Rennsteig

HIKING WITHOUT LUGGAGE ON THE RENNSTEIG

Around 200 paths in Germany are known as Rennsteig, because in the past these served as trade or messenger paths. But when one speaks of a special Rennsteig, which is known as the oldest and most popular hiking trail in Germany, it can only be the beautiful ridge trail in the middle of the Thuringian Forest. For more than 100 years, the high-altitude-trail has been one of the top active travel destinations for many hiking fans and inspires with a harmony of nature, culture and history on a hiking holiday without luggage in central Germany.

Beautiful view at the Rennsteig

Basic information about the Rennsteig

Germany’s most famous long-distance hiking trail runs over the ridge of the Thuringian Forest for 170 kilometres and past breathtaking high-altitude-trails and deep valleys. The starting point of the hiking trail is the middle of the Werra river near Hörschel, which leads to the upper reaches of the Saale near Blankenstein. A varied adventure is guaranteed along the entire route. Along the way there are around 1,300 historical boundary stones, 44 Rennsteig panels with information on the surrounding sights of the region, numerous Rennsteig houses in the towns directly on the Rennsteig, as well as inviting inns and rest areas. Urgent medical care is also ensured at all times by means of bases specially set up by the Thuringian Mountain Rescue Services.

The most beautiful stages on the Rennsteig

Hiking boot with beautiful view

High altitude hiking in Thuringia

On your Eurohike hiking holiday without luggage on the Rennsteig, you can fully devote yourself to your relaxing hiking experience, because we ensure a smooth journey and reliable luggage transfer. This leaves plenty of time to experience and enjoy the popular Rennsteig in the Thuringian Forest. Pure hiking pleasure accompanies you along the entire way: from impressive vantage points, eventful paths through the breathtaking natural landscapes and cosy inns with delicious specialties of the region, experience the best of the long-distance hiking trail on our 11-day Rennsteig hiking tour. The starting point of the route is Eisenach, because this is where the tour begins according to old tradition. The path leads you to Ruhla-Ascherbrück, on to the Ebertswiese and Oberhof, where you reach the highest point of the Rennsteig.

Enchanting view at the Thueringer Forest

On the next day’s stage, the path leads you to Masserberg in the Thuringian Slate Mountains. From there you walk to Neuhaus and Steinbach am Wald. Our tip: Don’t miss an action-packed ride on the summer toboggan run in Ernstthal. The next day, spectacular panoramas await you on the way from Steinbach am Wald to Grumbach at the lookout point on the Lauenhaun. The last stage of the hiking tour on the Rennsteig takes you from Grumbach to Blankenstein, where you can enjoy the rest of your active holiday. The two shorter options Rennsteig, 8 days and the short holiday option Rennsteig, 5 days will also let you experience the Rennsteig from its most beautiful side.

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Charming garden with pond

Our Eurohike moments on the Rennsteig

  • This is what the Rennsteig sounds like: The high-altitude-trail is not only a pleasure for the eyes, the hiking trail also offers something special for the ears. The Suhl folk musicians Karl Müller and Herbert Roth have composed their own song for the popular Rennsteig, which is also known as the ‘secret song of the Thuringian Forest’.
  • Experience tradition: In the Museum of Glass Art in Lauscha, learn everything about the more than 400-year-old glassmaking trade. The basis for the city glassblowers was laid as early as 1597. The resources required for production, such as the quartz sand, come directly from the region.
  • Feasts of the region: What you should definitely try as a Rennsteig hiker is the traditional Thuringian Rostbratwurst with the wonderful Altenburg mustard. Thuringia also offers just the right thing for vegetarians: the hearty onion cake made from yeasted dough. The region definitely has something delicious in store for every taste.

Route guidance on the Rennsteig

Marker at the Rennsteig

Long-distance hiking trail with a view

For more than 100 years, the Rennsteig in central Germany has been one of the most popular hiking trails in the country. Since the ridge path leads over numerous heights and impressive valleys, one is always accompanied by impressive views and beautiful natural landscapes. The path runs along the ridge of the Thuringian low mountain range and is well signposted throughout. A white ‘R’ is used to mark the path. The stages are categorised as easy to moderately difficult and can be mastered with a good basic level of fitness. The route guidance runs on good hiking trails and necessary breaks are always possible. Every five to ten kilometres, a small shelter hut offers the opportunity to take shelter. Furthermore, in many places directly on the Rennsteig there are the Rennsteig houses, so-called ‘multifunctional buildings’, which offer all the important services for active guests.

Facts and details about the Rennsteig

Historic cities, places full of tradition and idyllic mountain villages as you know them from picture books: these contrasts make a hiking holiday on the Rennsteig with luggage transfer an unforgettable active experience. The long-distance hiking trail is not only the most popular hiking trail in Germany, it is also the oldest high-altitude hiking trail in the Thuringian Forest, offering exciting things to discover from bygone times. All facts and details about the Rennsteig can be found here at a glance:

Rennsteig Altenstein
  • Location: Thuringia and Bavaria
  • Length: 170 kilometres
  • Course: From Hörschel to Blankenstein (Eurohike hiking tour from Eisenach to Blankenstein)
  • Season: Best time to travel is from April to October
  • Difference in altitude: 787 metres
  • Highest point: 983 metres (Großer Beerberg)
  • Lowest point: 196 metres (Werraufer in Hörschel)
  • Parth markings: white ‚R‘
  • Special features: The historic Grenzweg runs partly on former trading trails, the history of which goes back to the 14th century. Our Eurohike hiking tours are paw-friendly and a great experience for two and four-legged friends.
Railway station Rennsteig

Eurohike hiking experience on the Rennsteig

We at Eurohike ensure an all-round carefree hiking experience without luggage on the Rennsteig. You spend your entire hiking holiday in Thuringia with our reliable luggage transfer – so you are completely free of any load during the day and do not have to forego any comfort in the evening. In addition, there are our detailed travel documents, professional support on-site as well as overnight stays in hotels and accommodation with a certain extra comfort. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on our Eurohike service-hotline.

Julia Winklhofer
I look forward to organizing your Rennsteig hike, including unforgettable experiences and lasting memories!
Julia Winklhofer, Customer Service
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