bike route runs from the German coastal town of Cuxhaven on the North
Sea, past the busy western city of Hamburg (with its airport) and then
through the countryside that acted as the border between east and west
Germany until it crosses into the Czech Republic. Here it follows the
River Lebe to Melnik and then the Vltava into Prague itself.
Accommodation is plentiful
for most of the year but the conference season (September) can soak up
hotel rooms in the bigger cities. Hamburg has some very expensive
hotels and the further out you stay the cheaper it is. Prague is a
major European attraction and we would recommend making a reservation as
early as possible to get good value. We have indicated approximate
numbers of hotels or B&Bs for each place. There are a great many
railway lines and stations within reach of the route and we only
indicate here when a town has its own station, athough you will find
many more stations between the indicated towns.
There are many ferries and
bridges along the rivers. We have indicated where a town has a ferry
and also the odd occasion where you must cross the river. Finally we
indicate which side of the river we would take but please feel free to
try either side. Once you get to the area you should be able to pick up
the latest "Offizielles Eberadweg Handbuch" (an A5 blue book) which
gives far more information on the German stretch of our route. Every
German tourist office on the Elbe should have copies of this handbook.
It is free and contains a highly detailed bike map as well as addresses
for accommodation and bike shops. You should not get lost (just follow
the river, it will be in sight for most of the way) but it can be no fun
being stuck on the wrong bank as dusk starts to fall. The Elberadweg website provides the same information.
As well as the cross-river ferries, there are a few ferries that travel
along the Elbe. However, they are not of great use for a cycle tour as
they are infrequent and are mostly geared up for round trips of the
dinner cruise or day trip variety rather than tourists with bikes
wanting to travel from A to B.
║ our route, │alternate route
- None: 0
Few: 1 or 2
Some: 3 to 6
- Many: 7 or more