Tour tips

Active on the road in Dessau-Roßlau

Experience with us how varied cycling can be: relaxing and beautiful landscapes in the UNESCO biosphere reserve Mittelelbe, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Bauhaus and Garden Kingdom Dessau-Wörlitz, cultural events such as the Garden Kingdom Summer or Europe’s largest ska festival – everything is easily accessible by bike.
By the way, there are hardly any inclines, but there is a very well-developed network of bike paths. So you can really pedal and experience all the diversity directly by bike.

Would you like to experience Dessau-Roßlau for yourself? We cordially invite you to visit us. And maybe you will stay for several days, because: Dessau-Roßlau is many things, but definitely not a love for just one night.

18 km ¬ Travel time approx. 1 hour

Bike tour to the Klieken Elbe meadows

The entire route from Dessau city center to
Klieken is characterized by the floodplain landscape of the Elbe and Mulde rivers. A stop worth seeing along the way: the “Sieglitzer Berg” park, part of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom.
The oxbow lakes of the Elbe near Klieken provide a protected home for a variety of mammals, birds and insects.
A nature trail with several information boards provides
information on several information boards.
You can return to Dessau via the same route or by train from Klieken station.

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15 km ¬ Travel time approx. 1 hour

Elbauentour around the Kühnauer lake

The starting point for this round is the Kornhaus. From here, a nature trail leads through the Middle Elbe Nature Reserve. The floodplain forests here are largely unmanaged and left to their own devices.

Several stations provide information about this unique landscape, which is home to beavers, white-tailed eagles, wild cats and many other rare animals.

In the Großkühnau Landscape Park on the southern shore of the lake, you can experience the interplay of nature, art and architecture. With a little more time, the round can of course also be done well on foot.

24 km ¬ Journey time: approx. 1.5 hours

Through the Oranienbaum Heath to Ferropolis

Experiencing nature and industrial history combined in one bike tour: From Dessau’s city center, the route takes you via Mildensee to the Oranienbaum Heath. Numerous animal and plant species have settled in this nature reserve. By the way, wild Heck cattle and Konik horses take care of them.
The destination of this tour is Ferropolis – the city of iron.
Five excavators from the former open-cast lignite mine form the backdrop for a unique open-air museum that makes the region’s structural transformation tangible.

42 km ¬ Travel time: approx. 3 hours

Round trip via Aken and

The Elbe is a constant companion on the way from the city center of Dessau to Aken. There, the connection to the Elbe and Elbe shipping is visible in many places.
The small village of Reppichau has created a monument to its most famous son with an open-air museum. In the 13th century, Eike von Repgow created the Sachsenspiegel, the
oldest law book of the German Middle Ages.
The rest of the way leads to Mosigkau. A visit to the castle and castle park should definitely be planned.

70 km ¬ Travel time: approx. 5 hours

Garden Kingdom Tour "Prince Franz"

The signposted cycle route around Dessau-Roßlau connects the palaces and parks in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz and was named after its creator Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz of Anhalt-Dessau (1740-1817).

The Garden Kingdom Tour leads through the unique Elbe meadow landscape. This cultural landscape can be experienced most impressively on a bicycle.

The route can be cycled in one piece or in stages. You can return to Dessau by train from Wörlitz, Oranienbaum or Mosigkau.

22 km ¬ Journey time: approx. 1.5 hours

Bauhaus buildings cycle route

Where can you really experience the Bauhaus if not in Dessau? More than 300 original buildings can still be found in the city today. The signposted Bauhaus buildings cycle route takes you to all the sites of Bauhaus architecture. At the same time, the city can be experienced in its various facets.

From the Kornhaus on the Elbe via the Masters’ Houses and the Bauhaus building, the route continues south to the historic Labor Office and the Törten estate with its arcade houses and the Konsum building.

Also on the route is the Bauhaus Museum Dessau. This has a collection of 49,000 exhibits and is the second largest Bauhaus collection in the world. The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation shows the exhibits in an exhibition worth seeing.

6 km ¬ Walking time: approx. 1.5 hours

Walk through
Georgengarten and Beckerbruch

The starting point for the walk is the Orangery at Georgium Palace. In the park and the adjacent Beckerbruch floodplain, visitors experience a true European journey in the footsteps of Prince Franz and his younger brother Johann Georg, who gave the park its name.

Roman ruins, Greek temples, Dutch archways and many sculptures line the path in the landscape garden. But small works of art can also be discovered again and again in the adjacent floodplain.

Don’t miss: The wonderful view from the Wallwitzburg on the Elbe and to the city. Today, the Anhalt Picture Gallery in Georgium Castle houses masterpieces of old German and Flemish painting.

4 km ¬ Walking time: approx. 1 hour

Roßlauer Elbauen hike

The starting point for this beautiful walk is the Roßlau moated castle. The castle, whose origins date back to the 12th century, is now a great backdrop for theater performances, markets and events. Among them is Europe’s largest ska festival, “This is Ska,” which has been attracting visitors from all over the world for a quarter of a century.
In the extensive Elbe meadows, various bird species can be observed, with a little luck even sea eagles. The Elbe beach is a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet.


World HeritageCard

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As your time permits, either in 24 hours or on three freely selectable days within the validity.

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