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

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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. We 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, we 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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The stages of the Unstrut cycle path

  • Intermediate
    03:19
    57.1 km
    17.2 km/h
    210 m
    390 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport.

    On the first stage of the Unstrut cycle path, you drive from the source of the Unstrut in Kefferhausen to Bad Langensalza. It almost always goes downhill.To get to the starting point of the bike path, you take the best train to Silberhausen. From there it is about five kilometers to the Unstrutquelle, where the tour starts. So that you find the starting point quite easy, we have included the section from the station to the source in the stage. All you have to do is get off the train and start rocking.On the first 25 kilometers of the official cycle path you almost only roll downhill and drive along many sections directly along the Unstrut. You can marvel at the wooden sculptures on the shore between Dachrieden and Reiser. Halfway you reach Mühlhausen. The beautiful city in Thuringia invites you to rest, stroll and stop. Behind Mühlhausen the bike path leads on flat terrain to the stage destination Bad Langensalza.In the spa you can choose from various types of accommodation such as hotels, apartments and pensions to stay overnight. If you only want to drive this one stage, you can leave the station by train.

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    45.2 km
    17.2 km/h
    120 m
    170 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Bad Langensalza today it goes on largely flat 45 kilometers to Sömmerda. On the way you can look forward to beautiful nature along the river.The first part of the route will take you east. Right at the beginning of the cycle path meanders through a beautiful nature reserve directly along the Unstrut. Then the bike path leaves the riverbank and leads you across wide fields and small villages. From Haßleben it goes north. On the way to the stage destination Sömmerda you will pass the beautiful monastery of St. Wigberti.In Sömmerda there are numerous accommodations in all price ranges. If you only want to ride the bike up to here, you can just continue by train from Sömmerda.

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    52.8 km
    16.8 km/h
    120 m
    140 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, just under 53 almost completely flat kilometers are waiting for you to take you from Sömmerda to Roßleben.Immediately behind Sömmerada you can look forward to a particularly beautiful section of the Unstrut Cycle Path. On smooth asphalt you drive through a picturesque alley directly along the shore. After passing through several small towns, you will pass halfway along the impressive Wasserburg in Heldrungen. A few kilometers further north meets the cycle path at Artern back on the Unstrut and leads from there for the remaining 15 kilometers of the stage to Roßleben directly along the banks of the river.Roßleben is the stage destination of today's tour and offers you various accommodation options, including bike-friendly guesthouses. If you want to travel by public transport from Roßleben, you can take the bus to Nebra, where you have access to the rail network.

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    53.3 km
    17.2 km/h
    200 m
    220 m
    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, there are some highlights awaiting you on the 53 kilometer route from Roßleben to Naumburg. In addition, some small slopes on the otherwise rather flat track provide a pleasant change.Shallow hills line the beginning of the tour the valley of the Unstrut, through which the bike path leads. The wide green meadows and the untouched nature make the track a unique experience. In several loops, the cycle path along the Unstrut and brings you past highlights such as the monastery Memleben or the reliefs near Großjena. Shortly before the stage destination Naumburg, the Unstrut then flows into the Saale.On the way to Naumburg you cycle a few hundred meters next to the Saale, until you cross it to drive directly into the city. In Naumburg ends the four-day cycle tour through the beautiful Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, on which you have accompanied the Unstrut from the source to the mouth. To get back home from Naumburg, you can easily take the train from the station.

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