Arrive early today in the university town of Jena. Look forward to the beautiful market ensemble, the Zeiss Planetarium worth seeing and Schiller's Garden House. You will find history, art and culture right on your arrival day. Rental bikes are available at the hotel.
Your first stage takes you to Saalfeld past the Thuringian farmhouses, one of the oldest folklore open-air museums on German soil. Near Saalfeld you have the opportunity to visit the famous fairy grotto. Return to Jena individually by train (ticket not included).
The day of the castles! The three Dornburg castles 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, discover the proud castles of Saaleck and Rudelsburg. After a worthwhile break, you roll past Schulpforta and along the first vineyards of the Saale-Unstrut region to Naumburg.
Through beautiful riverside forests and meadows, follow the meanders of the Saale to Weißenfels to Neu-Augustusburg Castle and Bad Dürrenberg. Marvel at the 850 m long graduation house, the longest in Europe! The highlight of your cycling day is in Merseburg. The many-towered cathedral-castle ensemble with its castle garden rises imposingly above the Saale. Continue cycling through the Saale floodplains to the over 1,000-year-old saline city of Halle, whose old town, almost unscathed by the war, is now one of the largest area monuments in Germany!
Behind Halle, the cycle path enters the enchanting world of the lower Saale valley. This archaeologically, geologically and ecologically significant landscape is a nature park absolutely worth seeing and a scenic attraction. The cycle path winds through the Saale meadows, modern foot and cycle bridges lead to pretty villages and to Bernburg, probably the most beautiful town on the Saale.
A wonderful day of cycling to the mouth of the Elbe lies ahead of you. Let your soul dangle once more. Floodplain forests, unspoilt nature, quiet country lanes and small ferries will delight you. The journey continues on the right bank of the Elbe via Dornburg and Pretzien. A well-maintained cycle path leads you through the Kreuzhorst nature reserve, which lies just before Magdeburg, the destination of today's tour. Among the sights worth seeing here are the cathedral, the monastery of Our Lady and the Magdeburg Rider. If you want to arrive faster in Mageburg or shorten the stage, you can shorten a part of the route individually by train (not included).
Today after breakfast your beautiful journey ends in Magdeburg. From here you have the best train connections in all directions.
Prices / Dates
Services / Infos
- Accommodation incl. breakfast
- Room with shower/bath/WC
- Luggage transport
- Detailed route description
- Map of bike trails with marked route
- Tips for tour preparation
- Touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about the cycle tour on the Saale Cycle Route. If you have any further questions about this tour, just give us a call: Tel.: 06421 - 886890.
Parking facilities at the arrival hotel
Our partner hotels in Jena offer parking facilities for the entire duration of your cycle tour, advance reservation is not possible. Parking fees are approx. 6.00 € per day and vehicle for overnight stays, each additional day approx. 10.00 € per day, payable on site.
You will receive detailed information on the parking facilities at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of the tour.
Arrival by train
Jena is easy to reach by train from all major cities in Germany. Current timetable information and price information can be found very conveniently at www.bahn.de.
Available rental bikes
8-speed bikes (women and men) with hub gears and 24-speed bikes (women and men) with derailleur gears are available.
The electric bikes are available with freewheel and coaster.
Return journey to the starting hotel
It is possible to return to Jena by transfer with a minibus (with bicycle transport trailer). The driver comes to your hotel and has room for you, your luggage and, if necessary, your private bike. He drives you back to your starting hotel and thus ensures a perfect return service without annoying transfers or lugging of luggage. Price on request.
7 day hotline service
If the bicycle chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your journey or other nasty surprises await you: We are available for you 7 days a week and will organise help as quickly as possible.
Extra costs that are not included in the tour price
Any tourism tax that may be incurred is not part of the tour price and must therefore be paid at the hotel on site. In addition, the train journeys from Saalfeld to Jena and to shorten the route to Mageburg are to be paid locally.
The use of rental bikes during extra nights is possible for an extra charge. Please make this request known when booking.
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.
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.