Vogtland

Experience the sounds of nature — hikes in the Vogtland Region

Vogtland/Marcus Konschak

Experience the sounds of nature — hikes in the Vogtland Region

Hiking Collection by Vogtland

22

Tours

88:58 h

200 mi

17,725 ft

The wind blowing over the rocks, the rustling of the trees, the babbling of a nearby stream and the call of a cuckoo: a hike in Germany’s Vogtland region is like a multitude of majestic concerts. And not just for your ears: for your eyes, too.

It's not just the sounds of the forest, the birds at a lake or your hiking boots that create this unique symphony of nature. Flowers, ferns, shrubs, diverse wildlife and the sights along your way all add their colours and shapes and come together to form a work of natural art.

The Grüntöne (Green Tones) routes in Vogtland cover every hue, sound and outdoor sensation that nature can produce. They are among the best day hikes the region has to offer. On each of the 6 to 25-kilometre (4 - 15.5 mi) hiking tours, you can get to know the flora and fauna of the Vogtland region and explore its lovely towns and cities. Whether it's the Pilzlehrpfad (mushroom trail), the Knollensteig, the Drachenrundweg or the Lindwurmpfad, hiking along the water or over the Elstergebirge ridge: every hike in the border region of Bavaria, Saxony, Thuringia and the Czech Republic is utterly unique.

Almost all the routes can be reached by public transport – bus and train – and the start and end points are often located at a railway station. Alternatively, there are always plenty of parking spaces available. The hikes that are not circular have a connection by bus and train between the start and end points.

These nature-oriented and often legendary hikes are not only suitable for adults, but most are suitable for children too. Along the way, kids can explore the dragon's cave, playgrounds and enjoy being immersed in nature. The Vogtland, with its valleys, reservoirs and forests, is waiting to be discovered.

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    Easy
    01:27
    3.23 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Numerous mythical creatures cavort in the world of German legends. One of them is the dragon. Huge, walking on two legs and equipped with wings, such an animal is said …

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  • Intermediate
    02:55
    6.58 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A few years ago, over 300 species of butterflies still populated the Zeidelweide and Pfaffenloh nature reserve between Adorf and Bärenloh on the German-Czech border. And even today, on the circular route through the area, you are still immersed in a species-rich, green world. From the town's marketplace - which is the longest marketplace in the Vogtland - you hike over the Arnsgrüner Weg into the nature reserve.

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    6.90 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Large and small winged monsters are still at work around Syrau today. In earlier times the dragons are said to have lived in the region in Saxony. Today you can …

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    5.62 mi
    2.1 mph
    725 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In addition to wonderful views, small streams and a romantic forest lake, ten large and over 40 small teaching and information boards on the herbs around you will accompany you on this hike. On the nine kilometers of the herbal educational trail, you have plenty of opportunities not only to enjoy the nature around you, but also to get to know it better.

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  • Intermediate
    01:30
    3.45 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you dive into the Thuringian Vogtland behind Graefenwarth, an eventful hike through a lush flora opens up to you. More precisely: mushroom world. On the mushroom path, which leads you a good bit along Germany's largest reservoir, you will not only discover different types of mushrooms along the way. You can also find out a lot about eukaryotes on many information boards.

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    5.58 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In addition to paths through forests and meadows, today you have a wide view of the dam and a moving story. Because the former village of Pöhl, whose name the community you are walking through still bears today, has not existed since 1964. It had to give way to the floods of the dam project. The place Jocketa has been expanded for this, and your hike begins there today.

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  • Intermediate
    04:24
    9.70 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Butterflies and green-blue water: the perfect mix to spend a day on the green-tones route around Bad Elster. For over 15 kilometers you hike on the official circular hiking trail …

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    6.05 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you want to escape everyday life for a day and immerse yourself in another, wildly romantic world, then the Burgstein nature trail is just the thing. With its ten …

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    10.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circular hiking trail around the climatic health resort of Grünbach in Saxony doesn't get its name for nothing: the almost 17-kilometer trail is all about the lion's head, a …

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    10.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Above all, breathtaking views await you on the Ringweg around Schöneck. Right at the beginning of the tour you climb the Alte Söll, the location of the former Schöneck Castle. …

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    9.67 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The landscape around Triebes is characterized by quiet paths and some historical sights. The circular route around the city in Thuringia combines the scenic and historical highlights of the surrounding …

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  • Intermediate
    04:22
    10.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you will walk through the town center twice on your hike around Pöllwitz and get to know the two facets of the Pöllwitz landscape: the forest and the moor. …

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    7.24 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The city of Weida, which today has a population of 8,000, is picturesquely surrounded by Auma, Weida and wooded mountains in the Thuringian district of Greiz. The Osterburg towers on the edge of the city and looks out over the landscape. Not only because of the beautiful paths through the valleys of the two rivers, the region around Weida is an absolute hiking paradise. The Aumatalsperre, which is ideal for swimming, is also located near the city.

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    7.80 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Göltzschtal in the Saxon Vogtland you will find several special industrial monuments that you can get to know on an exciting hike in the countryside. The circular route …

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    9.10 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    When you have a head for heights and some tasty snacks packed in your hiking backpack, then you are ready for this exciting hike on the circular hiking trail on …

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  • Difficult
    05:39
    13.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Pöhl dam is the third largest reservoir in the Vogtland. You can go around it on a wonderful panoramic trail. This connects some viewpoints and highlights over 21 kilometers, …

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  • Intermediate
    04:57
    11.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stone and water are the two elements that you will encounter on this round tour through the Vogtland. For almost 18 kilometers you hike, protected by the dense forest, along …

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    10.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The potato is the most popular food in the Vogtland region. On the 17 kilometer long Knollensteig in Saxony you can learn a lot about the nightshade plant that you …

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  • Difficult
    05:43
    13.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you feel like spending a day in nature again, listening to the splashing of the water and the chirping of birds, then follow this circular hiking trail. It leads …

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  • Difficult
    06:17
    14.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Greiz circular hiking trail is the most challenging of the green tones routes in Vogtland. As a hiker, however, you will be rewarded with special natural spectacles and Greiz …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    22
  • Distance
    200 mi
  • Duration
    88:58 h
  • Elevation
    17,725 ft
Vogtland

Experience the sounds of nature — hikes in the Vogtland Region