To traverse Saxony, the best route is along the Elbe River on the Elbe Cycle Path: from the Czech border near Bad Schandau, passing through Dresden, Meißen, Riesa, and finally reaching Torgau. This star among Germany's long-distance cycle paths offers diverse landscapes in Saxony. It takes you past the rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland, before transitioning to the hilltops of the Meissen Spaargebirge near Dresden. Along the riverbanks of the Elbe, you can glide along at a leisurely pace.
The expansive floodplains of the Elbe are also perfect for relaxed bike rides. Numerous shorter cycling tours, such as the Moritzburg Path or the Wine Experience Tour near Meißen, lead to notable attractions in the Dresden Elbe Valley. The metropolis of Dresden, with its Zwinger, Frauenkirche, and Semper Opera House, is well worth a visit. In Meißen, known as the "Porcelain City," one can linger longer and observe the production of the "White Gold." Thanks to its wealth, Saxony experienced a flourishing period under Augustus the Strong. Meißen is also considered the birthplace of Saxon winemaking.
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains, also known as Saxon Switzerland, are particularly popular among hikers. However, cyclists are also allowed to venture high up on designated trails within the national park. The routes on narrow forest paths and trails are more suitable for mountain bikers. The ascent is rewarded with iconic landmarks such as the Bastei Bridge and the Rathen Rock Stage.
Equally interesting regions in Saxony include the Vogtland in western Saxony, the Upper Lusatia region, the Ore Mountains, and the Saxony Castle and Heathland with Leipzig as the metropolitan center.