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Discover the valley of the White Elster

The Elster Pearls Trail

View on Greiz
Go on a 72 km journey of discovery along the Elsterperlenweg® and explore the middle of the valley Elstertal on one of the most beautiful circular hiking trails in the Northern Vogtland. Let yourself be inspired by the fascinating nature and follow in the footsteps of the reeves.

A circular route through the valley of the White Elster

The Elsterperlenweg® leads on both sides along the White Elster from the royal seat of Greiz, the pearl of the Vogtland, via Neumühle to Wünschendorf, the gateway to the Elstertal, and back via Berga/Elster back to Greiz. On the way through the wild and romantic valley of the White Elster, the hiker comes past dreamy villages, places steeped in history and unique buildings. Delightful panoramic views reveal an interesting low mountain range.
Hiking and enjoyment on the Elsterperlenweg®
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The Elster Pearls Trail

Hiking on the Elsterperlenweg® offers not only a lot of nature but also the opportunity to visit historical sights. Learn more about the route as a whole and the sights along the way.

The individual stages

The Elsterperlenweg consists of six stages, which can be used individually or as a whole as a circular hiking trail. A special feature of the path are its cross connections. In Neumühle, for example, you can walk to the opposite side of the White Elster after stage 1 and hike back to Greiz on stage 6. These possibilities allow the stages to be combined individually and as required.
Elster Pearls Trail - Stage 1

The 10.08 km long stage begins in the beautiful Fürstlich Greizer Park.  The stage takes 3-4 hours to reach Neumühle/Elster.

Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 2

The 10.9 km long stage leads from Neumühle/Elster to Berga/Elster.

Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 3

The 13.33 km long stage begins in Berga and leads to Wünschendorf.

Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 4

Stage 4 takes you 17.2 km from the town hall in Wünschendorf to Berga / Elster. You will have spectacular views like the "Weiberstein" peak to the beautiful valley of the Elster river.

Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 5

From Berga / Elster it goes back via 10.5 km to Neumühle.

Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 6

The last stage of 9.93 km along the White Elster leads back to Greiz in the Fürstlich Greizer Park.

Weiße Elster - Flusslandschaft des Jahres 2020-23

Die Weiße Elster bei Rentzschmühle
Die Weiße Elster bei Rentzschmühle
Photo: Archiv TVV (T. Peisker)

Accommodation along the way

These hosts look forward to welcoming you during your hike on the Elsterperlenweg®:


Here you can strengthen yourself during your hike on the Elsterperlenweg®.

Travel offer

Discover the Elsterperlenweg® on 6 days while "hiking without luggage". The 4-stage tour takes you through the wild and romantic valley of the White Elster.

Certified quality

Photo: Deutscher Wanderverband
In January 2020, the Elsterperlenweg® was once again awarded the coveted seal of approval "Quality Trail Wanderable Germany" at the CMT Stuttgart travel fair.

This award fulfills Germany-wide and transparent standards for particularly attractive hiking trails and undertakes to guarantee nature conservation issues as well as the safeguarding of path maintenance and marking quality. It is recorded and supervised by regional experts and undergoes a review process by the German Hiking Association every 3 years .

Autofrei - das Vogtland erfahren

Autofrei das Vogtland mit Bus und Bahn entdecken
Autofrei das Vogtland mit Bus und Bahn entdecken
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Vacation planning made easy

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In the Vogtland Tourism Brochure Shop you will find informative brochures and maps related to your hiking holiday in Vogtland. With the practical "Elsterperlenweg" folding map, you are well prepared for your stage hike. Simply order your personal copies here in the shop or by email - for free!


Photo: Archiv TVV, M.Dassler
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Out and about on the Elsterperlenweg®
Photo: Archiv TVV, T. Peisker
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