What is not included on this tour:
- Bike rental: Our nice Gudereit Trekking Bike is available for 85 euro’s for 7 days
- E-bike rental: on availability: 170 euro’s for 7 days
- Excursions, Exhibitions, Dinners/Lunches not mentioned in the day to day programme
- Drinks during lunches and diners included in the programme
- Gratuities for your tourguides/vandriver
- Traveling to and from your tour
Extra night(s)* in Berlin : € 140 (roomrate per night, double room)
Extra night(s)* in Bamberg: € 155 (roomrate per night, double room)