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Fantastic panoramas and fast trails – Feen-Bike-Paradies Saalfeld MTB centre

Saalfelder Feengrotten, Foto: Andreas Albrecht

Fantastic panoramas and fast trails – Feen-Bike-Paradies Saalfeld MTB centre

Mountain Biking Collection by SaalfelderFeengrotten

16

Tours

58:12 h

427 mi

41,625 ft

It’s common knowledge that you can find speedy descents and great panoramas in the Alps. But, did you know that Thuringia is also a real MTB paradise? Between the cities of Saalfeld, Rudolstadt and Bad Blankenburg in south-eastern Thuringia, you’ll find breathtaking scenery, dizzying heights, river valleys, forests and lake landscapes/ The trails take you through dense woodland and almost fjord-like nature along the Saale River. The Thuringia countryside, culture, and endless sky will stay in your memory for many years to come.

Whether you are a professional or beginner, there are many possibilities for mountain bikers in FEEN-Bike-Paradies Saalfeld MTB centre. In this collection, we present six Tours in detail. Ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging, you ride on gravel paths, over roots, and along single trails as you explore the beautiful nature in Thuringian Forest. The Tours are between 30 to 50 kilometres (18.6 to 31 miles) with up to 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) of elevation gain. Your calves will have a good workout in Saalfeld.

Wonderful views over the Saale River, which is dammed in Hohenwarte and Leibis, accompany you on all of the Tours. At 413 kilometres (1,354 feet), the river is the second-longest tributary of the Elbe River, after the Moldau. The Saale winds its way through gently rolling, forested hills. It’s easy to imagine you’re in Canada on this stretch of the Saale; the landscape is very similar.

Highlights include the 482-metre (1,581-feet) Kulm, a hill which is the starting point for a series of adrenaline-packed trails, the Hallelujah Hut with its cosy atmosphere, the zig-zag trail at Heinberg and the Hohenwarte dam. You can relax on the Saale beach in Remschütz or in one of the beautiful restaurants in Saalfeld’s historic half-timbered town centre.

Saalfeld is also famous for its Fairy Grottoes, which were created from a disused mine. The Fairy Grottoes are known as the most colourful in the world thanks to their stalactites. Curious? Then it's time to head off to the beautiful Thuringian countryside in the green heart of Germany! Discover your own personal highlights and enjoy wonderful views from the Saalfeld Trails.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:22
    22.2 mi
    6.6 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,425 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The tour of the many beautiful views around the still secret mountain bike paradise in south-east Thuringia begins with the ascent to Eyba via Fuchsturm. This continues on the route, which now leads to the idyllic village of Lositz via rarely used, scenic paths.

    

    A highlight of the tour is the Hallelujah

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    24.9 mi
    6.8 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is packed with highlights around the Saale valley. The route leads over the Rote Berg with fantastic views along the Saale arches above Kaulsdorf. From Kamsdorf you follow the dreamy valley of the Wutsche to the vicinity of its source at Gosswitz.

    

    Soon you will reach Gustavs Ruh, one of the

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  • Intermediate
    03:44
    26.5 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The tour options on the Kulm, whose striking, white Kulmberghaus is an eye-catcher in the Saale Valley, are very diverse. This is due to the dense network of trails, which are frequented by hikers, especially on weekends. That demands a lot of consideration. Alternatively, you can also do the tour during

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    26.9 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this tour you will explore the surrounding area in the city triangle of Saalfeld, Rudolstadt and Bad Blankenburg. Crunchy climbs, exciting root trails and great views await you.

    

    The journey on the Saale Cycle Path starts at the caravan parking lot next to the Saalfeld outdoor pool and is a relaxed

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  • Difficult
    02:55
    21.4 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Like all MTB tours around Saalfeld, this tour scores with panoramas. This time with the highlight Eisenberg, the highest point in the immediate vicinity of Saalfeld. The summit cross is unique in the region. The tour is just right for you if you enjoy single trails with tight switchbacks.

    

    You can find

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  • Difficult
    05:00
    32.7 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,650 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this round tour you drive on an impressive route through the mountains and valleys around the Saalfelder Höhe with fantastic views of the Leibis-Lichte dam, the Thuringian slate mountains and the Franconian Forest.

    

    After the start of the tour and leaving the Saalfeld urban area near Garnsdorf, the

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    25.5 mi
    8.2 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this varied tour to Heidecksburg and Marienturm you can enjoy great views of the region and do something for your calf muscles on the side. With 600 meters of altitude to be overcome, you know what you've done in the evening. Your tour starts in Saalfeld and initially runs along the beautiful Saale

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  • Intermediate
    04:24
    34.9 mi
    7.9 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour combines regional cultural highlights with sporty trails in the forests around Saalfeld - at a crisp 900 meters of altitude. You start in Saalfeld and drive along the Saale in the direction of the Remschützer Sandberge, which were used to mine sand and sandstone in the 19th and 20th centuries

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  • Difficult
    04:20
    31.1 mi
    7.2 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this tour you will explore the idyllic Schwarzatal with delightful mountain and valley trips, which add up through a rapid up and down of 1,000 meters of altitude. You start in Saalfeld and drive along the Saale to Schwarza and via Bad Blankenburg into the Schwarzatal. And off you go: steeply uphill

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    24.7 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Today it will be educational, because on your tour you will drive past a sunken village and experience the origin of hydropower on the Saale - and at the end a sweet surprise. With an altitude of 750 meters, the area around Saalfeld shows you once again that you can cycle uphill not only in the Alps

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    37.0 mi
    7.3 mph
    3,950 ft
    3,975 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour attracts with regional insider tips and unique panoramas - and a crisp 1,190 meters of altitude. But as the saying goes: Nothing comes from nothing. Tight legs and great views need to be earned. From Saalfeld your route first leads via Bad Blankenburg into the Schwarzatal.

    From here you continue

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    14.8 mi
    7.2 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This time it doesn't go that high - you conquer 490 meters in altitude from the Saale valley to the heights of the fairy grotto town of Saalfeld. The tour starts in Saalfeld towards Obernitz, past the chocolate factory with factory outlet and the National Geotope Bohlenwand.

    Now it gets tough: There

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  • Difficult
    04:23
    28.7 mi
    6.6 mph
    3,625 ft
    3,625 ft
    Ferry
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    And watch out: the local bikers have chosen this tour as one of the best and most beautiful tours in Thuringia! On the round trip around the Hohenwartestausee you can enjoy unique panoramas and exciting trails. With an altitude of around 1,100 meters, the tour is particularly suitable for ambitious amateur

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  • Difficult
    03:37
    28.1 mi
    7.8 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Great views of the Saale and exciting highlights such as the Saalleiten and Sandberge accompany you on your tour. You start in Saalfeld and drive over the Zeiss Bridge on the bike path to Röblitz. Before the tour branches off towards Uhlstädter Heide, you will see Ranis Castle on the horizon. A very

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  • Difficult
    02:47
    18.0 mi
    6.5 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour is short, but no less demanding - and just the thing for experienced mountain bikers who like to ride trails and a few meters in altitude - 620 in number, spread over just 29 kilometers. It starts in Saalfeld and initially to Remschütz. Over a sandy and rooted ascent, it goes past the Remsch

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  • Intermediate
    03:15
    30.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,525 ft
    3,575 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour from Neuhaus am Rennweg down to the Schwarzatal to Saalfeld is particularly suitable for a family excursion. There are numerous rest areas and shelters for breaks along the route and the paths are easy to drive on. The tour starts at the train station in Neuhaus am Rennweg.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    427 mi
  • Duration
    58:12 h
  • Elevation
    41,625 ft

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