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Circular walk - Glass and porcelain tradition on the Rennsteig - Spechtsbrunn

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  • Cold cuisine on the Rennsteig
    Cold cuisine on the Rennsteig
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Between tradition and modernity on the Green Belt in search of historical sources.
Open
moderate
Distance 13.4 km
4:00 h
288 m
288 m
732 m
625 m

The circular hiking trail on the Grüne Band leads from the Kalte Küche/Spechtsbrunn via Kleintettau and Tettau. The field name Kalte Küche means chapel ("Kuche") on the border ("Calde"). The chapel no longer exists, and is now replaced by an information centre of the Thuringian Forest, Thuringian Slate Mountains/Obere Saale and Franconian Forest nature parks  Scenically, the trail leads you through mountain and wet meadows as well as fens and dwarf shrub heaths  You will also occasionally spot Scottish Highland cattle in the meadows, which obviously feel at home in the Rennsteig region. The cultural highlight on this hiking route is quite clearly the glass and porcelain tradition.

MP3 audio tracks:
Downloadable on site at the "Green Belt" info point in the "Kalte Küche" Nature Park Information Centre near Spechtsbrunn or you can dial the corresponding telephone number at the respective audio points. The audio documents can also be downloaded from the internet at www.gruenesband.tomis.mobi.

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the Tropical House KLEIN-Eden in Kleintettau is a perfect way to round off the short circular walk.

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Author
Paul Hentschel 
Update: July 19, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
732 m
Lowest point
625 m
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Track types

Asphalt 23.98%Dirt road 39.75%Forested/wild trail 27.12%Road 9.12%
Asphalt
3.2 km
Dirt road
5.3 km
Forested/wild trail
3.6 km
Road
1.2 km
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Rest stops

Naturparkinformationszentrum "Kalte Küche" - Spechtsbrunn
Gasthaus & Pension "Am Rennsteig" - Sonneberg OT Spechtsbrunn

Safety information

During your tour you will enter former border territory, please always stay on the designated and developed hiking and forest paths.

Start

Nature Park Information Centre "Cold Kitchen (696 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.490963, 11.266545
DMS
50°29'27.5"N 11°15'59.6"E
UTM
32U 660768 5595674
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Destination

Nature Park Information Centre "Cold Kitchen

Turn-by-turn directions

Kalte Küche - Kleintettau - Tettau - Spechtsbrunn - Kalte Küche

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Spechtsbrunn can be reached from Sonneberg (DB connection) with the bus line 706.

To plan your journey, please use the travel portal of the Deutsche Bahn at the following link:
→ Anreise nach Spechtsbrunn

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Getting there

Coming from the A73, take exit 5 (Eisfeld-Nord) and continue on the B281 to Neuhaus am Rennweg. Follow the main road until before Schmiedefeld (Bock and Teich) and turn south onto the L1152 towards Piesau / Spechtsbrunn. In Spechtsbrunn, continue to follow the main road in the direction of Tettau / Steinbach am Wald. after approx. 400 m you will reach the Kalte Küche. 

Parking

Use the parking spaces at the Nature Park Info Centre (Google NAV point)

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Coordinates

DD
50.490963, 11.266545
DMS
50°29'27.5"N 11°15'59.6"E
UTM
32U 660768 5595674
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Equipment

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

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.4 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
288 m
Descent
288 m
Highest point
732 m
Lowest point
625 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights

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