Ancient trees in Saxony & Thuringia – hiking through forests with Krombacher

Hiking Collection by Krombacher

To your left a babbling brook and to the right a spring sprouts from the forest floor. You wonder what stories the ancient trees would tell if only they could talk. Welcome to the forest, home to diverse animal and plant species, and your personal space to recharge your batteries, unwind from everyday life, and be inspired. Of course, we are not just referring to any old forest, but the ancient trees and protected woodlands in Saxony and Thuringia. This Collection takes you through wild valleys and up panoramic peaks as you explore untouched forests in the east of Germany.

Surrounded by larch, beech, and pine trees, you will explore the region’s natural treasures on foot. The path leads between the trees to the shore of a beautiful lake and the occasional castle ruin. You will visit caves, beaver dams, impressive rock formations, and peaceful resting places with ancient trees accompanying you almost the entire way.

You can reach the starting points of the routes in this Collection by public transport so you can soak up the wonderful forest atmosphere without bringing your car. The Tours range in difficulty, but we recommend wearing sturdy shoes and bringing enough water and snacks for all routes.

Krombacher, one of the largest breweries in Germany, has been committed to the environment and conservation since 2002. Because we care so much about nature and forests, we want to encourage you to visit our favourite woodlands. After all, fresh forest air works wonders for your body and mind. We’ve selected beautiful walks through romantic, wild, and mystical forests in nine German federal states. For more inspiration, take a look here: komoot.de/user/krombacher.

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    01:29
    3.25 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A leisurely tour with numerous imposing rocks - that's the Katzenstein-Lochstein tour. Spread over a good five kilometers, some great rock formations, viewpoints and rest areas are waiting for you. Not to be forgotten, of course: the wonderful nature here in the beautiful Vogtland.It starts in Grünbach, from where you first hike in a leisurely march to the 732 meter high Wendelstein. This is the first stroke of your rock tour. The lion head follows, then wonderful views from the Katzenstein and the Lochstein.To get back to your starting point, you hike briefly along the train tracks, then through beautiful nature and past the Luisenfelsen. And if that is not enough, a short detour to the impressive Black Stone is recommended.

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    Difficult
    03:51
    7.50 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Get ready for the summit storm on this tour. On a section of the cross-border Elbe Sandstone Forest Trail, you go up to two proud plateaus - the 451-meter-high Papststein and the 440-meter-high Gohrischstein. Absolute surefootedness and a head for heights are essential for climbing. But first things first.It starts in beautiful Bad Schandau on the opposite side of the Elbe from the market square. You start the ascent via the Täppichtsteig. Through beautiful nature and past great views it goes up towards the Papststein. And you can reach it - after a few steps. The rocky summit offers you a wonderful panorama, but it is not the only one on this tour. Only about a kilometer (and a challenging climb) later, the imposing Gohrischstein also welcomes you.It’s not all over with the up and down of the tour. First down, then slightly uphill again to the light cave, where you can also pass the soapstone tunnel. And with the entry into the so-called "hell", which is actually a true natural idyll, it finally goes downhill and back to your starting point in Bad Schandau.

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    4.84 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you to the 1,214 meter high Fichtelberg, the highest mountain in the Free State of Saxony. To do this, set off for Oberwiesenthal and march right in the heart of the village.First to the market square, then via Vierenstraße you will soon reach the Waldeck. Here you turn into the Philosophenweg. It always takes you along the edge of the forest and over the two ski lifts, finally changes into the waterway that leads you to a small hut at the corner farmer. Now the final spurt is on the summit. So you have to be a little patient and challenge your condition.Then you stand at the top, at the (well-built) summit of the Fichtelberg. Here you will find the top station of the cable car, a peace bell and several beautiful hiking trails. A short rest pays off. And when you are ready, you only hike - except for a few short abbreviations - down the same path back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    04:28
    12.7 mi
    2.8 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Once around the Bleilochtalsperre you walk on this tour. Hikers and cyclists will get their money's worth on trails, forest and field paths, over bridges and past promising rest areas.The tour starts in the beautiful Thuringian Forest at the so-called Bridge of Peace, which leads you directly to Saalburg. From there it goes towards the dam. But you always keep to the water - if the path should fork, you take the variant that continues on the shore. Or just take a look at this card.So sooner or later you will reach the impressive dam, enjoy shortly (or longer) the wonderful view of Germany's largest reservoir, which - just like at all other viewpoints of the tour - is simply wonderful. Then you finish the round. As always, always along the water until you are finally back at your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:10
    4.98 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Pöhl dam and the wildly romantic Trieb Valley await you on this tour. You hike the beauty of the Vogtland over a good eight kilometers - and in the end a great place to stop for refreshments awaits you.It starts at the parking lot at the Gunzenberg campsite. From here you walk a bit along the waterfront, including past Germany's largest climbing forest. If you don't (yet) feel like swinging to dizzying heights, keep on walking - meanwhile on a hiking trail, which informs you about the construction of the dam and the sunken village of Pöhl on some display boards.And so it goes on, always following the white-red-white signposts, past the old walls of an over 3,000-year-old housing estate and finally down into the Trieb Valley, where the reservoir basin is also located. You can reach the wild and romantic valley via somewhat impassable steps, but you will love it for its beautiful nature and the amount of water that flows through it. At the point where the shoots and the White Elster flow together, and suddenly the impressive Elstertal Bridge appears in front of you, you turn and hike to the height of the first bridge arch, over the beautiful bridge and back down to the Elstertal.Up the river, sometimes over stony rocks, sometimes over lush meadows, you march on to the romantic Lochbauer. Take a break in the beer garden under the ancient chestnut trees - then a wooden bridge and the Gunzengraben valley will take you back to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    04:31
    12.3 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike takes you along a few beautiful kilometers of the Hohenwarte Stausee Weg in the Thuringian Forest. The whole loop is almost 75 kilometers long and leads its ambitious “visitors” through the largest contiguous reservoir area in Europe. With this tour, we want to give you a reliable foretaste of the dreamy villages and wildly romantic landscapes that she has in store - stage 1 from Wilhelmsdorf to the Hohenwarte dam.Wilhelmsdorf is your starting point. The small village is not far from the lake - at the latest when you reach the first section of forest and in the middle of it the moss house, you will see its blue waters for the first time. The Hohenwarte Reservoir is the fourth largest of its kind in Germany and one of the most beautiful relaxation areas ever. You first descend a steep stretch, then always along its banks towards the dam.You hike through beautiful countryside and past beautiful rest areas, where you can also treat yourself to one or the other cooling off. Finally, you will reach the dam, whose view of the water and the surrounding landscape will not leave you amazed. Then the same way takes you back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    04:29
    9.60 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Time for a little history, of course in connection with beautiful nature. The 72 km long long-distance hiking trail Saale-Horizontale leads strong-willed hikers across the Saale valley and back again. With this tour - and the first stage of the horizontal - we want to give you a small taste of it.It starts in Jena and directly at the first signs for the long-distance hiking trail. You hike steadily uphill on stone steps and forest paths and keep looking at the eastern parts of the city you just left behind. You are now standing in front of the Lobdeburg castle ruins, where you have earned a break at their beautiful rest areas. Then it goes up a little further, in many turns over the Johannisberg horizontal. You walk through magical black pine and beech forests and marvel at one or the other steeply sloping rock slope.Once you have reached the plateau of the Johannisberg and enjoyed the view, you will come to the lime tree and shortly afterwards to the Fürstenbrunnen. In the constant up and down and with a few amazing views you hike through the varied landscape to a rubble channel, called a student slide, the crossing of which requires some surefootedness and a head for heights. Then it goes along the rock and through a beech forest to the Ziegenhain valley with its stone cross.The tour ends here - you can descend to Ziegenhain and take bus number 16 and then tram number 5 back to your starting point.

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    Difficult
    07:53
    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 most beautiful natural pearls are often slumbering in nature reserves. This is why this tour takes you into the Düben Heath and across the beautiful Hammerbach Valley, where many hikers have been able to enjoy the rare sight of a beaver. In any case, however, its well thought-out buildings.The path in honor of the rodents begins in Bad Düben. Here you follow the signs to the north and dive shortly afterwards into the forest of the Dübener Heide nature park. He alternates here with a wonderful heath landscape.You hike through the varied nature reserve for a while, then you cross the L130 and you are right in the middle of the Hammerbach valley. Keep your eyes open, because this is where the cute rodents build their robust castles. In between, you come across a completely different building, the Reinharz moated castle with its small lake.Again through forest, then it goes south to the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower with a spectacular view of the Düben heath. Then you will reach Bad Schmiedeberg, the end point of your hike, along the moor adventure trail. From here you can take bus line 238 back to Bad Düben.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    73.9 mi
  • Duration
    31:48 h
  • Elevation
    7,650 ft