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Berlin to Dresden Family Bike Tour
Berlin to Dresden Family Bike Tour

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.

Straight Talk
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 Paths

Germans 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.

Trip Highlights
  • 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
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Premiere Inns

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)

Routes For All Abilities

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.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 20* 300 33* 500
39 700
2 21* 500 36 1100 45 1300
Sanssouci Park and New Palace Visit (2 Hours)
3 24* 300 33* 400 48* 600 77 1700
Glassmaking Village Visit (30 Minutes)
Adults: Spreewald Punt Cruise (1 Hour)
Kids: Spreewald Kayak Adventure (1 Hour)
4 22* 500 31* 900 66* 1900
5 20* 1000 28* 1300 38 1500 53 2600
Moritzburg Castle Visit (30 Minutes)
Kids: Falconry Show (2 Hours)
6 15 300 29 400

* 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

Minimum Ages:

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: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Kazoo or in a Burley Cub trailer. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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.
Mark Selcon- Regional Manager, Europe