From Berlin to Eisleben via Wittenberg and Dessau-Rosslau
Length: approx. 220 km – We recommend two overnight stays.
Berlin, Germany’s capital and centre of culture, has many cultural attractions just waiting to be discovered. A real highlight is the world-famous museum island in the river Spree, with its archaeological collections and 19th century artworks. Berlin’s Modernism Housing Estates are the legacy of one of Germany’s first social housing projects. Great architects of the period contributed to their design, most notably Bruno Taut, who was responsible for Falkenberg garden city and the Schillerpark estate.
Via historical Potsdam, which is surrounded by the Havel river and countless lakes, you continue through the Brandenburg heathland – often on picturesque tree-lined avenues – to Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
This is where Luther nailed his 99 theses to the door of the castle church, and the town features many other places associated with the life and work of the great reformer.
Your journey then takes you across the river Elbe to Dessau-Rosslau and one of the homes of the Bauhaus. Aside from the Bauhaus building itself, many of the Bauhaus masters’ houses have been restored to their former glory. The surrounding region is ideal for cycling, particularly on the Elbe Cycle Route.
Along the German Avenues Route the path takes you to historical Köthen with its Bach associations and on to Lutherstadt Eisleben, the town where Martin Luther was born and in which he also died.