Sachsen - Wine Hiking Trail
Describing the cultural significance of Dresden with its rich history and its many precious art treasures goes far beyond our scope here, but know that we will be walking through areas steeped in history. Therefore, let’s go straight to the starting point of our hike on the serpentine Sachsen Weinwanderweg. We begin at the final stop of tram line 3 in Dresden-Wilder Mann.
We cross Grossenhainer Strasse and enter the Trachau quarter. Facing the hill, we now turn left into Schützenhofstraße and are now standing in front of Dresden's oldest vineyard, which extends from house number 2 to Böttgerstraße. After passing No. 50, we climb a rather steep former vineyard staircase up to Galileistraße and turn right to Neuländer Straße. We follow this upwards to the second bend, at which we turn left at the playground and finally reach Moritzburger Landstrasse.
Going left on a pedestrian / bike path, we cross the motorway and after 400 meters we are in front of the main entrance to the Heidefriedhof (cemetery). Opposite us a paved lane leads us on Boxdorfer Weg approx. 100m to a forest path that branches off to the left. This turns sharply right after a few hundred meters and rises slightly. Once at the top, we turn right onto a path, traverse the crossing with the red dot marking of Augustusweg and follow the signs to the restaurant "Waldesruh", which is also known locally as "Waldmax" (waldmax.de). Now we continue on Waldhofstraße to Waldhof. 150 meters further, we now turn sharply and walk on the Loessnitzweg to the edge of the forest. On the way down, we pass many old stone walls of former vineyards. We hike on to Augustusweg, following the red dot markings and cross a part of the estate belonging to Boxdorf.
To the right, Weinbergstrasse now leads us 200 meters to the Weinbergshaus, a magnificent half-timbered building erected in 1670. From the parking lot opposite, a narrow forest path leads us west, parallel to Augustusweg and down the lower Nesselgrund to the Fiedlerhof. The Karl May town of Radebeul lies in front of us. On the western Nesselgrund slope, a historical wine-growing landscape now stretches before our eyes, defying the neighbouring forest that has been rampant for a good 100 years: terraced slopes with quarry stone walls, steep narrow stairs, fountains and winegrowers' houses. A true postcard view.
We now hike up the Nesselgrund to the plateau, then turn left onto Haidebergstrasse to the Haideberg Clinic and then continue on a steeply descending staircase through a former vineyard until we meet Augustusweg again.
We turn off to the right to get to Eduard-Bilz-Straße and then turn left into Weinbergstraße, which lives up to its name: vineyards extend before our eyes on both sides. In front of the Lorenz house (No. 28), we turn right into Weberstrasse, which eventually becomes Eggerweg. This leads us along serpentines and in parts over sequences of steps upwards to the panoramic restaurant "Spitzhaus" (spitzhaus-radebeul.de). After a short rest with delicious wine, we head to the Bismarck Tower [from Radebeul] on the Spitzhausstraße. The monument was inaugurated in 1907 and stands proudly 18 meters high. Fuel for the fires for the planned Bismarck celebrations was originally supposed to be stored in the hollow structure. We walk until a small pavilion at the end of the Spitzhausweg, where we then commence a long descent on the Spitzshaus stairs, down through steep vineyards.
Next we reach the Hoflößnitz Winery Museum, established in 1650 under Elector Johann Georg I and now part of a state foundation. Through the gate we come to the Knohllweg, which leads us in a right-hand bend back down the Weinbergstraße. Again turn right onto Lößnitzgrundstraße. After crossing the tracks of the heritage Radebeul-Radeburg railway, affectionately known as the "Lößnitzdackel", the route climbs briefly to the left and continues to the right onto Paradiesstrasse. Our way leads us to Dr. Rudolf-Friedrich-Str. We stay on the right with the red dot markings and after 50 turn left into Jägerhofstraße, then up the stairs to the so-called "Sängerhöhe" at the junction of Jägerstrasse. Now go left on the Höhenweg to the intersection with Finsteren Gasse, which we follow down to the left through a former vineyard to Oberen Bergstraße. Our next turn is left again into "Friedensburg".
On the mountain side of this former tavern, we follow a path downwards on the right, which will soon merge into Burgstrasse. We turn right on the Obere Bergstrasse. If we turn left, we approach the historic Minckwitz winery (vonminckwitz.de), which has been operating since the early 18th century and which extends with its vineyard to Finsteren Gasse 5. After the junction of the Kellereistraße, the street ends about 200 meters further along with a few steps on Moritzburger Straße, which we follow downwards, then immediately turn right into Mohrenstraße and follow it upwards.
At Winzerstraße we turn right, continue to Wackerbarthstraße and reach the State Winery Schloss Wackerbarth (schloss-wackerbarth.de). After so many twists and turns, it may be time to try a glass of sparkling wine and rest.
After our visit, we continue up Mohrenstrasse. The mountain house of Neufriedstein, the so-called Mätressenschlösschen from 1771, is hidden behind the walls of house number 10; on the Ebenberge we pass a housing complex built after 1910 and reach the public observatory "Adolph Diesterweg", from where we enjoy an excellent view.
Following the red markings, past the Jacobstein, we now descend to the Mittlerer Bergstrasse, on which we hike west towards our destination Zitzschewig. Once there, we reach the tram stop of line 4 via Gerhart-Hauptmann-Straße, which takes us to Coswig or Radebeul and Dresden. Further along Gerhart-Hauptmann-Strasse, with Meißner Strasse on the left and Coswiger Strasse on the right, we come directly to the Zitzschewig station of the S-Bahn to Meißen or Radebeul and Dresden.
Hours walking time
Sachsen Wine Hiking Trail
Dresden – Radebeul Zitschewig
ÖPNV Last tram stop line 3, Dresden Wilder-Mann
Radebeul, Mittlere Bergstraße
Red circle with a red grape
The route leads along vineyards, baroque castles, terraces, historic city centers and stairways with viewpoints. The path quality ranges from asphalt to cobblestones to overgrown paths and stairs.
Numerous parking spaces in the streets around the "Wilder Mann" stop
Informationen am Wegesrand Radebeul
Historischer Dorfanger, alter Ortskern Altkötzenschbroda
Stiftung Weingutmuseum Hoflößnitz
Karl May Museum Radebeul
Oper, Operette, Musical, Ballett, Schauspiel und Konzert
Volkssternwarte „Adolph Diesterweg“
Abenteuerpark Moritzburg im Wildgehege
Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen
Zadel über Meißen
Weingut Schloss Proschwitz - Prinz zur Lippe
Recommendations for hotels and restaurants
West Hotel an der Sächsischen Weinstraße
Meißner Straße 509
Hotel Pension Laack
Kötzschenbrodaer Straße 42
Phone: +49 351 / 8382030