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Quality Hiking Trail: Heide-Biber-Tour

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This route takes hikers from Bad Düben to Bad Schmiedeberg and through the ‘Hammerbachtal’ valley where, with a bit of luck, the results of beaver activities can be spotted. The ‘Dübener Heide’ heathland and moated castle of Reinharz are further highlights. From Bad Schmiedeberg, take the bus back to you where you started.
Distance 30 km
7:30 h
198 m
185 m
178 m
88 m
This family hiking trail connects the spa towns of Düben and Bad Schmiedeberg and leads through the ‘Hammerbachtal’ valley and the nature park ‘Dübener Heide’. Hammerbach creek is, fingers crossed, the place where to spot beaver lodges and gnawed tree trunks. In Eisenhammer, don’t miss a demonstration of the old craft of charcoal burning which is still being practiced here. The moated castle of Reinarz and the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower are further highlights.

Author’s recommendation

  • Nature Park House Dübener Heide
  • Mountain ship and trestle windmill
  • Nature sports pool Hammermühle
  • Charcoal burning facility Eisenhammer and beaver observation tower
  • Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tower
  • Spa facilities Bad Schmiedeberg
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Update: March 05, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
178 m
Lowest point
88 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Restaurant im Kurhaus
Restaurant LebensArt & Mühlenstube im HEIDE SPA Hotel & Resort

Safety information

Beware the beavers: Between Eisenhammer and the charcoal burning site, hikers need to be aware of the hazards due to the beavers‘ activities. Cycling is not recommended.

Tips and hints

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NaturparkHaus Dübener Heide opening hours



‘Naturparkhaus’ carpark at Castle Düben (90 m)
51.591634, 12.581784
51°35'29.9"N 12°34'54.4"E
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Bad Schmiedeberg spa gardens (‘Kurpark’)

Turn-by-turn directions

The route of the ‘Heide-Biber-Tour’, marked with a beaver symbol, begins at the Bad Düben spa gardens in Gustav-Adolf-Strasse. First, it leads past the moor experience garden, Obermühlteich and the restored Bockwindmühle. Follow the footpath that runs parallel to the B2. At the first houses of Hammermühle, turn left, walk to the bank of the Hammerbach, turn right and walk upstream. With a little luck, you may discover the work of beavers here in the form of beaver castles or gnawed tree trunks. After a while, the Hammerbach stream describes a left turn where you keep to the right. You pass through the settlement area of Hammermühle, cross the B2 and hike to the next crossroads in the forest. There, you turn left and hike first straight ahead and then diagonally right to Tornau, where the Stelenweg and the wood sculpture path can be admired. On the Söllichauer Straße, go in the direction of the village center. Already behind the first houses, however, you turn right and leave Tornau behind quite soon. Now the path leads through the Hammerbach valley past inviting seating areas and the Döbeltsmühle mill to Eisenhammer. There you will find a charcoal kiln that still practices and demonstrates the old craft of charcoal making. Not far from there is the beaver observation tower. The old forest paths Dachszange, Reichsapfelweg and Reinharzer Weg now lead you through the middle of the Dübener Heide directly to the moated castle Reinharz, which is already visible coming out of the forest. In addition to the moated castle with its park, the church, the Sophienquelle spring and the Brauhausteich pond invite you to visit. After an extensive tour, you will enter the forest again, where you will pass the Heideteich with a shelter. During a rest here, you can experience numerous animals of the forest. Afterward, the path leads straight to a wide forest road. On the other side, you continue the route on the boardwalk. After a while you will pass the gypsy grave, walk a few meters along the road to the left and then turn right in the direction of the Kaiser Wilhelm tower, passing the maiden grave on the way. The view from the tower reaches far over the Dübener Heide. Afterward, you go through the forest at the Vitriol pond and past the Walkmühle over the ‘Moorerlebnispfad’ in the direction of Bad Schmiedeberg. You walk through the spa gardens and finally reach the art nouveau spa house - your destination. On the shore of the Swan Pond with its fountain, you can end the hike comfortably.


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Public transport

Monday to Friday bus service between Bad Düben and Bad Schmiedeberg. Between Tornau and Bad Schmiedeberg, a bus can be called by phone seven days a week: If passengers want to use the bus on this section, they need to call and book it in advance.

Bus schedules:

Getting there

Either B2 from Bad Düben to Leipzig or Lutherstadt Wittenberg or via B183 when coming from Bitterfeld or Torgau . Bad Schmiedeberg coming from Wittenberg via B2 to Kemberg. From there follow the signs to Bad Schmiedeberg, coming from Torgau via B182, coming from Bad Düben via Söllichau. Then follow the signs.


In Bad Düben car park 'Burg Düben'; in Bad Schmiedeberg car parks near the spa gardens ('Kurpark'). There are also car parks on the way if only walking part of the trail; in Reinharz, 'Schöne Aussicht' and at the charcoal burning site.


51.591634, 12.581784
51°35'29.9"N 12°34'54.4"E
33U 332493 5718390
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Get a hiking map from the tourist information in Bad Düben


Sturdy shoes, weatherproof clothing, food & drinks

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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7:30 h
198 m
185 m
Highest point
178 m
Lowest point
88 m
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