Naumburg – Weißenfels
The tour starts at our canoe station in Naumburg. Here the Saale spreads into a wide riverbed as it continues its journey through the Saale river valley. Throughout the tour you will experience 3 “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 through 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!
From Naumburg to Weißenfels the Saale runs by the Schönburg fort, which is located 40m above the river on a sandstone rock. Approximately 5 kilometres down stream from the Schönburg fort, the castle Goseck is strategically situated on the left riverbank. The Castle functions today as a restaurant as well as a music and cultural centre.
Finally, the Saale brings you to the city of Weißenfels. Weißenfels is known, among other things, for housing one of the largest early-baroque palace grounds in central Germany, Schloss Neu-Augustusburg.
It is important to note that in the last stretch of the river, motorboats are permitted and could cross your path.
The tour ends in the city of Weißenfels at the “Wasserwanderplatz”.