Dresden by bike: advice from a long-time cyclist
If you are planning a short vacation and want to discover places behind bars, we have a tip for an awesome yet very simple bike trip Prague – Dresden.
This bike ride is around 250km but is very flat and most of the time you will be cycling on dedicated bike paths. There is a system of long-distance cycle paths called EuroVelo. Prague – Dresden follows route number seven.
You begin to follow the Moldau River north on its right bank. The first town on the way is Kralupy Nad Vltavou, from there you will continue to the magnificent Veltrusy Castle from where you will continue to Mělník where the Moldau flows into the Elbe.
If you are not in a hurry, we recommend that you climb up to the castle from where there is a beautiful view of the rivers. It’s also a great opportunity for a lunch or coffee break if you fancy a restaurant at the bike path food stalls.
The next stretch between Mělník and Litoměřice is about 50 km long and follows the river via other historic towns Roudnice and Terezín.
Terezín is worth stopping by. The city is an old military fortress consisting of the citadel and the adjacent fortified garrison town. The city center is well preserved and is protected by law as a reserve of urban monuments. Terezin is the most infamous location of the notorious Theresienstadt Nazi ghetto.
From there it is not far to Litoměřice. This stretch goes northwest and is beautiful on summer afternoons. Litoměřice is a bigger town and it is a good place to spend a night, you can choose from a variety of hotels or even camps.
Another section of about 50 km starts from Litoměřice do Děčín. Until this point everywhere you look you see plains surrounding the river, now comes the change, you enter a valley in which you will pass the next 50 kilometers or so, but don’t worry, the path still follows the rivers so there is no big climb ahead.
Once in Děčín, you are close to the border. The hills around Děčín are famous for being an excellent climbing area, so if you like rock climbing, it is definitely worth stopping there. Once you pass the town, you enter the largest sandstone valley in Europe.
Everywhere you look from this point you will see beautiful rock formations, the bike path is quiet, there are no cars on this side of the river and it stays that way until Bad Schandau. From here you slowly leave the valley and in front of you is the last town before Dresden, Pirna.
Pirna is a historic town with a well-preserved square. Highly recommend stopping here for a coffee. After Pirna, Dresden is only 20 km away. The bike path will take you directly into the old town.
As of this writing, there are several trains running between Dresden and Prague. On Sundays, you can take the train at 11:10 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. The train takes two and a half hours and costs 350 Czk. Just remember as we mentioned in one of the previous articles.
You must have a reservation for your bicycle to board the train. In the summer season, it is recommended to do so 24 hours before the departure of the train.
I’m a lifelong cyclist who runs a small independent bike shop in Žižkov in Prague. My riding skills range from MTB to BMX. I lived for several years in one of the European cycling capitals, Copenhagen. With my friend I tried to cycle from Europe to Japan and had to stop because of the pandemics.
These two months on a bike allowed me to understand bike-packing. If you are new to cycling, looking for cycling partners or need anything cycling related, you can text me or stop by my shop. Cobblestone cycles for a coffee or a public bike ride.