Prague To Dresden Cycle: Be In It

Discover the Czech countryside and idyllic river landscapes as you cycle from Prague to Dresden
Discover the Czech countryside and idyllic river landscapes as you cycle from Prague to Dresden

Prague to Dresden Cycle: Be In It

Enjoy an Active Travel Holiday through the Czech Republic and Germany 

At UTracks, we are firm believers in the benefits of active travel. After all, it’s what we’re all about.

Active travel isn’t just about the joys of cruising down paths on a bike or letting endorphins wash over you after a rewarding day of walking in Europe. 

There are health benefits for yourself (holidays don’t have to be an out of shape experience!); economic benefits for the country you’re visiting (spread your tourism dollars to ‘off the beaten track’ places that don’t typically receive it); a lower environmental impact (utilising foot/pedal power) and ultimately you have a better travel experience as you explore a more authentic side of your destination. 

This is why we encourage travellers to take active holidays. Learn more about our Travel: Be In It campaign here.

Prague To Dresden Cycle: Be In It

For this Travel: Be In It holiday, we’re focusing on exploring the countryside of the superb Czech Republic by bike.
There are 4 similar versions of this trip:
> Prague to Vienna Self-Guided Cycle

In this article, we're featuring on the Prague to Dresden Guided Cycle. This is a 7 day guided cycle that explores two countries: Germany and the Czech Republic.

Four Reasons How the Prague to Dresden Guided Cycle Trip Adds to Your Travel Experience.


1. See More of the Czech Republic Beyond Prague

Ask yourself – can you name a place in the Czech Republic other than Prague? The Czech Republic is a hot tourist destination in Europe and every year seems to see record breaking numbers of foreign visitors, with 10.6 million in 2018, almost equal to the country's population. Of this, 6.7 million people (63%) visit Prague. This statistic includes all foreigners (i.e. including other Europeans) and we're guessing if it was overseas travellers like Australians and Americans, this percentage would be even higher, This boom in tourism for Prague has unfortunately led to the adverse effects of overtourism, like needing to regulate Airbnb rentals.

This is not to say Prague isn’t worth seeing; it’s a delightful medieval city with the world’s largest ancient castle and its historic Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On the Prague to Dresden Guided Cycle, we discover lesser known towns such as Melnik (in the heart of Czech wine region), Litomerice (a royal city considered one of the most beautiful in the country) and Decin (a lovely city split by the Elbe River that features the recently restored Decin Castle).

Cycle to picturesque Melnik, the heart of the Czech wine region

2. Explore the Countryside by Bike

Cycling in the Czech Republic is fairly relaxed and gentle, with the cycle paths generally paved and the terrain quite flat because it follows the splendid Elbe River in sections. Of the five days of cycling, you can expect to pedal between 25 to 70km a day (16 to 44 miles). There are some hilly stretches on day 2 from Prague to Melnik. We consider this trip as suitable for beginners and children with a good level of fitness.

According to our honest Trip Grading System, we rate this holiday as Grade 2: Introductory to Moderate

If you are a competent cyclist but want an extra zoom zoom on your journey, there are also electric bikes available. 

A happy cyclist following timeless river landscapes to Dresden

3. Bohemian Nature is Good for the Soul

The Prague to Dresden cycle journeys through the western Czech region of Bohemia, the largest and most historical part of the Czech Republic.

The Elbe River is claimed to be one of Europe’s most spectacular but underrated rivers, as “the river rises from a bubbling spring of crystal water high in the beautiful Bohemian mountains, winding through silent forests before splashing down the rock face near a pine-scented hiking trail.” 

On the day you cross the Czech border into Germany, there’s time to explore the Czech-Saxon Switzerland National Park and to discover the many rocky passes, deep gorges and rugged hills of this area. The highlight is the impressive Pravcicka Gate, the biggest natural rock bridge in Europe.

The traditional spas of Germany’s Bad Schandau are a must-do activity and the perfect way to unwind after a day outdoors. There are many spas in Bad Schandau, with some featuring panoramic views of the river and forests while you relax in their wellness centres.

Visit the Pravcická Gate, the biggest natural rock bridge in Europe

4. After a day of cycling, the food and wine tastes so much better!

Dine on some of Central Europe’s most indulgent foods and drinks – guilt free! After a day of pedalling you’ll have worked up an appetite and on the Prague to Dresden trip will satisfy your cravings.

We visit the heart of the Czech wine region in Melnik, which is renowned for its pinot noir. For beer lovers, the Czech Republic is home to the world’s biggest beer drinkers at 142.4 litres per capita, and they love to knock back pilsners like Pilsner Urquell, Kozel and the original Budweiser (yes, predating the American version!). For non-alcoholic beverages, you can sample the local compot, a sweet drink made with fruit, water and sugar. 

Food-wise, you can sample hearty meals typical for Central Europe. Try roast pork or beef with potato dumplings; thick, creamy stews filled with vegetables and meats; or fried mushroom side dishes. And for dessert you can’t miss the apple strudel – on an active holiday, you’ve earned it.

Stop for refreshments after hiking to the Falcon's Nest

Experience this trip for yourself: 
Have you been to the Czech Republic or Germany before? Would you consider another trip to experience Central Europe on an active holiday? Let us know in the comments, we love to hear from our readers.
Czech Republic, Germany, Cycling, Active Travel, Travel Be In It

Comments (4)

Scott M Sanders

I see that your site is very informative, and every article is better than any other website's blog and article!

5 months ago

Thanks Scott, we appreciate hearing it!

5 months ago
Barry Borella

Please send information about the cost and dates. I once read that pedaling in the opposite direction, while uphill, would result in having the wind at your back. True? Is there an extra cost for a single?

5 years ago
Will from UTracks

Hi Barry,
Great to hear you're keen on cycling the Prague to Dresden route. Our staff have emailed you directly about your queries, but you can find all the information (like dates and prices) on the trip page here:
Will from UTracks

5 years ago
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