Why is it only possible to ride a mountain bike so well in the Ore Mountains? We have several answers to these questions, which you can experience for yourself on this 7-day round trip: It's the fun trails, it's a wonderful landscape and it's the Ore Mountains itself with its culture and exciting history. It is the great infrastructure for bikers and last but not least it is the people here who welcome you with warm hospitality.
This tour on the "Stoneman Trail" is about sports challenges, borderline experiences and a great nature experience. You decide everything else. You can take the 162 km as a non-stop challenge. A big chunk that is something for you if you want to go to your limits. But you can also make a wonderful multi-day tour out of it. Then the Challenge fades into the background and you fully immerse yourself in the wonderful nature experience of the Ore Mountains. Whether you're a beginner or experienced biker, you'll enjoy the varied and flowing trails of the Erzgebirge as much as you do. On your itineraries you will experience the great hospitality of the people who have prepared themselves especially for mountain biking. This includes a safe accommodation of the bikes as well as a healthy, rich cuisine. In the Erzgebirge you are in good hands and will feel at home. The numerous accommodations directly on the mountain stage destinations will welcome you warmly.
No matter which option you choose, you will be thrilled by the possibilities of mountain biking in the Ore Mountains. And we're sure you'll be back. Because every single stage will inspire you to further bike adventures.
The only question left is where the "Stoneman Trail" got its name from. The idea for this idea goes back to the former mountain bike professional Roland Stauder from South Tyrol, who wanted to create sporting challenges for everyone after his professional career without any stress. The result was the idea of a big mountain bike tour, which he marked with small stone figures, the "Stonemen", and which everyone should be able to drive according to his sportive possibilities. In one piece or as a stage tour. With official "Finisher card" or Just for Fun. What counts is the unique nature experience. In addition to the Stoneman Trail in the Ore Mountains, there is also a tour of the same name in the Dolomites. More information can be found at stoneman.it.
Your first day starts with a highlight, the ride through an old bobsleigh track, which is used today only by bikers and hikers. If you like it so much that you want to drive one more lap, just take the Fichtelberg suspension railway and drive up again. It is the oldest cable car in Germany and best of all: It takes bikes with you.But now continue. Forest trails and single trails lead you through the Ore Mountains and you can always enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding area. Especially beautiful is the view from Bärenstein, the destination mountain of this tour, from whose lookout tower you can see the surrounding peaks and all the way to the Czech Republic.Last but not least, at the end of the stage, another special feature of this area awaits you - the great hospitality of the people in the Ore Mountains, who have set themselves up especially for the hosting of mountain bikers. Put your bike down in the safe bike cellar, refill your energy supplies with a healthy biker dinner and enjoy the tranquility of the border town of Bärenstein.
Do you know where the Erzgebirge got its name from? If you are vigilant today, you can find out. Because today you drive directly through the former center of German silver mining. In the 16th century Annaberg was due to its rich ore deposits second largest city of Saxony - today hardly imaginable. If you have not heard of Annaberg yet, you certainly know one of the former inhabitants. We would just assume that - after Adam Riese -. Exactly: The German Rechenmeister Adam Ries once lived here.Enough of the stories. Because you can go biking around Annaberg. It starts on the Bärenstein and ends similarly high on the Pöhlberg, which awaits you with an observation tower and mountain hotel. So if you like, you can set up your camp here and, with a bit of luck in the weather before going to bed, enjoy the fantastic panorama with the starry sky.
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This tour starts and ends with real highlights. You start from the top of a mountain from the quiet mountain inn with a great view, past the picturesque basalt columns of the Pöhlberg. At the Scheibenberg these pillars are called "organ pipes", are no less impressive and meet you just before you reach the lookout point on the top of the mountain, where you set up your camp at the Berggasthof Scheibenberg.On the way you roll through lush meadows, stroll through picturesque towns and villages, pedal past babbling brooks and refresh yourself at a specially arranged for bikers waterhole, which once again proves that you are welcome here - mountain bike idyll in its most beautiful form.
Today, one highlight is hunting the next. It begins with a technically pleasurable break at the lower basin of the pumped storage plant Markersbach. Here you can learn how to gain energy from water or just enjoy a little break in a great environment. When hunger comes, the Ephraimhaus in Pöhla is already waiting for you with local specialties. Country idyll meets culinary highlights.It gets even better. Less epicurean, but the more impressive is the pit stop in knight green. Here is the principle of trust. You take a drink or a bar from the refrigerator and decide for yourself how much that is worth, and then donate a corresponding amount. If you are looking for the good in humanity, here you are on the track. Do not disappoint your hosts.Next you discover a piece of history. Rather, you cross it. Before Schengen, the small pedestrian crossing at half mile was one of the few ways to get to the Czech Republic. Today it is easier - the small bridge, a few open barriers, signs and information boards are reminiscent of earlier times.The daily highlight comes to the very end, as it should be. The Trail Center Rabenberg is truly unique - over 50 kilometers of trails invite you to unrestricted mountain bike enjoyment. For this everything is set to bikers. There are rental bikes, workshop service, a bike school and of course biker-friendly accommodations. It's best to stay one more day and try out all the trails in the area.
This tour is in the sign of the Trail Center Rabenberg, because there it starts and the first few kilometers you go back on trails of the bike park. This means that it starts right with a lot of first-class trail action. And if you feel like driving a bit longer, you can just hang some trails on it. All routes here are perfectly marked, so you will definitely not get lost. Get rid of you and if you have enough, go on.In the further course you will earn yourself a few meters in altitude, because the destination of the route is located on the 1018 meter high Auersberg. On the way there you will pass a mining educational trail, which - if interested - will provide you with lots of information about the rain mining activities of yesteryear in and around Auersberg.On the Auersberg there is a mountain hotel, so that you can set up your camp at an altitude of over 1000 meters. If you prefer to spend the night in the Eibenstock, about 10 kilometers away, we can recommend you the Eibenstock bath gardens, which are considered to be one of the most beautiful sauna facilities in Europe.
High up on the Auersberg starts this mountain bike tour in the middle of the varied and impressive nature of the German / Czech border area. In the nature reserve Kleiner Kranichsee you will be impressed for the first time - such a high moor has a very special atmosphere and this is one of the most significant of the whole result. Shortly after you reach Johanngeorgenstadt, where you pass the border to the Czech Republic and cycle through Potůčky (to Breitenbach in German).Before that, you still have the opportunity to make a stop at the "Glöckl" mine, which is pretty cool. Because here you not only look, here you slip yourself into the role of the miner and experience first-hand what it meant to reduce the coveted ores.Slowly but surely the long ascent to the Plattenberg begins along the Schwarzwasser. However, the valley through which you drive is so beautiful that you almost forget that it has not been downhill for a while. Once at the top, you should definitely visit the "wolf or ice ping", also a relic of mining, today a very impressive natural monument.An increase is still in front of you. The driveway to the 1028 meter high Plešivec (Plessberg) is only moderately, but towards the end, always steeper. Once at the top, a lookout tower and above all a wonderfully located mountain hotel, which is completely geared towards bikers, are waiting for you.
A lot of Czech meters are waiting for you on this sporty tour. Three times today you are at over 1000 meters altitude. Let's start on the Plessberg with a single trail, which is considered one of the steepest and stoniest of the Stoneman round.At Marianska, a high meadow awaits you with the best view of the sparsely populated Chesho part of the Erzgebirge. On the following descent you can again gather forces for the Uphill to Keilberg, Czech Klínovec, the highest elevation of the Ore Mountains with 1243.7 meters altitude. The work will be easy for you, because it leads you through the Trail Park Klínovec and comes up with fun, flowing singletrack on you, which let you forget a bit far, that you just about 600 meters in altitude to swallow.Once at the top you have, as so often on the Stoneman round, an awesome view and the opportunity to fortify yourself with a snack before continuing on to the famous Czech winter sports resort of Boží Dar. One last short climb and you reach the Fichtelberg. Thus you crack on this tour also the highest German mountain of the Erzgebirge at 1214.79 meters altitude. The descent through the old bobsleigh track down to the village, which you already drove on the first leg of this collection, you have earned absolutely.