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Don't forget your crampons – a high-altitude hike around flat Leipzig

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Don't forget your crampons – a high-altitude hike around flat Leipzig

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Have you climbed enough peaks in the Alps already? Have you already explored the Black Forest, Harz, and Thuringian Forest? How about a few high-altitude hikes around Leipzig? Sorry – high-altitude hikes around Leipzig? But it’s flat? Well, in this Collection, we present 10 particularly beautiful Tours that take you surprisingly high in this flat region. After all, we don’t always have to conquer 3,000-metre (9,842 feet) peaks, right? When you climb the Colm, the highest peak in North Saxony, you exceed the 300-metre (984 feet) mark – so don’t forget your crampons! Acclimatization, alpine experience, or altitude sickness medication are also essential. Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a little. Ambitious and aspiring mountaineers will nonetheless get their money’s worth.

The varied hikes in this Collection lead through wonderful nature to fairytale castles and palaces. As you would expect from a high-altitude hike, you'll also pass by some magnificent vantage points, hard-earned with a sweaty ascent. You can conveniently reach all 10 hikes from Leipzig either by car or public transport. They’re perfect getaways to swap the hustle and bustle of the city for relaxed nature and fresh mountain air. You can hike around the idyllic Kriebstein Dam, trace the Freiberg and Zwickau Mulde rivers, discover the unique Porphyry Land Geopark and follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther. It’s up to you to decide what you feel like doing and which peaks you want to climb.

The region around Leipzig, the most populous city in Saxony, offers heaps of hiking fun for spontaneous short trips or longer hiking days. Discover the underestimated heights of the lowlands and collect metres of elevation gain. If you don’t have crampons, not to worry, you can still roam up into airy heights. Let’s be honest, the hills around Leipzig have one ultimate goal – to offer you the best view.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:42
    8.17 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    One mountain range follows the next, full of distant views and almost 300 steep meters of altitude that have to be climbed. The Waldheimer Höhenrundweg is not for flat-country Tyroleans: On the twelve-kilometer hike, you exceed the 250 meter mark - take a deep breath. Acclimatization is not yet necessary, but some provisions in your backpack would not be a bad thing. So the deserved views can be enjoyed even better.The high-altitude tour starts in the center of Waldheim. Right at the beginning you can expect a crisp ascent up to the Schillerhöhe, perfect to get your circulation going. It continues at the height until you then descend again to the banks of the Zschopau. You cross the river and scramble uphill again on the other side - afterwards you are sure to have fantastic views of Waldheim.In a varied up and down, you continue to hike along the edge of the city and enjoy wonderful views again and again. Perfect to take a break and enjoy the panorama you deserve. Shortly before the end of your hike, it goes downhill again to the banks of the Zschopau and along the water back to your starting point. How about a cozy stop at the Gasthaus Ratskeller at the end of your high-altitude tour?

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    Intermediate
    04:07
    9.55 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Zugspitze, Brocken, Feldberg, Collm. The 312 meter high summit doesn't have to hide behind its bigger brothers. After all, the mountain is the highest point in the North Saxon region and can be seen from afar. An ascent is practically a must for all Saxon summiteers. This good 15 kilometers takes you from Wermsdorf up to the lofty heights, a magnificent panorama is guaranteed for you.The circular hike starts at Hubertusburg Castle in Wermsdorf. You leave the place and soon dive into the dense Wermsdorf forest. After just under five kilometers you will reach the Silbersee, which is perfect for a leisurely rest - ideally to be enjoyed with your own provisions.You will need the strengthening, because now the ascent to the Collm begins. The uphill path is short and (relatively) crisp. However, once you have mastered the strenuous part, you can first take a breather and enjoy the view. The panorama from the 18-meter-high Albert Tower is even more beautiful, the additional meters of altitude are absolutely worth it.After you have enjoyed the view extensively, it goes through the forest back to Wermsdorf. At the end of your high-altitude tour, it is worth taking a tour of the stately hunting lodge, one of the most magnificent country castles in Europe, by the way. Thanks to its location right next to the forest, the castle was once a popular starting point for the electoral hunting trips of August the Strong.

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    11.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Martin Luther is not necessarily known as a passionate mountaineer, but you can still get high on the Luther Trail. The pilgrimage from Worms in Hesse to Wartburg near Eisenach is around 400 kilometers long, on this section from Mügeln to Leisnig you will discover a good 18 kilometers of it. The tour starts at the church in Mügeln. You can travel to Leipzig in a relaxed manner by public transport. To do this, take the train to Oschatz and change to the bus there for the last part.To get in the mood for your tour, it is worth taking a walk through the historic downtown of Mügeln. Then you leave the city and hike in an exciting up and down through the beautiful landscape, through lush orchards and small villages. Enjoy the peace and quiet, leave your everyday stress behind and just wander your mind. And by the way, there is still another 250 meters to master - so lace your hiking boots tightly.The destination of this stage on the Luther Trail is the stately Mildenstein Castle in Leisnig. The fortress is the oldest castle in Saxony, you can find out more about its history on a guided tour through the stately complex or in the museum. At the end of your hiking day, you can treat yourself to some refreshment in Leisnig before you get back on the train.

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    Intermediate
    01:38
    3.62 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    A stately castle, a rustic beer garden and, to top it off, a boat trip. The almost six-kilometer hike around the Kriebstein dam awaits you with a lot of variety - and at least 100 meters of altitude around the flat bank. The circular hike starts at the large car park at the Kriebstein dam.Shortly afterwards you will reach Kriebstein Castle, Saxony's most beautiful knight's castle and a popular sight. The fortress towers impressively above the Zschopau, a visit to the castle is definitely worthwhile. The view of the wild and romantic river valley and further on to the dam is terrific. On your further way along the water you will also have great views of the 34 meter high dam wall.The damming of the Zschopau is used for power generation, shipping, fishing and recreational activities. You will always find beautiful resting places and bathing spots along the shore. So don't forget your bathing suit on a beautiful summer's day. After the demanding high-altitude hike through the hilly surrounding area, a refreshing cooling off is more than convenient.On the last part of your tour, you can put your feet up confidently, with the ferry you take the ferry from the Erlebach pier back to the Kriebstein harbor. Perfect for enjoying the dam, including the dam, from a new perspective and for enjoying a cozy spot from the ship for the rest of the day.

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    Intermediate
    03:15
    7.29 mi
    2.2 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The National Geopark Porphyrland near Rochlitz includes one of the largest volcanic areas in Europe from ancient times. Reason enough to explore the unique landscape with its volcanic rocks, so-called porphyries, on this geo-route. The starting point of the almost 12-kilometer round is at the Petrikirche in Rochlitz. Look forward to an educational hike through the exciting landscape. You have to master one or the other ascent, after all, you are hiking over extinct volcanoes.Around 290 million years ago there were explosive volcanic eruptions of gigantic proportions in the area of today's Porphyrland Geopark. An event that can still be proven in today's rock. Along the geo-route through the area, you will learn more about the special features of the geopark and the various volcanic sediments. Rochlitz is known for the reddish Rochlitz porphyry, which was once used for bridges, window and door frames.But the path is not only educational, on the way you can also enjoy the wonderful nature extensively. How about, for example, a picnic on the banks of the Biesern sand pit? Just pack some provisions in your rucksack, choose a nice seat and let your gaze wander over the water. From here it is not far back to the starting point.However, you still have to master the 200 meter high Junkerberg before you arrive back in Rochlitz. At the end of your tour, it is worth visiting the pretty castle and taking a walk through the tranquil town on the banks of the Zwickauer Mulde.

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    Intermediate
    04:30
    10.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Almost 17 kilometers, a few meters of altitude to be mastered and a lot of nature enjoyment - an altitude tour like something out of a picture book. The Colditzer circular hike offers you a lot of hiking fun and variety around the city on the Zwickauer Mulde. It starts in the center of Colditz on the market square.At the beginning you hike straight uphill - first to the magnificent Colditz Castle and then past the former zoo. There are still a few meters to climb until you have arrived in the district of Zschadraß and have earned a long break. In a wide arc you then hike downhill again over an open area to Podelwitz on the banks of the Freiberger Mulde. Definitely take a look at the pretty moated castle in town.You cross the river, walk a little further through the forest and then reach Sermuth. The Zwickau and Freiberger Mulde merge here, and you can watch it wonderfully from a small headland - and plan a small picnic in the meadow.The path leads you along the Zwickauer Mulde for a while before you tackle the last few meters for today. On the Schönbacher Weg you walk at the edge of the forest and shortly afterwards over a meadow over the last elevation, before you see the houses of Colditz again in front of you. In the center of the village you can look for a cozy place for a well-deserved stop.

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    Intermediate
    01:58
    4.40 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This seven-kilometer geo-route takes you on idyllic forest trails past the disused Löbenberg quarry and the partially active Zinkenberg quarry. The tour starts at the Steinarbeiterhaus museum in Hohburg. A visit to the museum is the perfect introduction (or rather the perfect end) to your hike through the Porphyrland Geopark.During the Permian era, around 290 million years ago, explosive volcanic eruptions of gigantic proportions resulted in numerous rock deposits in the region. The amount of so-called volcanic ejecta is one of the largest, world-famous events of this kind. Along the way, information boards tell you more about the interesting history of the Geopark's origins.You are mainly out and about in the forest, so the tour is especially nice on a summer day. In the cool shade, you can easily handle the 130 meters of altitude. The highlights along the way are the two quarries - one has been closed for over 60 years, the other is still partially active. Both count as contemporary witnesses of the industrial stone mining in the area and literally offer you deep insights into the geological peculiarities.

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    Intermediate
    03:35
    8.24 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In a varied up and down this 13-kilometer circular route takes you from Leising to Bruch monastery and back again. You can expect idyllic nature, an impressive monastery and lots of hiking fun along the Freiberg Mulde. Your hike starts at the parking lot at the Stadtbad in Leising. If you arrive by train, you can of course start the tour right from the train station.You leave the city and cross the Freiberger Mulde. It is worthwhile to turn around every now and then and enjoy the view of the stately Mildenstein Castle, which towers over Leising. The path continues along the riverbank until you reach the Cistercian monastery of Buch. During a guided tour you can learn more about the long history of the monastery complex.Then you cross the Freiberg Mulde one more time and make your way back. Back to Leisnig, however, there are still a few meters to overcome, after all, the place is a bit higher. As an experienced mountaineer, however, you will quickly overcome the difference in altitude and at the end of your tour you can stroll across the nicely designed market square.

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    Difficult
    05:47
    13.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Luther Trail is a 400-kilometer pilgrimage route that leads from Worms in Hesse to the Wartburg near Eisenach. The individual stages of the long-distance hiking trail are also perfect as day tours, for example the 21-kilometer hike from Leisnig to Döbeln. You walk along the banks of the Freiberger Mulde through the Eichgrund and the beautiful landscape of the Saxon Burgenland. Altogether, the entire long-distance hiking trail adds up to 4,727 meters in altitude, 260 you will conquer on today's high-altitude hike.The tour starts in the center of Leisnig, about an hour's train ride from Leipzig. On the first half of the hike you can prepare yourself for some scrambling, after all, the vertical meters have to be earned. Right at the beginning you hike up the Schlossberg to stately Mildenstein Castle. In a varied up and down, you continue through the picturesque forest and past the Bruch monastery. If you want to see the former Saxon Cistercian monastery up close, then the detour over the Freiberg Mulde is worthwhile.You will soon have completed the challenging part of the hike, the terrain is flatter - enough mountain air breathed for today. You walk along the banks of the Freiberg Mulde, into which the Zschopau soon flows. You continue to follow the river on its journey through the Saxon Burgenland until you reach the idyllic town of Döbeln, the goal of this stage on the Luther Trail.At the end of your round, you can reward yourself with coffee and cake in the Boot City (record for the world's largest boot) before you get back on the train.

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    Intermediate
    03:23
    7.90 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The green city of Döbeln is definitely still an insider tip among mountain enthusiasts. On this almost 13-kilometer hike you hike over promising heights and through valleys around Döbeln. Look forward to lots of nature experiences and fantastic views. Just as it should be for a high-altitude hike.The tour starts at the main train station in town. With the regional train you need a good hour from Leipzig to the starting point. Right at the beginning you will understand why Döbeln is also called the green city. The Bürgergarten and the expansive meadows along the Freiberg Mulde offer a wonderful change from the hustle and bustle of the city.But don't worry, you can get high on the high-altitude tour. A total of 160 meters in altitude has to be mastered. You climb up to 250 meters in altitude and, if you want to climb the Holländer Tower, add another 30 meters in the vertical. So your calf power is in demand. In return, you can treat yourself to an extra large piece of cake in the lively city center of Döbeln before you get back on the train to Leipzig.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    84.4 mi
  • Duration
    36:49 h
  • Elevation
    6,175 ft
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Don't forget your crampons – a high-altitude hike around flat Leipzig