Arrival and departure
The best way to get to this cycle trail is via Hamburg Central Station, Lüneburg Central Station via the Alte Salzstraße (Old Salt Route) to Lauenburg an der Elbe, Hitzacker (situated on the Elbe river), Stade and Cuxhaven as well as Boizenburg and Wittenberge. The Elberadwanderbus shuttle bus around Stade is a great way to discover the holiday region of Altes Land am Elbstrom at weekends and on bank holidays in parallel with Germany’s most popular long-distance cycle path. It also offers a quick break on your tour along the Elbe river.
The specifics of the tour
The Elbe is a very natural river, and is still heavily influenced by high and low tides, which can affect ferry schedules, the use of barrages, dykes and dyke defence paths. The grazing sheep on the green dykes by the Elbe will accompany you along these paths. In Hamburg, cyclists can use ferries operated by the HVV Transport Alliance from Hamburg’s Cranz district to the Landungsbrücken floating dock and relax as they enjoy the city from this perspective.