At the Saale river’s light beach.
The Saale Bike Trail from Saalfeld to Magdeburg.
Your tour starts in Saalfeld and takes you along the beautiful banks of the Saale River, from the region of Thüringer Holzland to where the Saale meets the Elbe, and to Barby and Schönebeck. Highlights include the university town of Jena, Naumburg with its cathedral, the vineyard region of Saale-Unstrut, Halle an old Handel’s birthplace and of course Magdeburg. The 1200 year old capital city of Saxony-Anhalt, mentioned for the first time in an official document in 805, has become a cosmopolitan city whose rich and colourful past never fails to surprise visitors.
1. day Arriving in Saalfeld
Fee-paying parking facilities can be taken advantage of at the hotel, the bikes will be handed over in the next morning.
2. day Saalfeld - Jena 53 km
You will leave Saalfeld through one of its medieval city wall’s four gates and bike through Heinrich-Heine-Park past the Thuringian farmhouses, one of the oldest open-air museums on German ground. Looking forward to Jena you will be rewarded with the beautiful market ensemble, the really worthwhile Zeiss planetary, Schiller’s birth house and the Goethe memorial in the botanical gardens.
3. day Jena - Naumburg 45 km
Today will be dedicated to the castles! The three Dornburg castles, which you should plan on visiting, greet already from the distance. The fantastical view, the Goethe memorial and the rose garden are unique. At the confluence of Ilm and Saale you will discover the pride castles of Saaleck und Rudelsburg. After an unforgettable break you will pass Schulpforta and roll along the first vineyards of the Saale-Unstrut-region to Naumburg. There the historical city centre and the cathedral will put a spell upon you.
4. day Naumburg - Merseburg 40 km
Through the wonderful floodplain woods and meadows you will follow the winding river to Neu-Augustusburg and Bad Dürrenberg castle in Weißenfels. You will be amazed by the longest European salina measuring 850 metres in length! The highlight of your biking day lies in Merseburg. The ensemble of cathedral and castle with its numerous towers and its gardens thrones impressively above the river Saale.
5. day Merseburg - Halle 30 km
Today you will reach the 1.000-year-old salina town Halle after passing the flooding areas of the Saale river. The city centre of Halle has been left almost undamaged by the war and counts upon the biggest continuous memorials in Germany.
6. day Halle - Bernburg 57 km
Leaving Halle, the bike trail seems to dive into the charming landscape of the lower Saale valley. This archeologically, geologically and ecologically meaningful area is a national park absolutely worth seeing and an attraction by its landscape. The bike trail winds through the Saale’s floodplains, modern bridges accessible for pedestrians and bikers lead to the most delightful villages and the most beautiful town on the Saale: to Bernburg.
7. day Bernburg - Schönebeck 57 km
A magnificent biking day with the mouth of the Elbe for destination lies ahead of you. The landscape invites you to free your mind: floodplain woods, untouched nature, quiet paths through fields and small ferries will make this a perfect day!
8. day Schönebeck - Magdeburg app. 30 km
On the right side of the Elbe river, you will continue your bike trip to Pretzien via Dornburg. A well-paved bike trail leads you through the natural reserve Kreuzhorst, situated shortly before Magdeburg, today’s destination. Make sure to visit the Cathedral, the monastery as well as the Magdeburger Reiter.
9. day Departing from Magdeburg
Your bike trip ends here in Magdeburg.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
03.05. – 29.05.2020
06.09. – 19.09.2020
30.05. – 05.09.2020
bookable additional nights
- Special dates possible from at least 4 persons
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about the Saale bike trail. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Saalfeld, always provide good parking possibilities for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking available, a reservation is not possible. The parking fee at the hotel is 3.00 EUR for the overnight stay / 8.00 EUR for any other day per vehicle, payable locally. Detailed information on parking at the hotel booked for you, you will receive together with the travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Arrival by train
Saalfeld is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Saalfeld. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 8-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 24-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Transfer back in a comfortable minibus including bicycle and luggage capacity for 1 to 4 people respectively 5 to 7 persons (flat rate per bus). The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
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.
Saalfeld is the gateway to one of the most beautiful regions of Thuringia. History, art and culture amidst an impressive landscape promise relaxation and recreation.
Places to visit can be found at
On the edge of the Thuringian Schiefergebirge, miners made themselves many Centuries to dig for gold and silver. It was alum And Vitriol, which was raised here between 1530 and 1850 and called Gerbund Colorant. After the decommissioning of the mine. The grottoes in oblivion. It was only in 1914 that one discovered that in the Caves of the mine had formed multicolored dripstones and decided. This fascinating natural wonder accessible to a wide public do.
Discover the endless expanses of the universe, get to know foreign planets, or be in the middle of a furious music show. Experience the uniqueness of the Zeiss Planetarium Jena. Opened in 1926, the house is the most service-oriented planetarium in the world. With a completely new, in this form unique, laser dome coupling projection and knowledge transfer around the year are offered in the form of live lectures, children's programs, bullying, music lasershows and exclusive events.
House of Friedrich Schiller and Garden
The Jena years were among the most productive of his life. Nowhere else has Friedrich Schiller worked and lived as long as he did in Jena; And to no other place had he such a strong relationship.
Market square Naumburg
The picturesque Naumburg market square forms the center of the former council town. The buildings around the market were built according to the town fires.
Old Town Hall Merseburg
The northern part was rebuilt in 1478 on older remains. 1561 - 68, Nickel Hoffmann extended the southern part in Renaissance form.
Remarkable are the numerous bishop's crests on the facade of the town hall. It was not until 1692 that the Stadtwappen came last.
Founding years in Halle
Entire streets in the style of the founding years are as complete as in Halle nowhere else in Germany. Almost every one of the richly structured and elaborately decorated façades has recently been properly renovated. Now you can see and admire her old beauty.
Renaissance castle Bernburg
The Renaissance castle rises on high sandstone rocks on the eastern Saaleufer. It is the completely preserved residence and residential castle of the princes and later dukes of Anhalt Bernburg (1603 - 1863). In Anhalt the castle has the reputation of being the most beautiful and proud. A "Brandanburg" is mentioned for the first time in a donation certificate, Kaiser OTTO I., dated 29 June 961. At that time, it was an askan round-trip with a wall and moat. It is mentioned a second time in 1138 when it was burned in the course of disputes between Welfen and Staufen.
Castle in Barby
The most representative profane building in Barby is the two-storey baroque castle built between 1687 and 1715 under Duke Heinrich von Sachsen-Weißenfels, with a mansard roof in the Schlossstrasse.
The "Magdeburger Zwickmühle" is highly praised in the German-speaking area, and has been awarded many prizes. "Leipziger Löwenzahn", "Reinheimer Satirelöwe", Swiss cabaret award "Cornichon". "Political cabaret of the Magdeburger Zwickmühle: biting, critical, simply a pleasure."
In the heart of the inner city is the Alte Markt with the "Magdeburger Reiter" - a bronze copy of the first freestanding equestrian statue north of the Alps. Already around 1240 created, it presumably Emperor Otto I. dar.