Hiking - Rennsteig - Stage 2 - From Ascherbrück / Ruhla to Spießberghaus
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Inselsberg in summerPhoto: Jan Weigelt, Thüringer Wald
On the second stage, things get really high for the first time.
At the start of the stage, you start your tour at the Waldgasthof & Rennsteighotel Hubertushaus. Passing the Ruhlaer Häuschen you will soon reach the Schlauchentalwiesen and the Waldhaus Auerhahn. Continue on to the Glöckner. From here you have a wonderful view over the southern Thuringian Forest to Bad Liebenstein. A little later you reach the Schillerbuche and the associated hikers' car park. At the Snack bar "Zur Wallfahrt am Rennsteig" you will find numerous local specialities as well as the classic Thuringian bratwurst from the local butcher. Soon after you will reach the Dreiherrenstein on the Groß Weißberg. Here, too, a small, rustic inn invites you to take a short break.
The following section goes steeply uphill to the Großen Inselsberg. Passing the Beerberg Grotto and the Wartburg View, you soon reach the large mountain plateau. Up here you will find the Berggasthof Stöhr and the highest youth hostel in the Free State. If you want, you can climb the 43-metre-high observation tower and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Western Thuringian Forest. The Inselsberg is also the highest point in the whole of Thuringia. The mountain itself is only 916.5 metres high, but the large transmitter antenna rises another 127 metres into the sky.
After you have conquered the highest point of this stage, the second half of the tour goes steadily downhill. If you want, you can visit the FUN Park on the Kleiner Inselsberg. The summer toboggan run is a real hit.
Passing the Gabelwiese and the Waltershäuser Hütte, the Rennsteig trail continues through the deep mixed forests üvia the Grosse Jagdberg to the Heuberghaus. Located in the middle of the forest, it is one of the most idyllic places in the entire Thuringian Forest. You can also rent a holiday flat here.
At the end of the 20 km long tour you will reach the Spießberghaus.
Zum Landgrafen - Ruhla
Safety informationAlways follow the signposted hiking trails on your hike. The Rennsteig is marked with a white R throughout;
Tips and hints
The Rennsteig on thueringer-wald.com
Unterkünfte direkt am Rennsteig
You can get to Ascherbrück / Ruhla from the direction of Eisenach (Deutsche Bahn) with the bus line 43 of the Wartburgkreis mbH transport company. The bus runs to Ruhla town hall. The short 2.2 km ascent to the Rennsteig must be done on foot.
Use the travel information of the Deutsche Bahn for a connection query.
Bus line 856 runs from Heuberghaus in the direction of Reinhardsbrunn Bahnhof. Here you have a connection to the Thüringer Wald Straßbahn to Gotha or the DB Regio in the direction of Fröttstedt and Eisenach.
A direct connection search from the Heuberghaus back to Ruhla can be accessed here:
Travel information Heuberghaus → Ruhla
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By roadComing from the A4, take exit 40b (Sättelstädt) towards Wutha-Farnroda. Then follow the B88 towards Thal and turn right towards Ruhla.
It is best to use the parking spaces in Ruhla at the town hall (Google NAV point) and walk to the Rennsteig.
If you want to travel to Ascherbrück by car, use the parking spaces directly at the hotel (Google-NAV-Point).
Book recommendation by the author
Thuringia: Rennsteig (OutdoorHandbuch) (The Way is the Goal) Paperback.
Hikeline Fernwanderweg Rennsteig, 169 km: On the historic ridge trail through the Thuringian Forest to the Franconian Forest. Hiking guide and map 1 : 35,000, weatherproof paperback.
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EquipmentSturdy shoes, rainwear, water supply, GPS device, first aid kit
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