Outdoor activities Biking, hiking, horseback riding, water sports

Radler in der Elbaue
© k.A. - Ringhotel zum Stein, Wörlitz

Paddeln auf der Elbe
© Marit Schaller - WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg

Reiten in der WelterbeRegion
© k.A.

Auf dem Mulderadweg zwischen Nischitz und Thallwitz
© Veronika Pumpat - WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V.

Radeln auf der Kohle|Dampf|Licht - Radroute
© Thomas Klitzsch

The region of Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg provides everything for a perfect, active holiday. Miles of paths, traveling through idyllic forests and blooming meadows, along little streams and large rivers, offer a lot of variety. A dense net of international and regional bike paths and hiking trails connects the touristic highlights of the region. The lakes and rivers offer ideal conditions for numerous water activities. But it is equally wonderful to discover the region on horseback or on a wagon.

Whether you’re climbing, golfing, bowling, skating – there is something for everyone. Escape day-to-day life and come explore the region of Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg on your own terms.

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Further information & contact

WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg e.V.
Neustraße 13
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Tel.  +49 (0) 3491 / 40 26 10
Fax. +49 (0) 3491 / 40 58 57

info@anhalt-dessau-wittenberg.de
www.anhalt-dessau-wittenberg.de

Biking

Get to know the WorldHeritageRegion by bike

The natural and cultural treasures of the WorldHeritageRegion are great to explore by bike. On roughly 700 km in length, a tight net of different cycling routes connects the touristic highlights of the region, for example the four sites under UNESCO protection: The Luther Memorials in Wittenberg, Bauhaus and Masters’ Houses in Dessau-Roßlau, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz and the Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe. Many wider known cycling routes pass through the region, among them the Elbe Cycle Route as Germany’s most popular biking trail, as well as the Euroroute R1, the Saale Cycling Path, and the Berlin-Leipzig Bike Path. Due to the numerous intersections of local and national cycle routes, it is possible to reach also the more remote sights.

On Themed Routes through the Garden Kingdom

Those interested in the gardens of Prince Franz, the castles of the princes of Anhalt, the testimonies to modernity, or the milestones of industrial history will find themed routes and circular cycling routes a great way of discovering a particular aspect of history.

Hiking and Pilgrimaging

On foot through the WorldHeritageRegion

The WorldHeritageRegion simply is a haven for hikers and offers a number of ideal hiking areas. Nature parks, biosphere reserves or heathlands – they all impress with miles long trails of great variety. Walking is the most sensual way to experience the region. The fresh air, the quiet – interrupted only by birdsong and the gentle murmur of hidden streams – and then, rather unexpectedly, world-class cultural sites like the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

Coming in from Halle (Saale), the European Long Distance Trail E11 (Den Haag – Masuria) runs through southern Anhalt, passing the Luisium in Dessau, along the gardens of Wörlitz in the direction of the Elbe. Having crossed the river, it continues from Coswig (Anhalt) through Fläming Nature Park towards Potsdam.


At the Düben Heath Nature Park, the Heide-Biber-Tour (Heath-Beaver-Tour) promises quality hiking and animal entertainment.

 


 

Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe UNESCO-mandated since 1979

The Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe is one of Germany’s oldest. At the heart of this Biosphere Reserve lies the Elbe, the country’s third-largest river, meandering through the landscape. Untouched river courses alongside regularly flooded, fertile meadows have become rare in Central Europe. Yet all this can be experienced right here along the Elbe, where the last uninterrupted stretch of alluvial forests exists.

Goitzsche Landscape Park Fun and recreation for the whole family

home to the Goitzsche Landscape Park with its diverse attractions for water sports enthusiasts, recreational visitors, nature enthusiasts, and active guests. Whether for a daytrip or an annual vacation – the Goitzsche has a lot to offer. The Goitzsche Lake right outside the town of Bitterfeld is a scenic gem waiting to be discovered.

Düben Heath Nature Park

North-east of Leipzig, nested into the natural riverscape between the rivers Elbe and Mulde, lies the largest contiguous recreational mixed forest of Central Germany. Established as a nature park in 1992, numerous hike trails, adventure paths, and nature trails lead through the beautiful heath forests and moor landscapes, passing little forest lakes, romantic clearings, and tranquil towns.

Fläming Nature Park

With its hills rising up to 200 meters above sea level, Fläming Heath constitutes the northernmost elevation before reaching the coast of Germany. Vast broadleaf and pinewood forests, hidden villages surrounded by fertile meadows and fields bestow Fläming Heath with its unique character. Nested between the Elbe and the High Fläming of Brandenburg lies the Fläming Nature Park in Saxony-Anhalt. Heavy boulders and wet meadows testify to the last ice age.

Lower Saale Valley Nature Park

The beauty of its landscape and the natural treasures have earned the Lower Saale Valley its status as conservation area as early as 1961. With its meadow landscapes and the diversely formed side valleys and rocky slopes, the river course has always excited and inspired naturalists and artists. Numerous varieties of protected animals and plants are native to the area, and many cultural monuments are waiting to be discovered.

Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe UNESCO-mandated since 1979

The Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe is one of Germany’s oldest. At the heart of this Biosphere Reserve lies the Elbe, the country’s third-largest river, meandering through the landscape. Untouched river courses alongside regularly flooded, fertile meadows have become rare in Central Europe. Yet all this can be experienced right here along the Elbe, where the last uninterrupted stretch of alluvial forests exists.

Goitzsche Landscape Park Fun and recreation for the whole family

home to the Goitzsche Landscape Park with its diverse attractions for water sports enthusiasts, recreational visitors, nature enthusiasts, and active guests. Whether for a daytrip or an annual vacation – the Goitzsche has a lot to offer. The Goitzsche Lake right outside the town of Bitterfeld is a scenic gem waiting to be discovered.

Düben Heath Nature Park

North-east of Leipzig, nested into the natural riverscape between the rivers Elbe and Mulde, lies the largest contiguous recreational mixed forest of Central Germany. Established as a nature park in 1992, numerous hike trails, adventure paths, and nature trails lead through the beautiful heath forests and moor landscapes, passing little forest lakes, romantic clearings, and tranquil towns.

Fläming Nature Park

With its hills rising up to 200 meters above sea level, Fläming Heath constitutes the northernmost elevation before reaching the coast of Germany. Vast broadleaf and pinewood forests, hidden villages surrounded by fertile meadows and fields bestow Fläming Heath with its unique character. Nested between the Elbe and the High Fläming of Brandenburg lies the Fläming Nature Park in Saxony-Anhalt. Heavy boulders and wet meadows testify to the last ice age.

Lower Saale Valley Nature Park

The beauty of its landscape and the natural treasures have earned the Lower Saale Valley its status as conservation area as early as 1961. With its meadow landscapes and the diversely formed side valleys and rocky slopes, the river course has always excited and inspired naturalists and artists. Numerous varieties of protected animals and plants are native to the area, and many cultural monuments are waiting to be discovered.

Water sports activities

Out and about in cool water

Lakes, ponds, rivers – in terms of water, the region has a lot to offer. Ideal conditions for sports enthusiasts digging cool water. The Elbe, Saale, and Mulde, as well as idyllic lakes like the Goitzsche, Muldestausee, Gremminer See, Gröberner See, Bergwitzsee, and Edderitzer See offer many opportunities to actively relax.

 

 


 

Horseback riding

Across charming landscapes - on horseback or on a carriage

Lush green meadows, hilly expanses, and idyllic floodplains offer ideal conditions to go for rides on horseback or on charabancs. Several horse ranches, riding schools, and resorts offer supervised riding holidays for children and teenagers who want to go on an exciting vacation without their parents. For some landlords, dogs are not only “permitted”; rather, they welcome their four-legged guests as warmly as those on two legs.