Spread over 600 hectares, the Oberholz contains not only the vestiges of former open-cast mining areas and habitats for the pieces of nature that remain, but also a refuge for plants and animals. It is a popular destination all year round.
- Length: approx. 7.5 km
- Duration: 1.5–2 hours by bike,
- about 3 hours on foot Marking: diagonal green line on red square
The Oberholz nature trail has signs on both sides of the trail that feature a great deal of interesting facts about the flora and fauna of the area. History enthusiasts are highly encouraged to see the Schlossbergweg mediaeval rampart. The circular tour with a cross connection begins at the Oberholz railway station in Grosspoesna. The station is on the Leipzig – Geithain – Chemnitz railway line (trains run every hour). The small railway station is under the care of the Society of Friends of the Grosspoesna Rail, which organises exhibitions several times a year.
On Rudolf-Breitscheid-Strasse, go past the "Büffeltränke" restaurant and continue on past the playground, then turn right into Langer Weg. After crossing the railway lines, you will see a commemorative stone honouring the official presentation of the woods by Duke Moritz of Saxony to the University of Leipzig in 1544. After the first display boards, turn right onto Saulöcherweg and continue to the alpine hut. Turn right onto Butterweg and then onto Oelzschauer Weg.
After the second crossroads, turn off onto Sandgrubenweg, which is a cross connection to the nature trail. In a few metres you will reach the forest activity centre, where you can stop and take a little break. Once you are back on Butterweg, which turns right into Störmthaler Weg, there will be signs about the types of birds found in the area.
At the end of Störmthaler Weg, before crossing the railway lines, you will find the botanical garden on the left. These gardens are definitely worth seeing. Until only a few years ago, they also functioned as a reputable teaching facility for chemists and pharmacists. At the end of the trip, you can enjoy a snack at the "Büffeltränke".