Über die Weinberge bis nach Radebeul blicken. Foto: Erik Gross (DML-BY) // View over the vineyards to Radebeul. Photo: Erik Gross (DML-BY)

Hiking Saxony’s Wine Trail

Walking and wine tasting can almost literally go hand in hand in Saxony.

Courtesy Saxony Tourism

Covering just over 34 miles by car and about 50 miles by foot along the Elbe, the Saxon Wine Trail is a charming way to experience the Saxon countryside and take in some of the most stunning historic Saxon towns renowned for their art, architecture, history, and castles.

Nicknamed the Saxon Riviera, the Saxon Wine Route runs along several gracious turns in the Elbe River where average temperatures hover around 75 degrees during summer and fruit trees and grapes grow in abundance. All stops along the wine route are within a short day’s trip from Dresden.
Striking evidence of over 850 years of winegrowing in the Elbe Valley can be found, as well as modern wineries and cozy wine bars where one can taste more than 60 grape varieties including Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, Traminer, Scheurebe, and the Goldriesling.

Pass beautiful villas and magnificent castles and take a detour into the old town of Dresden to see the Zwinger, Semper Opera, and Frauenkirche. Visit the Saxon Wine Museum Hoflößnitz and the beautiful 850-year-old winery at Wackerbarth Castle in Radebeul and take in the view from Meissen’s castle hill of the cathedral and Albrechtsburg Castle. Tour the WineExperienceWorld of the Saxon Winegrowers’ Cooperative Meissen to gain insight into the history and current practices of winegrowing in the area.

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