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Castles, museums and more — pure culture in Germany’s MDV network

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Castles, museums and more — pure culture in Germany’s MDV network

7

Tours

29:42 h

69.5 mi

3,625 ft

In autumn, nature around Leipzig and Halle shows its most beautiful side – colourful leaves fall on the paths, the last blossoms of the year burst through and the fruit still hangs heavy on the trees. If you're in the mood for a little culture as well as countryside, then we have the perfect Collection for you! Step back in time at medieval castles and palaces, discover burial mounds from the Neolithic Age or learn about the varied history of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt in extraordinary museums.

We’ve put together seven Tours that combine nature, culture and architecture. All hikes are between 10 and 20 kilometres (6.2–12.4 mi) long, easy to follow and packed with highlights. So, be sure to factor in enough time to visit the monasteries, castles, churches and museums.

The best thing about this Collection? Every Tour can be reached easily with MDV trains and buses. Your adventure begins with the arrival, free from traffic jams and the search for a parking space. From your comfortable seat on the train or bus, you can enjoy views of the passing autumnal landscape.

A great combination of medieval buildings and waterways awaits on the Castles and Ponds Tour, which takes you between Altenburg and Haselbach along the Pleiße river. On the KulTour on the Saale, you'll get that Hogwarts feeling with the magnificent Schulpforta Monastery before breathing in the salty air at the Bad Kösen graduation works — a tower housing a salt extraction system. The Churches and Stars Tour takes you to the beginnings of astronomy near Nebra and also shows you the most beautiful churches in the area.

There’s a lot to discover on the banks of the Mulde: castles, a ship mill and monastery ruins are all waiting to be explored. On the Forest and Castle Tour, you'll wander among ancient trees and past stately castles with the scent of autumnal forests accompanying your every step. Unique churches and historic mills await you between Hohenthurm and Brehna. The last Tour in this Collection takes you along the Saale to the Bismarck Tower and Wettin Castle.

Each hike starts or ends at a stop or a station of the MDV. They’re all located in the core tariff zones around Leipzig and Halle and can therefore be reached with just one ticket. This way, you can make your hiking adventure environmentally-friendly and stress-free!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    04:36
    11.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    375 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour starts at Altenburg train station in the district of the same name south of Leipzig. Either you start walking directly at the train station or you take the bus to the Altenburg Theater stop if you want to save a kilometer and a half on foot. Then you stand right in front of the magnificent residential palace with …

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    9.05 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    750 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On this hike you follow the Saale to truly varied cultural highlights. It starts at Naumburg train station and from there you walk towards the center. The impressive towers of the cathedral show you the way. After a look inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you follow the tour to Almrich.Then you hike along the Kleine Saale to the …

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    8.60 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this hike near Nebra, in the far west of the MDV, you will follow the traces of a long-forgotten culture. Do not only look ahead, but also look upwards from time to time. The Reinsdorf train station is the starting point of this tour and from there it goes to the banks of the Unstrut. You will pass the beautiful church of St. Johannes Baptista, whose black dome rises above the trees.

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  • Intermediate
    04:42
    11.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    525 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    There is also a lot of culture to discover in the southeast of the MDV: along the Mulde you can explore castles, ruins and other traces of our history. It starts at Trebsen train station, from where you first hike to the Mulde. Accompanied by the river, you will reach Bahren. In the small town there is a fascinating Lost …

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    9.34 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This beautiful hike combines culture and nature in equal measure. A visit to Giebichenstein Castle follows on quiet sections in the forest, where there is a lot to discover. The Gimritzer Damm tram stop is the starting point of the tour. You can reach it from the main train station in Halle an der Saale via tram line 5. From …

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  • Intermediate
    04:14
    10.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This tour takes you to some extraordinary witnesses of history between Hohenthurm and Brehna. It starts at the Hohenthurm train station just outside Halle. At first you walk towards the center of the village, which is dominated by the keep of the old castle.Past the village pond you hike eastwards and reach the small forest area on the Spitzberg, …

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  • Intermediate
    04:18
    10.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The cultural highlight of this tour is a fascinating castle and the landscape along the Saale also has a lot to offer. You can reach the starting point in Domnitz with the regional train RB47 from Halle. From the bus stop, the route initially takes you across open fields and then gently down into the Saale valley.You get to …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    69.5 mi
  • Duration
    29:42 h
  • Elevation
    3,625 ft

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