Hikers with a view on the Rennsteig
Hikers on the Rennsteig forest path
Hiking rest at the mountain lake Ebertswiese
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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.

Hike the unique Rennsteig through central Germany and feel the inner peace grow with every step!

Walking
Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer
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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 the climatic health resort 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

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.

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Eisenach
  Season 1
01.04.2023 - 27.04.2023
30.06.2023 - 17.08.2023
18.09.2023 - 31.10.2023

Daily arrival (except Sunday and Monday)
Season 2
28.04.2023 - 29.06.2023
18.08.2023 - 17.09.2023

Daily arrival (except Sunday and Monday)
Rennsteig, 8 days, DE-THWEN-08X
Base price
739.00
769.00
Surcharge single room 175.00 175.00

Category: beautiful 3*** hotels, guesthouses and pensions

Season 1
Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 27, 2023
Jun 30, 2023 - Aug 17, 2023
Sep 18, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023
Daily arrival (except Sunday and Monday)
Season 2
Apr 28, 2023 - Jun 29, 2023
Aug 18, 2023 - Sep 17, 2023
Daily arrival (except Sunday and Monday)
Rennsteig, 8 days, DE-THWEN-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
739.00
175.00
769.00
175.00

Category: beautiful 3*** hotels, guesthouses and pensions

Season 1
Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 27, 2023
Jun 30, 2023 - Aug 17, 2023
Sep 18, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023
Season 2
Apr 28, 2023 - Jun 29, 2023
Aug 18, 2023 - Sep 17, 2023
Eisenach
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Oberhof
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Neuhaus
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
60.00
14.00
60.00
14.00
65.00
14.00
60.00
14.00
60.00
14.00
65.00
14.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Eisenach
  Season 1
Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 27, 2023
Jun 30, 2023 - Aug 17, 2023
Sep 18, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023

Daily arrival (except Sunday and Monday)
Season 2
Apr 28, 2023 - Jun 29, 2023
Aug 18, 2023 - Sep 17, 2023

Daily arrival (except Sunday and Monday)
Eisenach
Double room p. P. 60.00 60.00
Surcharge single room 14.00 14.00
Oberhof
Double room p. P. 60.00 60.00
Surcharge single room 14.00 14.00
Neuhaus
Double room p. P. 65.00 65.00
Surcharge single room 14.00 14.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers according to program
  • 1 Train fare Eisenach - Hörschel
  • 1 Rennsteig Hikingpass
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service-Hotline

Optional extras:

  • Return transfer to Eisenach (min. 2 people), costs per person from Neuhaus EUR 125, reservation required, payable locally.
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • By train to Eisenach and a short walk (approx. 10 minutes) to the hotel.
  • Frankfurt airport
  • Car park: limited number of hotel car park, approx. from EUR 7 per day, no reservation required. Free car park near the hotel or public parking garage for approx. EUR 70 per week.
  • Back to the starting point by train or bus, duration approx. 3.5 hours from Neuhaus.

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!
Contact & booking
Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.
Julia Winklhofer
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Julia Winklhofer, Team lead Eurohike
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Ratings

4.6 of 5 Stars (9 Ratings)
5 stars
Getraud Thaler AT | 01.07.2022
Aktive Auszeit am Rennsteig
Die Etappen waren sehr abwechslungsreich, teils anstrengend aber sehr sehr schön! Wir genossen unser aktive Auszeit am Rennsteig sehr und werden diese Tour weiterempfehlen.
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Sehr geehrte Frau Thaler, vielen lieben Dank für das nette Reisefeedback! Wir freuen uns sehr zu hören, dass Ihnen die Wanderreise so gut gefallen hat und Sie eine schöne Zeit am Rennsteig verbringen konnten.
5 stars
Katie B. GB | 15.06.2022
Beautiful and relaxing time at the Rennsteig
4 stars
Ingo L. DE | 02.11.2020
Rennsteig im Oktober
5 stars
Gabriele D. DE | 20.08.2020
Immer wieder
Von Anfang bis Ende war die Tour gut durchgeplant. Wir hatten Einzelzimmer und Halbpension dazu gebucht. Das Einzelzimmer war oft ein Doppelzimmer zur allein Nutzung. In den Restaurants wurde auf meine speziellen vegetarischen Wünsche eingegangen, und es war bis auf das Sporthotel in Oberhof immer sehr lecker. Der Rennsteig ist sehr gut ausgeschildert und die Reiseunterlagen, Kartenmaterial, waren sehr gut. Bei den Kilometerangaben der Tagesetappen müssen die Kilometer zu Unterkunft noch hinzuaddiert werden. Das ist nicht unerheblich.
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Vielen Dank für Ihre netten Worte und den wichtigen Hinweis! Hoffentlich dürfen wir Sie auch nächstes Jahr wieder zu unseren Gästen zählen!
3 stars
Annette H. DE | 28.07.2020
Alles gut geklappt - zu empfehlen!
5 stars
Maria H. AT | 18.11.2019
Anspruchsvoll aber machbar!
Der Rennsteig ist Landschaftlich sehr schön, die Wege sind sehr gut markiert. Auch die Unterkünfte waren gut bis sehr gut und die Tagesetappen von der Länge und dem Anspruch gut zusammengestellt.
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Lieber Wandergast, vielen Dank für Ihr nettes Reisefeedback! Wir sind stehts bemüht sehr gute Unterkünfte für unsere Gäste auszuwählen und freuen uns, dass Sie sich überall wohlfühlen konnten! Schön, dass Sie rund um mit der Organisation der Wanderreise zufrieden waren.
5 stars
Maik T. DE | 09.05.2019
Alles Bestens
Alles gut organisiert. Unterkünfte waren bis auf Kleinigkeiten i. O. Wir können die Tour und das Reisebüro nur empfehlen.
5 stars
Ian W. AU | 25.04.2019
Enjoyable walk
Pretty, well signed walk through lovely forest. Very well organised. First class support if any minor glitches occur.
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Thank you for your travel feedback, it is most important to us that you enjoy your hiking holiday and hopefully take lots of wonderful memories back home with you.
4 stars
Helga Sieb AT | 23.03.2017
Sehr schön
Eine schöne Wanderung, teils anstrengend aber es hat sich sehr gelohnt.

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