The Klingenthal Trail & Zeulenroda Dam – Hiking in Vogtland in Germany

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The Klingenthal Trail & Zeulenroda Dam – Hiking in Vogtland in Germany

Hiking Collection by Vogtland

Between Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, and Bohemia lies the fairytale region of Vogtland. With gentle hills, extensive forests, and fields bursting in colour throughout the seasons, the landscape is the perfect backdrop for a varied hiking holiday. You can expect excellently developed paths along meandering streams, through historical sites, and up to the Ore Mountains with its almost 1,000-metre-high (3,280 feet) peaks.

To show you a small selection of the wide range of hiking trails in the Vogtland region, we present two particularly beautiful three-day hikes in this Collection. On the trail around Klingenthal on the Czech border, you hike for three days along hilly and panoramic paths which showcase the holiday resort and the region’s eventful history.

Nordic skiing has been a tradition here for over 100 years. This legacy is visible today in the many ski jumps, which range from very modern, to hidden and forgotten jumps in the forest. Klingenthal also has a diverse musical history. Bohemian immigrants brought their knowledge in violin making with them, which is why the area was called the "Sounding Valley".

The second three-day hike takes you around the Zeulenroda Dam. Originally, the Zeulenroda Sea was built as a drinking water reservoir, but the protection zone has since been lifted and you can go pedal boating on the lake. There are also many small and large beaches and bathing spots where you can take a refreshing swim. From the lookout points above the dam, you can enjoy unique panoramas. The dense forests are reflected in the water and clouds of mist often drift along the shore. The beautiful hiking trail is so well developed that it has received three awards from the German Hiking Association.

It doesn't matter which of the two walks you choose, or whether you hike both. The Zeulenroda and Klingenthal are easy to reach by train and you will find numerous accommodation options and traditional restaurants serving hearty, local cuisine. And since the Vogtland is one of the most volcanically active areas in Central Europe, there are also several healing springs to discover along the way. Spending a few relaxing days in the Vogtland is a wonderful adventure.

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Tours & Highlights

    7.21 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The beautiful and promising hike around Klingenthal begins in the center of the village, where you can stock up on provisions. After you have left the town center, the most strenuous slope of the entire stage begins right away, almost to the Körnerberg.At the top you have reached the Cameroon, a hamlet with a truly fantastic view of Klingenthal. The path leads you sometimes slightly downhill, sometimes slightly uphill to the Czech border.On the Aschberg there is a small, lovingly designed miniature town on the way. For a while you walk right on the border. To your right is the Czech Republic, to your left is Germany.The clearings and wide meadows are becoming fewer and the forests more and more dense. After almost twelve kilometers you have reached your stage destination in Mühlleithen. There you can, for example, spend the night in the holiday hotel and fortify yourself in the popular restaurant with its good cuisine.

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    14.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,600 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Mühlleithen the path now leads south. Soon you will reach the lower raft pond, in which the surrounding forest is romantically reflected. The pond feeds the raft ditch, in which logs used to be moved into the valley. A short detour takes you down to the radium source, but the path follows the ridge.As soon as you have left the forest behind you, a beautiful view of Klingenthal awaits you. However, you don't go further in the direction of the village, but turn off and walk to the Sparkassen Vogtlandarena. The jumps around Klingenthal are among the most snow-sure in all of Germany. The first were built almost 100 years ago!Now it goes on leisurely, Klingenthal always within reach. You pass the outdoor pool and the former Dürrenbachschanze. Then the path leads you through the forest to Zwota. There you will find rest stops. The last ascent of the day follows freshly strengthened and after a few kilometers you have reached your stage destination in Oberzwota.

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  • Intermediate
    8.14 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third and last stage begins with an extensive ascent on the Hohen Brand. Once at the top, you hike mostly slightly downhill on a ridge. The Erlbach hunting lodge is ideal for a break. The hut is not serviced, but you can enjoy your provisions in the covered anteroom.At the spider road you turn into the Hüttenbachtal. The upper course of the river has been a small but pretty nature reserve for 60 years. There used to be an extensive moorland area here until two ponds were dammed for fish farming in the 1930s.The path continues through the forest houses, a settlement that was built in 1875 for forest workers. On a very beautiful path slightly above Zwota you often have great panoramas of the place and the Zwota valley. You still have a hill ahead of you before the path leads you along the Czech border to Klingenthal.

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    9.33 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The hike around the "Zeulenrodaer Meer" begins on the northern outskirts at the BioSeehotel in the immediate vicinity of the dam. The route leads you clockwise around the enchanting water. Since no drinking water has been taken from the lake since 2012, it has been released for tourist use. So don't forget your swimsuit, because you can jump into the water in several places!Not only the hiking trail itself is excellently developed, you will find many lovingly designed, artistically carved places to relax on the shore of the lake, such as the hut “Der Fischer un sine Fru” and a large wooden swing. A truly fantastic view of the lake awaits you at Anglers Traum, to name just one of the many vantage points.Mostly in the flat you follow the riverside path. In Läwitz, the southern end of the pre-dam to the dam, a pretty stone arch bridge spans the Weida before it is dammed. Next to it is one of the few water mills in the area that has not been flooded. The next few kilometers continue leisurely along the lake until you have reached the destination of the first stage in Stelzendorf.

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    11.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    500 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second day of the circular hike, you will explore the north bank of the Zeulenroda dam. Small swimming areas invite you to cool off, while the well-developed hiking trails, wooden stairs and footbridges really make you want to go on an easy hike.If you turn right at the Sichelberghütte, you can make a short detour to the dam. It closes the dam and you continue to hike to the next artificial lakes, the Pisselsmühle pre-dam and the Weidatalsperre.With almost no inclines, the path leads you to the northernmost point of the three-day hike. Here in Staitz you can finally try regional delicacies in the Gasthof zum Taubenschlag and let the second day end comfortably.An alternative for the second and third day is if you return to your starting point in Zeulenroda at the northern end of the Zeulenroda dam and do the rest of the second stage and the third stage together as a round trip on the following day.

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    5.87 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today the last and shortest stage of the dam circuit lies ahead of you. And because of the beautiful views, it offers you a rich palette of beautiful memories that you can take home with you. Right at the beginning, the path leads you along the impressive structures of the dam.This is followed by a longer ascent, which is rewarded with a huge panorama over the Weidatalsperre. From above you can also see the bird island in the lake. The descent to the water follows further viewpoints. You come to the shore and discover former, long-forgotten quarries.The series of great vantage points does not end, the end of which is the Teufelsberg. Especially in autumn, when the leaves turn brightly, the landscape looks like a painting. With these impressions you walk the last three kilometers to the starting point of the journey at the northern end of the dam in Zeulenroda.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    56.4 mi
  • Duration
    25:31 h
  • Elevation
    5,900 ft

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