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Castle bike tour, royal cities³ Merseburg Weißenfels Zeitz

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easy

76.5 km

05:04 h

85 m

289 m

293 m

360 m
 
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Discover the former residence towns of Merseburg, Weißenfels and Zeitz by bike!

Impressive castle complexes bear witness to the cultural heritage of the cities. Exhibitions in the residence cities invite you to linger.

You can also enjoy culture by bike: The Castle Cycle Tour takes you to ducal palaces in Weißenfels, Merseburg and Zeitz. The total route of the tour should be divided into two or more daily stages in order to allow sufficient time to visit the venerable
Discover the former residence towns of Merseburg, Weißenfels and Zeitz by bike!

Impressive castle complexes bear witness to the cultural heritage of the cities. Exhibitions in the residence cities invite you to linger.

You can also enjoy culture by bike: The Castle Cycle Tour takes you to ducal palaces in Weißenfels, Merseburg and Zeitz. The total route of the tour should be divided into two or more daily stages in order to have enough time to visit the venerable residence towns and their numerous sights.

Stage 1: Zeitz - Weißenfels (Saale-Unstrut-Elster-Rad-Acht) The first stage of the Castle Cycle Tour follows the cycle path "Saale-Unstrut-Elster-Radacht". It begins in Zeitz and ends after about 50 km in Weißenfels. Even the beginning of the tour is culturally rich: Zeitz tells more than 1000 years of history. For more than 600 years the town was the seat of a bishop. The Michaeliskirche and the cathedral St. Peter and Paul bear witness to this. The baroque castle Moritzburg with its gatehouse, park and cathedral forms a remarkable ensemble. Both the Romanesque street and the "Garden Dreams" project lead here. Weißenfels, situated in the middle of the idyllic Saale landscape, was also a cultural focal point of supra-regional radiance in the Baroque era. Schloss Neu-Augustusburg became the centre of the fine arts. Heinrich Schütz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Philipp Telemann and other great names are closely associated with Weißenfels. Besides the castle, the Heinrich Schütz House and the castle church are important sights.  

Stage 2: Weißenfels - Merseburg (Saale cycle path) The second stage leads from Weißenfels 30 km along the Saale cycle path to Merseburg. The local St. Johannes and Laurentius Cathedral is considered one of the most important cathedral buildings in Germany. Its foundation stone was laid over 1000 years ago. The church received its present form under Bishop Thilo von Trotha (1443-1514), who also had the neighbouring mighty Renaissance castle built. Saxon dukes later redesigned it in the late Renaissance style, added a Baroque pleasure garden and finally a pavilion for garden parties. Today the castle also houses a cultural history museum worth seeing. Total length: 80 km Historic Places: Zeitz - cathedral and castle Weißenfels - castle Neu-Augustusburg, Heinrich-Schütz-Haus Merseburg - castle and cathedral ensemble
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Start: Merseburg, Weißenfels or Zeitz
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Destination: Weißenfels, Merseburg or Zeitz
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Condition: easy
  • Suitable for cycling
  • Family friendly
  • Culturally interesting
  • Refreshment stop
  • Multi-day tour
  • Accommodation
  • Signage
  • Good connection to public transport
  • Mostly sunny
Directions: From Weißenfels to Merseburg along the river Saale The Saale cycle path from Weißenfels to Merseburg runs for about 30 km from Weißenfels - Weindörfer Burgwerben and Kriechau - Schkortleben - Großkorbetha - Bad Dürrenberg with spa gardens - Leuna with plastic park; From Zeitz to Weißenfels along the Saale-Unstrut-Elster-Radacht The Castle Cycle Tour from Zeitz to Weißenfels runs for about 50 km along the eastern route of the Saale-Unstrut-Elster-Radacht. Route Zeitz - Grana - Droyssig - Osterfeld - Großgestewitz - Mertendorf - Wethau - Schönburg - Leißling

Road markings: The path is not marked with a signpost. Between Weißenfels and Merseburg the tour runs on the Saaleradweg. Between Weißenfels and Zeitz on the Saale-Unstrut-Elster-Radacht.
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