Kahla – Jena

This tour begins in Kahla, a quaint town at the foot of the Leuchtenburg Fort.  In Kahla the Saale River Valley reveals its lush, unspoilt river scenery and white limestone cliff backdrop.  Kahla is also known as “The Porcelain City”.  In the distance from Kahla, you can see the Leuchtenburg Fort.

Throughout the tour you will experience 1 “Pass-around Point” for which you will have to exit the river with your canoe, and re-enter a short distance down stream.

As you make your way down the Saale River and surrounding forests, you may catch a glimpse of several native animals; the turquoise river kingfisher, various types of heron, cormorants and/or nutrias all in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you may even see turtles and European Otters!

Continuing along the Saale you will have the opportunity to see Landmarks like the Helenenstein cliff and Lobdeburg Fort on the right side of the Saale.

Throughout the tour you will paddle by small islands, and experience small rapids, which keep the tour adventurous.

This Tour ends on the Burgauer Wehr, or Burgauer Dam in the city of Jena. Here in Jena the Saale flows alongside beer gardens and historic bridges in the Burgau district, while minutes away the city center boasts futuristic architecture, as well as historical landmarks.

It’s well worth your time to discover Jena’s lovely City Centre, Botanical Gardens, Paradies-Park, and more after your tour.

  • Safety instruction und rules of paddling on rivers
  • Introduction in the handling of the boats and paddling-techniques
  • Route-explanation and notes on pass-around points and locks
  • A relaxing boat-trip in the Saale valley
  • Duration: 4 hours incl. breaks
  • Organized transfer to starting point in Kahla
  • Canoe, kayak or raft
  • Paddle
  • Life-jackets / swimming vests
  • Waterproof luggage-box
  • Map
  • Appropriate clothes / shoes according to weather conditions
  • i.e. sunscreen / headgear
  • 2nd outfit / towel
  • Start: negotiable

Booking Options

You can book this tour together with:

  • 1 Night in a Hotel or guesthouse including breakfast for a total price of 69€ per Adult, and 54€ per Child up to until 12 years old.
  • 1 Night at a camping-site (you must provide your own tent) for a total of 33€ per Adult and 23€ per Child.
Kahla-Jena - Saalestrand-Kanu

€ 20 (per Adult) / € 14 (per Child)

in canoe / kayak / raft

  • incl. equipment
  • incl. transfer
  • Distance: 14 km / Duration: 4 hrs.
  • Pass-around points and/or Locks: 1