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River Unstrut Cycle Trail

Höhe und Position

The Unstrut Cycle Trail is just about 200 kilometres in length and begins in Eichsfeld at the source of the Unstrut near Kefferhausen. Via Dingelstädt, Horsmar and Dachrieden, you cycle through Reisersche Valley to the old imperial town of Mühlhausen with its historic town walls, interesting churches and museums. The route continues via Bollstedt, Altengottern and Thamsbrück to Bad Langensalza (Friederike Thermal Baths, Japanese and rose garden).
The cycle trail then runs through the picturesque Unstrut Valley Nature Reserve from Nägelstedt to Großvargula and continues via Herbsleben to Gebesee. Here, it shares a short section with the Gera Cycle Trail as far as Ringleben. Via Haßleben and Werningshausen (St. Wigberti Monastery), Sömmerda (town walls, Dreyse Museum) and Leubingen (Leubing Princes’ Tomb), you arrive at Griefstedt and then follow the River Lossa. In Gorsleben (sundial “Death of Gorsleben”), the trail again meets with the river Unstrut and takes you through the impressive Thuringian Gate, above which tower the ruins of the Sachsen and Hakenburg Fortress, which can be seen from far afield. From Oldisleben (technical monument) via Heldrungen (water castle), you reach the most northern point of the trail at Artern (St Vitus Church, open-air brine pool, brine spring). After this, the route runs in a south-easterly direction along the Unstrut dyke via Ritteburg and Bottendorf (copper mill) to Roßleben (former monastery) and finally to Wiehe, where the probably largest model railway in the world is to be found.   The cycle trail has only small elevations and is suitable for families, nature lovers and touring cyclists.

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Route data

  • Total length: 200 km
  • Length in Thuringia: 152 km
  • Departure point in Thuringia: Spring of Unstrut near Kefferhausen
  • Destination point in Thuringia: Wiehe
  • Difference in altitude: 395 to 115 m above sea level
  • Degree of difficulty: Easy to medium
  • Type of trail: 140 km asphalt, 3 km concrete, 5 km cobbled road, 4 km forest-field track