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Ilmtal-Saale-Unstrut: 3 rivers round trip from Weimar

Culture in the city, countryside and river

7 Days / 6 Nights
individual tour
easy to moderate
659.00 €
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659.00 €

Discover on this round trip worth seeing castles, palaces, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Weimar the cradle of German culture, the optics and university city of Jena and the world famous Naumburg Cathedral. Enjoy hearty Thuringian cuisine, fine drops of Saale-Unstrut wines and marvel at the historic rooms of the Rotkäppchen sparkling wine cellars in Freyburg an der Unstrut. You will cycle along the Ilmtal and Unstrut cycle paths, follow the river Saale and the cycle path of the Thuringian city chain.

This trip is perfect for people who:

  • River fans: you'll get your money's worth on this trip!
  • City fans: Be enchanted by Weimar's romantic charm.
  • Romantics: The small towns and villages along the cycle route invite you to daydream.


Anna Amalia Library Weimar
The oval rococo hall, which extends over three floors, is world-famous. Since 1998, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the "Classical Weimar" ensemble.

Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar

Schiller House Weimar
Schiller and his family moved into the house in April 1802. The second floor was used for the family's living quarters and the bedrooms of Schiller's wife Charlotte and their daughters.


Zeiss Planetarium Jena
The Zeiss Planetarium in Jena is the world's oldest operating planetarium. It is a projection planetarium where the fixed stars and the planets are projected onto the inside of a white dome.

Zeiss-Planetarium Jena

The market place of Naumburg
The picturesque Naumburg marketplace forms the center of the former council town. The buildings around the market were built after the town fire in 1517.

Der Marktplatz Naumburg

Chimes in Apolda
Discover the tradition of bell foundries in Apolda. Throughout the city you will find carillons and, among other things, the replica of the main bell of Cologne Cathedral.

Glockenspiele in Apolda


Ilmtal-Saale-Unstrut: 3 rivers round trip from Weimar

easy to moderate
7 Days / 6 Nights
individual tour
659.00 €
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Welcome to Weimar - the city of poets and thinkers, Bauhaus architecture and the Weimar Republic. Enjoy the city of great minds. Here beats the heart of German culture. The greatest poet princes and composers, philosophers, architects and aesthetes were drawn here. Follow the traces of Goethe, Schiller and Herder, immerse yourself in the classical Weimar.

In the morning you take over your rented bikes and start the day idyllically. You cycle past Goethe's garden house through the park on the Ilm. At Mellingen you leave the Ilmtal cycle path and then cycle on the very well signposted cycle path Thüringer Städtekette to the optics and university town of Jena. Look forward to Jena, the beautiful market ensemble, the Zeiss Planetarium worth seeing and Schiller's birthplace. Enjoy the view over the city from the "JenTower" or the view into the stars in the oldest operating planetarium in the world.

The day of the castles! The three castles of Dornburg greet you from afar and you should definitely plan to visit them. A fantastic view, the Goethe memorial and the rose garden are unique. Where the Ilm flows into the Saale, you will discover the proud castles of Saaleck and Rudelsburg. After a worthwhile break, you will roll past Schulpforta and along the first vineyards of the Saale-Unstrut region to Naumburg.

The sparkling wine town of Freyburg, the pearl in the Unstrut valley, is the destination of your excursion today. In the morning you will take the regional train to Wangen an der Unstrut. From here you start your bike tour to Nebra, the place where the unique "Nebra Sky Disk" was found. Visit the multimedia visitor center, a unique presentation on the turbulent discovery history of the find awaits you. Then follow the Unstrut Cycle Path to Freyburg, where you can take part in a guided tour of the historic rooms of the Rotkäppchen sparkling wine cellars. You will cycle back through the charming landscape along the Unstrut River to Naumburg, where it flows into the Saale River. Look forward to picturesque wine terraces and the beautiful river valley of the Unstrut.

You cycle upstream in the direction of Bad Kösen with its famous graduation house. From Kleinheringen you continue along the Ilm back to Weimar.

On your last cycling day, you will make an excursion to Erfurt. You cycle along the Thuringian city chain and visit the Krämerbrücke, the Erfurt Cathedral and the fish market in Erfurt. Then you cycle back to Weimar. Alternatively, you can make the return trip by train (not included), then it is about 29 km cycling distance.

After 6 eventful days along the Ilm, Saale and Unstrut rivers, your bike tour ends today in Weimar. We will gladly book you additional nights in this interesting city.


Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR


All-carefree service

- Overnight stays with breakfast
- Room with bath/WC
- Luggage transport
- cycling map with marked route
- Digital route guidance via app
- Tips for trip preparation
- Tourist information
- 7-day hotline service

Things to know about your trip

Below you will find specific information about the Ilmtal-Saale-Unstrut bike tour. If you have any further questions about this trip, just give us a call: Tel.: 06421 - 886890.

Arrival by train

Weimar is easy to reach by train from all major cities in Germany. The best way to reach our partner hotels in Weimar from the train station is a short cab ride.

Current timetable information and prices can be found at www.bahn.de.


Available rental bikes

There is a choice of 7-speed or 27-speed bikes. Electric bikes can be booked on request.

Please note that if you book an extra night, the bikes will be provided in the morning after arrival for an extra charge or picked up at the end in the evening of the extra day.

Extra costs that are not included in the tour price

A possible tourism tax is not part of the tour price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel on site.

7 days hotline service

If the bicycle chain is broken, floods make the further journey impossible or other bad surprises are waiting for you: We are available for you 7 days a week and organize help as soon as possible.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

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