There are movies, documentaries, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, legends and facts that tell Germany's story. But there's one perspective that's missing. Yours. Witness it. Ride the trail that once was the Berlin Wall. Experience the splendor of Dresden, a city once known as "Florence on the Elbe." Bike by lush forests, quaint old-world towns and quiet shimmering waterways. Be German, even for just a few days. Immerse yourself in all of it. The culture, the cuisine, the history, the humanity. And then read, watch and listen to the stories from a fresh perspective: your family's own.
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! Kids set off on a kayaking adventure through enchanting canals Adults cruise on a punt boat or luxuriate at our hotel's incredible spa before a Michelin-starred meal.
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 for wine tasting at local wineries for adults An exciting falconry demonstration is sure to entertain kids 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
- Adults go punting (boating) and kids kayak 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)|
|Adults: Spreewald Punt Cruise (1 Hour)|
|Kids: Spreewald Kayak Adventure (1 Hour)|
|Moritzburg Castle Visit (30 Minutes)|
|Kids: Falconry Show (2 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 8/4-9 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/11-16 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2016 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/28-7/3 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/5-10 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/19-24 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/26-31 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/2-7 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/9-14 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 9 years
- No Burley Cub trailer available on this trip
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips, 2 years for all Camping trips and 6 years on all River Cruise trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners; routes are difficult for pulling a Burley Cub trailer and therefore not appropriate for younger children; difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
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 $6,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|2 - 3 guests from $6,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
Please note: Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
Guest Trip Reviews
This trip features a lot of variety, making it a really great choice for families. There's easygoing scenic riding in the countryside, a wealth of cultural connections, a bit of urban exploration and excellent cuisine (lots of kid-friendly food, too!). Among the highlights are 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. History buffs will enjoy learning about Germany's complex past and the changes taking place in post-unification East Germany.- Regional Manager, Europe