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The 10 most beautiful hikes between Germany’s Saale and Unstrut rivers

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The 10 most beautiful hikes between Germany’s Saale and Unstrut rivers

Hiking Collection by Saale-Unstrut

10

Tours

27:34 h

59.9 mi

7,150 ft

In this Collection, you hike between history, nature and culture. Over 251 million years ago, in the Triassic period when dinosaurs roamed the planet, the two rivers Saale and Unstrut formed a unique landscape. Theses waters found their way through mineral-rich rock layers of shell limestone and red sandstone. Along with riverbanks rich in species, this region’s classic, steep slopes were formed. Today, vines grow on the hillsides in the sun.

Due to the particular climatic and scenic characteristics of the Saale-Unstrut region, a rich cultural landscape with many castles and palaces grew. Exploring on foot is the best way to discover the incredible highlights and sights in this magnificent area. That's why we've put together 10 day Tours in this Collection, which take you between the Saale and Unstrut rivers through romantic valleys and mystical forests, into idyllic villages and through charming mountain ranges.

Two of the Tours are also stages of the SaaleHorizontale. The Collection of this entire 120 kilometre (75 mi) long-distance hiking trail can be found at komoot.com/collection/1165695. The third stage of the Feengrotten-Kyffhäuser Trail is also part of this Collection: komoot.com/collection/1391944.

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    Summer Refreshment Trail through the Eisenberg Mill Valley — hikes in Saale-Unstrut

    Intermediate
    02:35
    5.82 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the romantic Mühltal, you walk along the Rauda to the former water mills between Kursdorf and Weißenborn. Since the early 20th century, the valley has been attracting numerous holidaymakers to spend their summer holidays thanks to its natural state. Where sawing, hammering and grinding used to take

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    8.38 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This scenic route between Kupferplatte and Wogau is the second stage of the SaaleHorizontale. You start at the Jenertal stop and climb steeply uphill past the Teufelslöcher and the Kupferplatte. You will soon catch a breathtaking view of the imposing Fox Tower.

    

    You are now on a plateau, so that there

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    5.82 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This varied hike is the seventh stage of the SaaleHorizontale. It starts in Jena-Zwaetzen. From there you follow the signs towards Rautal, walk towards Burschenplatz and then towards Closewitz.

    

    Incidentally, this path runs parallel to the Winterlinggrundweg. The path is named after the small, yellow flowers

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    9.67 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage of the Feengrotten-Kyffhäuser-Weg begins in Freienorla. From there it goes directly into the forest on the Rieseneck, where you will find the Herzogstuhl, a special hunting lodge in half-timbered construction. Past the associated hunting grounds, you hike down into the Saale valley and

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  • Easy
    01:19
    2.56 mi
    2.0 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The dinosaur trail on the Jenzig, which is about two kilometers long, offers excitement for young and adult hikers: In addition to wonderful views of Jena and the surrounding area, you can also look forward to interactive and digital stations on the subject of dinosaurs.

    

    The easy and short path starts

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    5.34 mi
    2.2 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost nine kilometer long circular route south of Bad Kösen brings you to many highlights along the Saale. The Bad Kösen Kaufhalle stop is the starting point, alternatively you can also start at the train station. Pass the art gallery, walk south along the Saale and change from the promenade to

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    6.75 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Bad Kösen Weinbergsweg is an eleven-kilometer circuit that takes you into the vineyards along the Saale. From the Saale bridge, where there is a parking lot, or alternatively from Bad Kösen train station, you initially walk to the north bank of the Saale.

    

    At the foot of well-known vineyards, it goes

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    5.20 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this circular hike at the confluence of the Unstrut and Saale rivers, you can not only look forward to colorful flowers, but also to wide vineyard views and cozy ostrich inns. It starts outside of Kleinjena at the hiking car park. The Kleinjena train station is only a few minutes' walk away if you

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    4.90 mi
    2.2 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular hike takes you through the Rödel nature reserve with its free-living horses and wonderful viewpoints. You start at the train station in the small winemaking town of Freyburg and go directly to the banks of the Unstrut. Past a beer garden, which you can remember for the end of the tour

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    5.51 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The almost nine kilometer long wine hiking trail near Bad Sulza lives up to its name, because you will come across the topic of wine in a wide variety of forms. The starting point for the hike is Bad Sulza train station. From there you walk to the Thuringian Wine Gate and then to the neighboring graduation

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    59.9 mi
  • Duration
    27:34 h
  • Elevation
    7,150 ft

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