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Long-distance hiking trail - Werra Burgen Steig X5 - From Fehrenbach to Hann. Münden

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  • Werraquell Hut
    Werraquell Hut
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Thüringer Wald
"How wonderful it must be to climb up to the proud castles on the high banks of the Werra and look far into the world from there" -.
Distance 378.1 km
110:00 h
8,262 m
8,892 m
862 m
118 m

One path, three countries, many possibilities


- that's probably what the hiking enthusiasts of the Werratalverein thought in 1885 when they set about marking this hiking trail from Hann. Münden to Wartburg Castle.

The inner-German border then divided the long-distance hiking trail into two attractive routes: One leads as a quality hiking trail, marked with X5 H (as in Hesse), from Hann. Münden to Tannenburg near Nentershausen. The other, marked with a blue square and black X5 on a white background, crosses the Eichsfeld and ends at the Brandenburg castle ruins near Lauchröden. The Green Belt runs between the routes.

Starting in Hann. Münden, there "Where Werra and Fulda kiss...", the X5H runs through picturesque Lower Saxon towns and meets its first treasure, Berlepsch Castle, in Hesse. Continuing along beautiful paths, you encounter Ludwigstein Castle, Rothestein Castle with magnificent views of the Werra Valley and other castle ruins, all the way to the popular Tannenburg. Half-timbered towns such as the cherry town of Witzenhausen, the thermal spa town of Bad Sooden-Allendorf and Eschwege with its landgrave's castle offer beautiful and historic old towns alongside idyllic villages and the enchanting nature park landscape between the Hohe Meißner and Kaufunger Forest.

Connecting the premium hiking trails around Witzenhausen, Bad Sooden-Allendorf and Eschwege, the Werra-Burgen-Steig is a romantic hiking trail between Hanstein, Teufelskanzel (Devil's Pulpit Rock) and Hülfensberg Monastery, castle strikers from Normannstein to Creuzburg it continues with views of the Brandenburg castle ruins, to "Monte Kali", past the Wendelstein in Vacha up to Krayenburg near Tiefenort. It then reaches Frankenstein via Bad Salzungen, crosses over to the Altenstein Landscape Park near Bad Liebenstein and leads via the lake-rich Breitungen up to Maienluft Castle above the carnival town of Wasungen. The route continues past Landsberg Castle around Meiningen via Osterburg Castle near Henfstädt to the basilica of Veßra Monastery and from there up to Masserberg and Siegmundsburg to the headwaters of the Werra.

Almost 500 km full of nature and culture


For long and short distances, laps or combination tours by bike and boat, for spring tours in the young beech greenery of the Hainich and the Rhön, for cool summer hikes with your trousers rolled up, for colourful autumn marches or winter hikes with your snowshoes. There is much to discover: Weir churches, Franciscan monasteries, castles and palaces, knights' festivals, singers' wars, landscape parks and churchyard gardens, as well as good food and art along the way.

  • The route can be divided into a total of 17 individual stages
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Author’s recommendation

The Wartburg as the queen of all castles is a must for all Werra castle climbers!

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Paul Hentschel 
Update: May 10, 2023
Highest point
862 m
Lowest point
118 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 8.93%Dirt road 32.12%Forested/wild trail 22.37%Path 23.79%Road 9.84%Unknown 2.92%
33.8 km
Dirt road
121.5 km
Forested/wild trail
84.6 km
90 km
37.2 km
11.1 km
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Rest stops

Gasthaus „Zum Rennsteig“
Gasthaus "Rennsteig Stüber´l"
Wanderheim Bleßberg
Gasthaus & Pension "Zum Werratal" - Sachsenbrunn
Gaststätte "Zum Glöckle" - Eisfeld
Bäckerei Muche - Eisfeld
Landhaus "Klostermühle"
Bistro Forellenzucht Trostadt
Gaststätte "Krone"
Uli´s Trödelcafé
Hotel & Restaurant "Grüner Baum"
Henneberger Haus - Meiningen
Restaurant "Schloss-Stuben"
Eiscafé zur Linde
Gaststätte "Zur Rosenau"
Gaststätte Weißer Hirsch
Jagdhaus Seeblick Breitungen
Restaurant im Kulturhotel Kaiserhof
Ha Long Asia Bistro
High Five Bar
Café und Waffelstübchen Olga
Restaurant im Hotel Herzog Georg
Hotel & Brasserie "Die Kapelle" - Bad Liebenstein
Steinofenbäckerei und Café Leinweber
Restaurant - Café Logierhof
Restaurant "Irodion"
Café "Altenstein"
Altensteiner Park
Panorama Hotel und Restaurant am Frankenstein
Wald- & Wanderherberge "Sängerwiese"
Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg
Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn - Biohotel - Café - Restaurant
Hotel & Restaurant Auf der Creuzburg
Alte Posthalterei - Restaurant, Café, Hotel - Creuzburg
Klausenhof - Ein Highlight vom Ferienstraßennetz
Café Aegidius
Restaurant "Marktstube" - Ritter der Rotwurst

Safety information

Please note that the route is partly on "real" scrambling paths and is quite demanding in some sections. The majority of the route is on developed hiking trails.

Tips and hints


Werraquell Hut near Fehrenbach (773 m)
50.499440, 10.965011
50°29'58.0"N 10°57'54.0"E
32U 639357 5596007


Weser Stone in Hannoversch Münden

Turn-by-turn directions

Werraquell-Hütte - Siegmundsburg - Esifeld - Hildburghausen - Themar - Obermaßfeld/Grimmenthal - Meiningen - Wasungen - Breitungen/Werra - Bad Liebenstein - Bad Salzungen - Vacha - Heringen/Werra - Berka/Werra - Gerstungen - Lauchröden - Wartburg - Hörschel - Creuzburg - Treffurt - Hildebrandshausen - Döringsdorf - Kella - Bornhagen - Werleshausen - Witzenhausen - Hann. Münden

Public transport


Fehrenbach and the Werraquelle can be reached by bus line 209 from Eisfeld (connection Südthüringen Bahn direction Sonneberg or Eisenach). To plan your journey, please use the following link to the Deustchen Bahn journey planner and enter your starting point and the desired travel period.
→ Journey to Fehrenbach


Return to Fehrenbach:
From Hann. Münden to Fehrenbach back: Travel information with public transport back to the source of the Werra


Alternative information to Eisfeld (nearest rail connection near the tour start): Hann. Münden → Eisfeld

By road

Coming from the A73, take exit 5 (Eisfeld Nord) and continue on the B281 towards Neuhaus am Rennweg. Shortly before Hirschendorf, turn left towards Waffenrod. Follow the L2053 via Hinterrod / Waffenrod and Einsiedel to Fehrenbach.


Use the parking facilities in the village (Google NAV point) or above the Fehrenbach sports centre (Google NAV point).

If you would like to return by public transport after your hike, it is advisable to park your car at Eisfeld railway station (Google-NAV-Punkt). The direct return connection there is secured more often than to Fehrenbach.


50.499440, 10.965011
50°29'58.0"N 10°57'54.0"E
32U 639357 5596007
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Werra-Burgen-Steig Hessen (OutdoorHandbook)

Guidebook to the Werra-Burgen-Steig


On 124 pages we have packed together all the information, maps, altitude profiles, portraits of places and hosts. Tips on how to get there by public transport are also included in our guide. No matter whether you want to design your tour individually or want an organised hiking tour, you will find everything in a compact form.


For a nominal charge of €5.00 plus postage and packing, we will gladly send you the Werra-Burgen-Steiger. Please order by e-mail to:

Kirchplatz 2
36433 Bad Salzungen

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  • Sturdy shoes
  • Treking poles
  • Beverage reserve
  • First aid kit
  • Rainwear
  • GPS navigation device or smartphone | extra battery or solar charger


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378.1 km
110:00 h
8,262 m
8,892 m
Highest point
862 m
Lowest point
118 m
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