MDV - Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund

Wild horses, bears & falcons — meet wild animals by bus and train

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Wild horses, bears & falcons — meet wild animals by bus and train

6

Tours

22:37 h

47.2 mi

1,250 ft

Adventure is often just around the corner and almost on your doorstep. Your surroundings are full of breathtaking landscapes, secret idylls and staggering wild animals. You might only catch glimpses of them, but in several places in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, you can easily visit the wild animals by bus and train.

Bears, wolves, falcons and even some exotic wild animals live right around the corner. Large game enclosures, semi-natural animal parks, grazing projects and even a bear pit are all focused on preserving native species and protecting wildlife. There are always exciting guided tours and other events so you get to know the animals.

We’ve picked out the best animal adventures in the area and combined them with other highlights to create 8 to 20 kilometre-long (5 - 12 mi) hikes. Due to the flat paths and easy routes, these wonderful hikes are also great for children.

You can travel to each of the Tours by public transport. The starting points of the hikes are always at a spot that you can reach by train, S-Bahn, tram or bus. Your destination is also always well connected to the local transport network so you don't have to worry about possible traffic jams on the way to your adventures.

When you're ready for your meeting with Master Petz, the descendants of Europe's last wild horses, or the coatis in Germany's smallest zoo, pick a Tour and plan your trip. These walks often give you the chance to get up close to the animals and even pet them so it’s important to always follow the rules and feed them only with the food provided. This way you can also do your part to protect the animals.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:14
    6.53 mi
    2.0 mph
    150 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you want to spend an animal day from Leipzig, then you don't have far. Because on the southern outskirts of the city lies the Leipzig Wildlife Park (wildparkverein-leipzig.de). You can easily reach it from the center via the Markkleeberg Nord stop on the S4. But you can also easily reach the district by public transport from the vicinity around Leipzig.

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    4.90 mi
    1.9 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The horses in the “Dead Täler” nature reserve radiate what we often lack in everyday life: calm and serenity. But that is exactly what the Konik horse breed is more …

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    7.15 mi
    2.0 mph
    200 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the small Tierpark Eilenburg (tierpark.eilenburg.de) you enter another world, because in addition to some domestic animals you will also meet parrots, hat monkeys, kangaroos and other exotic wild animals. …

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    10.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Get out into nature again, visit a castle and recharge your batteries in the petting zoo surrounded by animals: All of this awaits you on this varied hike from Delitzsch …

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    5.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    125 ft
    75 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    In addition to the enchanted Wörlitzer Park with its castle, numerous bridges and beautiful buildings, the city on Lake Wörlitzer See has a special highlight to offer.In the Falknerei Wörlitz (falknerei-woerlitzer-park.de) there are birds of prey and owl flight shows that you can watch as a visitor. The impressive flight performances are a unique experience, especially for children. In addition, you will learn a lot about the kings and queens of the skies during the show.

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  • Difficult
    06:07
    12.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    175 ft
    150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Hartenfels Castle in Torgau has not only been inhabited by people for centuries: bears also have their home in the Zwinger am Schloss. And still today. The two bear pits …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    47.2 mi
  • Duration
    22:37 h
  • Elevation
    1,250 ft
MDV - Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund

Wild horses, bears & falcons — meet wild animals by bus and train