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Heaths & forests in the Leipzig Region

Dahlen Heath & Wermsdorf Woods

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The Dahlen Heath and the Wermsdorf Forest are two of the most impressive conservation areas in Saxony. Explore the north-western part of the Free State between the Elbe and Mulde rivers. You will find large forests, vast, slightly hilly to flat country as well as numerous ponds and lakes with a variety of flora and fauna. The deciduous and coniferous forests, extensive meadows and fertile fields offer the best opportunities for cyclists, walkers,water sports enthusiasts as well as riders and charabanc lovers to relax and unwind.

The Dahlen Heath and Wermsdorf Forest have been popular hunting areas since the beginning of the 16th century due to the high population of wild boar, fallow deer and red deer. August the Strong and the Saxon Court also appreciated this. Even today, hunters and visitors are enthralled every autumn when the bugles sounded the beginning of the St. Hubert's Day hunt. Game, like the local fish, is one of the culinary specialities of this travel landscape.

Enjoy the romantic charm of idyllic forest ponds and fragrant flower meadows. With a little luck you can observe rare water birds in the dense reed belt. Among the various ponds and lakes, is the large and well-known Horstsee in Wermsdorf.

Cosy guesthouses as well as numerous hotels, holiday homes and camping sites invite you to stay.

Düben Heath nature reserve

© Fouad Vollmer Werbeagentur

The Düben Heath nature reserve is very inviting with its numerous destinations for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The Nature Reserve was founded in 1992. The nearly 75,000-hectare area extends into the river landscape of the Mulde and Elbe over the two federal states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, and is said to be the largest continuous mixed forest area in central Germany.

Besides the rich fauna and virtually pristine flora, the Düben Heath has many other natural wonders to offer. Admire, for example, the Rote Ufer (Red Bank), which is adjacent to the district of Alaunwerk. The steep bank, which can reach a height of 15 metres, is named after deposits of leached alum earth, which was mined here from the 16th to 19th centuries. The wellspring, which is situated in the centre of the high forest, is a popular hiking destination for young and old. The water from this source is said to have a healing effect.

The beaver territory at Lutherstein or the old charcoal manufacturing site at Eisenhammerare also worth seeing. Whether you prefer a peaceful nature walk or an extensive hike – many signposted paths and trails lead you to the most charming corners of the region. 

There is also plenty to discover by bike - an approximately 500-km-long network of cycle paths will take you through villages with a rural flair. You can also experience the Düben Heath on horseback. And if you like things more relaxed, take a ride in a carriage or a charabanc.