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Saxon Wine Trail – discover Germany’s 800-year old wine tradition

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Saxon Wine Trail – discover Germany’s 800-year old wine tradition

Hiking Collection by Dresden Elbland

4-8

days

3-6 h

/ day

56.0 mi

4,275 ft

4,300 ft

Saxony is one of the smallest wine-growing regions in Germany, with a tradition stretching back more than 800 years. The Saxon Wine Trail takes you 90 kilometres (56 mi) along the Elbe to the most beautiful towns, vineyards, vantage points and wine cellars in the region.

We’ve divided the route into six daily stages between 13 and 20 kilometres (8 and 12 mi) long. You’ll find nice accommodation at each stage destination where you can rest for your multiday hike. If you prefer to plan day trips, then the baroque city of Dresden and the idyllic Radebeul are ideal basecamps as you can easily reach the starting points by public transport (vvo-online.de).

Our tip: Scan the QR code at the various audio guide information points along the way and immerse yourself in the world of Saxon wine: weinwandern-sachsen.de/audioguide.

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Last updated: November 5, 2021

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    Stage 1: Pirna-Posta to Dresden-Pillnitz – Saxon Wine Trail

    Intermediate
    03:12
    7.44 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Directly on the Elbe in Pirna, the first stage, about twelve kilometers long, starts on the wine trail. Except for two very short climbs, the route is flat and easy to walk. Just right to start your wine hiking adventure and get a feel for this beautiful landscape.

    Today there are only small vineyards

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    11.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage starts in Pillnitz and since we have planned a small detour to the Pillnitz Castle Park, it is about 20 kilometers long. The castle and the park are real gems and well worth a visit. The park is divided into seven enchanting garden rooms, which you can explore on a tour. The lovingly prepared

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  • Intermediate
    04:06
    8.93 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Shortly after leaving the Dresden city area, you hike through the beautiful, small forest area at the Heidefriedhof. On the Augustusweg you will reach Radebeul a little later and thus the most beautiful section of the wine trail. The idyllic path takes you past terraced vineyards with 400-year-old quarry

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  • Intermediate
    04:03
    9.35 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On today's stage you will only pass a few vineyards, but great vantage points. So don't forget to pack the power bank and binoculars.

    

    Today you hike almost exclusively north. On the Spitzberg you already have the first beautiful views of the Elbe Valley and Coswig and only a few kilometers further, after

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  • Intermediate
    03:37
    8.35 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today's stage is not that long with a good 13 kilometers, but since the goal is the beautiful porcelain town of Meißen, you can take all the more time to visit it.

    After you have left Niederau with the small tower windmill and the oldest train station in Germany behind you, you will hike through the

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    10.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The last stage on the Saxon Wine Trail mainly takes you above the vineyards. The baroque Proschwitz Castle and pretty villages with lovingly prepared churches and numerous wine bars await you. And of course you will again be able to enjoy magnificent views over the wonderful Elbe landscape.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    56.0 mi
  • Duration
    24:32 h
  • Elevation
    4,275 ft4,300 ft

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