Energy is the theme of this premium cycle route, awarded three stars by the German Cyclists’ Federation. The route covers 14 locations in the Elbe-Elster-Land region devoted to generating energy from coal, wind and water.
Information panels tell stories about the lives and livelihoods of the local people. A number of windmills and a watermill feature along the route. The F60 visitor mine offers a first-hand view of coal mining, while the Louise briquette factory shows how the coal was processed and the Plessa power station how coal produces energy. The route runs between these monuments to power generation and on through the idyllic countryside, which is predominantly level. Cyclists can recharge their batteries for the 250 km trip at one of the many beautiful towns and villages along the way.
Terrain: mainly flat and on asphalt. Surface quality and signposting could be improved in some areas. A well-planned route that perfectly showcases the theme.
Scenery: the route runs through river valleys, forests, fields, villages and towns. Other characteristic features include lakes, meadows and lowlands, as well as plateaus with deciduous and coniferous forests and fruit trees.