The region of Vogtland in southwest Saxony showcases some of the finest nature in Germany. Here, you will find the Vogtland Panorama Weg circular hike which stretches for 240 kilometres (149 miles) through the beautiful scenery. You can hike the 12 stage adventure in one go or in individual stages, to compose your very own nature’s symphony. In this Collection, you can be inspired by the 12 official stages which reveal the most spectacular nature and charming towns in the Vogtland.
Whether you are a fearless mountain explorer or a leisurely-paced hiker, you can take on this circular adventure with a little training. The route is very flexible and can be divided as you wish. The stages are between nine and 33 kilometres (5.5 and 20.5 miles) long and can be easily shortened. Starting at the Göltzschtal Bridge, the biggest brick bridge in the world, you hike through the entire Vogtland region.
Following the Köhlersteig path, you hike through the Swiss Vogtland towards Thuringian Vogtland, passing the town of Plauen in the west. You explore the legendary Burgstein region and the Pirk and Oelsnitz dams before reaching the Saxon spa towns of Bad Elster and Bad Brambach.
After a detour in the Czech Republic, you walk via Markneukirchen, Erlbach and Klingenthal to the 936-metre-high (3,070 feet) Aschberg mountain, the highest point on the trail. You follow in the footsteps of German space travel history as you arrive in Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, the hometown of the first German in space, Sigmund Jähn. A short step later, you can enjoy a cool blonde beer in the hoppy town of Wernesgrün. Finally, you head to the towns of Rodewisch, Lengenfeld and Maylau, which has an imposing castle, before completing the circular back at Göltzschtalbrücke bridge.
Before setting off for the Vogtland, you can get a taster of what to expect, here:
Magnificent nature, wide views and two impressive bridges await you on the first stage of the Vogtland Panorama Weg. The first of these architectural masterpieces, the Göltzschtalbrücke, is right at the entrance. From here a blue and red marker will guide you uphill.After a short time they part ways. Always following the blue color, it goes down to the valley floor, along the Prallhang and the Göltzsch. You will soon find yourself in the idyllic Friesenbachtal. Here it’s getting colorful again - and not only when it comes to the flora of this section: A green line leads you on the narrow Köhlersteig further down the valley to the confluence of the Göltzsch in the White Elster. The wild rock formations that rise above the river accompany you across the Göltzsch and straight up to a beautiful high plateau. Next stop: Kriebelstein. A promising place that is also ideal for a break.But the ups and downs of this stage are not over yet. After your rest you climb back down into the valley and hike up to the Barthmühle, always beautifully along the White Elster. Fortunately, you won't find any cars here and after a while it will open up in front of you: the proud Elstertal Bridge. After a short detour to Triebal, you will be standing directly below her. But you don't need to feel small - after all, you've just successfully completed stage 1 of your adventure.The yellow marking leads you up to Jocketa, where you can look for accommodation for the night or - if you have only made a day trip - drive from the train station back to your starting point.
The second stage of the Vogtland Panorama Weg leads you from Jocketa via the Vogtland metropolis Plauen to Zwoschwitz. If you like, you can also include a detour to the mysterious Dragon Cave in Syrau. But here we want to introduce you to the main route.In the heart of Jocketa, keep your eyes open for the yellow marking and follow it to the Elstertal bridge. You have already been able to admire it as the destination of your first stage. Now you cross the narrow Elstertal on it. Please let your gaze wander in all directions - after all, you don't get that high every day. When you reach the bottom of the valley, you start to orientate yourself again at the blue markings and shortly afterwards you will find the Teufelskanzel. It is the entrance to the wild and romantic Nymphental, in which you can immediately lose yourself.Always along the happily babbling Kaltenbach you march to the Pfaffenmühle. The mill, which is over 100 years old, is now an inn and a popular place for hikers - after all, you will be served a large menu here, with all the regional delicacies you can imagine.After your well-deserved break you will be given the choice: Plauen city center or would you prefer to follow in the footsteps of the dragons in Syrau? Both are worth seeing and if you are particularly ambitious, the two attractions can also be easily combined before you reach your destination, Zwoschwitz.
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You will get to know the Vogtland from its mystical and romantic side on this stage. First through a nature reserve, then over a few spectacular viewpoints you hike from Zwoschwitz to Oelsnitz.It starts in yesterday's destination Zwoschwitz. The Großer Weidenteich nature reserve, with its heather-like landscape, varied flora and many small ponds, is directly connected to the small village. Soon you will come back to the valley of the Weißen Elster near Straßberg, which you leave again after changing the valley side, crossing the railroad and climbing up.In pleasant ups and downs you cross several small villages on the 32.5 kilometer hike, first Kürbitz, then Weischlitz and Geilsdorf. In the latter, you have the opportunity to leave the Panorama Weg for a short moment and visit the moated castle ruins that are located there.Under the motorway bridge and up to the houses of Türbel you master the Hohen Kulm and climb over the Grüne Tanne down into the Triebal. After you have crossed the stream of the same name and made your way to the Glockenhübel, the next village, Schönbrunn, is already visible. And from there it's not too far: over the Steinpöhl and along the former mine, you hike down into the Elstertal and further and further to Oelsnitz. Done! The long stage 3 of the Panorama Weg is behind you.
Nowhere will you find out more about the importance of water for the Vogtland than on this stage from Oelsnitz to Bad Elster. Always along the White Elster you march to the borderland in the south of the region, rich in springs, to your stage destination Bad Elster. But one thing at a time.First of all, you can make your way out of the city. Then it goes south for a good five kilometers along the happily babbling White Elster through the reeds. You march through Oberhermsgrün and from there further and further along extensive fields. After you have crossed the small Ebersbach, you dive into beautiful forest. The first notable ascent of this stage - to the Hundsbühel vantage point - is pending.As is well known, the ascent is followed by a descent. The forest just mentioned leads you further - to the perforated houses. A short break, another stream crossing - then it's back to the top. But the efforts pay off: Once you have reached the top and briefly following a forest path and a road, you can expect a wonderful panoramic view of the Hohe Stein in the Czech Republic and the Wirtsberg.And it's going downhill again. Next destination: Tetterweinbachtal. An idyllic piece of earth that you can enjoy to the full while you wander through it. You can also catch your breath here, because one last ascent is still pending. Then you cross the still recognizable route of the former railway line Adorf - Hranice (Rossbach), pass the "Old Castle", an early German ring wall and finally reach Bad Elster via the Römerhütte. The picturesque gondola pond is your stage destination. Relax on its bank or go straight to the center to find a room. You deserve a break!
Compared to the last few days, stage 5 will feel like a walk for you. On the total of "only" twelve and a half kilometers you dare to venture into the history of the Vogtland - and march from one spa town to the next.Right at the beginning of the stage and depending on where you spent the night, you can stroll through the beautiful spa and park facilities in Bad Elster again. But since they will not be the last you see today, you will soon leave them behind and walk past the natural bathing area in the direction of Raun. First you pay a visit to the pedunculate oak, which is over 500 years old, then to the Bavarian beech. A little later you will find yourself on the Rauner Kirchsteig and let him guide you to the listed village.The village of Raun welcomes you with many small, half-timbered houses typical of the region. All are made of field stone, clay and wood and the Egerland half-timbered gables immediately catch the eye. The chapel, which also stands here, is one of the oldest in the entire Vogtland and, along with the colorful orchid meadow in the middle of the village, is just another highlight of this gem.You can take your time exploring the historic streets. Because once you have crossed the place, it is not far to your stage destination Bad Brambach. To do this, you only have to cross the railway line once and dive into the forest near the Oberen Lohhäusern. The blue Vogtland Weg then leads you directly into the spa town.
Stage 6 of the Vogtland Panorama Weg leads you around the Kapellenberg and offers you a lot of variety and some fabulous stories. Most of it runs directly on the border with the Czech Republic, this section leads you over natural forest and field paths. Half-time - and also the perfect stage to take a deep breath.It starts in Bad Brambach, where you will end up again at the end of the tour. Right at the beginning you make your way towards the border and hike there, accompanied by wonderful views, towards Bärendorf. On the way you always have the opportunity to sit down at a rest area and sniff the wonderful forest and meadow air. When you arrive in the small village of Bärendorf, you can also take a short detour to the source of the White Elster, which is on the Czech side.Then it's already going uphill. You have to climb the 759 meter high Kapellenberg. There is an observation tower up there that gives you a clear view of the Ore Mountains, the Kaiserwald, the Eger Basin, the Fichtel and Elster Mountains. You can discover some mysterious legends around the mountain. For example the one about the “White Woman at the Drinking”, which you read about a little later at the Black Pond.You could get lost here. But at some point it has to go on. And so you descend towards Schönberg with its castle that can be seen from afar. About six kilometers, many wonderful forest sections and extensive strolling over wide fields later you will be back in Bad Brambach - your destination today.
One or the other architectural masterpiece awaits you on stage 7 of your Vogtland Panorama Weg adventure. In between you will find, as always, wonderful greenery and wide views. 17.5 kilometers are in front of you and bring you from Bad Brambach to Breitenfeld.And because you definitely haven't had enough of the legends of this region after the last stage, it gets scary right at the beginning of the tour: You hike up to the Galgenberg, where a headless rider is supposed to be up to mischief at night. Up here you can enjoy a great view, but should the horror story give you goose bumps, you can confidently march on - the next vantage point is not far.You walk towards the German-Czech border and down into a small swamp. A little more uphill you will soon dive into a high forest and before you end up in the beautiful rural desert, you pay a visit to the Wirtsberg. Because it offers - together with the building up here, which the locals affectionately call the “lemon press” - the most beautiful view in the whole of Vogtland.Then the final spurt is about to begin: Without any noteworthy inclines, you march through one or the other pretty town, past the Bismarck tower and on and on towards the musical instrument town of Markneukirchen. Whether you choose the cultural variant via the city center, Lutherplatz and the Poetenwald or the natural variant described here - both meet at the Braunmühle. And from here it is not far to the stage destination Breitenfeld.
Depending on where you spent the night, today you will first make your way to Breitenfeld or start the tour there. In front of the Waldbad von Breitenfeld you start to climb directly uphill. And neatly, but the following piece along the Hirschmühlenteich allows you to find your breath again.Via Friebus and the charming Erlbach you will soon reach Eubabrunn, in whose open-air museum you can learn interesting details about local agriculture. If you have seen enough, follow the red marking of the Eisenach – Budapest long-distance hiking trail to the Schloßpenzel for a short time, only to disappear a little later in the dark coniferous forest on the border ridge.Never losing sight of the border, you march in a wide arc around Eubabrunn and around the Hinteren Kegelberg. As you cross the ski slope, you are slowly but surely approaching your today's destination - the Erlbach district of the Landesgemeinde. Before that, however, you can treat yourself to a refreshment at the “Zum Einkehrschwung” inn. Because you really deserve it.
Stage 9 of your Panorama Weg adventure begins in the valley of the state community. A lot of idyllic water and some great views await you on this tour. And it starts straight away with an ascent. But it doesn't take too long. Once at the top, you hike leisurely past several small ponds in the direction of Zwota.The ups and downs remain with you for the time being. Always along the edge of the music and winter sports town of Klingenthal, you will catch a few wonderful views and you can take a break at rest areas that are equally promising. If you feel like it, you should definitely pay a visit to the heart of the city. In addition to its proud, baroque round church called “Zum Friedefürsten”, it is primarily known for making musical instruments and is happy to bring this closer to you in a museum.You finally begin to ascend again via Brunndöbra. Past the old Aschbergschanze you march past a picturesque pond and soon have it in your field of vision: the Aschberg itself. There is an impressive tower on it, which you can climb and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view far beyond the Vogtland . The tower is the prominent goal of your ninth stage. You can sleep right up here, there are several accommodations very close to the tower.
On its final stages, the Vogtland Panorama Weg will take you high up again. But that sounds more exhausting than it really is. At least on stage 10 there are no great differences in altitude. But it is really quiet and natural here. And you can get very close to the sky and the stars if you want to. So let's go!From the Aschberg it goes straight downhill. A nice start for your tour, on the way into the valley of the Zwickauer Mulde you can warm up first. Once at the bottom, the route runs through Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, the birthplace of the first German cosmonaut. To stray from the path for a moment and take a closer look at the Space Museum is certainly not a bad idea.Then it goes on towards Zinstal. The picturesque valley leads you on natural paths directly into your hiking happiness. You will soon reach your destination at the wind turbine in Vogelsgrün via the Großer Hirschbachteich and the village of Bad Reiboldsgrün.Incidentally, on the way you will encounter a few real trademarks of the area. On the mountain pine in the Vogtland, for example, you can get rid of your hiking boots and hang them on the tree with the rest of them. Or you can leave it on and just let the wonderful nature affect you. At the hut at the Jungfernsprung you can have a picnic, provided you have brought food with you. Overall, you can take your time on this stage. With a total length of almost 18 kilometers, it is one of the shortest of the entire long-distance hiking trail.
Today you turn your back on the actual mountain landscape of the Vogtland. And yet a very specific summit - that of the Kuhberg near Schönheide - is waiting to be climbed by you. But first things first.First you start to hike from Vogelsgrün towards the water. The Carolagrün reservoir invites you to pause for a moment in beautiful nature - because then it goes uphill. You have to climb the 795 meter high Kuhberg mentioned at the beginning. But of course there is a reward after the effort: A 20 meter high tower gives you spectacular views in all directions.And this is followed by a long descent. First to the beer village of Wernesgrün, whose traditional brewery has been serving thirsty hikers a glass of cool blond beer since 1436. Then past the historic tap houses in the direction of Rodewisch. You walk a long way along the Poetenweg, which invites you to pause for a while with a total of 14 old and new poems on rocks and boards. The nature around this hiking trail on the Pöltzsch is simply beautiful.When you arrive in Rodewisch, you can reach for the stars in the well-known planetarium and school observatory, which is located there, before you march past the castle island towards the destination. The small town of Lengenfeld welcomes you today and lets you sleep well before the final spurt is due tomorrow.
Because you have earned it after all of the last few days, stage 12 means well to you again. You don't have to master 15 kilometers. But of course there is still a lot of beautiful things to discover.The first one is only waiting a good two kilometers after the start of the tour. You can reach the Perlaser Tower by walking uphill from the center of Lengenfeld through fields and accompanied by beautiful views to a forest. It stands on Wilhelmshöhe, can be climbed and gives you another expansive view over (almost) the whole Vogtland.Via Weissensand you will soon reach a floodplain, in which you will also stay until you roll past some wonderful ponds into Mühlwand. It's not far from here, but it goes up a bit again: Over a flat ridge and then a short distance through shady forest, you hike straight to the backdrop of Mylau.Of course, you can't skip the impressive church. You cross the market and then start the final step of your long-distance hike: Always along the happily babbling Göltzsch you march cheerfully to the final destination, the largest brick bridge in the world. Are you happy to see her again?