The Elbe Cycle Route
The Elbe cycle route is one of the most beautiful and most diverse long-distance trails in Europe and it is part of the EuroVelo 4 and EuroVelo 7 cycling trails. From the spring of the Labe river in the Krkonoše mountains (with a possible excursion to Prague) to the North Sea, it offers 1.300 kilometres of natural and cultural points of interests, and that is something even for a long cycling holiday!
In the Czech Republic, the trail is 370 kilometres long and it runs though the four districts: Královéhradecký, Pardubický, Středočeský and Ústecký). It is labelled as the cycling trail number 2. In the Ústecký District, its length is more than 90 kilometres and connects towns like Štětí, Roudnice nad Labem, Litoměřice, Ústí nad Labem, and Děčín. On the way, the cyclists can visit, for example, the Lobkowicz chateau in Roudnice nad Labem, the world famous Terezín town, the historical centre of the Litoměřice town, the Střekov castle, and the Děčín chateau. A unique experience is the way through the Porta Bohemica valley, where the Labe river formed a remarkable landscape with the deep canyon carved into the Central Bohemian Uplands. From the Ústecký District, the Labe cycling trail runs on to Germany where it is labelled Elberadweg.
Set off for a cycling trip along one of the most beautiful European rivers, and discover the history, the architecture and the nature in a unique connection!
The section of the Elbe cycle route between Stětí and Litoměřice is approximately 30 km long and runs partly as a cycle path and partly on Class II and III roads. Part of the route (between Roudnice nad Labem and Litoměřice) runs along both banks of the Elbe.
The main tourist attractions along the route are the Lobkowicz Castle in Roudnice nad Labem, the fortress town of Terezín or the nearby Říp Mountain, which is reached by cycle route No. 3102.
The route of the Elbe cycle route between the royal town of Litoměřice and the regional town of Ústí nad Labem is almost the entire length of the trail. During the trip, which is about 25 km long, you can visit the wine-growing village of Velké Žernoseky, the Three Crosses lookout on the top of Kalvárie or Střekov Castle in Ústí nad Labem. Right in Litoměřice it is worth visiting the Kalich viewpoint, the Dome hill with the St. Stephen's Cathedral or the castle with an exposition about winemaking. During the journey along this section you will pass through a unique valley called Porta Bohemica.
The Elbe cycle route between Ústí nad Labem and Děčín is, with the exception of a short section, a separate cycle path. Many interesting tourist destinations await you on the 25 km long route. There is a beautiful castle in Velké Březno, the ruins of Vrabinec Castle above the village of Těchlovice and a little further from the trail in the picturesque village of Zubrnice, the Museum of Folk Architecture and the local museum railway. In Ústí nad Labem, visit the zoo, Erben's Lookout or the Větruše Chateau.
The last section of the Elbe cycle route in the Czech Republic starts in Děčín. Here you can visit the beautiful castle, the unique via ferrata on the Shepherd's Wall or the zoo. During the trip between Děčín and Dolní Žleb you can enjoy the view of the sandstone rocks that form the deepest sandstone canyon in Europe - the Elbe Canyon. If you want to get to know the local landscape better, you can use the ferry in Dolní Žleb and continue through Hřensko to the Czech Switzerland National Park.