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Saale cycle path

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SAA 02
7 days / 6 nights
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The most beautiful thing the Saale has to offer are the castles along your route. From the source to the mouth, they stand in close succession on both sides of the Saale like hardly any other German river. Old Thuringian towns such as Saalfeld and Rudolstadt lie on its banks. Not only poets like Goethe raved about the old university town of Jena, which is picturesquely embedded in the Saale valley. The Saale-Unstrut wine-growing region around Naumburg is now very popular among connoisseurs.

The Giebichenstein Castle in Halle an der Saale

On their own. In addition to the German Optical Museum, the old university town awaits you with a lot of things worth seeing about the city, its history and culture.

Overnight stay in Jena.

The cycle path leads in Heinrich-Heine-Park past the Thuringian farmhouses, one of the oldest folklore open-air museums on German soil. The tour leads along the Saalebahn away from the streets. Shortly before arriving in Saalfeld, cross the Saale bridge.
In Saalfeld there is an opportunity to visit the fairy grotto. Return journey by train on your own.

Overnight stay like the day before in Jena.

The three Dornburg castles greet you from afar. The ascent to Dornburg to the castles offers a fantastic view. Where the Ilm flows into the Saale, the castles of Saaleck and Rudelsburg come into view. A historic town center awaits you in Naumburg.

Overnight stay in Naumburg.

This section leads through beautiful alluvial forests. The adornment of the town of Weißenfels is Neu-Augustusburg Castle. One of the highlights of Bad Dürrenberg is the graduation tower. The imposing Merseburg Castle (own management), which together with the cathedral as "Merseburg City Crown" is probably one of the most beautiful city views ever. Halle, the more than 1.000-year-old saline city, is home to Giebichenstein Castle and Moritzburg Castle. You should definitely visit the Halloren and Saline Museum (on your own).

Overnight stay in Halle.

You drive through the Brachwitz Alps, which are part of the "Unteres Saaletal" nature park. A foot and cycle path bridge leads over to the pretty village of Gröna. The destination is the former royal seat of Bernburg. The Renaissance castle welcomes you. The old town of Bernburg is also worth seeing.

Overnight stay in Bernburg.

Numerous cultural sites are along the way. Worth mentioning is the castle and monastery church of St. Marien and St. Cyprian in Nienburg. You drive past several Saale crossings with ferries, untouched nature and on quiet country lanes to Barby, where the Saale flows into the Elbe. Continue to Schoenebeck. Part of the route can be shortened by train on your own.

Overnight stay in Magdeburg.

After breakfast, departure on your own or with an extension.

  • 6 nights in the booked category, including breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (9am-18pm)
  • 7 days service hotline
  • 1 x per room travel documents (DE)
  • GPS data on request
Price in € per person * Cat I
Double room including breakfast €539
Single room including breakfast €779

Seasonal prices

From 13.05.2023/23.09.2023 to XNUMX

  • €100,00 surcharge in Cat. I

Rental bikes

  • Rental bike with luggage bag - €80,00
  • Electric rental bike (ladies) with 2 luggage bags - €160,00

Additional services

    Child discount

    Children up to 4 years

    • Fixed price for children of €10,00 per child and per night

    From 5 to 15 years applies:

    • With 2 full-paying adults, 1 child aged 5-15 years in the adult’s double room (extra bed) has a 40% discount (category I and category II)
    • With 2 full-paying adults, 1-2 children aged 5-15 in an extra room have a 15% discount (Cat. I and Cat. II)
    • With 1 full-paying adult, 1 child aged 5-15 years in the same double room as the adult has a 15% discount (Cat. I and Cat. II)

    From the age of 16 applies:

    • as an extra bed, max. 1 person in a double room has a 10% discount

    group discounts

    When 5 people or more are traveling together. A group discount will be given in the following periods.
    Further information and the discount scale can be found under Offers > Group discounts.


    • From 30.04.2022/24.09.2023 to XNUMX

    4,5 / 5 Stars (14 Verified Ratings)

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    Saale cycle path

    Positive: Beautiful landscape, very good hotels, many castles and palaces on the way or nearby. Well signposted, tour dates fit perfectly. Very well organized, negative: many castles and palaces can only be visited from the outside, daily stages are very long distances, few places to stop for refreshments.
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    SAA 02
    4,5 / 5 stars
    (14 Verified Reviews)

    Saale cycle path

    7 days
    Overnight stays
    6 nights
    Overnight stays
    about 277 - 297 km

    Castles, palaces and glorious history

    Every Saturday from April 15 to October 07, 2023 (special dates possible for 4 or more people)

    Price in € per person * 2023 Cat I
    Double room including breakfast €539
    Single room including breakfast €779

    Attention: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

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    Train: to Jena train station / from Magdeburg main train station or Schönebeck train station


    • Hotel parking approx. 3 €/day, each additional day 8 € OR free public parking (no guarantee, no pre-reservation possible.)
    • More parking at www.parkopedia.de

    Return transfer Magdeburg - Jena: from €69,00 per person with luggage | Bringing your own bike €10,00 per bike

    Hotel examples - hotel may vary - all rooms with shower/toilet or bath/toilet

    Category I = comfort

    These are middle-class hotels or guesthouses with mostly 3*** stars, rarely 2** stars (according to DEHOGA) or comparable, which offer comfortable rooms, a decent breakfast buffet and a cozy atmosphere. They are mostly in a central location.




    Hotel Black Bear 

    Category I = Hotel Schwarzer Bär


    Halle ad Saale

    Apart Hotel Hall 
    Category I = Apart Hotel Hall 


    Intercity Hotel Magdeburg 
    Category I = InterCity Hotel 


    Not included: Cultural tax, bed tax, arrival and departure, transfers, excursions, entrance and sightseeing fees, city maps, ferry fees, insurance, tips and personal expenses

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