Fresh air, vibrant nature and endless new experiences: an active holiday in Germany’s Vogtland region is an experience for the whole family. Children can discover the extraordinary landscape and experience all kinds of excitement along the way, while exercise-loving parents and grandparents can find peace and relaxation as well as panoramic views. In this Collection, we’ve put together 10 family-friendly hikes and bike rides in the Saxon and Thuringian Vogtland.
Both sporty families and nature lovers will feel at home in the Vogtland. There are great opportunities for an active holiday with children here all year round, whether on foot or on two wheels. From short walks with swimming opportunities to longer bike rides visiting cultural sights, there’s a route for every family. All Tours use safe paths and are easy to walk or cycle. The routes tend to be short and the gradients are never too steep. In addition, there are all kinds of motivating stopovers along the way and there’s always more to experience in the vicinity, too. For example, the Tours can be easily combined with a visit to a rock climbing area, a boat trip or an afternoon by the water. Young mountain bikers can let off steam on the downhill trails at the Bikewelt Schöneck whilst families interested in history can explore the region's castles.
Each Tour is either a loop or a linear trail, at the end of which you can take public transport back to the starting point. In addition, there are many adventure trails with numerous sights that promise fun and entertainment. You’ll travel along flat river valleys, around the banks of reservoirs and through picturesque forests. A family holiday in this low mountain range helps bring your children closer to nature in so many ways.
With the right preparation and equipment, you can ensure that your family adventure will be an unforgettable experience for everyone. All the hiking and cycling Tours can also be planned in the opposite direction – a look at the altitude profile will tell you whether this will lead to strenuous climbs. Packing delicious provisions for the road is a must, although you’ll always have the option of stopping for a bite to eat too. The varied and beautiful landscape of the Vogtland takes care of everything else.
This beautiful hike takes you on enchanted paths through the Triebal to the Pöhl reservoir, which is also known as the Vogtland Sea. The round starts at the Jocketa train station. Only a few meters away you dive into the forest and hike down to the White Elster. Between its bank and the tracks you go straight to the Elstertal Bridge. It's the second largest brick bridge in the world - pretty impressive!
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On this easy hike in the Pöllwitzer Wald you will get to know the moor as a habitat for animals and plants. Attentive eyes will discover wild berries and carnivorous plants, dragonflies and frogs there. In order to walk the adventure trail in a relaxed manner, we recommend that you plan in the three hours. There are several seating areas. There you can comfortably enjoy the provisions you have brought with you while taking a break.
This cycle path follows the beautiful Schwarzbachtal from Adorf to the source of the river of the same name on the Czech border. There is a lot to see along the way, so the tour can easily be combined with a visit to a museum or a few leisurely hours in the swimming pool. In this direction it is of course mainly uphill upstream. So you can simply roll back comfortably on the way back.
The Dragon Cycle Path is available in two versions. Here we present the 20-kilometer route, which is wonderfully suitable for families. If you want to be on the road longer, there is also a large circuit with 45 kilometers. On the route you always follow the symbol of the dragon Justus. Perhaps your children will discover the signposts themselves and would like to take over the navigation.