Saale Cycle Trail

    This approximately 198 kilometres long route of fascinating contrasts starts in Thuringia in Sparnberg or Blankenstein and takes you across the Bleiloch Dam Lake to Saalburg. The Fairytale Forest and summer toboggan run are extra special attractions for children. Burgk Castle, with its Silbermann organ, the Ziegenrück Hydroelectricity Museum and the Hohenwarte Dam are all stops on your route to Saalfeld. The Fairy Grottoes located there are the most colourful show grottoes in the world. Via Rudolstadt with Heidecksburg Castle and the “Saalemaxx” Leisure and Adventure Pool, you’ll then arrive in Uhlstädt, where you can visit the Museum of the History of Log Rafting on the Saale weir.

    The route then continues through the Saale valley via Jena and the Dornburg Castles as far as Camburg. In Kaatschen, there is a direct link to the Ilm Valley Cycle Trail and in Blankenstein to the Rennsteig Cycle Trail. The Thuringian section of the cycle trail includes mountain regions with some steep ascents and descents and is suitable for cyclists with sporting ambitions. The section between Saalfeld and Camburg is family-friendly with no more than small hills.

    Route data

    Overall length: 427 km
    Length within Thuringia: 198 km
    Starting point in Thuringia: Sparnberg
    End point in Thuringia: Kaatschen-Weichau
    Altitude difference: 200 to 550 m above sea level
    Difficulty level: medium to hard
    Track conditions: 261 km asphalt, 135 km gravel, 31 km forest track