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Unstrut cycle path — 4 days through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt

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Unstrut cycle path — 4 days through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

2-4

days

3-6 h

/ day

129 mi

2,150 ft

3,000 ft

The Unstrut cycle path accompanies the Unstrut on its fascinating journey: From its source in Kefferhausen, the Unstrut meanders through picturesque countryside in beautiful nature reserves, past old monasteries and legendary castles. Idyllic towns such as Mühlhausen and Bad Langensalza lie on the river's way to Saxony-Anhalt, where it flows around lovely green hills and dreamy old vineyards before it flows into the Saale.

The Unstrut cycle path runs for about 200 kilometers (124 miles) in four stages from the source of the Unstrut near Kefferhausen in Thuringia to its mouth in the Saale near Naumburg in Saxony-Anhalt. Most of the time it goes downhill or it is mostly flat. I have put together a collection of rides alongside the Unstrut for you and divided the route into four stages of about 50 kilometers (31 miles) each. This way, you can ride each stage comfortable as part of a short holiday or over a long weekend.

The best way to reach the starting point of the Unstrut cycle path is by train, which will take you to Silberhausen. From there you can cycle to the source of the Unstrut, where the cycle path begins. To make it easy and convenient for you to find the starting point, I have included the route from the train station to the source in the first stage of this Collection. On the way along the route and at the finishes you have a wide range of accommodation options, including bike-friendly accommodation along the Unstrut cycle path. At the end of the ride in Naumburg, you will be connected to trains all over Germany and beyond, which will get you back home again after your adventure along the Unstrut.

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2,650 ft

Last updated: November 13, 2021

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The stages of the Unstrut cycle path

  • Intermediate
    03:15
    35.1 mi
    10.8 mph
    675 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the first stage of the Unstrut cycle path you cycle from the Unstrut spring in Kefferhausen to Bad Langensalza. It almost always goes downhill.

    

    The best way to get to the starting point of the cycle path is to take the train to Silberhausen. From there it is about five kilometers to the Unstrut spring

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    27.9 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Bad Langensalza today the route is largely flat 45 kilometers to Sömmerda. You can look forward to beautiful nature along the river on the way.

    

    The first part of the route takes you east. Right at the beginning, the bike path meanders through a beautiful nature reserve directly along the Unstrut

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    32.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    400 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today almost 53 almost completely flat kilometers are waiting for you, which will take you from Sömmerda to Roßleben.

    

    Right behind Sömmerda you can look forward to a particularly beautiful section of the Unstrut cycle path. On smooth asphalt you drive through a picturesque avenue right along the shore

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    33.1 mi
    10.7 mph
    650 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the last stage of the Unstrut cycle path, some highlights await you today, which you can admire on the 53 kilometer route from Roßleben to Naumburg. In addition, some small inclines on the otherwise rather flat route provide a pleasant change.

    

    At the beginning of the tour, shallow hills line the valley

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    129 mi
  • Duration
    12:04 h
  • Elevation
    2,150 ft3,000 ft

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