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Twin cycle path - discover the best of Upper Lusatia on the Neisse and Spree rivers

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Twin cycle path Discover the best of Upper Lusatia on the Neisse and Spree rivers

Twin cycle path

Discover the best of Upper Lusatia on the Neisse and Spree rivers

Spree Cycle Route Upper Lusatian Heath and Pond Landscape © Philipp Herfort

Sweeping twins in a landscape wonderland

Combine the varied Upper Lusatian sections into a circular tour

The Oder-Neisse Cycle Route and the Speer Cycle Route, equally enchanting and with different temperaments - like fraternal twins - are the region's best-known cycle routes along the Spree and Neisse rivers. Downstream, the paths cross the most beautiful areas and towns of Upper Lusatia and then greet the expansive river landscapes of Brandenburg.

And the best thing is that the twins can be perfectly combined into a great cycle tour with the Froschradweg in the north and the Mittellandroute in the south.

A field report by Mario Schön

At the beginning of May 2021, Mario Schön (Schoenie's blog) set off on . The twin cycle path took him past numerous highlights of Upper Lusatia and quaint half-timbered houses. The rustling pine forests were a constant invitation to slow down. He has written a detailed blog post about this tour at   .

To the article by Mario Schön

A great start to the tour

Landskron Brau-Manufaktur, a gem that survived two world wars and 40 years of East Germany. Today, Landskron is Germany's largest brewery and the most important beer brand, brewing naturally matured master beers in a high-quality range of varieties using the art of craft brewing. Once in Görlitz, you should not miss out on a guided tour of the Landskron Kulturbrauerei, which can be perfectly integrated into the round trip on the day of arrival or on the last day.

If you have time, stay a little longer and review your experiences in the visitor center.

Click here to go directly to the guided tour of the Landskron Kulturbrauerei

From Görliwood to the Zittau Mountains Nature Park ...

The charming and playful twin "Oder-Neisse Cycle Route" winds its way from the breathtaking city of Görlitz, aka Görliwood, to the source of the Neisse. Germany's easternmost city hides gems from 800 years of European architectural history. Along the route at the German-Polish border to the Zittau Mountains Nature Park, the crown of the country rises on the horizon, the refreshing Berzdorfer See and the venerable St. Marienthal Monastery await you before you reach the fasting cloth town of Zittau.

Here you can find information about the European City of Görlitz/Zgorzelec  
Here you can find information about the Zittauer Gebirge Nature Park

... over the Upper Lusatian highlands ...

 From Zittau, the challenging stage offers the Mittelland route as a link to the Spree cycle path, the other twin of the circular cycle tour, . The cycle route offers a pleasant alternation of nature and culture along the most beautiful half-timbered houses in Upper Lusatia. Once you arrive at Kottmar, it is worth cycling up to the summit : the first of the three Spree springs awaits you here. The other two follow, they are located in Neugersdorf and Ebersbach. The Faktorenhof in Eibau is located directly below the Spree spring mountain . It is one of the most valuable half-timbered houses in Upper Lusatia.

You can find more information about the Upper Lusatian Highlands here 

If you've had enough of cycling, you can also travel comfortably from Zittau or Eibau on the Trilex train from Zittau or Eibau.

... from the sources of the Spree to the lake landscape ...

The twin "Spree Cycle Route" now continues through the Upper Lusatian Uplands to the foot of the over one-thousand-year-old "City of Towers" of Bautzen, with its 15 towers to be discovered .   Downstream, the route leads through the species-rich Land of a Thousand Ponds in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve  Upper Lusatian Heath and Pond Landscape. Nature lovers will love this unique landscape. For those interested in Sorbian culture, it is worth taking a detour to the "Sorbian Impressions" cycle path, which follows or crosses the course of the twin cycle path in places. The section of the Spree Cycle Route ends in the largest man-made lake landscape, the Lusatian Lakeland.

Here you can find experiences in Bautzen and the Upper Lusatian Heath and Pond Landscape 

...along the Frog Bike Path to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Muskauer Park...

The tour now continues eastwards on the frog cycle path , which is characterized by unmistakable nature. In the immediate vicinity is the Nochten boulder park, which is always worth a visit. The route continues past the beautiful Rhododendron Park Kromlau, before ending in the famous  UNESCO World Heritage Site Muskauer Park meets the Oder-Neisse cycle path again.

Here you will find experiences in Neisseland

... from the world cultural heritage site via secret worlds back to Görlitz.

Back on the other twin, the Oder-Neisse Cycle Route, the stage leads along wildly romantic nature and refreshingly rustling pine forests back to Görlitz. In between, it is worth visiting the every  Secret World of Turisede. Here you can spend the night in a tree house at - a real adventure for young and old. The circular cycle tour ends in Görlitz. If you still have energy left in your legs, you can take a closer look at the city on a guided tour or explore 900 years of Silesian history in the Silesian Museum in the Silesian Museum.

Family time in the saddle

Prehistoric giants to touch, the whistle of a historic narrow-gauge railroad, animal encounters, overnight stays in a tree house, pond stories, insights into Sorbian culture, climbing fun with a view of the lake - along the twin cycle path, numerous adventures await along the way. Entertaining stages, hardly any inclines, well-developed and safe cycle paths through quiet forests and fascinating pond landscapes offer perfect conditions for families with children of all ages. 

Experience great things with the little ones

40 kilometers of experiences between Bautzen and Uhyst

Interesting facts about the tour

Great adventures in a short time

70 kilometers of experiences between Zittau and Bautzen

Interesting facts about the tour

More time with the family

150 kilometers of experiences between Bautzen and Görlitz

Interesting facts about the tour

Your cycling adventure in Upper Lusatia

Book your cycling vacation in Upper Lusatia now!

Cycle tour "Twin cycle path" from/to Görlitz

  • 7 x overnight stays in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star standard
  • 7 x sumptuous breakfasts
  • Luggage transport from accommodation to accommodation during your cycle tours
  • 1 package of detailed maps and information material per room
  • Telephone service during your cycle tour

per person / 7 nights from € 769.00

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Overnight accommodation along the twin cycle path

Island of the senses

RECHARGE YOUR BENEFITS, RELAX, RELAX - If that's exactly what you're looking for alongside your active vacation and you just want to BE, then this place is just the place for you on your cycle tour along the Oder-Neisse cycle path . 

Private sandy beaches, yoga offers and relaxation courses, saunas and massages as well as bicycle storage facilities leave nothing to be desired during your stay. Gentle birdsong, the gentle sound of waves, white sandy beach, crystal-clear water and a breathtaking view of the expanse that you won't find anywhere more beautiful in Europe. Far away from stress, noise and hectic, the hotel is situated in a secluded location directly on the shores of Lake Berzdorf - the second largest lake in Saxony.

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Country hotel and Spreetal Grubschütz

Grubschütz is located approx. 2 km from the 1000-year-old town of Bautzen and the Upper Lusatian mountains. Due to its location, it can be the starting point for interesting cycling excursions, both through the landscape conservation area along the Spree to Bautzen and out of the Spree to the mountains.

Several wellness and cycle tour offers round off the accommodation and leave nothing to be desired.

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Hotel Alte Gerberei

If you are looking for central accommodation in the heart of the old town of Bautzen, this is the place for you. The accommodation is located right next to one of Bautzen's landmarks, the old waterworks and with a direct view of the Spree. You can enjoy your stay in a lovingly renovated, historic building just like at home. Incidentally, the house was built in 1617.

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... You should have experienced that too!

digital city tour Bautzen

Experience cultural highlights in the fresh air - this will be possible from February 2023 with the city of Bautzen's new digital audio guide. What makes it unique is that the stories are authentically narrated by people from the region. Appropriate images for each station show the often small details. The Smart Guide app, which is available to download free of charge from the App Store and Google Play Store, allows you to start your individual tour straight away. The route can be downloaded in advance to save your own data volume.

Download directly here!

Hammer mill Bautzen

The industrial monument Heinke & Sohn Hammermühle Bautzen is today a grinding, mustard and oil mill and is still powered by the water power of the Spree, just as it was in its early days. The mill with its 5 floors is a living testimony to a centuries-old craft and the industrial development of the town of Bautzen. It is typical of the mill's history that the business has changed again and again over the decades. Today, cold-pressed organic oils and the exclusively handmade mustard varieties are produced. 

The Hammermühle Bautzen and its historical technology can be experienced up close, for example as the original grinding technology fills the building with life or through an on-site tasting of freshly pressed vegetable oils. For example, experience tours with running technology, experiencing mustard and oil production and guided tours for all age groups can be requested. In the mill store, visitors can also expect delicious and regional surprises during the Easter season.

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The central visitor and information center of the UNSECO biosphere reserve "Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft".

A multimedia exhibition offers a variety of insights into the centuries-old tradition of pond farming and its importance for animals and plants in the area. At the end of the tour, a giant aquarium with native fish allows visitors to take a look beneath the surface of the water.

Other offers in and around the house: tourist information with store and snack bar, special exhibitions, water adventure area to discover and play, access to the Guttau ponds nature trail & Olbasee.

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Nochten boulder park

A beautiful fantasy landscape created with 7,000 boulders.

Experience the incredible effect that  is achieved with large boulders in combination with perennials, shrubs and water. Flowering highlights can be seen at any time of year. 

The Little Scandinavia erratic boulder nature trail provides vivid information about the origin and history of the countless erratic boulders and on the "Path of the Senses" you can - quite literally - tread geological history with your feet.

You can find more information about the Nochten boulder park here.

Questions and answers

Is there a specific bookable offer for a tour on the twin cycle path?

Of course! For example, do you want to embark on a carefree cycling adventure without the hassle of luggage while your suitcases are taken from hotel to hotel? - Then we recommend this offer!

What accommodation is available along the tour on the twin cycle path, are there any special accommodations?

Depending on where you start the tour, there are many different options. Have you ever stayed in a tree house spent the night in a tree house? Then the Einsiedel cultural island is a good choice. Would you prefer less adventure and much more relaxation? Then the Island of the Senses is just the thing. Do you prefer things to be simple and informal? The Villa Larix offers just that.
You can find more accommodation here.

Are there certified Bett+Bike accommodations?

You can find an overview of all certified Bett+Bike businesseshere.

Where can I find bike service and workshops along the way?

You will find the following bike stores along the twin cycle path (within a radius of approx. 3 km):

  • BIKEpoint Wiesner
    Repair work, service, breakdown assistance, rental bikes for repair work, sale of accessories
  • Radwerk Görlitz
    Repairs, service, Rental bikes, sale of accessories
    Among other things, a bike delivery service is also offered for the entire tour of the twin cycle path. This means that you can join the tour at any point.

Heilige-Grab-Straße 26
02828 Görlitz
Tel.: 03581/42 98 990 | Mail:

What are the highlights along the route?

Enchanting towns such as Bautzen, the city of towers, the film city of Görlitz or the fasting cloth city of Zittau can be found along the tour, as well as natural beauties such as the UNESCO biosphere reserve Upper Lusatian Heath and Pond Landscape, UNESCO World Heritage Prince Pückler Park Bad Muskau, the Rhododendron Park Kromlau or the Muskauer Faltenbogen Geopark.

Another highlight of the tour is the Faktorenhof in Eibau, which is also known as the pearl of rural baroque. A guided tour explains everything worth knowing , including what the word "factor" means.

Where can I book a guided tour of the Faktorenhof in Eibau?

At the Spreequellland tourist information office: 
Hauptstraße 214a, 02739 Kottmar / OT Eibau
Tel.: 03586702051 / Mail:

Here you will find an overview of the highlights along the route. 

Are there other attractions along the route?

Yes, there are! For example, a guided tour through the HOUSE OF A THOUSAND PONDS or fun and challenge in the high ropes course at the Bautzen reservoir.

Experiences on the twin cycle path

Package deal

For a carefree tour on the twin cycle path including luggage transfer, we recommend booking on the website

Here you can make an individual booking request and plan your cycling vacation according to your wishes.

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Tour portal

You can find great cycle routes at a glance on our tour portal at . Take a look at the route of the twin cycle path in detail and plan your individual active excursion in our beautiful region from the comfort of your own home.

Click here for the tour portal.

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This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the members of the Saxon state parliament.

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