Heathland©TV SBuHL

Heathland©TV SBuHL

Dahlen Heath & Wermsdorf Woods

Observations in the forest © Hüller Fotografie
Observations in the forest © Hüller Fotografie
The Dahlen Heath and the Wermsdorf Forest are two of the most impressive conservation areas in Saxony. In the north-western part of the free state, between the Elbe and the Mulde, this tourist destination is characterised by extensive forests, broad hills rolling gently through flat land, and numerous ponds and lakes with diverse flora and fauna. With its deciduous and coniferous forests, widespread meadows and fertile fields, the Dahlen Health and Wermsdorf Forest offer the best recreation and relaxation opportunities for bikers and hikers, water sportsmen, horseback riders and those who enjoy carriage rides.

With the large game population of wild boars, fallow deer and red deer, the Dahlen Heath and Wermsdorf Forest have been popular hunting grounds since the beginning of the 16th century, favoured by Augustus the Strong and the Saxon court. Even today, hunters and visitors are enthralled every autumn when the bugles sounded the beginning of the St. Hubert's Day hunt. The local specialities of game also include fish that are native to this tourist destination.

The idyllic woodland ponds and fragrant wildflower meadows create a romantic atmosphere. Rare waterfowl nest in the dense reed belt. Among the various ponds and lakes, is the large and well-known Horstsee in Wermsdorf. Comfortable and cosy restaurants invite you to take a break along the way. Those seeking relaxation will find various accommodation options in hotels, guest houses, holiday homes or camp sites.

Düben Heath nature reserve

Düben Heath © LTM / Andreas Schmidt
Düben Heath © LTM / Andreas Schmidt
The Düben Heath nature reserve is very inviting with its numerous destinations for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The nature reserve was founded in 1992. The nearly 75,000-hectare area extends into the river landscape of the Mulde and Elbe over the two federal states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, and is said to be the largest continuous mixed forest area in central Germany. In addition to rich fauna and virtually untouched flora, the Düben Heath has many other scenic attractions to offer.

The "red bank" is adjacent to the Alaunwerk district. Its name comes from the 15-metre-high steep bank of backfill, containing leached alum dirt, which was mined there between the 16th and 19th centuries. The wellspring, which is situated in the centre of the high forest, is a popular destination for young and old. The water from this source is said to have a healing effect.

The beaver territory at Lutherstein or the old charcoal manufacturing site at Eisenhammer are also worth seeing. Whether you prefer a peaceful nature walk or an extensive hike: many signposted trails and paths lead nature enthusiasts to the most delightful areas in the region. For cyclists, there is also plenty to discover in the 500-km biking trail network and in villages, which have their own rural flair. You can also experience the Düben Heath on horseback. And for those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, there is a tour available in a horse-drawn carriage.