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Hiking in Leipzig and its Surrounding Region

"Rund-um-Leipzig" Hiking Trail

On the outskirts of the city, you will find the hiking trail known as "Rund-um-Leipzig". It is some 80 km long and takes you in a big loop that circles the city. It leads along the shores of Lake Cospuden and Lake Kulkwitz, through one of the largest floodplain forests in Germany, past the Exhibition Centre and parallel to the River Parthe back towards the town of Markkleeberg.

If this sounds a bit too far, there is no need to worry! There are plenty of bus, tram and suburban railway stops along the route, which make it easy to break your hike up into smaller stages.

Heide Biber Trail – Great for Kids

Are you planning a day out hiking with the family but you don't know where would be best for the kids? Let us tell you about the Heide Biber Trail across the Düben Heath! One section of it was designed especially for children. Just follow the mascot, Billi Bockert from Bad Düben through the forests and open heath landscapes and spend a day together in the countryside! If you're lucky, your little ones may even discover signs of beavers in the form of dams or gnawed-off tree trunks.

If you prefer to rely on public transport for the return journey, we recommend shortening the walk to about eight kilometres and hopping on the Bad Düben PlusBus 232 in Tornau.

Should you be out and about withoutkids in tow, then you may want to take on the full 30 kilometres of this premium-grade hiking route all the way to Bad Schmiedeberg. Be sure to leave yourselves plenty of time (8 or more hours) and bring plenty of provisions along on the journey.

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A Hike With a View

Another beautiful countryside hiking trail takes you to Wermsdorf through Wermsdorf Forest. This circular walk with its many lakes and ponds is regarded as one of the most popular destinations for hiking and day trips in the Leipzig region. In 2018, Wermsdorf was even named "Waldgebiet des Jahres" (forest area of the year). Still not convinced? Maybe the 1,000-year-old lime tree in the small village of Collm will do the trick? If not, the view from the Collmberg, the highest hill in the region at 314 metres and part of the hiking path, certainly will! If you climb the 99 steps to the viewing platform at the top of its Albert Tower, you will be rewarded with a view across the countryside. On a good day, you can even see as far as Leipzig with the Monument to the Battle of the Nations and City Tower, all the way to the ridge of the Ore Mountains and the castle at Augustusburg.

For a real highlight at the end of a successful day of hiking, we recommend visiting the restaurant at Hotel Seehof Döllnitzsee or the Seegasthof Horstsee. Bon appétit!

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Nature and Culture at Kriebstein Dam

Saxony's most beautiful knight's castle – Kriebstein Castle – is an absolute highlight in the Saxon Land of Castles and worth a visit in itself.

Moreover, you can combine the visit with a hike along the beautiful Kriebstein Reservoir. From the harbour, a seven-kilometre circular route leads you over forestpaths and across the dam with its imposing walls to Erlebach. From there, you can take the ferry back to your departure point at Kriebstein Harbour.

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Mulde Valley Hiking Trail

The Mulde Valley Hiking Trail also offers a combination of nature and culture. Following the Freiberger and the combined Mulde rivers, you will hike through enchanting green floodplains with diverse flora and fauna. On both sides of the river, you will be surprised by the wealth of cultural and historical sights from old village centres and imposing fortresses to magnificent castles.

If you would like to see places such as Höfgen Holiday Village and the Nimbschen Monastery Ruins, then you should take the circular trail from Grimma. This popular hiking route also provides fabulous views of the beautiful river Mulde. Our favourite is from the Rabenstein viewing platform.

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Taking Giant Steps Around Döbeln (in Boots)

This circular trail will take you across Bärental valley and the Butterbüchse area, then up the Schillerhöhe and Geyersberg hills. You will navigate the heights and valleys around Döbeln and experience the impressive natural area on the outskirts of this green city. The two parks near the town centre, the Bürgergarten andKlosterwiesen are especially popular with visitors.

Finally, it's worth taking a stroll through the town centre. Döbeln is almost an island, bordered on two sides by arms of the Freiberger Mulde river and with the corresponding nickname of "Town on the Island". Today, freshly restored and beautiful to behold, it is connected via eight bridges to the rest of Döbeln that has spread across the "mainland".

Experience the nostalgic feeling of riding on the old-fashioned, authentically restored Döbeln Horse Tramway which is the only one of its kind in Germany. It takes you through the town centre on a stretch of track about 1 km long. In the Town Hall, you can see the symbol of Döbeln – the nearly 100-year-old Döbeln giant boot. High up in the tower and in the loft of Döbeln Town Hall, you can also immerse yourself in the town's 1,000 years of history. After walking around the Town Museum, the 40-metre tower at the Town Hall offers a sweeping view over the rooftops of this town on the river Mulde.

Things to Discover in the Countryside

The next hiking route takes you back to the countryside! At Lake Grabschütz, situated between Leipzig and Delitzsch, the wilderness is recapturing this former open-cast mining area in its own way. By 2025, it is expected to turn into a diverse landscape that offers habitats for numerous protected species of animals and plants and is listed as a European Bird Sanctuary.

At 18 information points along 7 kilometres of nature trail around the lake, you can learn all kinds of interesting facts about the landscape's history, geology and ecology as well as its flora and fauna. Telescopes at various locations offer you the opportunity to make your own observations.

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Following Luther's Trail

The Reformation Jubileeback in 2017 marked 500 years since the beginning of the Reformation. 

The Luther Trail in Saxony is a circular path that was created to commemorate the most important places and events of the Reformation. On a length of 550 kilometres, the trail links up the places where Luther and his fellow reformers worked. These include numerous historical buildings such as monasteries, churches and stately manors from various eras. The route can be split into several shorter and longer sections.

On this trail, you can find out everything you need to know about Martin Luther and the history of the Reformation.

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From Unusual to Quirky

The town of Eilenburg invites you to join its historic walking tour, "Camera Historica" for a trip back in time. Eleven information points with little "peep boxes" provide a glimpse of parts of the town from between around 1900 and 1940. Explanations are provided in addition to the visual images. The 2-hour camera tour takes you from the Mulde Bridge right through Eilenburg town centre to the foot of Castle Hill. It is also well worth climbing to the top of the hill! Not only for the wonderful view of the town, but also because the Lauschberg auditory sculpture will let you listen in on the secrets of the Heinzelmännchen (elves). … and if you look closely, you may also get a glimpse of the little people in other parts of Eilenburg…

If you sometimes can't see the woods for the trees, come and walk our Wood Trail. It really does go through the woods and look at the trees! In the village of Schmannewitz near Dahlen, our recommended route runs for three and a halfkilometres through the village and across Dahlen Heath with information on dendrological features such as the "Loving Oak" – entirely G-rated, of course.

And if you aren't familiar with the tricks of the Schildbürger pranksters, we also recommend a trip to Schildau. Detailed exhibits in the Schildbürger Museum tell of the pranks played by these extraordinary town residents and the funny things they did. The Prankster's Trail takes you to all the original locations. Don't forget to bring a spade and a sack so you can take home some rays of sunshine! ;)

Porphyr Educational Trail at Rochlitz Hill

Finally, we recommend the 2.7 kilometres of Porphyry Educational Trailat Rochlitz Hill. By the way, the hill has been classified as a "National Geotope". At 353 m above sea level, the red rocks of Rochlitz Hill are visible from every direction as the highest point between the Leipzig lowland area and the foothills of the Ore Mountains!

The trail itself takes you to selected interesting objects relating to the local red porphyry stone at Porphyrland Geopark. Along the trail, 15 information points supply interesting and surprising facts about the Rochlitz porphyry. Besides insights into the stone quarries and the lives of the stonemasons, the origins of Rochlitz Hill and its porphyry are also covered. Our brochure offers a preview of the education trail. It contains exciting information, insights and facts all about the hill and the education trail and will definitely leave you wanting more. Our tip: bring the brochure along on your hike to make sure you have all the information you need while you are there.

And what could top an educational excursion to Rochlitz Hill? Beautiful viewpoints, of course! You can enjoy fantastic views from the panoramic vantage point opposite the steps to the Türmerhaus restaurant, as well as from the Friedrich-August Tower.

No matter which route(s) you finally decide on, we hope you have lots of funhiking and exploring!

If you still have questions, please get in touch!
Leipzig Tourism and Marketing GmbH
Social Media Editor
Tel.: +49 (0)341 7104-340
Email: social.media@ltm-leipzig.de


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