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Rennsteig

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.

Walking

Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour

Itinerary

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

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

All data at a glance
Season 1
Apr 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
daily
Rennsteig 8 days, DE-THWEN-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board
535,00
140,00
126,00

Category: middle class hotels, inns and country hotels

Season 1
Apr 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Eisenach
Extra night sgl/bb
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Oberhof
Extra night sgl/bb
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Neuhaus
Extra night sgl/bb
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
65,00
51,00
65,00
51,00
60,00
47,00

Services and infos

  • 7 overnight stays, breakfast included
  • If half-board: min. 3-course meal
  • Luggage transfer
  • Train fare Eisenach - Hörsche
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking

  • 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.
  • Organized transfer back to Eisenach from Neuhaus EUR 70 per person, payable locally, reservation required, min. 2 persons.

Note

  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
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Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
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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