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Circular hiking trail - gorge tour near Eisenach - Thuringian Forest

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The Eisenach Gorge Tour is the top seller among Thuringian hiking trails.
Open
moderate
Distance 11.6 km
3:00 h
222 m
215 m
458 m
236 m
Experience nature literally first hand and let the walls come closer. In the legendary Drachenschlucht (Dragon Gorge) south of Eisenach, the narrowest point on the hiking trail is no wider than 70 cm. Romantics, nature lovers and geologists alike get their money's worth on this tour.

The gorge tour through the wild and romantic Dragon Gorge and the unspoilt rock formations of the Landgrafenschlucht (Landgrave Gorge) is one of the most beautiful hikes of all.

Starting from the Mariental, which can be reached on foot or by public transport, the hike leads through the mossy rocks of the Dragon Gorge - the rushing Marienbach directly below the grating.

Arrived at the "Hohe Sonne" (snack bar Hohe Sonne (barbecue) on the Rennsteig, you can enjoy a Thuringian bratwurst on the grill and enjoy the view of the Wartburg. Continuing along the Weinstraße (Wine Route), you will reach the Großer Drachenstein (Big Dragron’s Stone), from where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the Hörselberge and the Inselsberg. The way back through the impressive Landgrafenschlucht leads to the starting point in Mariental near Eisenach.

 

ATTENTION: The Mariental is a popular excursion destination, especially on weekends many day trippers visit the region. Please do NOT park your car along the busy main road when the car parks are full. It is therefore recommended to travel by public transport. More information about the departure times can be found under Arrival.

 

DOWNLOADS and LINKS:   

Hiking map of the Drachen Gorge and Landgrafen Gorge in PDF format   

The Dragon Gorge - Website of the Tourist-Information Eisenach   

 

Eisenach Hike through another gorge near Eisenach: Circular hike - "Through the romantic Johannistal" near Eisenach

Author’s recommendation

Directly at the Hohe Sonne you have a wonderful view to the Wartburg. The atmosphere in the morning or evening hours is particularly impressive.
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Author
Christina Bödefeld
Update: September 22, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Hohe Sonne, 458 m
Lowest point
Mariental, 236 m
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Track types

Asphalt 2.59%Dirt road 13.16%Forested/wild trail 5.70%Path 72.70%Unknown 5.82%
Asphalt
0.3 km
Dirt road
1.5 km
Forested/wild trail
0.7 km
Path
8.4 km
Unknown
0.7 km
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Rest stops

Sängerwiese meadows
Gaststätte „Seeblick“
Imbiss Wilhelmsthal
Hohe Sonne site
Hubertushaus
Eisenacher Ausflugsgaststätte und Wandertreff "Phantasie"

Safety information

When walking on the clamp, pay attention to slippery and slippery areas. The watercourse of the stream is partly located directly under the hiking trail. In the case of ice and snow there is limited accessibility.Please be considerate and quiet in the forest to protect the flora and fauna. Follow the instructions of the forest staff and pay attention to restrictions caused by forest work.

Tips and hints

Short YouTube about the haiking trail Rennsteig with beautiful pictures of the Dragon Gorge

Virtual Tour Tourist-Information Eisenach

Start

Eisenach, Mariental (249 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.959358, 10.312835
DMS
50°57'33.7"N 10°18'46.2"E
UTM
32U 592199 5646125
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Destination

Eisenach, Mariental

Turn-by-turn directions

Circular hike through the Gorge Drachenschlucht and gorge Landgrafen:

Mariental – Wichmannpromenade - Gorge Drachenschlucht – Hohe Sonne – Weinstrasse – View Großer Drachenstein – Gorge Landgrafenschlucht – Mariental

 

Gorge Drachenschlucht:

Mariental – Wichmannpromenade - Gorge Drachenschlucht – Hohe Sonne (branch to Wartburg possible) or vice versa

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Use the travel information of Deutsche Bahn. All regional transport providers are also listed in this portal.

Eisenach city bus: Line 13 from ZOB/main station or Karslplatz to the stop Mariental/Drachenschlucht (Dragon Gorge) or to the stop Hohe Sonne

City bus line: 13

Regional bus line: 145

Current timetable here

Getting there

Coming from the Motorway A4 take exit 40a (Eisenach-Ost). Then continue on the National Road B84 in the direction of Eisenach until the junction "Eisenach-Oststadt". Continue straight ahead on National Road B19 to the railway station and then south through the city. Follow National Road B19 in the direction of Wilhelmstahl / Etterwinden and Bad Salzungen. Follow the road for about 4 km until "Hohe Sonne".

ATTENTION: The Mariental is a popular destination for day trips, especially on weekends many day trippers visit the region. Please do NOT park along the busy main road when the parking spots are full. We reccomend the to use the local public transport.

Parking

Parking lots:

Hohe Sonne

P+R-Parkplatz an der Phantasie

P+R-Parkplatz Liliengrund

Parkplatz am Prinzenteich

Coordinates

DD
50.959358, 10.312835
DMS
50°57'33.7"N 10°18'46.2"E
UTM
32U 592199 5646125
w3w 
///allow.alleges.economies
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

sturdy shoes, rainwear

Questions and answers

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When did you do this route? May 30, 2021
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November 08, 2020 · Community
When did you do this route? September 18, 2020
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Status
Open
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.6 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
222 m
Descent
215 m
Highest point
458 m
Lowest point
236 m
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