09:00 am Meeting at Canoe-Station in Jena, Am Gries
The meeting location for your tour is the entry-point in Jena, Am Gries closeby the bridge “Griesbrücke”. For arriving by car, there are parking lots available on site. In case of arriving by public transportation, exit at the train station “Saalbahnhof” or the tram station “Spittelplatz”.
09:15 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.
09:30 am Non-guided paddle-tour to Dornburg (Dorndorf-Steudnitz)
You can expect a relaxed, non-guided paddle-tour in the Saale valley.
02:00 pm Arriving in Dorndorf-Steudnitz, returning the boats and equipment at the end of the tour
On arriving in the early afternoon in Dorndorf-Steudnitz, our team welcomes you and returning the boats will take place.
02:32 pm Taking the train back to Jena with DB Regio
As transportation to Jena (Saalbahnhof) we currently recommend the safe and sustainable ride with the Regionalbahn train (VMT Ticket 4,40 € / adult, children until the age of 6 free of charge, Th. University students free of charge, departing every 60 mins). The train station in Dornburg is only a walk of couple of minutes away from the exit-point, the 9-minute train ride ends at Saalbahnhof, close to the meeting location. (Lavatories and Wi-Fi available in the trains, Mandatory: Face Mask for using public transportation).
The transportation back to Jena 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
Currently our tours are contactless and passenger transfers with ÖPNV (Deutsche Bahn) are recommended!
Start and landing points are always near a train station
Our popular half-day tour leads from the heart of the city of light Jena first in the direction of Porstendorf – from the urban flair of the big city to idyllic river landscapes.
After a short safety briefing and route information, you are ready to go!
In the Saale Nature Park, shimmering turquoise kingfishers and various species of herons populate the water walkers’ itinerary. Nutrias and cormorants can also be seen among the densely overgrown banks.
At Rabeninsel near Porstendorf, the Saale divides and invites you to walk along the old Saalearm
to explore mangrove-like conditions on the old Saalearm or to take the shorter Saalearm for a midday rest at Porstendorfer See.
On leaving Rabeninsel behind, the Dornburg castles soon rise charmingly above the Saale valley on the left. With the Renaissance castle, the Rococo castle and the Old Castle, the vine-covered shell limestone rocks present stately architectural styles from three epochs. Goethe already spent some time here.
The picturesque landscape impression is rounded off by the lively character of the Saale, which carries your guests here through gentle rapids and past small islands to the tour’s destination in Dorndorf-Steudnitz.
- 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 paddle tour in the middle Saale valley
- Duration: 3-4 hours incl. breaks
- Canadian canoe, kayak or inflatable boat
- 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
- Weekend: 9:00 a.m. (Sunday afternoon by arrangement)
- Weekday: by arrangement