11:00 am Meeting at Entry Point in Camburg, Am Sportplatz
The meeting location for your tour is the entry-point in Camburg, Am Sportplatz. For arriving by car, there are parking lots available on site. In case of arriving by public transportation, exit at the train station “Camburg”.
11:15 am Handing out boats and equipment at the entry-point
Here our team will equip you with a life-vest, paddle and waterproof packing bin. After a short safety and route instruction you are good to go.
11:15 am Non-guided paddle-tour to Bad Kösen
You can expect a relaxed, non-guided paddle-tour in the Saale valley.
04:00 pm Arriving in Bad Kösen, returning the boats and equipment at the end of the tour
On arriving in the afternoon in Bad Kösen, our team welcomes you and returning the boats will take place.
04:27 pm Taking the train back to Camburg with DB Regio
As transportation to Camburg we currently recommend the safe and sustainable ride with the Regionalbahn train (VMT Ticket 4,30 € / adult, children until the age of 6 free of charge, Th. University students free of charge, departing every 60 mins). The train station in Bad Kösen is only a walk of couple of minutes away from the exit-point, the 8-minute train ride ends at Camburg, close to the meeting location. (Lavatories and Wi-Fi available in the trains).
The transportation back to Camburg using a taxi can also be booked via our cooperation partner (~ 50,00 € / van for max. 8 persons).
Guests organising the ride back privately or those who want to place a car at the tour destination, can find the location here: https://goo.gl/maps/ABSWaba4hNsHZSoz6
Camburg – Bad Kösen
his tour begins in the city of Camburg where the Saale River winds its way peacefully through the Saale River Valley. Throughout the tour you will experience no “Pass-around Points” 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 along the Saale and 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!
Upon entering Kaatschen, you will notice the first of many vineyards found in this region, as this is the Northern-most wine-growing region in Germany.
At this part of the trip you will pass some small islands in the river. You will also pass 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”.
Finally, you arrive 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”. Here the tour ends; however, feel free to explore the beautiful town centre 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 trip in the Saale valley
- Duration: approx. 5-6 hours
- Organized transfer before the tour
- Canoe, kayak or raft
- Life-jackets / swimming vests
- Waterproof luggage-bo
- Appropriate clothes / shoes according to weather conditions
- i.e. sunscreen / headgear
- 2nd outfit / towel
- Start: Saturdays 11 am