Saxony’s natural wonders are no less fascinating than its art treasures. Scenic landscapes whet visitors’ appetite for hiking tours full of adventure. Be it the fascinating Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Zittau Mountains, Ore Mountains or the Vogtland: these regions offer great variety for hiking enthusiasts.
Hiking is a pleasure – and a question of quality
Getting away from it all, with a good pair of shoes and fresh air in one’s lungs – hiking is relaxation for mind, body and soul – in a gentle sort of way. The perfect scenario is when hikers are rewarded with fantastic views, beautiful paths and inspiring encounters along the way. Seven of Saxony’s numerous hiking trails are certified “quality German hiking trails“. They are the Ore Mountains-Vogtland Kammweg, Vogtland Panorama Weg, Elsterperlenweg, Klingenthaler Höhensteig-Rundweg and Talsperrenweg Zeulenroda in Vogtland, Heide Biber Tour through Dahlener and Dübener Heide and Oberlausitzer Bergweg.
Hiking across a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Along its 285 kilometres, the Ore Mountains-Vogtland Kammweg is a challenging hiking trail that boasts unique natural beauty on either side of the Czech-German border. The path runs from the Eastern Ore Mountains via the Vogtland’s Musikwinkel region to Thuringia. It leads through the heart of the Ore Mountains with its mountain villages, historical mines, museums and famous crafts spanning 800 years of mining. There is also much to explore in the way of culinary delights. “Glück auf!“ is a friendly welcome that reflects the genuine warmth of the Ore Mountain locals. By the way, visitors here find themselves in the Ore Mountain/Krušnohoří Mining Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Exploring an Intangible Cultural Heritage Site
Covering 228 kilometres, the Vogtland Panorama Weg impresses visitors with over 80 breathtaking panoramic views. The Göltzschtal Viaduct, the world’s largest red-brick viaduct, is surely one of its most spectacular highlights. Those visiting the Vogtland’s Musikwinkel can find out why it is famous for musical instruments. String instruments are not the only ones to have been painstakingly handmade for centuries between the towns of Markneukirchen, Schöneck and Klingenthal. Wind and brass instruments are made here, too. They are part of the intangible cultural heritage of a region that boasts a concentration and range of instrument makers unmatched anywhere in the world.
Hiking in Germany’s smallest highland region
Cutting across Saxony’s south-eastern corner is the Oberlausitzer Bergweg. Anyone hiking in this region bordering Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic can conquer long-extinct volcanoes including the Valtenberg, Bieleboh, Kottmar and Lausche. Picturesque villages exhibit the long-standing, unique tradition of Upper Lusatian houses.
The Malerweg and Weinwanderweg
One of Germany’s most popular hiking trails is the Malerweg that crosses the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The National Park Saxon Switzerland is known as one of Europe’s most spectacular natural landscapes, full of ravines and peaks. Only a half-hour drive from Dresden, this is where visitors can marvel at Germany’s unique national park with its famous table mountains, mysterious hollows and bizarre rock formations. Another hiking trail of impressive beauty is the Sächsische Weinwanderweg which runs along Saxony’s wine region in the Elbe valley, crossing vineyards with their pleasant wine cellars, with picturesque lookouts as well as small castles, museums and churches that are well worth a visit.
Note: Saxony is the official culture partner of ITB Berlin NOW 2021. At the virtual platform from 9 to 12 March, those keen to delve into the world of Saxony’s cultural attractions should visit the Kultur-Café, which will feature interviews, videos, classical and modern music and presentations.
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