Thuringians Modern Classics
Great musicians and new landscapes
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Leipzig
Welcome to the world-famous trade fair city Leipzig! Wander on the traces of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach and saunter trough the beautiful centre with its unique atmosphere.
You start your tour with a pleasant loop to get you warmed up. The Elster and Saale bike paths will take you out of the exhibition city. These bike paths will take you past idyllic meadows, alluvial forests and sleepy settlements. You will arrive in Halle from the South. Halle, the town where Handel had lots of his training, is located on the River Saale and did not get bombed much at all in WW2 and therefore has a large historical area remaining today. It is worth visiting the free standing Red Tower, the four-towered Marienkirche (a church) and the towerless cathedral.
You leave Halle by cycling along the Saale bike path towards the South. Today’s first highlight is the royal town of Merseburg after a lovely ride. The town is impressive thanks to its cathedral and the Merseburger palace. In Bad Dürrenberg, you should visit the 850m long graduation tower. You then cycle through alluvial forests and meadows on your way to Weißenfels where you can see the Neu-Augustusburg palace. After this you have not got far to go until you arrive in Naumburg. From afar, you will be greeted by Naumburg’s biggest treasure - its four towered cathedral.
Today you continue by cycling along the Saale bike path, which means that you will go through Bad Kösen, Saaleck and Camberg. Your route will take you past steep vineyards, the romantic Dornburger palaces and traditional wine taverns. Don’t miss out on the chance to try the royal regional wine. Today’s destination is the modern univerity town of Jena. There you can expect not only the oldest Planetarium but also the JenTower skyscraper and the GalaxSea spa.
Restrengthend you start today’s stage on the ‘Thüringer Städtekette’ bike path. You leave Jena by heading South and soon you will arrive at the idyllic Zeitzgrund, a nature preserve. We recommend a first break in Bad Klosterlausnitz, which is a state recognised health spa that has healing spring waters and a lovely spa park. You continue via Hartmannsdorf to Bad Köstritz - a wonderful little town with a palace and parks. The last kilometres are easy cycling to Gera. Here there is a museum about the life and work of Otto Dix, a painter. There is also an extensively refurbished town centre and large parks. An insider tip is to visit the caves.
Today you keep cycling along the ‘Thüringer Städtekette’. You quickly get to the rather different landscape near Ronneburg. which has been decorated with many diffferent landscaping styles in connection with the BUGA 2007 (a national gardening show). An example is the ‘Drachenschwanzbrücke’ (the dragon’s tail bridge). The next well known place is Schmölln, which is very well-kept. It has a button as well as a regional museum. Today’s destination is the old town of Altenburg, which is over 1000 years old. In the residence city you should visit the admirable Altenburg palace, which has a playing card museum, the Marienkirche (a church) with its red points and the historical Altenburg town hall.
Today is the last stage of the tour. You cycle downhill past Regis-Breitingen and Rötha to Markleenberg before you get to Leipzig. You cycle along the Pleiße cycle path through the Leipzig Neuseenland, which is a wonderful region that has been created recently. Lakes and alluvial forests have been created in a former mining area. In the late afternoon you will get to Leipzig.
Beautiful route on well-developed cycle paths. Short sections on economic routes and secondary roads. Overall a comfortable tour with a few climbs.
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- If half board is booked: every day a 3 course meal
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents
- Merian Guide Book „Thüringen“
- Entrance Jena: public city tour, Zeiss-Planetarium, optical museum, Thermal bath Galaxsea
- Entrance Gera: Otto-Dix-House, Orangery, Museum of Art, Thermal Bath, Gera Caves, Town museum
- Entrance Bad Köstritz: Heinrich-Schütz-House
- Entrance Altenburg: public city tour, Residence castle, Lindenau- and Brewery Museum
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Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Leipzig central train station
- Leipzig airport
- Hotel underground car park in the start hotel, approx. €14 per night, no reservation possible, to be paid at the time, free parking close to the hotel