Hiking - Rennsteig - Stage 8 - From Brennersgrün to Blankenstein
Thüringer Wald Verified partner Explorers Choice
Rennsteig Monument in BlankensteinPhoto: Morethantv, CC BY-SA, By Morethantv [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
The last (or first) stage of the Rennsteg leads you out of the dense forests of the Thuringian Slate Mountains down to the banks of the still young Saale. If you once started in Hörschel, we hope you packed a stone of the Werra bank then. A custom says that everyone who hikes the Rennsteig once completely should carry a stone from the Werra, to the Saale..
After leaving the small village of Brennersgrün behind you you hike towards Grumbach and on to Rodacherbrunn. This is where the river of the same name meets the Main, which flows into it just before Lichtenfels. Continue steadily eastwards past the disused diabase quarry and soon reach Schlegel. Here the inn "Am Rennsteig" invites you to take a break. Incidentally, Schlegel is home to what is officially the oldest apple tree in the Thuringian Forest. It is even listed as a natural monument and is just under 400 years old.
Over the Krähenhügel, the Rennsteig continues to the Wegspinne, an old trade route crossing point. Now it's not far to the finish. In the small village of Kießling, the inn "Zum Grünen Buam" invites you to take a short break before the final sprint.
A few kilometres later you have reached your destination. Shortly before entering the village, you will pass the Rennsteig fountain. In Blankenstein Germany's most famous high-altitude hiking trail ends directly at the Selbitz Bridge next to the Rennsteig Park. Actually, it says from the Werra to the Saale, but the Saale flows barely 200 metres further on. Anyone who has taken a pebble from the Werra near Hörschel should still put it back in the water on the Selbitz Bridge.
In Blankenstein you can finish your hike at the Gasthaus & Pension "Rennsteig" . There is also a rest stop with a snack directly at the hiking base at the tourist information office.
Rest stopsGasthaus Am Rennsteig
Café & Pension Am Rennsteig
Always follow the course of the signposted hiking trails and pay attention to any forestry work, especially in spring and autumn.
Bathing in disused quarries is generally not permitted (although summer temperatures sometimes make temptation more difficult).
Tips and hints
The Rennsteig on thueringer-wald.com
Accommodations directly at the Rennsteig
Brennersgrün can be reached by bus line 610 from Bad Lobenstein (Deutsche Bahn connection). You can view the current timetable here (use line search)..
For travel planning, you can also use the travel portal of Deutsche Bahn.
Please note that the 610 bus can only be used for arriving in the morning on weekdays. For journeys to Brennersgrün at the weekend, the connection is only operated as far as Lehesten (waiting hall). The town is about 4.6 km from the start of the stage in Brennersgrün. If you extend the stage by this distance, you will even pass the well-known Altvaterturm. However, there are about 150 additional metres of altitude to climb.
From Blankenstein you can travel comfortably by Deutsche Bahn train. → Travel information.
Back to Brennersgrün / Lehesten:
A direct and hiker-friendly return connection to Brennersgrün (in the evening or late afternoon) is unfortunately not available.
Travel information: Blankenstein → Brennersgrün
Travel information: Blankenstein → Lehesten, waiting hall
For those arriving by car, we generally recommend starting the stage in Wurzbach (approx. 7.5 km away), as you have no possibility of returning to a parked car in Brennersgrün by public transport in the evening. Wurzbach has a railway station and is regularly connected (weekdays as well as weekends) → Travel information: Blankenstein → Wurzbach.
Directions to Wurzbach
Coming from the A9, take exit 29 (Bad Lobenstein) and continue on the B90 towards Bad Lobenstein. Follow the main road to Wurzbach.
In Wurzbach you can park directly at the station (Google NAV point [access to the station car park])
Book recommendation by the author
Thuringia: Rennsteig (OutdoorHandbuch) (Der Weg ist das Ziel) 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.
Author’s map recommendations
Book recommendations for this region:
Recommended maps for this region:
EquipmentSturdy hiking boots, trekking equipment, drink reserve, rainwear, GPS device
- 9 Waypoints
- 9 Waypoints
Questions and answers
Would you like to the ask the author a question?
Help others by being the first to add a review.
Photos from others