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Great places closer to home – nature and fun in the Dresden Elbland

Hiking Collection by Dresden Elbland

This year, we can’t travel far and wide for our holidays. Luckily, there is a lot to discover in Germany. “But, everything will be busy and crowded!”, we hear you say. Don’t worry, In Dresden Elbland, you can explore wonderful landscapes and cultural highlights in idllic peace. In this Collection, we present 12 beautiful walks through Dresden’s varied scenery, on which you can truly unwind an relax.

Hike along shaded paths through the wild Tharandt Forest, learn more about the history of the regio at fairytale castles, and discover try regional wines from this Saxon wine-growing region on a tasting. The Elbe meadow runs like a ribbon through the entire Dresden Elbland. With impressive gorges, peaceful lakes and magnificent vantage points, your hikes will be very special. As well as wonderful nature, you are, of course, guaranteed plenty of fun.

If you plan to spend several days in the region, Dresden is the perfect base camp for your trips. You can combine the idyll of nature with the flair of Dresden, the baroque pearl on the Elbe. All starting points are easy to reach with public transport. There is more information on how to get to and from the hikes in the individual stage descriptions.

Although Saxony may not be far away, it has wonderful nature and scenery to offer. You’ll be surprised by the variety that Elbland has to offer.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:46
    6.26 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This ten-kilometer circular hike takes you past the Elbe slopes covered with vines and to cozy broom inns. The region around Coswig looks back on 850 years of winegrowing. On the way, you have several options to enjoy a taste of the Saxon grape juice. The tour starts at the Spitzgrundteich near Coswig.Not only the wine has a long tradition in the region, the blue print is also an important craft that was once widespread in Saxony. In the Folprecht show workshop you can learn more about the dyeing process, which has been declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.Then the path leads you slightly uphill through the romantic landscape of the vines to the Wöhler broom shop above the Elbe valley, through the Rietzschkegrund and to the Rößler winery. From the viewpoint on the Zechstein you have a wonderful view over the Elbe valley.We continue past the Schuricht broom and along the Saxon Wine Trail to the Matyas winery. You hike the last section of the tour on a forest educational trail through the southern slopes of the Friedewald back to the starting point.You can reach this tour by public transport: just take the train from Dresden to Coswig. From there, either walk three kilometers through the village to the starting point or take bus lines 400 or 401 to the Spitzgrund.

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    Intermediate
    04:13
    9.78 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this 15 km long hike, it will be promising: You will pass several historic towers and castles along the way through the Elbland. You will be accompanied by the picturesque wine landscape. The hike starts at the train station in Niederau.After a dangling through Oberau and past the moated castle there, you turn onto the Saxon Wine Trail. You keep walking along the edge of the forest until you soon reach the first tower. At the waiting tower you can take a short break and enjoy the beautiful view over Weinböhla.The next tower is not long in coming: On the Schweizerhöhe stands the 20-meter-high King Albert Tower, which you can climb on Sundays and public holidays. And since all good things come in threes, the Peace Tower awaits you on another hill. You can also climb this and enjoy the view of the region.Past the Lauben Castle, the path leads you to the Spitzberg and finally down to the Spitzgrundteich, your destination. From here you can either walk another three kilometers to the train station in Coswig or you can take bus lines 400/401 to get to the train.

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    6.44 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 10 kilometer circular hike takes you past historic mills and through wildly romantic valleys. You walk along shady forest paths and past lush orchards - especially pleasant on a hot summer day. The tour starts at the ferry dock in Gauernitz.After visiting the oldest working model mill in Germany, the Schulze-Mühle, you hike through the Gauernitzbach valley comfortably upwards towards Röhrsdorf. Once in Röhrsdorf, it is worth taking a look at the baroque church. If your stomach grumbles, you will also find a place to stop here.Then you hike gently downhill through the beautiful Regenbach valley and back to the Elbe. On the way you pass the former Pinkowitzmühle, sweeping meadows and a romantic forest landscape. You will soon be back at the ferry dock and can make yourself comfortable at the end of the tour on the banks of the Elbe.How to get there: It is only a 15-minute walk from the train station in Coswig to the ferry in Kötitz. From there you can start your hike with a short crossing over the Elbe to Gauernitz.

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    Intermediate
    02:57
    7.10 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circular hike on the Königsweg combines the experience of a historical cultural landscape with the Moritzburg hunting lodge in the center and a surrounding varied pond and forest landscape, which was prized by the Saxon electors and kings. The route of the eleven kilometer route within the Moritzburg cultural landscape is easy, almost flat and barrier-free.At the beginning of the hike you can enjoy the splendor of the castle and pond. Immediately after leaving Moritzburg, the hike leads into the Friedewald, which was partially designed by the Saxon electors especially for hunting. The still existing system of aisles and avenues allows visitors to understand the extent of courtly hunts. Forests and ponds are embedded in a small dome landscape and are now declared a nature and bird sanctuary. The more than 25 ponds are connected by a sophisticated canal system and are exclusively fed by rainwater. Therefore, they are also known as sky ponds. On large parts of the hiking trail you can enjoy the idyllic tranquility of the pond and forest area, with a little luck you can even see sea eagles, great egrets and other rare animals. The hike then leads past mysterious traces of former game enclosures, such as stone walls, canals, aisles, cellars and ditches.In the last part of the hike, the Königsweg leads you into a landscaped garden with the pheasant castle, which is also known as "paradise in a nutshell" because of the complete court keeping in the smallest space. Built as a rococo-style summer castle on a hill, it forms a unique landscape ambience in conjunction with the lighthouse, harbor and large pond, which gives an idea of the opulent courtly celebrations celebrated here. Resting facilities still invite you to linger today.

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    Difficult
    02:55
    6.86 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This eleven kilometer long hike shows you the charming landscape around Coswig and Radebeul. The relaxed route leads you mostly through the forest, so you can do this hike well on a hot summer day. It starts at Lößnitzgrund at the Friedewald stop.The best way to get to the start of the tour is with the Lößnitzgrundbahn, also known as the Lößnitz Dachshund. The narrow-gauge railway steams from Radebeul, via Moritzburg to Radeburg and back. From the stopping point you hike a bit over the charming 13-bridge path to Lindenau, further to the water lily pond and over the fork path to the Hohen Stein. From the viewpoint you have a great view towards Meißen.We continue past the Moselle meadow to the Kreyern forest house. You then hike via the north path to the Fuchsberg and the 205-meter-high Spitzberg. From here it is only a stone's throw to the Spitzgrund pond, the destination of this hike. Either you extend the tour by three kilometers to the train station in Coswig or you take the bus (400/401) to get to the train.

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    Difficult
    07:25
    17.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    650 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Are you ready for the big round through the Friedewald near Moritzburg? This 28 kilometer circular hike takes you through the charming landscape with its dense forests, pretty lakes and of course the famous Moritzburg Castle. The hike starts at the Spitzgrundteich near Coswig.Through the forest you hike to the Hohen Stein, from which you have a great view to Meißen. It continues on shady paths through the beautiful landscape, on the way you will always pass cozy rest areas. Then you cross the rails of the narrow-gauge railway and you will soon be in the spacious park of the castle in Moritzburg.The fairytale hunting lodge is located on a small island and is surrounded by a magnificent palace park. The castle is known, among other things, as a film set for the Christmas fairy tale “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella” from 1972. There is a museum in the baroque castle, and numerous events also take place.Through the forest you hike back to the Spitzgrund pond and close the loop there. You can get to the train station in Coswig by bus (400/401).

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    Difficult
    05:20
    13.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this almost 21 kilometer long hike you travel back in time: Walk in the baroque palace garden of the former imperial count August Christoph and get an idea of how the farmers used to live in the region. The varied tour starts at Großhain station, also called Cottbus station.You leave the place and meet the Great Röder at the castle mill in Walda. On the banks of the river you continue to walk to Zabeltitz Castle with its beautifully landscaped baroque garden. Romantic linden and chestnut avenues, lust forests and rondelles, sandstone sculptures and spacious water areas invite you to take a long break. Not far from the castle is the interesting farmers' museum, where you can learn more about life in the country.You then hike comfortably back to the starting point across an open meadow landscape and through Nasseböhla. In Grossenhain there are several places to stop before you get on the train again.

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    Difficult
    07:16
    16.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Tharandt forest is one of the most beautiful hiking areas in Saxony. He became known through the forester Heinrich Cotta, who founded the world-famous forestry school (today specializing in the TU Dresden) in 1811 and created the first forest botanical garden. Reason enough to get to know the forest better on this round of 26 kilometers.It starts at Roßäßlerbau in Tharandt, directly on campus. The first highlight is already in sight: the Ruin Tharandt. In a beautiful up and down you hike through the beautiful forest, make a stop at the porphyry fan and at the Jungfernloch and let this beautiful landscape work for you. On the way you will always come across some nice rest areas that invite you to take a break.Shortly before the end, you pay a visit to Heinrich Cotta's grave and stroll through the forest botanical garden. By the way, there is still a beautiful viewpoint with a view down into the valley through which the Wilde Weißeritz flows.In the village you will find several options for a final stop. You can easily reach Tharandt from Dresden with the S3.

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    Difficult
    03:13
    6.91 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Tharandt is only a short train ride from Dresden and a great starting point for hikes through the Elbland. For example, for this circular hike to the Devil's Pulpit. The round of eleven kilometers starts at the train station in Tharandt.The path leads you through the Weißeritztalhang nature reserve. The steep slopes, which are exposed in all directions, ensure a diverse vegetation. On the exciting Brüderweg you walk through this beautiful landscape, partly on narrow paths, partly over footbridges. On the way you always have a great view of the valley. A short detour to the oven rock is worthwhile, from here you have an even better view of the slopes.Then it goes downhill briefly, over the Wilde Weißeritz and along the banks of the Rote Weißeritz. Then the path turns right into the forest and in front of you is a small scramble tour up to the Teufelskanzel. After a short breather you leave the forest and hike through Somsdorf and across an open area towards Tharandt. Just before you walk down to the starting point, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city again.From Dresden Central Station you can reach Tharandt very quickly and relaxed with the S3.

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    Difficult
    01:55
    4.31 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Rote Weißeritz is your constant companion on this almost seven-kilometer hike. You will also hear the puffing of the Weißeritztalbahn that runs along the banks of the river. You can travel to the starting point of the circular hike with the narrow-gauge railway and take a look at the landscape through the compartment window. The tour can then begin in Rabenau.The path takes you through the picturesque Somsdorfer Klamm. Already in 1894, the homeland friends created a path through the wild and romantic gorge with several steps and wooden walkways. A wonderful section of the path with a short climbing passage up the sky ladder. Over the Rabenauer Grund it is then relaxed on the banks of the Weißeritz back to the starting point. You can stop off at the Rabenauer Mühle before getting back on the Weißeritztalbahn.If you want to travel by public transport, then take the S3 from Dresden to Freital and change there to the narrow-gauge railway. You can find the timetable and current prices here: weisseritztalbahn.com.

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    Intermediate
    02:50
    6.58 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this ten kilometer long hike you will learn a lot about the history of mining in the region and also enjoy wonderful views over the Elbe region. The round tour starts in Freital-Burgk.At the beginning of the hike you make a dangle to the Marienschacht in Bannewitz. The mine was in operation until shortly before reunification and was then closed. Today the building is used as an event location. Some information boards tell you more about coal mining in the region.Then the path leads you up to the Windberg. You first hike over the Little Windberg and from there you already have a great view of Freiberg. Then it continues to the actual viewpoint at 355 meters. On the summit plateau of the Windberg was once the Windberg shaft, the operation of which was stopped in 1881. After you have thoroughly enjoyed the view, you hike relaxed downhill again to the starting point of the tour.If you are traveling by public transport, the best way to get from Dresden is to take tram 3 to Coschütz. There you change to bus B towards Freital and get off at Burgker Straße.

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    Intermediate
    03:46
    8.53 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Do you feel like a nice round through the forest? Then this hike through the Tharandt forest is just right for you. On the almost 14-kilometer tour you walk on shady forest paths through the beautiful landscape and leave your everyday stress behind you at the starting point of the tour, in Mohorn-Grund.After just a few meters you will reach the first highlight of the route, the impressive porphyry fan, which was created thousands of years ago. Then the path climbs gently and takes you up to the Landberg - great views included. You continue hiking through the romantic forest and can take an extensive break at Jungfernloch. Breathe deeply in the fresh forest air and enjoy the sound of nature. You will reach your starting point in Grund faster than you would like.By the way, you can get to Mohorn-Grund directly from the main train station in Dresden by bus 333. Simply get off at the stop "Mohorn Abzw. Grund".

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    110 mi
  • Duration
    47:25 h
  • Elevation
    6,900 ft

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