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Saxon Wine Hiking Trail – Sample Excellent Wines on the Way

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  • / Weingut Hoflößnitz
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ATTENTION - STEP 6 (start/end): Until the end of 2020 the staircase to the Heinrichsburg in Seußlitz is closed due to construction work!

As an alternative access to the Saxon Wine Trail please use the Elbe Cycle Route from Seußlitz to Weingut Jan Ulrich and from there follow the original route to Löbsal etc. Or you can walk from Seußlitz along the forest road and the Seußlitzer Grund to the Radewitzer Straße (Gut Radewitz) and from there on "Am Brummochsenloch" to the Weingut Jan Ulrich, where you will find the original route Rtg.

 

The Saxon Wine Trail connects the pearls of the Dresden area along the river Elbe and leads to the most beautiful vineyards, viewpoints and wine cellars. The baroque and modern Dresden, the picturesque Pirna, the villa and garden city of Radebeul and the porcelain city of Meissen - these are just a few of the historically significant stages of the Saxon Wine Trail. Striking evidence of over 850 years of winegrowing in the Elbe Valley can be found, as well as modern wineries and cosy wine bars. Here you can taste the rare drops of more than 60 grape varieties - including Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, but also Traminer, Scheurebe and the Goldriesling, which is only grown here on the Elbe.

easy
88.6 km
32:00 h
1,344 m
1,321 m
Hiking from Pirna to Dresden, the hiking and wine lover will pass beautiful villas and magnificent castles. A detour into the old town of Dresden leads to the Zwinger, Semper Opera and Frauenkirche. In Radebeul the hiker should take time to visit the Saxon Wine Museum Hoflößnitz and the first adventure winery in Europe at Wackerbarth Castle. The journey continues to Meissen: the imposing castle hill with the cathedral and Albrechtsburg Castle can be seen from afar. The WineExperienceWorld of the Saxon Winegrowers' Cooperative Meissen offers extraordinary insights into the history and present of winegrowing. At the end of the hiking trail, the winegrowers and hosts of the numerous historic wine taverns in Diesbar-Seußlitz invite you to visit them.

 

The Saxon wine hiking trail is divided into 6 daily stages with an average of 15 to 18 km or 5 to 6 hours of walking per day.

 

The logo and marking sign of the Saxon Wine Trail is a red grape with a red S above it.

Author’s recommendation

 Tips:
  • Visit vineyards and cosy traditional wine inns along the route to sample Saxon wines.

  • Don’t miss magnificent vantage points in Pillnitz (“Leitenweg“) and Radebeul (“Spitzhaus“, “Wasserturm“, “Jakobstein/Sternwarte“, “Sörnewitz/Bosel“, “Meißen/Bennokanzel“, “Seußlitz/Heinrichsburg“) and enjoy Elbe valley views.

  • Go on a steamboat ride on the Elbe. Timetables: https://www.saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de/en/

  • Book tip: "Sächsischer Weinwanderweg" hiking guide (German only), published by Tourismusverband Sächsisches Elbland, EUR 4, order at Tourismusverband Sächsisches Elbland

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Updated: November 13, 2020

Start

Pirna (100 m)
Coordinates:
DD
51.240991, 13.415992
DMS
51°14'27.6"N 13°24'57.6"E
UTM
33U 389430 5677816
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Destination

Diesbar-Seußlitz

Turn-by-turn directions

The logo and marker of the Saxon Wine Trail is a red grape with a red S above it.

Route of the tour :

  1. Pirna - Dresden-Pillnitz (about 13 km)
  2. Dresden-Pillnitz - Dresden-Wild Man (approx. 18 km)
  3. Dresden-Wilder Mann - Radebeul-Zitzschewig (approx. 15 km)
  4. Radebeul-Zitzschewig - Oberau (about 14 k,)
  5. Oberau - Meissen (about 13 km)
  6. Meissen - Diesbar-Seußlitz ( about 16 km )

1st stage: From Pirna to Dresden-Pillnitz

Where once the first extensive vineyards appeared on the Elbe, the Saxon Wine Trail begins: in Pirna. Today, there are only small vineyards here, but there are numerous testimonies of the historical wine cultivation. Cultural highlights on the 1st stage of the wine hiking trail are the Richard Wagner memorials in Graupa as well as Pillnitz Castle and the vineyard church in the middle of the Pillnitz Royal Vineyard.

 

2nd stage: From Dresden-Pillnitz to Dresden-Wilder Mann

This stage runs on mainly asphalted roads with hardly any traffic and passes all the vineyards in the Dresden city area as well as stately villas and wine-growing related gems. Fantastic views of the Elbe valley, the Carl-Maria-von-Weber memorial, the Wachwitz Rhododendron Garden and the Dresden Elbe castles are definitely worth this "urban" section of the route.

 

3rd stage: From Dresden-Wilder Mann to Radebeul-Zitzschewig

One of the most beautiful sections of the wine trail begins in Radebeul: Lovingly renovated winegrowers' houses, small castles, the longest staircase in Saxony in the middle of the vineyards and the historic vineyard of the Hoflößnitz are true pearls along the way. Finally, Schloss Wackerbarth, the first adventure winery in Europe, invites you to events and daily guided tours.

 

NOTE to ETAPPE 3 - Eggersweg:

Due to the storm on Monday, August 10, 2020, various hiking trails have been damaged. The Eggersweg, for example, has also been washed out, but the stairs have not been affected. Until the city of Radebeul closes the wash-outs, please exercise the necessary caution on hiking trails.

 

4th stage: From Radebeul-Zitzschewig to Oberau

On this stage you will only pass a few vineyards in Coswig and Weinböhla, but instead you will see magnificent viewpoints - some of them from historic towers - on the Weinböhla heights. The Gellerthaus, Oberau Castle and Germany's oldest railroad station in Niederau are to be discovered as architectural highlights.

 

5th stage: From Oberau to Meißen

After passing through the village of Niederau with its small tower windmill and the Nassau landscape conservation area, one reaches the Spaargebirge, a mountain range between the wine village of Sörnewitz and Meissen. The hiking trail leads past vineyards, wineries and historical evidence of wine growing, but also to unique vantage points on the Elbe. Finally, you reach the wine and porcelain city of Meissen with the Wine Experience World of the Meissen Winegrowers' Cooperative.

 

Stage 6: From Meissen to Diesbar-Seußlitz

If you want to visit the historic old town, Albrechtsburg Castle and the cathedral or the world-famous porcelain factory, you have to change the Elbe side, because the wine trail stretches along the right side of the Elbe. The last stage is mainly above the vineyards. Proschwitz Castle, renovated pretty village churches and numerous wine taverns line the path, which also features a Bronze Age rampart and other panoramic views of the Elbe landscape. The picturesque Elbe wine village Diesbar-Seußlitz is the end of the Saxon wine trail.

 

ATTENTION - STEP 6 (start/end): Until the end of 2020 the staircase to the Heinrichsburg in Seußlitz is closed due to construction work!

 

As an alternative access to the Saxon Wine Hiking Trail, please use the Elbe Cycle Route from Seußlitz to Weingut Jan Ulrich and from there follow the original route to Löbsal etc. Or you can walk from Seußlitz along the forest road and the Seußlitzer Grund to the Radewitzer Straße (Gut Radewitz) and from there on "Am Brummochsenloch" to the Weingut Jan Ulrich, where you will find the original route Rtg.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

S-Bahn 1 from Dresden main station towards Pirna or Meißen via Radebeul, Coswig

Getting there

A 17 to Pirna

A4 to Meißen and Diesbar-Seußlitz up to Dresden Altstadt, then continue on B6.

Parking

Public and signposted car parks available at each destination along the route. Public and signposted car parks available at each destination along the route.

Coordinates

DD
51.240991, 13.415992
DMS
51°14'27.6"N 13°24'57.6"E
UTM
33U 389430 5677816
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

* 7-teiliges Wanderkartenset „Sächsischer Weinwanderweg“ (6,50 Euro) - Bestellung über den Buchhandel (ISBN 978-3-86843-124-7) oder über www.sachsen-kartographie.de (Karten-Shop, Wandertourenführer) oder über www.meierwerbung-dresden.de (Kartensets)

* Wander- und Radwanderkarte „Sachsischer Weinwanderweg“, Dr. Barthel Verlag (8,90 Euro) - Bestellung über den Buchhandel (ISBN 978-3-89591-227-6) oder über www.verlag-dr-barthel.de (Rad- und Wanderkarten, Zick-Zack-Faltung)

Equipment

Hiking shoes are recommended

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Sigrid Penz
August 26, 2018 · Community
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Radebeul-Weinberg, oberhalb der größten Treppenanlage Sachsens
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Simone Richter
November 16, 2010 · Community
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Completed this Route on November 14, 2010
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
88.6 km
Duration
32:00h
Ascent
1,344 m
Descent
1,321 m
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