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Canoeing on the river Saale

Enjoy culture and nature on the river

"Everything flows" is also the motto in Saale-Unstrut. Because the area along the rivers Saale and Unstrut, which give the region its name, as well as the rivers Weiße Elster and Ilm, is not only known for its multi-faceted hiking and cycling opportunities.

The rivers also play their part in the popularity of this charming stretch of land. Let the enchanting panorama of the intact natural and cultural landscape pass you by on a leisurely boat trip on the Saale or while paddling on the Unstrut. Simply hire a rowing boat, canoe or kayak from one of the local Boat Hire and get active as a water walker.

River tour on the Unstrut

Alone or as part of a guided water tour lasting several days - just as you please!

The 200 km long Unstrut with its varied river course is particularly suitable for this, as it has not been navigated by passenger ships since 2017. Before the Unstrut reaches Flower base The river flows into the Saale near Naumburg, and even inexperienced boaters can try their hand at rowing or paddling on the calmly flowing water.

In recent years, a lot has been done to reconstruct the technical facilities along the Unstrut. In the meantime, seven locks have been reopened between Freyburg and Artern for water hikers during the Operating hours passable (for a fee). Numerous entry and exit points as well as rest areas on the banks of the Unstrut have also been revitalised and made attractive for ambitious water sports enthusiasts. These are ideal conditions for experiencing the beautiful Unstrut valley from a water perspective.

...and on the Saale

The second largest tributary of the Elbe, the 413-kilometre-long Saale, on the other hand, is also ideal for an excursion on a passenger boat.

With child and cone at Board walk, sit back and relax and let vineyards and castles from the Middle Ages pass by. Surely one of the most relaxing ways to explore the Saale-Unstrut region!

But also water sports enthusiasts will enjoy the natural Saale between Bad Kösen and Weißenfels at their expense! You can choose from a total of twenty different boat tours on the rivers Unstrut and Saale. Twenty reasons, as varied as they are tempting, to let yourself drift and be carried by the water in the Saale-Unstrut holiday region.

Sometimes fast, sometimes slow on the White Elster

The Weiße Elster, which flows into the Saale near Halle, was named "River Landscape of the Year 2020/21" by the Friends of Nature of Germany.

So you can also discover the idyllic river landscape of the White Elster, Central Germany's most important river. Paddling tours of varying degrees of difficulty are possible on the White Elster between Wünschendorf, Bad Köstritz and Zeitz. Fast water currents that bring action and challenge alternate with calm stretches of water where there is time for conversation and a view of the surroundings! For those who would like to explore parts of the route by bike, the Elster Cycle Path recommended.

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