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Forest bathing (Shinrin-Yoku) with "Doctor Forest
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moderate
Distance 22.1 km
6:30 h
556 m
552 m
783 m
599 m
He gets everyone back on their feet, Doctor Wald. He always knows the right medicine for headaches, aching backs, crazy blood pressure and confused thoughts. The only thing he doesn't do is make house calls. But for that there is now the Dr. Wald path. This trail combines natural history with the past of the GDR in an exceptionally beautiful natural landscape.

 

The 21-kilometer circular hiking trail leads through the villages of Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig, Stützerbach and Frauenwald. Of course, it is possible to start from all three places. And everywhere there is much to discover: In Stützerbach's local history and glass museum as well as the dense coniferous forest at the Massenmühle and the Bunkermuseum located on the Rennsteig, once used by the GDR's state security.

 

If you want to take a break in Stützerbach, you'll get your money's worth at the Gasthof zum Reifberg. By the way, this is also where the famous dumpling fries were invented.

 

In Schmiedefeld, the craftsmanship of the glassblowers awaits with interesting insights. And so the hiker puts himself in the hands of the wondrous Doctor Wald. If his practice is overrun, everyone can get fit and healthy again.

 

When I suffer from headaches and neuroses,
i feel misunderstood or old,
and the lovely muses don't caress me,
I consult Doctor Wald.

He is my ophthalmologist and psychiatrist,
my orthopedist and my internist.
He sure helps me over every hangover,
whether he's grief or cognac.

He doesn't think much of powders and pills,
but all the more of air and sunshine.
And no sooner does a pleasant silence surround me,
he whispers to me: "Now take a deep breath!"

Is his practice also often overcrowded,
in his care you one runs yourself healthy.
And circulatory patients who are still panting today
are tomorrow without any finding.

He always gets us back on our feet,
the spiritual in balance,
prevents fat deposition and gallstones.
Only - unfortunately, he does not make house calls.

Forester Helmut Dagenbach, 1986

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the Kneipp facility in Stützerbach rounds off the hike fabulously.
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Paul Hentschel 
Update: August 31, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
783 m
Lowest point
599 m
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Track types

Asphalt 13.62%Dirt road 51.88%Forested/wild trail 31.88%Path 2.18%Road 0.42%
Asphalt
3 km
Dirt road
11.5 km
Forested/wild trail
7.1 km
Path
0.5 km
Road
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Gasthaus Waldfrieden - Frauenwald
Bahnhof Rennsteig
Gasthof Auerbach
Gasthof "Zum Reifberg"

Safety information

Please pay attention to the typical forest Gefahren and follow the instructions of the employees of ThüringenForst.

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Start

Bahndamm Schmiedefeld (681 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.606772, 10.817323
DMS
50°36'24.4"N 10°49'02.4"E
UTM
32U 628591 5607674
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Bahndamm Schmiedefeld

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Coordinates

DD
50.606772, 10.817323
DMS
50°36'24.4"N 10°49'02.4"E
UTM
32U 628591 5607674
w3w 
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  • Rainwear   
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  • GPS device or smartphone   
  • Drink reserve

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
22.1 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
556 m
Descent
552 m
Highest point
783 m
Lowest point
599 m
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