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Hiking - Rennsteig - Stage 8 - From Brennersgrün to Blankenstein

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  • Rennsteig Monument in Blankenstein
    Rennsteig Monument in Blankenstein
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Down to the banks of the Saale ...
Open
moderate
Distance 20.8 km
6:00 h
88 m
377 m
724 m
414 m

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.

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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.

Author’s recommendation

Shortly before Schlegel, you have a wonderful view of the Franconian Forest to Bad Steben at the Beerholz vantage point.
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Paul Hentschel 
Update: January 13, 2023
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
724 m
Lowest point
414 m
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Track types

Asphalt 3.10%Dirt road 31.52%Forested/wild trail 47.71%Path 10.08%Road 6.04%Unknown 1.52%
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0.6 km
Dirt road
6.6 km
Forested/wild trail
9.9 km
Path
2.1 km
Road
1.3 km
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0.3 km
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Rest stops

Gasthaus Am Rennsteig
Café & Pension Am Rennsteig
Wanderstützpunkt Blankenstein

Safety information

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

Guided hikes on the Rennsteig

Hiking without luggage

Start

Brennersgrün - Rennsteighaus (703 m)
Coordinates:
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50.438118, 11.468400
DMS
50°26'17.2"N 11°28'06.2"E
UTM
32U 675280 5590256
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Destination

Blankenstein - Selbitz Bridge

Turn-by-turn directions

Brennersgrün - Grumbach - Rodacherbrunn - Diabase quarry at Kulmberg - Schlegel near Lobenstein - Kießling - Blankenstein

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Brennersgrün can be reached by bus line 610 from Bad Lobenstein (Deutsche Bahn connection). You can view the current timetable here (use line search).

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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

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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

Getting there

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

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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.

Parking

In Wurzbach you can park directly at the station (Google NAV point [access to the station car park])

Coordinates

DD
50.438118, 11.468400
DMS
50°26'17.2"N 11°28'06.2"E
UTM
32U 675280 5590256
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, trekking equipment, drink reserve, rainwear, GPS device

Localization

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


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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
20.8 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
88 m
Descent
377 m
Highest point
724 m
Lowest point
414 m
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