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Circular hiking trail - Vesserquelle - Eisenberg - Thuringian Forest

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  • Haus am hohen Stein - Information centre - Schmiedefeld
    Haus am hohen Stein - Information centre - Schmiedefeld
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This circular trail with its natural character occupies a special place among the hiking trails in the Thuringian Forest.
moderate
Distance 10.6 km
3:15 h
238 m
262 m
863 m
685 m

The circular trail leads through Germany's oldest UNESCO biosphere reserve and seduces with its unique natural beauty in the Thuringian Forest.

The circular hiking trail first leads along the Suhler Chaussee and Cruxstraße to the Black Crux. The visitor mine is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Thursday is a day off), with refreshments available. From there, walk to the ten ponds in the Upper Vessertal to the Vesserquelle spring. Continue to the Wegscheide where you cross the Suhler Chaussee to the Salzberg. From the Salzberg you have a beautiful view in the direction of Goldlauter and Suhl. From there, the trail continues to the cold hostel. Around the Eisenberg you then go to the Liftbaude where a stop is possible (open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm) and you can have a wonderful view of Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig.

Take the lift slope to Gablenzbach, where the finish line is again at the "Alte Post".

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the tourist information and the information centre Biosphere Reserve Thuringian Forest is worthwhile. Open daily 10 am - 6 pm.
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Touristinformation Schmiedefeld
Update: August 30, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
863 m
Lowest point
685 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 1.22%Dirt road 28.19%Forested/wild trail 67.15%Path 1.30%Road 2.10%
Asphalt
0.1 km
Dirt road
3 km
Forested/wild trail
7.1 km
Path
0.1 km
Road
0.2 km
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Safety information

Please pay attention to the dangers typical of the forest and follow the instructions of the ThüringenForst staff. Always bear in mind that you are not only in a nature reserve, but even in a biosphere reserve. The use of open fires is strictly prohibited in the entire area of the Vessertal. Disposing of rubbish is also only permitted at designated places (rest areas with rubbish bins).

Tips and hints

www.schmiedefeld.de

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Germany

Start

"Alte Post" - Suhler Chaussee - Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig (693 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.608561, 10.811823
DMS
50°36'30.8"N 10°48'42.6"E
UTM
32U 628197 5607863
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Destination

"Alte Post" - Suhler Chaussee - Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig

Turn-by-turn directions

"Alte Post" - Suhler Chaussee - Cruxstraße - Schwarze Crux (stop for refreshments/visitor mine) - Zehn Teiche - Oberes Vessertal - Vesserquelle - Wegscheide - cross Suhler Chaussee - Salzberg - Kalte Herberge - around the Eisenberg - Liftbaude (stop for refreshments) - lift slope - Gablenzbach - "Alte Post".

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig can be reached by bus from Ilmenau (line 300 IOV) or from Suhl (line K towards Vesser). To plan your journey, please use this link to the Deustchen Bahn travel planner:

Journey to Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig

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Just specify your desired travel date and starting point.

Special: You can reach the circular hiking trail on weekends in an environmentally friendly way with the RennsteigShuttle and RennsteigBus (line 300): Erfurt-Ilmenau-Bahnhof Rennsteig and continue by bus from Rennsteigkreuzung to Schmiedefeld, also the Schleusingen - Schmiedefeld line with the WerraBus (line 202).

Getting there

Coming from the A71, take exit 16 (Ilmenau West) and continue on the L3004 towards Ilmenau. Continue along the road through the town and follow the L3004 further in the direction of Stützerbach / Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig. At the Rennsteig junction, continue straight on towards Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig / Suhl. You will reach the town via Alte Ilmenauer Straße / Fritz-Arno-Wagner-Straße / Ruppachstraße.

Coming from the A73, take exit 4 (Schleusingen) and continue on the L3004 towards Hinternah-Schleusingerneundorf-Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig. You reach the starting point via Engertalstraße / Fritz-Arno-Wagner-Straße / Ruppachstraße.

Parking

Parking is possible at the Schmiedefeld Tourist Information (Google NAV point)

Coordinates

DD
50.608561, 10.811823
DMS
50°36'30.8"N 10°48'42.6"E
UTM
32U 628197 5607863
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Tour tips, local map and hiking maps available at the Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig tourist information centre

  • open 10 am - 6 pm
  • every day.

Author’s map recommendations

Tour tips, local map and hiking maps available at the Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig tourist information centre

  • open 10 am - 6 pm
  • every day.

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Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • rainwear
  • First aid kit
  • GPS device or smartphone
  • Beverage reserve

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.6 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
238 m
Descent
262 m
Highest point
863 m
Lowest point
685 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Flora and fauna

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