Pure adventure and nature in Thuringia.
- 11 Days / 10 Nights
- Self-guided tour
- Minimum of participants: 2 persons
Arrival in Eisenach
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.
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.
Ebertswiese – Oberhof
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.
Oberhof – Frauenwald
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.
Frauenwald – Masserberg
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.
Masserberg – Neuhaus
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.
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.
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.
Grumbach – Blankenstein
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.
Characteristics of the route
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.
Category: middle class hotels, inns and country hotels
- 10 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
- Luggage transfer
- Train fare Eisenach - Hörschel
- Rennsteig Hikingpass
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
- If half-board: min. 3-course evening meal
- Organized transfer back to Eisenach from Blankenstein EUR 90 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:
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!