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Hirschstein Mill Cycle Route

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  • Turmholländer Windmühle Pahrenz
    / Turmholländer Windmühle Pahrenz
    Photo: Gemeinde Hirschstein
  • / Althirschstein Kanonenkugel
    Photo: Dresden Elbland
  • / Kirche Boritz
    Photo: Gemeinde Boritz
m 120 100 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km
To Dutch windmills and village churches
Distance 19.5 km
1:30 h
140 m
140 m

The mill cycle path touches almost all parts of the municipality. Interesting facts about the history of the once existing mills can be read on the information boards in the respective parts of the village along the mill cycle path. Unfortunately, only two mills (Pahrenzer Turmholländerwindmühle and Windmühle Schänitz) and one ruin (Windmühle Prausitz) have survived to the present day.

In Pahrenz you start the round trip. A visit to the tower of the Holländer Windmill is possible. In Heyda you can discover the church on the way, in Prausitz you also come along the church. In the further course of the way you drive past the cross stone in Boritz, as well as the castle Hirschstein.

Author’s recommendation

Tip1: In the middle of the village Althirschstein hangs on the gable of a house on a chain a cannonball. This was shot on August 26, 1813 (according to Chroník already on August 12, 1813) by the French on their retreat from Russia from the other side of the Elbe to this house.

Tip2: In addition to the church from 1520 and its interior in the lower village, the four-sided farmstead with a three-gated cofferdam, Schänitzer Straße 9, is also a listed building. The Loose family has assembled a small private agricultural museum in this four-sided farmstead, where old tools and technology illustrate the development of agriculture. The museum can be visited by appointment (Tel. 03 52 66 / 82 34 8).

Tip3: The cross stone is one of the oldest landmarks of Boritz. It is made of sandstone with a visible height of 132 cm. In the Middle Ages atonement crosses were set as penance for acts of violence for members of the ruling noble class. From a documentary mention about grain interest, it can be seen that the cross was already standing in 1540. Another tradition says that on July 17, 1613, two maids from the parsonage, returning from the field, were struck by lightning at the crossroads. The peg holes indicate a lost inscription plate.

Tip4: In Heyda there is a listed church built in 1901/02 with its interior decoration and wall paintings. Probably in 1150 the first church was built. The church is officially mentioned in 1222. In 1647 and 1882 it is rebuilt. In 1901/1902 a new tower is built and a new organ and bells are installed. Until 1967 the townscape was characterized by two windmills and a wind turbine.

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Update: October 08, 2021
Highest point
Pahrenzer Mühle, 142 m
Lowest point
Elbe, 97 m
Best time of year

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Pahrenz (134 m)
51.246088, 13.318512
51°14'45.9"N 13°19'06.6"E
33U 382639 5678534




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Public transport

You can reach the starting point in Pahrenz via the bus stop "Windmühle, Pahrenz" with bus line 430 from the direction of Riesa and Lommatzsch, as well as with line 443 from the direction of Stauchitz and Heyda.

Alternatively, the bus stop "Schule, Prausitz" is not far from the starting point and can be reached not only with bus line 430 but also with line 445 from Riesa and Zehren.

Getting there

Use approach via A4 in Dresden or exit on A13 from Berlin. Then follow the B6 from Dresden or Oschatz to get to the starting point.


51.246088, 13.318512
51°14'45.9"N 13°19'06.6"E
33U 382639 5678534
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Broschüre: 35 Radrouten Genuss- Radwandern Herausgeber: Dresden Marketing GmbH;

© Tourismusverband Elbland Dresden e.V.

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Weatherproof clothing and tool kit recommended

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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19.5 km
1:30 h
140 m
140 m
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