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I saw a lot of locals riding their bike in Zwickau. It's a popular mode of transportation. But it's also a sports activity. There is the Zwickauer Mulde valley cycling trail that starts far up in the Erzgebirge mountains and 128 km later joins the cycling path along the Freiberger Mulde - to continue as Mulde cycling path to Dessau where it meets the Elbe cycling path.
As the hotel provided bikes for free I grabbed one and rode it up the valley as far as Zwickau-Cainsdorf (which is not *that* far I admit) where I took the road up to Zwickau-Planitz for some sightseeing. I returned to the city on major roads where the cycling lanes were mostly separate from the car lanes. Later I cycled to the northern suburbs of Zwickau, again on the Mulde cycling trail.
The trail is well maintained (asphalt mostly), marked and signposted. It runs on the Mulde river dike and provides nice views of the city and once you are beyond the city borders the landscape is lovely.
Equipment: Bring your own bike or rent it from one of the bike shops in town. There are plenty of them, see the website below for a list. My hotel provided free bikes so I grabbed one of those.
Written Jun 5, 2011