MDV - Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund

Alpine panoramas and summits – high up in the MDV in Germany

Steffen Gruner

Alpine panoramas and summits – high up in the MDV in Germany

7

Tours

29:23 h

68.4 mi

3,950 ft

Impressive summit crosses and alpenglow are normally only associated with southern Germany. But this isn’t always the case. The Alps in central Germany come alive with colour in the evenings too. Here, you don’t even have to climb a 3,000-metre (9,840 ft) peak to reach a summit cross and conquer a decent amount of altitude. It may come as a surprise, but we’re talking about the lowlands around Leipzig and Halle that extend all the way to the Saale and Dessau. We’ve picked out seven unique Tours that take you up high and showcase the region’s special treasures.

In the Brachwitz Alps, you discover landscapes that were formed long before our time. You encounter the first mountains of your adventure here. Volcanic rock, so-called porphyry, paints the hills around Wettin in rich red tones, while the rock faces on the banks of the Saale River reach for the sky. The vineyard region around Bad Kösen is lush green and pinkish-purple: the meadows burst in colour thanks to the numerous orchid species. This Collection also includes a visit to the most important archaeological excavation site of the last century. A hike to the Mittelberg takes you to the legendary Nebra Sky Disk where you can admire the futuristic Ark.

In the middle of the Planitz Forest, you find beautiful relics of former quarries: lakes surrounded by rocky walls resemble volcanic craters, their waters beautiful shades of blue and turquoise. Just to the south of Leipzig, you discover their bigger brothers such as the New Geyersberg mountain. Forest lovers will feel right at home in the Dahlener Heide, which is crisscrossed by small streams – a paradise for hikers.

To help you to really switch off, all Tours are accessible by public transport. You can use the Vebundticket on all regional trains, S-Bahns or buses to get out of the city and into nature. This way, you skip the traffic jam, the search for a parking space and a journey back to your car. Public transport is very convenient.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    04:13
    9.86 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Alps in the middle of Germany - where can you find something like that? In the northeast of Halle, deep red rocks tower up and form a fascinating contrast to the blue sky and the surrounding green: the Brachwitz Alps. But not only the rocks will inspire you, because there is also something for water lovers: the Saale meanders picturesquely through the landscape.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    11.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Saale-Unstrut region is well known for its tasty wines. And where there is wine, mountains are usually not far either. In addition to several meters of altitude, on this tour between Saale and Unstrut you will also collect completely unexpected impressions: Colorful flowers of numerous orchid species line the path. And high up in the rolling hills you can watch wild horses, so-called Koniks, grazing.

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    6.91 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sky disc - the world's oldest representation of our heavenly bodies on an ancient bronze plate. Follow their footsteps on this eleven-kilometer tour to where they were found on the Mittelberg near Nebra. In addition to an imposing observation tower, you can enjoy the most beautiful nature here and get an insight into the regional rock history on the geology path.

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  • Intermediate
    04:44
    11.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    450 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The hilly landscape of the Dahlener Heide is another real insider tip. Fragrant mixed forest, quietly rustling brooks and the charm of the heather make the excursion to Dahlen a …

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  • Intermediate
    04:57
    11.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Leave civilization behind you and enjoy pure nature? Then out with you and off towards the Planitzwald. In addition to numerous harmless mountains, there are deep blue to turquoise lakes hidden in the middle of the forest. They are former opencast mining holes, which with their rugged rock edges form a great photo opportunity and are reminiscent of volcanic craters.

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  • Intermediate
    03:37
    8.55 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Elbromantik, an imposing Bismarck tower, enchanted heather and pond landscapes and even a summit cross - that's a good result for a 14-kilometer hiking tour. You leave civilization far behind …

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  • Intermediate
    03:38
    8.82 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Crystal clear, blue shimmering lakes with a wonderful white sandy beach cover the landscape in the south of Leipzig. Most of them are former open-cast mining areas, so-called residual holes. …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    68.4 mi
  • Duration
    29:23 h
  • Elevation
    3,950 ft
MDV - Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund

Alpine panoramas and summits – high up in the MDV in Germany