Jena – Porstendorf

This tour begins in the vibrant city of Jena at the “Gries-Bridge” and leads the participants down the river towards Jena-Kunitz

Throughout the tour you will experience a “pass-around point” 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 down the Saale River and surrounding forests, you may catch a glimpse of several native animals; the turquoise river kingfisher, various types of heron, cormorants and/or nutrias all in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you may even see turtles and European Otters!

Before you reach Porstendorf the river splits into two branches at the pass around point. Here you choose the exit on the left to the shorter, more vigorous branch heading to a camping site and beer garden at Porstendorf’sRabeninsel” (“Raven’s Island”). All guests can make their way back using the organized transfer to the starting point in Jena after their arrival.

  • 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 Saale valley
  • Duration: 2-3 hours incl. breaks
  • boat transfer back to Jena
  • 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
  • negotiable

27 € (adult) / 17 € (child)

Weekends and holidays
for full-day fare

Difficulty: Easy


in canoe / kayak / raft

  • incl. equipment
  • incl. boat transfer
  • Distance: 9 km / Duration: 2-3 hrs.