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Elsterperlenweg® / Elster Pearl Trail

Quality trail · Vogtland · Open
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  • Oberes Schloss Greiz
    / Oberes Schloss Greiz
    Photo: Archiv TVV, S. Theilig
  • / Sommerpalais Greiz
    Photo: Archiv TVV, T. Peisker
  • / Fürstlich Greizer Park
    Photo: Archiv TVV, S. Theilig
  • / Blick vom Greizer Park zum Oberen Schloss
    Photo: Archiv TVV, M. Daßler
  • / Die beiden Greizer Schlösser und die Stadtkirche St. Marien
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Marcus Dassler
  • / Ida-Höhe
    Photo: Tourist-Information Greiz
  • / Dorfanger Nitschareuth
    Photo: Vogtland - Sinfonie der Natur
  • / Bauernmuseum Nitzschareuth
    Photo: Archiv Tourismusverband Vogtland, D. Heinze
  • / Elster river view
    Photo: Archiv TVV / C. Beer
  • / Hofcafé im Kulturhof Zickra
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Christoph Beer
  • / Clodramühle
    Photo: Archiv TVV / M. Walther
  • / Elsterwehr bei Cronschwitz
    Photo: Kanuscheune Cronschwitz
  • / Eingangstor Kloster Cronschwitz
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Manja Reinhardt
  • / Kloster Mildenfurth
    Photo: Archiv TVV, C. Beer
  • / Ansicht von Wünschendorf mit der Veitskirche und Holzbrücke
    Photo: Archiv TVV / S. Theilig
  • / View on Greiz
    Photo: Archiv Tourismusverband Vogtland, S. Theilig
  • / Holzbrücke Wünschendorf
    Photo: Archiv TVV, S. Theilig
  • / Märchenwald Wünschendorf
    Photo: Archiv TVV, C.Beer
  • / Elster weir in Neumühle near Greiz
    Photo: Archiv TVV / M. Walther
  • / Der Pulverturm
    Photo: Tourist-Information Greiz
  • / Der Greizer Park
    Photo: Tourist-Information Greiz
  • / Luftbrücke im Greizer Park
    Photo: Tourist-Information Greiz
  • / Greiz
    Photo: Archiv TVV, S. Theilig
  • / Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland
    Photo: Deutscher Wanderverband
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Go on a 72 km journey of discovery along the Elsterperlenweg® and explore the Elster Valley on one of the most beautiful circular hiking trails in the Thuringian Vogtland.
Distance 68.7 km
20:40 h
1,826 m
1,826 m
421 m
208 m
The circular hiking trail leads on both sides along the river "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 to Greiz. On the way through the wild and romantic valley of the White Elster, the hiker passes dreamy villages, places steeped in history and unique buildings. Attractive panoramic views reveal an interesting low mountain range.

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.

Hiking on the path Elsterperlenweg® offers not only a lot of nature but also the opportunity to visit historical sights. At the northern turning point, hikers will find the 1000-year-old St. Vitus Church, the Mildenfurth monastery or the 225-year-old covered wooden bridge in Wünschendorf.

But also en route, in the middle of the wooded Elstertal, there is a lot to discover, such as the mill Clodramühle, which is still in operation, the town of Berga / Elster or the imposing river weir "Elsterwehr" in Neumühle. And further on at the southern turning point of the Elsterperlenweg®, in the more than 800-year-old residential town of Greiz, the hiking trail leads directly through the internationally known Greizer Park to the Upper Castle (with museum) and the Lower Castle with museum and the Church of St. Marien in the beautiful center of the city of Greiz.

Let yourself be inspired by the fascinating nature and follow in the footsteps of the reeves (Vögte).

Author’s recommendation

  • Park in Greiz
  • Sommerpalais (Summer Palace) Greiz
  • Upper and Lower Castle in Greiz
  • Osterburg Castle  in Weida
  • Wooden bridge in Wünschendorf
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
421 m
Lowest point
208 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Bauernmuseum & Museumscafé Nitschareuth
Zickra Cultural Centre
HOF Café auf dem Kulturhof Zickra
Kulturhof Zickra
Milchschafhof Unterhammer
Camping & Restaurant »Am Töpferberg«
Gasthaus Zum Klosterhof
Landhotel am Fuchsbach
Museums- und Ferienhof Waltersdorf
"Parkgaststätte" Greiz
Krug zum grünen Kranz
Schlossberghotel Greiz
Restaurant "Stadtmühle"
"pm lounge"

Safety information

Pay attention to your physical condition and take appropriate quantities of drinks with you on the hike.

Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Vogtland e.V.

Tel .: 03744 188860



Tourist-Information Greiz

Tel .: 03661 689815



Greiz (255 m)
50.656905, 12.195532
50°39'24.9"N 12°11'43.9"E
33U 301779 5615425



Turn-by-turn directions

The hike starts in the Park  of Greiz and runs along the summer palace to the bridge over the river. Then it goes on on the west side of the Elster to Wünschendorf. You pass the places Nitzschareuth, Lehnamühle, the entrance to Berga / Elster, Clodramühle, Cronschwitz, Mildenfurth, Veitsberg and then Wünschendorf.

The way back goes along the White Elster on the east side. Here you start in Wünschendorf and pass the Fuchsmühle, Teufelskanzel, Großdraxdorf, Bastei, Albersdorf, localities of Berga / Elster, Markersdorf, Untergeißendorf, Mühlberg, Neumühle / Elster and come back to Greiz past the Binsenteich. It goes below the Upper Castle back through the city center to the park.


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Public transport


Wünschendorf and Greiz can be reached via the Gera-Plauen railway line with the Vogtlandbahn:

Getting there

You can reach Greiz from the motorway A72 (Hof-Chemnitz) via the Reichenbach exit. Then use Reichenbach and Greiz via the federal street B 94 and the public parking spaces in Greiz on both sides of the river Elster.


For example, use the public parking spaces in Greiz directly on the shore of the Elster river.


50.656905, 12.195532
50°39'24.9"N 12°11'43.9"E
33U 301779 5615425
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Further information can be found on the website of the Vogtland Tourist Association at or at 03744 18886-0 as well as in the other tourist information along the tour route.

Author’s map recommendations

You can find information on other paths and activities on the active pages of the Vogtland Tourist Association at 


Appropriate hiking equipment should be used for the almost 70 kilometers long path.

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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68.7 km
20:40 h
1,826 m
1,826 m
Highest point
421 m
Lowest point
208 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Scenic Multi-stage route Geological highlights Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights Flora and fauna


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  • 6 Stages
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Elster Pearls Trail - Stage 1
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 10 km
Duration 3:10 h
Ascent 272 m
Descent 291 m

The 10.08 km long stage begins in the Fürstlich Greizer Park and takes 3-4 hours to Neumühle

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Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 2
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 10.8 km
Duration 3:22 h
Ascent 316 m
Descent 365 m

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

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Quality trail · Vogtland
Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 3
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3 Open
Distance 13.1 km
Duration 4:12 h
Ascent 216 m
Descent 225 m

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

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Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 4
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4 Open
Distance 16.2 km
Duration 5:20 h
Ascent 524 m
Descent 494 m

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 ...

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Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 5
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 5 Open
Distance 9.9 km
Duration 3:29 h
Ascent 319 m
Descent 313 m

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

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Quality trail · Vogtland
Elster Pearls Trail – Stage 6
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 6 Open
Distance 10 km
Duration 2:59 h
Ascent 335 m
Descent 324 m

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

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