09:30 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”.
09:45 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.
09:45 am Non-guided paddle-tour to Porstendorf
You can expect a relaxed, non-guided paddle-tour in the Saale valley.
12:00 pm Arriving in Porstendorf, returning the boats and equipment at the end of the tour
On arriving at noon in Porstendorf, our team welcomes you and returning the boats will take place.
12:36 pm or 01:26pm 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 (+ 3,00 € / adult, children until the age of 6 free of charge, Th. University students free of charge, departing every 60 mins). The train station in Porstendorf is only a walk of couple of minutes away from the exit-point, the 4-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 railway station.
At the starting point at the Grieß bridge, in addition to the picturesque atmosphere, the Kunitz house bridge restored according to historical models and the ruins of Kunitzburg Castle can be admired.
With the boats, participants leave the city area on a near-natural route where paddlers can encounter beavers, kingfishers and co. until they reach the weir before Porstendorf. Here they cross over into the Laache to Rabeninsel. On the Mühlgraben before the weir at the finish, there is only little current at the end of the tour and the straightening helps with landing.
After arriving at the Rabeninsel landing point, the tour ends in a cosy beer garden.
- 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 Saale valley
- Duration: 2-3 hours incl. breaks
- Canoe, kayak or inflatable boat
- Life jackets / Life waistcoats
- Waterproof packing barrel
- Waterway map
- Clothing and footwear adapted to weather conditions
- Sun protection / headgear if necessary
- Change of clothes / towel
- Start: by arrangement