Elberadweg

The international Elberadweg is Germany's most popular long distance bike track. The Brandenburg part runs mostly on top of the embankment through Prignitz. The UNESCO biosphere reserve Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg stretches on between Havelberg and Dömitz, along the unspoilt river and its natural spaces of the same name. Beautiful nature observations, vastness and quiet characterize the tour.

Annually, the “Handbuch Elberadweg” is published and informs about lodgings along the way.


The bike tour

Length: almost 90 km of more than 1.000 km in total
The part of the international Elberadweg that runs through Prignitz is situated on top of the embankments of the rivers Elbe and Havel. Between the barrage Quitzöbel and the one in Gnevsdorf there are two different route options: on the Havel's embankment passing Abbendorf, or on the Elbe's dike with several points for nature observations (without gastronomy).

Radwegekirchen und offenen Kirchen

Zahlreiche Kirchen im Kirchenkreis Prignitz stehen während der Sommermonate oder auch ganzjährig für Besucher offen. Planen Sie einen zusätzlichen Stopp um die kulturellen Kostbarkeiten in den Städten und Dörfern zu entdecken.
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In den ElbauenFoto: Studio Prokopy

A little tour description

Travelling south, opposing the Elbe's flow direction, the first part of the route leads from Dömitz to Lenzen. Atop the Elbe enbankment the path runs right through the heart of the UNESCO biosphere reserve Flusslandschaft Elbe-Brandenburg. The quiet between the towns and villages, and the varied fauna with storks, cranes, beavers and grazing sheep create a tangible feeling of the region's genuineness. In spring and autumn, flocks of migratory birds characterize the views. Countryside idyll is tangible here. Time seems to stand still in the historical villages and their typical hall house designs. Here and there the scent of fresh delicacies beckons cyclists. Regional cuisine is not only on the menu here, it is also a concept people live by. Excellent places to make a rest at are for example “Alter Hof am Elbdeich”, “Fischerkate” or the café “Elbeglück”. The old watchtower, barely a kilometre outside of Lenzen, which is seen from afar now holds an observation deck from which four states are visible. Right by the tower the ferryman Rogge greets passing cyclists. The ferry connects Brandenburg and Lower Saxony. Arriving in one of the Margraviate's oldest towns, Lenzen, travellers are immediately fascinated by its half-timbered architecture and the imposing castle. The way to the castle is worthwhile all by itself because the baroque garden invites you to a literary trip through the Natur-Poesie-Garten (nature-poetry-garden) or an educational walk through the AuenReich which was built in 2018. Inside the BUND visitors centre of the castle an exhibition about the cultural and natural history of the Elbe wetland valleys awaits you. One of the highlights is the virtual flight on the back of a wild goose. The BioHotel Burg Lenzen offers regional and seasonal delicacies with local produce and products.

Burg LenzenFoto: Archiv Tourismusverband Prignitz e.V./LfU Jan Schormann

The second part of the route leads from Lenzen to Wittenberge. At the “nature stop” “Auenblick Rückdeichung Lenzen” (restoration of wetlands) you can experience alive wetlands from up close. A short stop in the birthplace of Turnvater Jahn (the founder of German gymnastics), Lanz, should not be missing from the programme. Take a walk through this circular settlement under its old oak trees and the late Gothic fieldstone church, which is so typical for Prignitz. Visit the memorial to Jahn located in the village school turned museum that shows a historical documentation of Jahn's life. Passing Cumlosen, the former ship traffic's border crossing point between GDR and FRG, the Elberadweg leads you to Wittenberge. The cultural sights don't have to hide behind the impressive natural beauty of the nature phenomenons along the Elbe wetlands. On the contrary: attentive travelers will appreciate the broad palette of historico-cultural buildings in different architectural styles. Especially the Singer clock tower, the biggest of its kind on the European mainland, is worth seeing; but also the Alte Ölmühle which is a memorial to the industrialization and now is the romantic backdrop to the widely known annual Elblandfestspiele taking place in summer. Enjoy the sun at the beach bar and its view of the river with the home-brewed beer “Herzbräu” – named after the founder of the old oil mill, Salomon Herz – and a savoury meal.

Foto: Archiv Tourismusverband Prignitz e.V./Markus Tiemann

The next part of the route is accompanied by the clacking of storks that sail gracefully across the sky. In the European Stork Village Rühstädt it's common to stick the nose up in the air. About 40 nests (usually refered to as “Horst/Horste” in German) in dizzying hights can be admired here. A detour to the NABU visitors' centre in Rühstädt paints an vivid and interesting picture about the life of “Meister Adebar” (Adebar is what the stork is refered to in German fables). Very close to the stork village near the Elbe flood plains and surrounded by forests lies Bad Wilsnack. This little town gained fame as a place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages. The impressive landmark “Wunderblutkirche” St Nikolai with its preserved Wunderblut shrine dating back to the 15th century is still reminiscient of those days. The Kristall Kur- und Gradier-Therme (health spa) with its great selection of saunas, salt lake and graduation works is the right address for those who seek some relaxation for body and soul after a long day of cycling. South of Bad Wilsnack the Elberadweg leads to Gnevsdorf where the Havel meets the Elbe. Pear trees line the road along the village here and invite you to snack before the last part of the Brandenburgian Elberadweg guides you into the cozy town Havelberg. The town's landmark greets cyclists from afar: the cathedral St. Mary's sits enthroned above the Hanseatic town. Havelberg's picturesque old town lies amid the Havel on an island. The combination of the waterscape with culture and sights make you want to explore the town. A must-see is the “Haus der Flüsse” (house of rivers) which functions as a Natura-2000 informational centre and playfully explains river landscapes. After a couple of interesting days between culture and nature the ArtHotel Kiebitzberg with its lovely park invites you to get some rest and relaxation. In the restaurant Schomokenberg, which allows a beautiful view of the Havel, traditional dishes are being reinterpreted and promise culinary enjoyment for its guests.