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Vast forests & pretty lakes – discovering Leipzig’s surroundings on foot

Tobias Tullius

Vast forests & pretty lakes – discovering Leipzig’s surroundings on foot

Hiking Collection by Leipzig Travel

8

Tours

34:18 h

81.6 mi

3,150 ft

Leipzig, the largest city in Saxony in eastern Germany, has a lot to offer. Here, you can look back on more than 1,000 years of history, explore the city’s diverse cultural landscape, and enjoy beautiful nature. With the White Elster River flowing through its heart, Leipzig also boasts a beautiful forest that stretches from south to north through the city.

Outside of the city, there is also a lot to discover. South of Leipzig, the vast Leipziger Neuseenland, former open-cast mines that have been turned into a wonderful lake district whilst to the north and east of the city, you can find extensive hiking trails through thick forests. In this Collection, we’ve put together some great hikes around Leipzig so you can explore all the city and its surroundings have to offer for yourself. In the evening, after your hike, you can take a stroll through Leipzig’s charming old town to round off your adventure.

In the far north-east of Leipzig, you can enjoy the Dübener Heide forest as you hike from the villages of Bad Düben to Bad Schmiedeberg. On the way, you can explore a moated castle, sculpture park, beaver dams, and pine trees that are as tall as buildings. At the Werbeliner See lake to the north of Leipzig, you can gaze in awe at the clear waters and see how far rocky boulders moved during the Ice Age. You can also visit one of the largest bucket-wheel excavators in the world – a testament to the region’s open-cast mining history.

The lake landscape around Lake Kulkwitz and Lake Störmthal is also characterised by the area’s mining legacy. Here, you can visit huge machines as well as nature reserves which are home to diverse birdlife. Don’t forget to pack your swimming gear for your hike. There are lots of small sandy beaches to stop off and the water in the lakes is excellent quality.

On the Mulde Valley hiking trail, around Kriebstein municipality and the villages of Grimma and Höfgen, you can discover medieval history at impressive castles, stone towers, magnificent palaces, and romantic Renaissance buildings.

Most of the hikes are round trips, so you can choose where you start and end. The hikes are also easy to reach with public transport from Leipzig. So, get out of the city and into Leipzig’s beautiful Neuseenland and surrounding landscapes.

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    Difficult
    07:52
    18.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    775 ft
    725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The semi-natural heather beaver tour is a tough one with around 30 kilometers. You will be rewarded with a wonderful hike on which the forest and open heathland alternate and …

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  • Difficult
    06:39
    16.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This sweeping, 25 km long loop takes you around the entire Lake Störmthal. With its crystal-clear water, small sandy beaches and the impressive mining technology park, you embark on a …

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  • Intermediate
    04:39
    10.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    525 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Muldental hiking trail from Rochlitz to Sermuth you will get plenty of culture and history on almost 18 kilometers. One castle chases the next on the tour, but …

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    9.50 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Wonderful, quiet bathing bays, relaxed riverside paths and imposing relics from the brown coal and ice ages make this 15-kilometer circular hike around the Werbeliner See a great experience.The …

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    4.73 mi
    2.2 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.

    Water, forest and an imposing castle await you on the seven and a half kilometer circular hike around Kriebstein. The varied tour is crowned with a boat trip over the …

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    7.03 mi
    2.4 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    You will get plenty of culture and nature on this relaxed circular tour of over eleven kilometers. On your way from Grimma via Höfgen and Nimbschen, you will be accompanied …

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  • Easy
    01:54
    4.64 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With the Kulkwitzer See you circle one of the older lakes of the Leipzig New Zealand. It was released as a local recreation area in the 1970s and today enchants …

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    9.98 mi
    2.4 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With varied forests, natural forest paths and countless ponds and ponds, the Dahlen Heath is a wonderful hiking paradise just outside Leipzig. On our circular hike, we take you around …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    81.6 mi
  • Duration
    34:18 h
  • Elevation
    3,150 ft
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Vast forests & pretty lakes – discovering Leipzig’s surroundings on foot