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Kickelhahn Round Trail - Ilmenau - Thüringer Wald

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  • Plateau am Kickelhahn
    Plateau am Kickelhahn
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On the mountaintop, you can listen to the wind in the trees and oversee dreamlike landscapes! In high visibility, you can see just as far as the Brocken mountain in the Harz. The about 11 km trail around the Kickelhahn mountain is a pure joy for any rambler.
Open
moderate
Distance 10.7 km
3:15 h
371 m
371 m
861 m
484 m
How the Mountain Got its Name

Presumably, the name of the mountain goes back to the rare capercaillie, which used to proudly strut the woods around here. To the Weimar Court hunting on these premises, it was a popular trophy.

The Trail

Starting at the car park at the Ilmenau Festival Hall, there is only a slight ascent until Steinbach valley, becoming steeper to Kleiner Hermannstein, a rock towering inmidst the forest. So a short break at Sophia's Spring is very welcome. This stone-enclosed spring is named honoring the Grand Duchess of Weimar.

After reaching Großer Hermannstein with its viewing platform, a phantastic view opens into the Manebach valley. For the Kickelhahn summit (861 m a.s.l.), you'll allow yourself some time to discover Goethehäuschen, the historic hunting facility and the Kickelhahn Tower.

Did you know?

With the first stone laying in 1854, the Kickelhahn Tower is among the oldest look-outs in Germany!

Upon descent, a visit to the Jagdhaus Gabelbach museum as well as the memorial to the author Joseph Victor von Scheffel is recommended.

Author’s recommendation

The  Mountain and SPA Hotel Gabelbach not far from the hunting museum is well worth a visit. Here, first-class gastronomy meets tradition.
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Eckhardt Oehmigen
Update: May 19, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
861 m
Lowest point
484 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 5.37%Dirt road 42.98%Forested/wild trail 36.74%Path 9.03%Road 5.85%
Asphalt
0.6 km
Dirt road
4.6 km
Forested/wild trail
3.9 km
Path
1 km
Road
0.6 km
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Rest stops

Berggaststätte Kickelhahn
Lessingpark - Ilmenau

Tips and hints

Start

Festhalle Ilmenau Wanderparkplatz (486 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.682067, 10.903831
DMS
50°40'55.4"N 10°54'13.8"E
UTM
32U 634497 5616199
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Destination

Festhalle Ilmenau Wanderparkplatz

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Coordinates

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50.682067, 10.903831
DMS
50°40'55.4"N 10°54'13.8"E
UTM
32U 634497 5616199
w3w 
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Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes   
  • Rainwear   
  • First aid kit   
  • GPS navigation device / smartphone   
  • Drinks   
  • possibly trekking poles

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
371 m
Descent
371 m
Highest point
861 m
Lowest point
484 m
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