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Hike - Rennsteig - Stage 1 - From Hörschel to Ascherbrück / Ruhla

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  • Rennsteigbeginn am "Tor zum Rennsteig" in Hörschel
    Rennsteigbeginn am "Tor zum Rennsteig" in Hörschel
    Photo: Manuela Hahnebach 2016, Werratal Touristik e.V.
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The actual meaning of the name "Rennsteig" is "to move quickly". Originally, it was an old trade route that connected important cities and towns and was mainly used by messengers in a hurry.
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moderate
Distance 19.1 km
6:30 h
434 m
85 m
561 m
195 m

The Rennsteig begins directly on the banks of the Werra in Hörschel.

Here, it is customary to take a pebble with you to throw into the Saale at the end of your tour. The first stage takes you almost steadily uphill for about 19 kilometres. At Gro&szlig Eichelberg (310 m above sea level) you have a beautiful view of Wartburg Castle. At Wartburgblick Hörseltal you have the option of leaving the Rennsteig for a detour to Rangenhof . The small inn at the edge of the forest invites you to take a short rest in the green before continuing towards Clausberg . Shortly before the Vachaer Stein, a path turns off to the Hütschhof . Here is an idyllic holiday domicile with a pilgrims' hostel. The obelisk and signpost at the Vachaer Stein reminds us of an old pass that was used by Napoleon.

On the following trail you will find an idyllic holiday home with a pilgrims' hostel.

On the following section of the trail, you climb the next steep section up to the Wilde Sau. According to legend, there was a terrible hunting accident here in the Middle Ages in which a squire seriously injured his master. The place is still a popular hiking spot today. Shortly before the Hohen Sonne begins the Drachenschlucht, the narrowest gorge hiking trail in the whole of Thüringen. at the narrowest point the trail is less than 70 cm wide. At the Hohe Sonne itself, a cosy snack bar awaits you. At weekends the grill is burning and there is good Eisenach beer. Hundreds of hikers meet here, especially on Ascension Day. Unfortunately, the old hunting lodge on Hohe Sonne has not been used for a long time and is slowly but surely falling into disrepair.

The route continues on mainly well-maintained paths to the destination of Ascherbrück. Past the Hirschstein and the Rennsteiggrotte, this last section of the stage ends directly at the Forest Inn & Rennsteighotel Hubertushaus directly above Ruhla. 

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At the Hohe Sonne you have a wonderful view of Wartburg Castle.
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Paul Hentschel 
Update: January 12, 2023
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Highest point
561 m
Lowest point
195 m
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Asphalt 0.10%Dirt road 68.97%Forested/wild trail 17.80%Path 1.17%Road 11.93%
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0 km
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13.2 km
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3.4 km
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0.2 km
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2.3 km
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Rest stops

Gasthaus & Pension "Tor zum Rennsteig" Hörschel
Imbiss-Gaststätte "Zur hohen Sonne"

Safety information

Always follow the signposted hiking trails on your hike. The Rennsteig is marked with a white R throughout;

Tips and hints

All stages of the Rennsteig (total)

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Große Übersichtskarte vom gesamten Rennsteig mit vielen Zusatzinformationen (PDF) - 65 MB

The Rennsteig on thueringer-wald.com

Unterkünfte direkt am Rennsteig

Guided hikes on the Rennsteig

Hiking without luggage

Start

Werra bank near Hörschel (195 m)
Coordinates:
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51.007861, 10.227612
DMS
51°00'28.3"N 10°13'39.4"E
UTM
32U 586125 5651416
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Destination

Waldgasthof & Rennsteighotel Hubertushaus - Ascherbrück

Turn-by-turn directions

Hörschel - Großer Eichelberg - Rangenhof - Clausberg - Vachaer Stein -  Hofmannlinde - Wilde Sau - Hohe Sonne - Hirschstein - Rennsteiggrotte - Ascherbrück

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can get to Hörschel easily with the regional trains of Deutsche Bahn. The nearest long-distance stop is Eisenach. Use the Deutsche Bahn journey planner

From Ascherbrück / Ruhla (Rathaus stop.) the buses of the Wartburgkreis mbH transport company operate. Line 43 goes directly to Eisenach. The bus stop in Ruhla is about 2.2 km down the valley from the Rennsteig.

BACK TO HÖRSCHEL:
You can access a direct connection search from Ruhla (town hall) to Hörschel here:
Travel information Ruhla → Hörschel

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The average travel time back to Hörschel is about 1 hour.

Getting there

Coming from the A4, take exit 39 (Eisenach-West) and continue on the B7 towards Creuzburg. At the second roundabout, turn west onto the L1017 towards Hörschel. Under the Werratal bridge, turn left onto the L1021 towards Eisenach and keep right at the next opportunity onto Rennsteigstraße to Hörschel.

Parking

In Hörschel, please use the Rennstieg car park (Google NAV point)

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Coordinates

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51.007861, 10.227612
DMS
51°00'28.3"N 10°13'39.4"E
UTM
32U 586125 5651416
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoes, rainwear, water supply, GPS device, first aid kit

Localization

Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language


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When did you do this route? September 25, 2021
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
19.1 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
434 m
Descent
85 m
Highest point
561 m
Lowest point
195 m
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