Saxon Wine Hiking Trail – Sample Excellent Wines on the Way
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Blick über die Weinberge in RadebeulPhoto: Sylvio Dittrich, Dresden Elbland
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.
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.
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
Rest stopsRomantik Hotel Deutsches Haus
Makoschey´s Cafe am Malerweg
Winzer Torsten Ballin, Weinbau Martin/ Pech & Winzer Lutz Müller - Weinausschank
Lloyd's Café & Bar
Bio Konditorei & Café "Heller´s Kuchenglocke"
Hotel Villa Sorgenfrei
Radisson Blu Park Hotel & Conference Centre, Dresden Radebeul
Besenschänke - Strausswirschaft ,,Zur Gemse‘‘
Landgasthaus „Am Talkenberger Hof"
Besenwirtschaft Otti's Weinberg
Brauerei-Gasthaus "Zum Schwerter Bräu"
Weingut Schuh mit Weinrestaurant, Vinothek & Pension
Café & Konditorei Schreiber
Café am Dom
Landgasthof & Hotel "Zum Roß"
WeinCafé Anno 1272
Tips and hintsTourismusverband Sächsisches Elbland e. V.
Tel.: +49 (0) 3521 76350
Fax: +49 (0) 3521 763540
Internet: www.elbland.de oder www.saechsischer-weinwanderweg.de
Route of the tour :
- Pirna - Dresden-Pillnitz (about 13 km)
- Dresden-Pillnitz - Dresden-Wild Man (approx. 18 km)
- Dresden-Wilder Mann - Radebeul-Zitzschewig (approx. 15 km)
- Radebeul-Zitzschewig - Oberau (about 14 k,)
- Oberau - Meissen (about 13 km)
- 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.
Public-transport-friendlyS-Bahn 1 from Dresden main station towards Pirna or Meißen via Radebeul, Coswig
By roadA 17 to Pirna
A4 to Meißen and Diesbar-Seußlitz up to Dresden Altstadt, then continue on B6.
ParkingPublic and signposted car parks available at each destination along the route. Public and signposted car parks available at each destination along the route.
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)
* Oberlausitzer Bergweg - Sächsischer Weinwanderweg, Hikeline Wanderführer (11,90 Euro) - Bestellung über den Buchhandel (ISBN 978-3-85000-935-5) oder über www.esterbauer.com
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