Blockline Loop 2

Filigree works of art made of gigantic wood and clattering mills by a rushing stream

With powerful squeals and roars, giant wooden water wheels drive the mills of the Gimmlitz Valley. They spew out curtains of clear water. The hammers and mortars of the grinding and pounding mills create enormous forces that a human being alone could not muster.

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Enormous forces are also developed by the screeching chainsaws, which carve amazingly intricate works of art from gigantic blocks of wood at the annual chainsaw world championships. In Blockhausen, you are immersed in an immense fantasy settlement made of wood in the middle of the private forest of the Martin family. A comparably large collection of wooden sculptures can't be found anywhere else. The highlight is the 40-meter-long table. Carved from a single tree trunk, it is in the Guinness Book of Records.

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Gimmlitztal

The Gimmlitz Valley is also called the "Valley of the Mills". 23 clattering, rushing water mills stood along the course of the river around 1900. Today, five of the mills are still standing and functioning. The Gimmlitz carries very clean water and has a very natural course. The valley stretches for 25 kilometres without a major settlement near its banks.

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Mulda

The monumental wooden statues of Blockhausen lead the Blockline through Mulda. The town lies in the valley of the Freiberg Mulde and was known early on as a watchmaker's and violin maker's village. Later this gave way to basket weaving. The floodplain areas of the Mulde and Chemnitzbach rivers stretch far and wide. Birds of prey love the region: buzzard, kestrel, sparrow hawk and also red kite circle over the meadows and look out for mice and field hamsters.

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Dorfchemnitz

In Dorfchemnitz, the water has a difficult path: Via two overflows, the water from the millrace shoots into the paddles and sets the two water wheels in motion. One wheel drives the bellows and makes the forge fire blaze. The second water wheel makes the forge hammer knock tirelessly. The "Eisenhammer" is one of the oldest handicraft businesses in Saxony.

All Stages of the Blockline Loop 2

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Blockline Bike-Loop 2 Complete Overview

Transit: Start Loop 2HolzhauHermsdorf6,5 km256 m148 mMore Information
Etappe 7HermsdorfFrauenstein12,3 km140 m207 mMore Information
Etappe 8FrauensteinBlockhausen13,7 km273 m381 mMore Information
Etappe 9BlockhausenKreuztanne13 km276 m122 mMore Information
Transit: Ende Loop 2KreuztanneHolzhau10,2 km122 m224 mMore Information

Accommodations on the Blockline Loop 2

Blockline Bike Tour Ore Mountains Route
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The Blockline is located in the east of the Ore Mountains - between Seiffen, world famous for its wood art, and the winter sports center of Altenberg. Dresden is 45 minutes away by car. Prague is 90 minutes away and Leipzig 1:45 h. Bayreuth and Erfurt are 2:30 h each, Berlin and Magdeburg are three hours away. In the west, all stations between Mulda (Saxony) and Holzhau ski lift are available to get on the Blockline. Geising and Altenberg stations are located on the eastern side of the route.

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