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Thuringia – Hiking and Lodging of Certified Quality

Hiking Trails

Rennsteig

The Rennsteig Trail is Germany's most well-known and most popular ridge hiking trail, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It is seen as the oldest and hitherto most walked long-distance trail in Germany. It runs thro…

  • Start: Hörschel
  • Ziel: Blankenstein
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: mittel
  • Wegelänge: 168 km
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Elster Pearls Trail

  • Start: Greiz
  • Ziel: Greiz
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: schwer
  • Wegelänge: 72 km
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Peak Trail

Hikers on this trail will climb seven of the highest summits in the central part of the Thuringian Forest and enjoy fantastic viewing points. They can also rest and dream in romantic mountain meadows. Three typical hikers' chale…

  • Start: Suhl
  • Ziel: Suhl
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: medium
  • Wegelänge: 30 km
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Goethe Hiking Trail

This trail is the pedestrian link between the most important places connected to Goethe in the environs of Ilmenau. It is 20 kilometres long and was the first hiking trail in Thuringia to be awarded the quality seal "Qualitäts…

  • Start: Ilmenau
  • Ziel: Stützerbach
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: medium
  • Wegelänge: 20 km
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The Hochrhöner (High Rhöner)

The treeless heights with their wide-reaching views make the Rhön region, this “land of open distances” a unique paradise for hikers. Covering 180 kilometres, this long-distance premium-quality hiking trail is a true pleasure to walk. C…

  • Start: Birx
  • Ziel: Bad Salzungen
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:
  • Wegelänge: 65 km
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Hohenwarte Reservoir Trail

In four stages covering a total length of 76 kilometres, the Hohenwarte Reservoir Trail takes hikers on a fascinating journey of discovery of the flora and fauna around the Hohenwarte Reservoir. This quality-tested route runs through the dre…

  • Start: Car park at Hohenwarte Dam
  • Ziel: Car park at Hohenwarte Dam
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:
  • Wegelänge: 75.8 km
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Karst Hiking Trail

The southern Harz gypsum karst landscape is a natural area unique in Europe. While most karst landscapes in the world develop in limestone and feature sparse or vegetation-free areas, the southern Harz karst develops in gypsum or anhydrite r…

  • Start: Heimkehle
  • Ziel: Ellrich
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: mittel
  • Wegelänge: 53 km
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Kyffhäuser Hiking Trail

The Kyffhäuser Trail passes through the most beautiful countryside and sights in the Kyffhäuser Mountains, Germany's smallest low mountain range. The Trail is located within the Kyffhäuser Nature Park. In the south and sou…

  • Start: Bad Frankenhausen
  • Ziel: Bad Frankenhausen
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:
  • Wegelänge: 37 km
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Milseburg Trail

The Milseburg Trail crosses the Rhön region from west to east and links Fulda, the town of Baroque and bishops, with the theatre town of Meiningen. Milseburg Hill, which gives this trail its name, is perhaps the Rhön's most bea…

  • Start: Fulda
  • Ziel: Meiningen
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: schwer
  • Wegelänge: 74 km
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Leine-Werra Nature Park Trail

Along the 98-kilometre Leine-Werra Nature Park Trail, challenging ascents alternate with gentle valley sections. In the yew woods and the Werra river meadows, you can enjoy both culture and tradition. The Trail takes you through traditional …

  • Start: Heiligenstadt Spa
  • Ziel: Creuzburg
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:
  • Wegelänge: 98 km
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Schwarza Valley Panorama Trail

The Schwarza Valley Panorama Trail runs mostly on romantic tracks and paths through the varied cultural landscape in the eastern section of the Thuringian Forest Nature Park. A combination of untouched Nature and the castle landscape of the …

  • Start: Rudolstadt, Schwarza district
  • Ziel: Rudolstadt, Schwarza district
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:
  • Wegelänge: 135 km
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SaaleHorizontale Panorama Trail

The SaaleHorizontale Panorama Trail provides 70 kilometres of pure hiking pleasure. It runs on narrow tracks through steep shell limestone slopes and, despite being close to the town, offers spectacular views of the charming Saale valle…

  • Start: Jena-Lobeda East
  • Ziel: Jena
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:
  • Wegelänge: 71 km
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Reservoir Trail

  • Start: Zeulenroda-Triebes
  • Ziel: Zeulenroda-Triebes
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: mittel
  • Wegelänge: 45 km
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Thuringian Three Towers Trail

The Thuringian Three Towers Trail is a 26-kilometre circular hiking route through a protected landscape of particular beauty, offering fascinating views and numerous cultural highlights. It links the Hain Tower near Weimar to the Caroline To…

  • Start: Bad Berka
  • Ziel: Bad Berka
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: difficult
  • Wegelänge: 26 km
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From Bach to Goethe

The "From Bach to Goethe" Trail takes you to places associated with Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Trail runs over the picturesque Reinsberge Hills and the well-known Veronikaberg Hill. Enjoy magnificent …

  • Start: Centre of Arnstadt
  • Ziel: Ilmenau
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: medium
  • Wegelänge: 24 km
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Point Alpha Trail

The Point Alpha Trail shows hikers some of the most beautiful parts of the Geisa District in the Rhön Biosphere Reserve. Thanks to its fantastic views, untouched natural paths and diverse landscape, the Trail has been certified as a &qu…

  • Start: Geisa
  • Ziel: Geisa
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: medium
  • Wegelänge: 14.6 km
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The Luther Trail starts at the Luther Monument at Glasbachgrund. Here Luther was taken into protective custody by the servants of the Saxon Elector Frederick the Wise in 1521 and taken to Wartburg Fortress. Via Altenstein Castle, th…

  • Start: Steinbach
  • Ziel: Eisenach
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: medium
  • Wegelänge: 32.6 km
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Luther Trail from Nordhausen to Stolberg

This section of the Luther Trail is about 15 kilometres in length and runs from the state boundary with Saxony-Anhalt to Nordhausen, of which Luther once said: "I know of no other town in the Harz region which submitted to the Evangelio…

  • Start: Stolberg (Hainfeld)
  • Ziel: Nordhausen
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:
  • Wegelänge: 15.5 km
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Luther Trail from Schmalkalden to Tambach-Dietharz

In part, the Trail follows Luther's historic route in 1537. At the "Schmalkalden Diet of Princes ", the Reformer publicised his Schmalkaldian Articles, the creed of the Protestant-Lutheran Church. The Articles, which had been w…

  • Start: Schmalkalden
  • Ziel: Tambach-Dietharz
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad: medium
  • Wegelänge: 19 km
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60 kilometres in length, the Erfurt section of the Thuringian Luther Trail runs in four loops from the city borders to the Old Quarter. The northern Erfurt route runs from the Old Quarter via Johannesstrasse and Magdeburger Allee, past the L…

  • Start: Erfurt
  • Ziel: Erfurt
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:
  • Wegelänge: km
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Thuringia, the green heart of Germany, is an ideal place for hiking:

Breathtaking landscapes with mountains of up to nearly 1,000 metres in height, endless lovely meadows and woods, and nature parks such as the Thuringian Forest or the Hainich National Park with its famous Treetop Trail, captivate visitors with their beauty.

Altogether, Thuringia offers 16,000 kilometres of hiking paths including 18 certified quality hiking trails. More than 80 hotels along the routes have been certified as qualified accommodations for hikers.

The unique link between nature and cultural heritage makes hiking in Thuringia extraordinary and unique. In the footsteps of world-known personalities such as Goethe or Bach, hikers get to know the German Classics, and German-German history can be experienced whilst hiking the certified quality hiking trail “Point Alpha” along the inner-German border to a former US Army observation post.

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