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Hiking around Germany’s Meißen — discover wine, culture and porcelain

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Hiking around Germany’s Meißen — discover wine, culture and porcelain

Hiking Collection by Dresden Elbland

6

Tours

09:17 h

20.4 mi

2,275 ft

A historic old town, excellent wines, fantastic views, the finest porcelain, culture, history and a well-developed hiking network: Meißen in Saxony's Elbland region has it all.

So that you can explore Meißen and the surrounding area on foot, we’ve put together six thematically contrasting circular Tours that will introduce you to the distinctive features of the area. From a leisurely 2-kilometre (1.2 mi) walk through the magnificent old town of Meißen to a 7-kilometre (4.3 mi) Tour through the romantic vineyards of the Spaargebirge with stunning views, everything is included.

Wine is the theme at the forefront of three of the Tours. You hike along a well-developed network of hiking trails through wildly romantic forests, over vineyards and along flower-filled Elbe meadows. Often a vantage point with a magnificent view of the distinctive cultural landscape invites you to linger. You hike over gentle hills, imposing steep cliffs of red granite and natural river banks. In one of the many taverns, you can be pampered by friendly innkeepers and sample Saxon wine to your heart's content.

Another Tour with a porcelain theme takes you to St. Nicholas Church with its unique furnishings, while the culture Tour leads you along hidden, historical paths to the cultural and historical highlights of Meissen. On the nature trail through the city forest, you will learn a lot of interesting facts about the five surrounding protected landscape areas as well as about their fauna, flora, history and geology.

Let yourself be surprised by the diversity and special features of the Meissen region on your hikes. And don't forget your camera, because the impressive perspectives of the 1,000-year-old city that await you at every turn are a stunning motif.

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    Meißen walking/Wine route — hiking around Meißen

    Easy
    01:23
    2.94 mi
    2.1 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The almost five-kilometer hike takes you through Meissen's romantic vineyards. After a few short climbs, you can expect fantastic views over the Elbe and the old town opposite with the mighty Albrechtsburg and the cathedral.

    The starting point is the sports facilities in Heiligen Grund, which are directly

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  • Easy
    01:41
    3.67 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round tour, about six kilometers long, takes you into the countryside and the Elbe, but still stays close to Meißen. The path has some inclines, but you will always be rewarded with wonderful views.

    

    Right at the starting point, in the small Nikolaikirche, the riddle of the path name is solved. The

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  • Easy
    00:39
    1.51 mi
    2.3 mph
    100 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Despite the length of only about two and a half kilometers, this attractive round tour is really tough. The route deliberately bypasses the usual tourist routes and instead takes you to the highlights via hidden, historical paths and stairs.

    From the starting point you already have a wonderful view of

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  • Easy
    01:42
    3.80 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Meißner Stadtwald lies on the southwestern outskirts of the city in the Triebischtäler nature reserve. A family-friendly round tour about six kilometers long offers you a nice alternative to the hustle and bustle of the old town. A lot of interesting facts for young and old explorers is offered on

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    4.48 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Enjoyment meets view: On this seven-kilometer round tour through the vine fields, orchards and pretty places of the Meißner Spaargebirge you will be rewarded with the most beautiful views over the Elbe valley and you can taste the good Saxon wine in one of the many taverns or wineries.

    You start at the

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  • Intermediate
    01:46
    3.99 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This beautiful six-kilometer circular hike to the little-known vineyards on the left Elbe starts at the Frauenkirche in Meißen.

    Right at the beginning of the hike you climb over the Afra steps up to the ravine and continue on Meisastraße until you reach the vineyards. It is always worth taking a look

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    20.4 mi
  • Duration
    09:17 h
  • Elevation
    2,275 ft

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