Bad Kösen – Naumburg
Currently our tours are contactless and passenger transfers with ÖPNV (Deutsche Bahn) are recommended!
Start and landing points are always near a train station.
This tour begins in the quaint therapeutic city of Bad Kösen. Here you can breathe the rejuvenating salty air produced from the “Gradierwerk” twig towers, or literally translated, “Graduation Towers”. .
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.
Beginning your journey down the Saale River and through surrounding forests, you may catch a glimpse of several native animals; the turquoise river kingfisher, various types of heron, cormorants, and nutrias all in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you may even see turtles and European Otters!
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 see the joining of the Unstrut 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.
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.
- Instruction in safety and behavioural rules for water hiking
- Instruction in boat handling and paddling techniques
- Route information and tips on weirs/locks
- A relaxed paddling tour in the Saale-Unstrut Valley
- Duration: 4 hours incl. breaks
- Canadian canoe, kayak or rubber dinghy
- Life jackets / life vests
- Waterproof packing buoy
- Water hiking map
- Clothing and footwear adapted to weather conditions
- Sun protection / headgear if necessary
- Change of clothes / towel
- After arrangement