Großheringen – Naumburg

This tour leads fellow paddlers towards the cliffs entering Germany’s most northern winegrowing region. All guests meet prior to the tour at our station in Naumburg, from where the transfer to the entry point in Großheringen starts. After a few instructions you will enter the boats underneath two ruins, which are located high above the river on your right side– the Medieval Rudelsburg and Saaleck Forts

It was during his stay at the Rudelsburg in 1826, that poet and historian, Franz Kugler, was inspired to write the song “An der Saale Hellem Strande”.

If you like, you can take a small rest in the quaint therapeutic city of Bad Kösen. Here you can breathe the rejuvenating salty sea air produced from the “Gradierwerk twig towers, or literally translated, “Graduation Towers”.

Continuing down the Saale you will pass picturesque vineyards of Bad Kösen and Kloster Pforta Monastery. The views here are breath taking, as towering cliffs seem to appear directly out of the water.

Shortly before arriving in Naumburg the river quickens, creating a rapid. At this point in the tour you will experience a “pass-around point”. Here you must exit the river with your canoe, and re-enter a short walk down stream. As you continue on your way down the Saale you will be able to experience the joining of the Ustrutt River and the Saale.

It is important to note that in the last stretch of the river, motorboats are permitted and could cross your path.

Finally, the city of Naumburg will appear on the right side of the river, with its famous Cathedral and Wenzel-Church, designed in the late gothic style. Here the Saale spreads into a wide riverbed as it continues its journey through the Saale River Valley.

At our station in Naumburg-Henne the tour ends; however, feel free to explore the quintessential German city of Naumburg and it’s picturesque architecture.

  • 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 the Saale valley
  • Duration: 5-6 hours incl. breaks
  • organised transfer to Großheringen
  • 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
  • weekdays: negotiable
  • weekend: 11am

36 € (per Adult) / 27 € (per Child)

Group discount (Mo-Fr, except holidays):
from 12 P. -2,00 € / P.
from 22 P. -3,00 € / P.


Difficulty: Medium


in canoe / kayak / raft

  • incl. equipment
  • incl. transfer to entry point
  • Distance: 23 km / Duration: 5-6 hrs.
  • Pass-around points or Locks: 2