Finding the green side of Saxony’s capital — spellbinding Dresden hikes
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Do you know about the green side of Dresden? The capital of the eastern German state of Saxony boasts no less than 623 parks and green spaces where you can walk under the shade of around 104,000 trees. Right outside the city gates, you enter the Dresdner Heide, one of the largest urban forests in Germany. So, it's time to lace up your hiking boots and get going.
In this Collection, we show you 11 attractive circular walks where you can discover the most beautiful and greenest corners of the city. On the Tours, which range in length from 6 to 15 kilometres (4 - 9 mi), Dresden's rich cultural heritage and many historical treasures are literally brought into view.
From the green riverbanks of the Elbe, you can look down on the three castles near Loschwitz or cross the Elbe on Loschwitz Bridge, which is fondly known as ‘Blaues Wunder’ (Blue Wonder). On the slopes of the Elbe Valley, you have a magnificent view of the vineyards with their romantic churches and proud wineries, and in the Dresden Heath you hike along narrow paths beside babbling brooks. But you won't miss out on rural Dresden either: The hikes will take you to historic mills, old farmhouses or lonely poplar trees and past many lakes, streams, small forests or open fields with wonderful views.
You can easily reach all starting points by public transport. However, if you prefer to travel by car, you will find plenty of parking spaces.
Let yourself be surprised and enchanted by the green side of Dresden. The Dresden Elbland is a dream region for hikers – and thus a great destination for your nature holiday.
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This delightful circular hike begins at the Heidemühle in the middle of the Dresden Heath. If you do not want to travel by car, you can also take the public bus to take you there.Right at the beginning of the hike you will pass the memorial stone of the Dresden painter Guido Hammer, who as a passionate hunter was very connected to the Dresden Heath and reached a large audience with his fresh and natural animal and hunting images.
The Elbe, the Pillnitz Castle Park, an artificial ruin, two mills and lots of nature await you on this varied hike.The starting point is the Pillnitz Schloss bus stop, where you can immerse yourself in the beautiful castle park. The small entry fee of three euros is worth every penny, because the park with its themed garden areas and the palace complex is simply stunning.
This wonderful hike is a classic, because it leads past Pillnitz Castle and takes you into the vineyards with wonderful views and to stately wineries where you can taste the excellent Saxon wines.From the parking lot and the bus stop Pillnitz Schloss you walk through the center of Pillnitz and finally enter the vineyards via the Leitenweg. It leads you above the Pillnitz Royal Vineyard with the romantic vineyard church to the Rysselkuppe with its stunning view.
The best way to get to the starting point of this delightful tour, Körnerplatz in the Loschwitz district, is by bus. From there it goes straight up to the mountain station of the suspension railway with its viewing platform and a café. If you like, you can start this beautiful hike here with breakfast and enjoy the wonderful view of Dresden.