The northernmost quality winegrowing area in Europe is located on the rivers Saale and Unstrut in southern Saxony-Anhalt. The Saale-Unstrut region features picturesque valleys, Romanesque architecture, mystery-shrouded cult sites and much more. Visitors are invited to share in its fascination.
Centuries-old vineyards and unique flora and fauna flank the Saale and Unstrut. The rivers provide ample opportunity for water sports of many kinds. Numerous rare plant species flourish in the area's challenging soils, among them eighteen species of orchids that are atypical for Central Europe.
Some 60 kilometres in length, the Saale-Unstrut Wine Route leads from Memleben to Bad Sulza, passing through the old bell foundry town of Laucha and Bad Kösen on the way. In this area, which additionally takes in the Zeitz and Mansfeld lakes wine routes, roughly 660 hectares of vineyards yield wine from over 30 grape varieties. At the centre of the Saale-Unstrut winegrowing region lies the town of Freyburg, location of Neuenburg Castle, the sister of legendary Wartburg Castle. Freyburg is also the home of the Rotkäppchen Sektkellerei, the cellars which produce the famous sparkling wine, where Sekt devotees and the simply curious can take part in guided tours and tastings.
Halle is famous for salt and Halloren chocolate. It also boasts the oldest castle ruin on the Saale – the Burg Giebichenstein – as well as the Handel House, commemorating the great composer, and the Market Church, where the original death mask of Martin Luther resides. Nowhere else in Central Germany is so much impressive architecture to be found, making Halle an especially rewarding station on the "Romanesque Road" for lovers of medieval buildings, fortresses and castles. Further sights include the Naumburg Cathedral and Schulpforta – a monastery converted into a boarding school, attended over the centuries by such internationally known greats as Nietzsche and Klopstock – along with the castle ruins of Rudelsburg and Saaleck, Eckartsburg Castle and Moritzburg Castle in Zeitz. With the launch of Sky Paths, this already attractive destination has become an attraction richer.
The entire area can be explored on the four outstanding long-distance cycling routes along the Saale, Unstrut, Ilm and Weisse Elster rivers. The region also features a well-developed network of hiking routes with some 700 kilometres of trails. Canoe tours offer another excellent possibility for exploration, allowing visitors to literally reach out and touch the region's rivers.
Information on the Saale-Unstrut region
Information on Halle and region