Dresden Elbland

Finding the green side of Saxony’s capital — spellbinding Dresden hikes

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Finding the green side of Saxony’s capital — spellbinding Dresden hikes

Hiking Collection by Dresden Elbland

11

Tours

28:54 h

64.8 mi

5,750 ft

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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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    02:52
    6.81 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This appealing circular hike leads you directly into the Dresden Heath, which is criss-crossed by narrow paths and small streams. You hike mainly through slightly hilly mixed forest with a …

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  • Easy
    01:57
    4.43 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Fischhaus restaurant in the Radeberger Vorstadt is the starting point for this beautiful hike into the Dresden Heath. It goes straight into the forest and you walk in a …

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  • Easy
    01:36
    3.75 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    6.90 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This attractive hike starts at the Zöllmen, Zschonerbach bus stop. You come to the course of the Zschonergrundbach through a wonderful landscape and past several historical mills and a small …

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    5.07 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    01:57
    4.43 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    03:26
    8.20 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Blasewitz forest park in the Dresden district of the same name is one of the many parks and facilities that make Dresden one of the greenest cities in Europe. …

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  • Difficult
    03:23
    7.26 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    9.07 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This panoramic hike starts in the Prohlis district of Dresden at the Altnickern bus stop. You first hike to Schloss Nickern am Gerberbach and then follow this through a green …

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  • Difficult
    01:42
    3.52 mi
    2.1 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Why not take a hike through urban Dresden? This interesting round takes you to Dresden's cable cars and cable cars, through impressive residential areas on the slopes of the Elbe …

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  • Intermediate
    02:28
    5.40 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Wherever you are in Dresden: he always proudly moves into the picture. The 252 meter high television tower in the Wachwitz district, which went into operation in 1969, is a …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    64.8 mi
  • Duration
    28:54 h
  • Elevation
    5,750 ft

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Dresden Elbland

Finding the green side of Saxony’s capital — spellbinding Dresden hikes