Berlin - it's like no other city on Earth. Famously progressive. Perpetually reinventing itself, yet profuse with stirring reminders of its tumultuous past. Begin your journey here at the notorious Berlin Wall. Then travel south, from the opulent palaces of Potsdam to splendid castles and vineyards hugging the Elbe River. Pedal past villages whose resilient residents keep centuries-old Slavic traditions alive. And spin your wheels through the pastoral landscape, knowing that exquisite hotels and Michelin-starred meals await. In newly resplendent Dresden, you've got the perfect excuse to extend your vacation just a little longer. On both ends.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Navigating Bike PathsGermans are not only known for their passion for beer, but also for bikes. And that love of bikes has created an amazing labyrinth of bike paths and routes that extend throughout the country. Many of the paths we utilize on this trip are the equivalent of scenic byways, linking quaint villages and big cities alike. Navigating these intricate bike routes requires more attention to the directions than you might expect. Be prepared to make more stops than you usually would to ensure you’re on the right track, all the while experiencing the occasional rush of riding among many locals as they commute and run errands by bike.
These wonderful bike paths are refreshingly car-free, which means that there are short stretches of limited van support. Although most of the paths are smooth and paved, there are some sections of interlocking bricks, cobblestone and hard-packed dirt that can be muddy during downpours.
Days 1-2 Ride through history on the Berlin Wall Trail, a bike path tracing the course of the infamous barrier that once separated West Berlin and East Germany View sections of the wall and poignant monuments on a special guided ride Admire Cecilienhof Palace, where the fate of post-war Germany was decided The breathtaking Sanssouci Palace greets you in Potsdam, a city considered one of the country's most beautiful World Heritage sites Chat with our local friends about their life in former East Germany.
Day 3 Venture into pastoral Germany and Lusatia - a Slavic enclave with its own language and customs Bike in Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, a world of verdant forests, grassland, charming old-world towns and a vast network of shimmering waterways Ever heard of the Spreewald gherkin? Try one while you're here! Go punting on a canal or luxuriate at our hotel's incredible spa.
Day 4 The baroque splendor of Dresden - from the glorious Zwinger palace complex to the stunningly restored Frauenkirche, a Lutheran church crowned by one of the largest domes in Europe - is truly unforgettable Witness the beauty of Germany's pacesetting environmental efforts as you bike past nature reserves, sunflower fields and organic farms.
Days 5-6 Head out of Dresden through the lush city forest, arriving at the baroque-style Moritzburg Castle The Elbe River and a patchwork of vineyards provide a glorious backdrop Soak up the brilliance of Dresden on foot, or ride through the Elbe Valley past castles, quaint hamlets and into Saxon Switzerland.
- Experience Germany from every angle: mellow countryside biking, urban exploration, cultural discoveries and culinary delights
- Discover the World Heritage site of Potsdam and the extraordinary Biosphere Reserve of Spreewald
- Incredible Michelin-starred dinners at Bayrisches Haus and Zur Bleiche
- Go punting (boating) through Spreewald's picturesque canals
- Captivating gateway cities of Berlin and Dresden - ideal to visit before or after your trip
Hotel Bayrisches Haus (2 nights): This small chalet, acclaimed for its lovely setting and Michelin-starred restaurant, was built in 1847 for the Bavarian wife of Prussian King Frederick William IV. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Hotel Zur Bleiche Resort & Spa (1 night): Established in 1750 by Prussian King Frederick the Great and nestled perfectly in the heart of Spreewald, this retreat offers serene surroundings and Michelin-starred cuisine. (pool, spa)
Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski (2 nights): Originally a palace built in 1708 by Saxon Elector Augustus the Strong for his mistress, this meticulously restored hotel offers a mix of old-world splendor and contemporary chic in the historic center of Dresden. (pool, spa)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Sanssouci Park and New Palace Visit (2 Hours)|
|Glassmaking Village Visit (30 Minutes)|
|Evening Punt Cruise (1 Hour)|
|Moritzburg Castle Visit (30 Minutes)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $7,798 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $6,598 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
This trip features a really great combination of scenic easygoing countryside riding, urban exploration, cultural encounters and excellent cuisine. Highlights include a ride along the remains of the Berlin Wall, a visit to Potsdam (castles galore), the amazing palace built by Frederick the Great, Spreewald (known for its canals, gherkin fields and original Slavic population) and the incredibly picturesque Elbe Valley. This is an especially fascinating trip for history buffs interested in Germany's complex past and the changes taking place in post-unification East Germany.- Regional Manager, Europe