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Cycling holiday on the Saale Cycle Path

Stately castles, romantic river valleys and a glass of wine every now and then: Cycle along the Saale on one of the most beautiful river cycle paths in Germany. The Saale Cycle Path guides cyclists from the Saale source in Upper Franconia up to Jerichow country on the Elbe and is perfect for anyone who loves variety. Here you meet Alluvial forests worth seeing, narrow gorges, quiet country lanes, picturesque reservoirs and above all a lot of culture and history - so get on the saddle!


  • Total length around 400 kilometers
  • many cultural monuments such as palaces, castles and ruins along the cycle path
  • on the way in the northernmost wine region of Europe: Saale/Unstrut
  • one of the most varied river bike paths in Germany
  • suitable for families

Further information about the Saale cycle path, such as the duration, excursion tips, stages and the route can be found on our website Information page about the Saale cycle path.

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Popular bike tours on the Saale bike path

The highlights of your Saale bike tour

The popular cycling tours along the Saale Valley are characterized by numerous highlights and sights. With us you will find the most beautiful and popular tours with which you can discover the most tranquil places - holidays you will fall in love with!

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Bike tour from Jena to Magdeburg

Starting point of your dream bike tour from the university town to the “Ottostadt” Magdeburg is the picturesque Jena. Here we recommend you one Visit to the German Optical Museum, because in the Cradle of optical research in Europe such a visit is simply part of it.

On your first stage you cycle into das idyllic Saalfeld, cross the Saale bridge and explore the Heinrich Heine Park. Very close by is with the Thuringian farmhouses one of the oldest open-air museums in Germany. So how about a short stop before you continue to follow the Saale Cycle Path to Naumburg the next day? Along the way you will discover the three Dornburg castles and in the City of Naumburg Once arrived, it is worth taking a stroll through the historic city center.

The Giebichenstein Castle in Halle an der Saale

The next few days you to Halle and Bernburg cycle, are filled with one highlight after the other: the impressive Merseburg Castle, the Giebichenstein Castle at Halle or the old one Renaissance castle in Bernburg with the nearby old town. But there are also other highlights between Bernburg and Magdeburg! Untouched nature and quiet country lanes await you on your tour to Barby, where the Saale flows into the Elbe very close by. are you in Magdeburg arrived, our recommendation is clear: that Otto Guericke Museum. Optionally, if you wish, we can offer you an extended stay in Magdeburg in order to explore this traditional city more extensively!

Wonderful star tour near Naumburg

Explore on this unforgettable Star tour near Naumburg the dreamy landscapes of the region for five days. After your arrival in Naumburg on your own is worth a City strollto deal directly with the picturesque streets of the historic old town before you set off on your first tour the next day. This is entirely dedicated to that wine and the castles in the Unstrut valley. Here you cycle into the Wine-growing town of Freyburg and visit regional wineries – also those of the well-known brand “Little Red Riding Hood”. The local winegrowers simply know how to impress with their fantastic products - and best of all with a view to that stunning wine country.

Naumburg: View of the vineyard and Freyburg

You start the next stage with one Train ride to Dornburg. Here you will find in the middle of the spacious vineyards three fairytale castles with a history of more than 800 years: that Old Castle, Rococo castle with integrated porcelain collection as well as that Renaissance castle, whose palace gardens were already raved about by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. After you have visited the impressive buildings, you will cycle back to Naumburg and pass the towns along the way Saaleck and Bad Kosen.

Your last star tour takes you to Weimar. To do this, you cross Bad Kösen again and leave the Saale-Unstrut area. Along the tributary Ilm the stream will take you to the "Goethe-Schiller-City" Weimar. There are many awaiting you there historical sights and places of remembrance, such as the Goethe-Schiller Monument or the Buchenwald Memorial. Fascinated by the city's eventful history, you cycle back to Naumburg, where we would be happy to book you an extended stay if you wish.

Double star tour near Weimar and Naumburg

Discover with our eight-day Double Star Tour Weimar-Naumburg its general most beautiful places in the Saale-Unstrut region and pay a visit to Erfurt on a relaxing day trip. This is the starting point of your dream vacation tranquil Naumburg, from where you start your first leg freyburg cycle - always along the babbling Unstrut! Once there, visit local wineries as well as those of the nationwide known Rotkäppchen winery.

In the midst of vineyards, your cycle tour along the Saale will take you to the three Dornburg castles, which embody more than 800 years of regional history.

View of Jena at sunset

Especially that Renaissance castle stabs here with his spectacular castle garden out, which already cast a spell over Goethe. On the following day you cycle via the brine bath in Bad Kösen to Weimar, where your second stopover is. On the way you have the opportunity to stop at Apolda in one of the numerous wine bars and beer gardens to rest in the region. Arrived in Weimar have you a Day off and enough time to get to know the city with all its culture and history in detail. The history of the city is largely due to this Works of Goethe and Schiller as well as marked by the influence of the Bauhaus – the countless sights really know how to convince.

Your next stage takes you to the Spa town of Bad Berka, where you are in the famous medicinal springs relax before you drive back to Weimar and that Belvedere Palace view. The fantastic castle park as well as the attached Orangery invite you to linger. You look forward to the next day with great anticipation, when you set out for Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia.

Erfurt can be reached quickly by train and offers numerous highlights. In particular, we recommend one Visit to the Erfurt Cathedral with the one right next to it Severi Church as well as the Kramer Bridge, the longest continuously built bridge in Europe. Here you will discover cafes and restaurants as well as numerous shops where you will surely find one or the other souvenir for you and your loved ones. The best: With the bike you can reach all places worth seeing in no time at all.

After your return to Weimar you will of course have one Option to extend, which we would be happy to book for you on request.

Additional services included - for a relaxed Saale bike tour

With our exclusive bike tours we offer you convenient additional services at no extra cost to make your stay as pleasant as possible. We take care of your physical, physical and mental well-being and ensure that you experience an unforgettable holiday.

Comfortable accommodation on the Saale cycle path

All hotels are clean and well-groomed and have one shower or bath. In all accommodation you will receive a rich breakfast. So you start the day well nourished and can look forward to your daily excursions.

Bei allen Hotels erhalten Sie ein reichhaltiges Frühstück.
All hotels offer a rich breakfast.

Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

So that you can travel freely throughout the day, we transport your luggage from hotel to hotel. So you don't have to worry and enjoy the fantastically beautiful nature in all ease.

Wir transportieren Ihr Gepäck jeden Tag von Hotel zu Hotel.
We transport your luggage from hotel to hotel every day.

Individual cycle tour along the Saale Cycle Path

All bike tours are individual trips without a guide. So you have no stress and cycle the stages at your own pace. Take breaks according to your taste. This gives you the opportunity to stay longer in certain places and to stroll through the numerous towns. Enjoy your bike tour to the fullest!

Travel documents with tips for daily planning

In our extensive travel documents you will find detailed suggestions and tips for planning the day. Of course, you can also completely deviate from it and plan something of your own. The only important thing is that you arrive at your destination or your accommodation in the evening.

Sie erhalten umfangreiche Reiseunterlagen zu jeder gebuchten Reise.
You will receive comprehensive travel documents for every trip booked.

Rent bikes and on the spot in case of breakdown

Of course you have the possibility Bicycles and e-bikes can be rented from us for a fee. In the event of a flat tire or other complications, we are always happy to help and advise you. You can reach us via our service hotline + 49 (0) 3831 30676-0.

Reifenpanne mit unseren geliehen Fahrrädern? Wir helfen Ihnen gerne weiter!
Flat tire with our borrowed bikes? We're here to help!

Bike rental young and young at heart

The Saale cycle path is well developed and uniformly signposted. Nevertheless, the Saale cycle path is considered a demanding cycle path. However, this profile is mainly attributed to him because of the first stages. Directly after the source of the Saale in the Fichtelgebirge, it goes through hilly terrain, through gorges and over peaks. In the further course, above all from Saalfeld, but it is only possible over rolling hills. That's why we only offer our cycle tours from there. That makes our offer is particularly pleasant and relaxing for beginners and cyclists - also for big and small!

In addition, we offer you Rental bikes and pedelecs for hire at. This is how we design yours Cycling holidays as pleasant as possible, because you don't have to worry about your personal bike either when you arrive or at the end of your holiday.

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Detailed information material for your dream vacation

So that you optimally prepared for your bike tour on the Saale cycle path We provide you with extensive information material. In addition to a detailed Map of the region you will receive one from us distance table for the individual sections. so you have at a glance how long you need for the routes. The times are rounded and refer to one Average speed of 15 kilometers per hour.

Cities and towns along the bike tour on the Saales

Apolda, Bad Berka, Bad Kösen, Bad Sulza, Bernburg, Dornburg, Erfurt, Freyburg, Halle an der Saale, Jena, Magdeburg, Mellingen, Merseburg, Naumburg, Saalfeld, Weimar

grüne Karte des Saales Radwegs von Saalfeld nach Schönebeck
Route of the Saale


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Saale cycle path

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 like Saalfeld and…

Duration
7 days
Length
approx. 277 - 297 km
travel code
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Star tour in the Saale-Unstrut wine-growing region

This traditional Saale-Unstrut wine-growing region is located at the beginning of the romantic Saale Valley around Naumburg and on the slopes of the Unstrut near Freyburg. Many cities and places are interesting because of their history, but also because they…

Duration
5 days
Length
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travel code
ST SAA03

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Double Star Tour Naumburg – Weimar

Follow in the footsteps of poets and thinkers along the Saale and Unstrut. On your bike tour you will discover many castles and palaces, after all there is more than 800 years of history in the area. For wine lovers, the…

Duration
8 days
Length
approx. 150 - 200 km
travel code
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Star tours around Weimar

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Duration
6 days
Length
about 235 km
travel code
ST SAA04

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