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Beautiful view at the Rennsteig
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Pure adventure and nature in Thuringia.

Since more than 100 years ridgeway Rennsteig is fascinating numerous people, as it represents a unique connection between nature, history and tradition and the rivers Werra and Saale. The myth about the ridgeway says: the real rambler takes a stone from river Werra at the beginning of the tour and carries it to the end at river Saale to throw it there in the water again.

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Explore Luther city Eisenach with its fortress during a stroll through the city.

Short train journey to Hörschel. In accordance with old tradition, this is the trailhead of the Rennsteig trail. The route takes you into the little mountain town of Ruhla, renowned for its historic watch manufacturing tradition. You continue on tranquil paths via the ‚Hohe Sonne’ and reach Ruhla-Ascherbrück. We definitely recommend a detour to the impressive dragon gorge.

approx. 5 hours
19 km
420 m
70 m

Past Ruhlaer Häuschen you walk to mountain Großer Inselsberg, which measures 912 m at his highest point. From there a steep climb is awaiting you, but you will be rewarded with a fabulous view. This popular section leads down to Grenzwiese, Dreiherrenstein and on to Ebertswiese with its mountain meadows and lakes. 

approx. 6,5 hours
25 km
590 m
400 m

You start at 730 m above sea level and walk comfortable across the Rennsteig through the Thuringia Forest, past Krämerrod and Wachsenrasen, and on to Oberhof. In the near, the Grenzadler, a centuries-old landmark is awaiting you, today it is marking the DKB-skiing arena. The popular winter sports resort is inviting you for relaxation and offers many wellness treatments for tired legs.

approx. 5,5 hours
22 km
300 m
240 m

Today the highest point of the Rennsteig is awaiting you. You walk up onto 973 m. The walking tour leads past idyllic meadows with huts and springs, which invite you for a break. Before you reach Frauenwald you pass train station Rennsteig, where special trains go into the nature.

approx. 5 hours
18 km
180 m
220 m

From Frauenwald you pass mountain Großer Dreiherrenstein. The roads from Illmenau, Neustadt, and Allzunah are meeting here. In Neustadt the centre of the Rennsteig is located in the Rennsteig museum. From Thuringia Forest you continue into the Thuringia Schiefergebirge (shale mountains). You cross the Schwalbenhauptwiese and meet a hollow way, which has been formed through elution and usage.

approx. 5 hours
19 km
190 m
210 m

You walk from the Rennsteig lookout to Friedrichshöhe. The village is imbedded in deep Thuringia Forest and well known as smallest independent village of the German Democratic Republic as well as for its absolute silence. A detour to the spring of river Werra is worth is before you continue your tour via Limbach to Neuhaus.

approx. 5 hours
20 km
280 m
230 m

Today you walk to Steinbach. The alpine slide in Ernstthal is inviting you for a ride. Afterwards the tour leads you to Spechtsbrunn. Who wants to learn more about the Thuringia Forest should visit the nature park information centre.

approx. 6 hours
23 km
180 m
400 m

Enjoy the diversified lookouts onto Lauenhain and the slaty fractures of Lehesten for instance during this day. You will be accompanied from landmarks. They are the reason that this path is named “Schönwappenweg”. Presentation boards inform about the region, before you continue along the Rennsteig to Grumbach.

approx. 3 hours
12 km
200 m
110 m

On your last walking tour you visit the hamlet Rodacherbrunn, it is located at the former “Mittlere Handelsstraße” (trading route). Already Napoleon was passing by with a huge army to the battle at Jena and Auerstädt. Past the three “Stephanseichen” (oak trees) you walk down to stage finish Blankenstein.

approx. 4 hours
17 km
60 m
280 m

Tour character

The level of the hiking tour is easy to medium. You walk mainly on good walking paths and ridgeways, which offer beautiful views as well as in silent and untouched nature. If you are in a good shape the daily tours can be managed without difficulties.

Prices and events

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Season 1
Apr 1, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
Rennsteig 11 days, DE-THWEB-11X
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Services and infos


  • 10 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Train fare Eisenach - Hörschel
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service-Hotline

Optional extras:

  • If half-board: min. 3-course evening meal
  • Organized transfer back to Eisenach from Blankenstein EUR 85 per person, payable locally, reservation required, min. 2 persons.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • By train to Eisenach and a short walk (approx. 10 minutes) to the hotel.
  • Car park: limited number of hotel car park, approx. from EUR 5 per day, no reservation required. Free car park near the hotel or public parking garage for approx. EUR 60 per week.
  • Back to the starting point by train, duration approx. 3,5 hrs.

Things to note:

  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
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4.5 of 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
5 stars
Ian W. AU | 26.04.2019
Enjoyable walk
Pretty, well signed walk through lovely forest. Very well organised. First class support if any minor glitches occur.
4 stars
Helga Sieb AT | 24.03.2017
Sehr schön
Eine schöne Wanderung, teils anstrengend aber es hat sich sehr gelohnt.

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