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Wilde Sau stone cross

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    Wilde Sau - Eisenach
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The ‘Wilde Sau’ (Wild Sow) is a stone cross that was erected in the Thuringian Forest in 1483 – the year of Martin Luther’s birth. It depicts a hunter riding on a sow who seems to be trying to free his hunting companion from a tight spot using his outstretched spear.

It is highly likely to a penitence cross that was erected by a Weimar servant who accidently stabbed his master during a hunt whilst trying to free him. The ‘Wilde Sau’ is the oldest dated stone cross on the Rennsteig Trail and from here, you have a wonderful view of Wartburg Castle.

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The stone cross is accessible all year round when the weather is fine.
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Update: March 09, 2022

Public transport

The 'Wilde Sau' stone cross is inaccessible via public transport.

Getting there

Coming from Eisenach on the B84 towards Marksuhl, turn right in Förtha towards Wolfsburg-Unkeroda. From there continue on foot north east via the 'Bungalowsiedlung in der Struth' to the hiking trail.

Parking

In the centre of Wolfsburg-Unkeroda

Coordinates

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50.945659, 10.291290
DMS
50°56'44.4"N 10°17'28.6"E
UTM
32U 590713 5644575
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