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Castle hopping around Leipzig — hiking highlights along the way

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Castle hopping around Leipzig — hiking highlights along the way

Hiking Collection by Leipzig Travel

9

Tours

33:52 h

71.7 mi

3,825 ft

Saxony – a land blessed with numerous castles and stately palaces. The Leipzig region is home to some of the most charming properties worth seeking out. We’d like to introduce you to nine wonderful Tours around the city in this Collection, so you can see and marvel at these fabulous buildings.

All the Tours are mostly flat and easy to walk but there are some hills. In addition to castles and palaces, you’ll discover stately manor houses, historic old towns and lookout towers with great views.

This Collection also has a circular Tour dedicated to the building materials of the castles and palaces. On the educational Porphyry Trail, you learn about Porphyry, a type of igneous, red rock. that was used to build the architectural dream of the aristocracy. It’s not all marvellous buildings though: these adventures embrace the wonderful natural surroundings too, taking you through dense, green forests, on riverside paths along glittering rivers and through beautifully landscaped parkland.

You can reach the Tours near Leisnig easily by train. For the others, we recommend travelling by car. On the routes, you’ll find plenty of places to stop for refreshments or you can bring snacks to enjoy at one of the many rest stops. Either way, ‘castle hopping’ is not only a fantastic experience but also a culinary delight. We wish you lots of fun, a good appetite and lots of discoveries!

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    Gnandstein Castle circular hike — castle hopping around Leipzig

    Intermediate
    04:41
    7.77 mi
    1.7 mph
    475 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You can admire three stately buildings on this exactly 12.5-kilometer circular route. First you hike to Rüdigsdorf, where the classicist manor house of the same name is located. Its well-tended park and orangery are open to the public. It continues through the village of Kohlen-Sahlis along the babbling

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    9.27 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The train station in the small town of Frohburg is the starting point of this almost 15-kilometer circular tour. At the beginning you hike to the neighboring Benndorf, where a former manor with attached castle park invites you to stroll. The circular route then leads you across the state border of Saxony

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    4.99 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This circular hike takes you about eight kilometers around the Kriebstein dam. After just the first kilometer you will see Kriebstein Castle, which is enthroned on a rock and is considered the most beautiful knight's castle in Saxony. A suspension bridge then takes you up to the Mühlenberg, where the

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  • Intermediate
    03:32
    8.65 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost 14-kilometer tour starts in the historic old town of Torgau. At Hartenfels Castle you can not only admire the magnificent Renaissance castle, but also take a look at its furry residents in the Bärengraben directly opposite. With wonderful views, the circular route takes you along the Great

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    8.61 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you visit the town of Leisnig, you cannot avoid a visit to the sublime Mildenstein Castle. After visiting the castle, you will then walk along the north bank of the Freiberger Mulde. You explore the Reidelstieg, which offers beautiful views of the Muldental. Just before you cross the Freiberger Mulde

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    10.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts in the southern part of Leisnig and takes you first through the tranquil Schanzental and parallel to it through the Freiberger Mulde back to the town of Leisnig. The signposted hiking trail takes you past two former mills for exactly 17 kilometers: the Schanzenmühle and the Leithenmühle

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  • Easy
    00:51
    1.38 mi
    1.6 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The almost three kilometer long porphyry nature trail is perfect for a short excursion. Here you will be taken to various stations that will tell you all about the bright red rock, its formation and its economic importance for the region. In addition to the instructive path, there are also fascinating

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  • Difficult
    05:42
    9.40 mi
    1.6 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this idyllic country outing, you hike in two loops through the varied Wermsdorf Forest, commuting between Wermsdorf and Collm. At Collm, North Saxony's highest mountain, the 18 meter high Albert Tower lures with a magnificent panoramic view of North Saxony. Two hunting lodges await your visit in Wermsdorf

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  • Intermediate
    04:47
    11.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this circular hiking trail you can explore the city of Colditz in a variety of ways. Right at the starting point in Podelwitz you can make a detour to the Podelwitz moated castle or you can save the historic building as the grand finale after the almost 18-kilometer tour. In addition to the unique

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    71.7 mi
  • Duration
    33:52 h
  • Elevation
    3,825 ft

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