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Syrau Dragon Circuit

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  • Auf dem Drachenrundweg
    Auf dem Drachenrundweg
    Photo: Archiv Tourismusverband Vogtland, J.Bärthel
m 550 500 450 10 8 6 4 2 km "Drachenhöhle" am Drachenrundweg
Family-friendly hike through the woods and along the fields on dragon tracks
Distance 10.3 km
2:35 h
85 m
85 m
534 m
455 m
At various resting places, young and old hikers can learn interesting and amusing facts about the very voracious monsters that are said to have been up to mischief in the Vogtland region a long time ago and 85 years ago gave their name to the Dragon's Cave - the only dripstone cave in Saxony. A brave miller's boy is said to have surprised the voracious monster in his sleep on the hill of the present windmill and stabbed it to death with a pitchfork. In this way, the miller's sweetheart was saved from her gruesome fate.

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Places of interest and leisure activities near/along the route:
  • Boards and activity stations along the way explain special features of the dragon legend and interesting facts about dragons.
  • Syrau Dragon Cave (legendary underworld, open daily February-November, Höhlenberg 10, 08548 Syrau, Tel.: 037431/3735,
  • Windmill Syrau (historical contemporary witness, selected opening times between Easter-October, Fröbersgrüner Straße 18, 08548 Syrau, Tel.: 037431/3735,
Highest point
534 m
Lowest point
455 m

Track types

Asphalt 12.26%Dirt road 38.06%Forested/wild trail 6.35%Unknown 43.31%
1.3 km
Dirt road
3.9 km
Forested/wild trail
0.7 km
4.5 km
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Safety information

The route passes railway tracks and you have to cross a main road - caution is advised here.

Tips and hints

Refreshment stops

"Imbiss an der Drachenhöhle", open seasonally, in the cave park, 08548 Syrau, Tel.: 037431 3735

"Cafe Syrau", Bahnhofstraße 16, 08548 Syrau, Tel.: 037431 86620

"Haus Vogtland", Bahnhofstr. 25, 08548 Syrau, Tel.: 037431 3342

"Zum Holzfäller", Am Sportplatz 1, 08539 Mehltheuer, Tel.: 037431 3388

Künzel snack bar


Dragon Cave Syrau (524 m)
50.541990, 12.042609
50°32'31.2"N 12°02'33.4"E
33U 290462 5603071
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Dragon Cave Syrau

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All kinds of legends and myths have grown up around the Vogtland. Dense forests were home to little moss men, crystal-clear streams were home to beautiful mermaids and a hidden underworld, it is said, was the realm of a ravenous dragon. The Dragon Circuit follows in his footsteps. The hike starts at the dragon cave in Syrau. Saxony's only show cave was given this melodious name because of the legend. The hike then continues in the direction of the windmill. A small chapel once stood there in honour of the dragon conqueror. The path leads past open fields into the gloomy thicket of the forest. Creaking tree giants, moss-covered clearings and peculiar forest creatures fire the imagination around the green mythical creature. Various panels and activity stations await the curious in a humorous, playful way. At the end, you end up back at the origin of the legend - a subterranean natural spectacle.


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Public transport

You can reach Syrau/ Mehltheuer with the bus lines of the Vogtland transport association. Information is available from the Vogtland Tourist and Transport Office at or by telephone on 03744 19449.

Getting there

Are you coming from the A9?

... then take the Schleiz exit in the direction of Plauen and follow the B 282 towards Plauen. This leads you via Langenbach, Mühltroff, Oberpirk and Mehltheuer directly to Syrau.

Or are you coming from the A72?

... then you can either leave the motorway at the exits Plauen-Ost or Plauen-West.

After Plauen-Ost, follow the B173 in the direction of Plauen and then keep going straight on to Dresdner Straße. From then on, always drive in the direction of Greiz/ Schleiz . At the junction of Martin-Luther-Straße/Pausaer Straße, continue to the right on the B92/E49 towards Schleiz. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the B282 directly to Syrau.

When you take the Plauen-West exit, follow the B92/E49 through Plauen until you reach the roundabout (approx. 14 km). There, take the second exit in the direction of Syrau/Schleiz onto the B282.


Parking available at the sports ground, if you start at the Drachenhöhle car park, there is a small daily charge


50.541990, 12.042609
50°32'31.2"N 12°02'33.4"E
33U 290462 5603071
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As the hike is mainly on paved paths, sturdy shoes or hiking boots are sufficient.

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10.3 km
2:35 h
85 m
85 m
Highest point
534 m
Lowest point
455 m
Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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