Schöps – Jena

The tour leads our fellow paddlers into the natural beauty of river Saale’s upper reaches, where Thuringias mountains covered with gloomy forests transition softly into cultivated fileds of the Saale valley around Jena. From the meeting point in Jena Paradies the transfer will be provided to the village of Schöps, near the small town Kahla at the feet of Leuchtenburg castle. 

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!   

Continuing along the Saale you will have the opportunity to see Landmarks like the Helenenstein cliff and Lobdeburg Fort on the right side of the Saale.   

Throughout the tour you will paddle by small islands, and experience small rapids, which keep the tour adventurous.   

After entering the urban structures of Jena you will experience one pass-around point on the Burgauer Wehr, or Burgauer Dam. Here in Jena the Saale flows alongside beer gardens and historic bridges in the Burgau district, while minutes away the city center boasts futuristic architecture, as well as historical landmarks.   

It’s well worth your time to discover Jena’s lovely City Centre, Botanical Gardens, Paradies-Park, and more after your tour, starting from where the adventure began. 

  • 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 the Saale valley
  • Duration: 3-4 hours incl. breaks
  • organised transfer to Schöps near Kahla
  • 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


  • 1 Night in a Hotel or guesthouse including breakfast for a total price of 80€ per Adult, and 57€ per Child up to until 12 years old.
  • 1 Night at a camping-site (you must provide your own tent) for a total of 39€ per Adult and 25€ per Child.
Kahla-Jena - Saalestrand-Kanu

25 € (adult) / 15 € (child)

Saturdays and holidays for full-day fare only


Difficulty: Advanced

in Canoe / Kayak / Raft

  • incl. equipment
  • incl. return transfer
  • Distance: 13 km / Duration: 3-4 hrs.
  • Pass-Around Points or Locks: 1