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Hiking - Rennsteig - Stage 7 - From Spechtsbrunn to Brennersgrün

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  • Rennsteighaus in Brennersgrün
    Rennsteighaus in Brennersgrün
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Take a detour to Bavaria through the idyllic Schiefergebirge mountains.

Open
moderate
Distance 19.2 km
5:00 h
197 m
161 m
732 m
598 m

You start this stage in Spechtsbrunn and follow the Rennsteig through the forest to the Kalten Küche. At this former border point of a major trade route to Nuremberg, you will now find the Nature Park information centre and a small snack bar. Continue straight on through the dense forest and across mountain meadows to the Frankenwaldhütte, ideal for a first rest. Afterwards, the original course of the Rennsteig follows the road steadily downhill to Steinbach am Wald. The approximately 6 km long road section can also be hiked along a alternative route close to nature.

At the entrance to the village, the futuristic glass obelisk is visible from afar, especially in the evening hours, due to its artistic lighting.

At about halfway, the Hotel and Restaurant "Rennsteig" invites you to a midday snack at the weekend. Past the Rennsteigpark, the well-known hiking trail follows the road until after the roundabout at the old brickworks and then turns right again into the dense woods. On the last few kilometres to the deserted Brennersgrün, the Rennsteig follows the former inner-German border past the Loquitzquelle spring. 

Author’s recommendation

This stage impresses above all with its simplicity. Along the route you will find peace and the path to yourself.

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Paul Hentschel 
Update: October 11, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
732 m
Lowest point
598 m
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Track types

Asphalt 3.27%Dirt road 16.37%Forested/wild trail 49.51%Path 13.69%Road 10.80%Unknown 6.32%
Asphalt
0.6 km
Dirt road
3.1 km
Forested/wild trail
9.5 km
Path
2.6 km
Road
2.1 km
Unknown
1.2 km
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Rest stops

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

Safety information

A large part of the trail runs along busy roads. Watch out for passing cars and trucks.

Tips and hints

The Rennsteig on thueringer-wald.com

Unterkünfte direkt am Rennsteig

Guided walks on the Rennsteig

Hiking without luggage

Start

Spechtsbrunn (684 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.494191, 11.255872
DMS
50°29'39.1"N 11°15'21.1"E
UTM
32U 660000 5596010
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Destination

Brennersgrün - Rennsteighaus

Turn-by-turn directions

Spechtsbrunn - Kalte Küche Nature Park Info - Schleifenwiese - Frankenwaldhütte - Steinbach am Wald - Grünes Band - Brennersgrün

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

To get to Spechtsbrunn, take the bus line 706 from the direction of Sonneberg (rail connection). Use the travel information service of Deutsche Bahn.

Brennersgrün is connected via the bus line 610 (KomBus GmbH) in the direction of Wurzbach (nearest railway station). However, the traffic times are not hiker-friendly. We recommend extending the stage at the end to Lehesten. There the bus runs until evening to the next station. Use this link to plan your departure

Back to Spechtsbrunn:

Unfortunately, a direct link back to Spechtsbrunn is not available.

Coordinates

DD
50.494191, 11.255872
DMS
50°29'39.1"N 11°15'21.1"E
UTM
32U 660000 5596010
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Equipment

Sturdy shoes, rainwear, first aid kit, GPS device


Localization

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


Questions and answers

Question from Sebastian Hingst · October 07, 2022 · Community
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Answered by Paul Hentschel  · October 11, 2022 · Thüringer Wald
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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
19.2 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
197 m
Descent
161 m
Highest point
732 m
Lowest point
598 m
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