The wind plays with the vine leaves and the landscape bursts with colours. From sun-drenched slopes, you look down on historic places in the valley. On your way, you’ll pass by dreamlike castles and magnificent villas. Friendly winegrowers will be happy to offer you a tasting in their idyllic vineyards and wine taverns or, if you are hungry after your hike, a delicious meal on their beautiful terraces.
Is there anything better than this combination of hiking and culinary treats? You can find all this on the Saxon Wine Trail. Along the Elbe River, the 90-kilometre (56 mi) trail takes you to the region's most beautiful vineyards, vantage points and wine cellars. The hiking trail connects the fascinating towns of the Saxon wine-growing region, such as picturesque Pirna, baroque Dresden, the villa and garden city of Radebeul, Coswig with the wine village of Sörnewitz, the resort town of Weinböhla, Niederau with its moated castle and, finally, the porcelain city of Meißen. This wine-growing region of Saxony is one of the smallest in Germany with a wine-making tradition dating back over 800 years. More than 60 grape varieties are cultivated including Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, as well asTraminer, Scheurebe, and Goldriesling, which is only grown here.
We’ve divided the route into six daily stages of between 13 and 20 kilometres (8 - 12 mi). You’ll find wonderful accommodation at each stage, so nothing stands in the way of a multi-day hike. If you prefer to plan day Tours, the baroque city of Dresden or the idyllic Radebeul are ideal places to stay. From here, you can easily reach all starting points by public transport. Information is available from the Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (vvo-online.de/en/index.cshtml).
You have fantastic hiking days ahead of you so let yourself be enchanted and pampered. The Dresden Elbland region is waiting to be discovered and the warm-hearted people are always welcoming.
Our tip: check out the audio guide to the hike. Along the Saxon Wine Trail, ten listening stations invite you to get to know the region more deeply. Let winemakers and ambassadors tell you exciting stories about Saxon wine and explore the surroundings and stops along the way with our audio guide to the Saxon Wine Trail. Simply scan the QR code at the station en route and dive even deeper into the world of Saxon wine. Find out more about the audio guide here: weinwandern-sachsen.de/audioguide
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