Circular hiking trail - gorge tour near Eisenach - Thuringian Forest
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Family in the Dragon GorgePhoto: Anna-Lena Thamm, CC BY-ND, Eisenach-Wartburgregion Touristik, bbs-Medien
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
Rest stopsSängerwiese meadows
Hohe Sonne site
Eisenacher Ausflugsgaststätte und Wandertreff "Phantasie"
Safety informationWhen 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 hintsShort YouTube about the haiking trail Rennsteig with beautiful pictures of the Dragon Gorge
Mariental – Wichmannpromenade - Gorge Drachenschlucht – Hohe Sonne – Weinstrasse – View Großer Drachenstein – Gorge Landgrafenschlucht – Mariental
Mariental – Wichmannpromenade - Gorge Drachenschlucht – Hohe Sonne (branch to Wartburg possible) or vice versa
Public-transport-friendlyUse 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
By roadComing 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.
P+R-Parkplatz an der Phantasie
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