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Family bike tour - for little forest and meadow explorers

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  • Start an der Bikestation Schöneck
    / Start an der Bikestation Schöneck
    Photo: André Wagenknecht, Stadt Schöneck
  • / Meilerteich
    Photo: Manuel Rohne, Stadt Schöneck
  • / Teich am Meiler
    Photo: Manuel Rohne, Stadt Schöneck
  • / Wegkreuzung im Meilergebiet
    Photo: André Wagenknecht, Stadt Schöneck
  • / Waldweg kurz vor Kottenheide
    Photo: André Wagenknecht, Stadt Schöneck
  • / Hämmerling in Kottenheide
    Photo: André Wagenknecht, Stadt Schöneck
  • / Dorfplatz Kottenheide
    Photo: André Wagenknecht, Stadt Schöneck
  • / Familienradtour
    Photo: Manuel Rohne, Stadt Schöneck
  • / Teich am Meiler
    Photo: Manuel Rohne, Stadt Schöneck
m 900 850 800 10 8 6 4 2 km Café Campus Restaurant im Ferienhotel Haus am Ahorn Hotel | Restaurant Tannenhaus Imbiss-Gaststätte Meilerhütte Hotel Haus am Ahorn Hotel | Restaurant Tannenhaus Dorfplatz Kottenheide Quelle der roten Mulde
Our family bike tour leads over shady forest paths to the small mining town of Kottenheide. There is all sorts of things to discover and experience along the way.
Distance 10.7 km
0:44 h
65 m
65 m
Ready, steady, go! Start your bike tour at the “dream castle playground” of the IFA holiday park. At the kiln you can take a break for a little snack by the ponds. Then it goes on through shady forests and on wide paths to the day's destination Kottenheide. Once there, you can swing, climb and romp around on the village square as you wish. You will be strengthened for the way back in the Hotel Haus am Ahorn with a delicious lunch or a cozy coffee break. Then it goes back to Schöneck where the exciting day began.

Author’s recommendation

To make the path mobile for the very young, you can simply cover both routes on the Kirchsteig to Kottenheide.
Highest point
798 m
Lowest point
764 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Café Wintergarten
Hotel | Restaurant Tannenhaus
Restaurant im Ferienhotel Haus am Ahorn
Imbiss-Gaststätte Meilerhütte
Café Campus


tourist-information office Schöneck (766 m)
50.389129, 12.346955
50°23'20.9"N 12°20'49.0"E
33U 311415 5585262


village square in Kottenheide

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our family tour at the tourist information office in Schöneck and drive towards the roundabout. Shortly before, we turn left into a small path, follow this and cross the street to get to the Meiler area. There is a snack bar, the Muldenquelle and several ponds that invite you to take a short break. The path continues towards the Tannenhaus, left before the paddock we turn into the forest, ignoring the first fork in the road and turn left on the main path.

For about 1 km we follow this path to a covered seating group on the left appears. Here we turn right, after about 500m we turn left again and follow the path to a small wood yard near the road to Kottenheide. From here it is another 1000m until we turn right again and finally arrive in Kottenheide. We keep to the left and already see the village square with benches, swings and a small climbing frame. Following the road, shortly afterwards we reach the Hotel Haus am Ahorn, our destination for the day.

After a well-deserved break and a small or large refreshment, we drive back to Schöneck. We keep to the left and have to drive about 300m next to the main road in the hard shoulder. This goes very well one after the other and soon the "correct" path appears on the left. If you are traveling with a bike trailer, you can of course stay on the road. Shortly afterwards we turn right and follow the "Kirchsteig" parallel to the road, always slightly downhill to Schöneck. Here we cross the road again and drive back over the Meilergebiet to the start.


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Public transport


The Vogtlandbahn line RB 1 from Zwickau to Kraslice (CZ) or the bus line 90 from Oelsnitz and Plauen, or line 22 from the direction of Tannenbergsthal all go to the IFA holiday park stop. This is where the hiking and cross-country ski run house is located, in which there are changing rooms, sprinting and showers.

Getting there

Via the AB 72 to the Plauen Ost or Süd exit and on to Schöneck. In Schöneck, follow the signs to Parkhaus, Skiwelt, IFA Ferienpark.


In the multi-storey car park or in the outdoor car park at the IFA holiday park and the tourist information.


50.389129, 12.346955
50°23'20.9"N 12°20'49.0"E
33U 311415 5585262
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Bike or family brochures, available from the tourist information office

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Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • 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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10.7 km
0:44 h
65 m
65 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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