The rivers Göltzsch and Weiße Elster form the two great lifelines of the Vogtland. We follow their course after starting at the imposing Göltzschtal Bridge, and shortly afterwards also encounter their little sister, the Elstertal Bridge. In the valleys you can listen to the murmur of the rivers and the babbling of the brooks.
Millions of red bricks were used to give the bridges their typical colour. Every day, 150,000 bricks were brought from 6 large brickworks in the vicinity and laid by hand.
The Göltzschtal Bridge has an impressive 26 million bricks, its "little sister" the Elstertal Bridge 12 million. A special mortar was used for the construction, a mixture of lime, sand, brick dust, alum slate slag and water, which the Reichenbach pharmacist Heinrich Carl developed especially for the construction.
At times, a total of over 2,500 workers were involved in the construction and the persistent legend that the designer threw himself off the Göltzschtal Bridge on the day of the inauguration because he was afraid the bridge would not bear the load is not true!
Safety informationPredominantly a valley hike, which nevertheless offers repeated ascents and descents to vantage points, in part only narrow paths, sure-footedness required on the Köhlersteig.
Tips and hintsTourismusverband Vogtland e.V. - Tel. +49 3744 188860, Information: Tourism and traffic centre - Tel. +49 3744 19449
Tourist information: FVV Nördliches Vogtland - Tel. +49 3765 392808 (guided tours at the Göltzschtal bridge), Greiz - Tel. +49 3661 689815, Elsterberg town council - Tel. +49 36621 8810, Pöhl dam - Tel. +49 37439 4500
Getting thereEach entry and end point is signposted in the route information and has parking spaces nearby. You can reach the Göltzschtalbrücke entrance via the A 72 - Reichenbach exit or Treuen via Mylau to the Göltzschtalbrücke car park.
ParkingA public car park is available at the Göltzschtal bridge.
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EquipmentThe VPW is a stage hiking trail and should therefore be walked with appropriate equipment.
- 33 Waypoints
- 33 Waypoints