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Luther Trail: Section 11 – From Frauenwald to Waffenrod-Hinterrod

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  • Thüringer Wald bei Frauenwald
    Thüringer Wald bei Frauenwald
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Follow in Luther's footsteps in the southern Thuringian Forest along an old trade route to Nuremberg.
moderate
Distance 21.8 km
8:00 h
560 m
667 m
761 m
444 m
Along the trade route from Erfurt to Nuremburg, the Rennsteig Trail was often crossed near Frauenwald due to the long, gentle incline. Martin Luther took this route a total of eleven times on his trips to Rome. Twice he is said to have stayed overnight in a monastery, a simple, functionary building that was located near Frauenwald.

On the way to Waffenrod-Hinterrod you’ll pass the Schönbrunn Dam, which provides drinking water and protects against flooding. The dam supplies around 27,000 m³ of drinking water every day.

In the Thuringian Forest Natural Park, the route continues to Waffenrod-Hinterrod. It’s worth taking a break in the Auenland Feriendorf holiday park. The three star ‘Earth houses’ provide a special type of accommodation and children will be delighted with the summer toboggan run and the adventure playground. The Bergbaude restaurant provides typical Thuringian cuisine and a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding area.

Author’s recommendation

The 'Gewürzmuseum' (spice museum) in Schönbrunn is well worth a visit.
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Paul Hentschel
Update: July 26, 2022
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Highest point
761 m
Lowest point
444 m
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Gasthaus Waldfrieden - Frauenwald

Start

Frauenwald (747 m)
Coordinates:
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50.580878, 10.859626
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50°34'51.2"N 10°51'34.7"E
UTM
32U 631656 5604869
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Destination

Waffenrod-Hinterrod

Turn-by-turn directions

Frauenwald (Schinkelkirche church of St Nicolai) – Schönbrunn Dam – Schleusegrund – Biberau – Biberschlag – Oberwind – Waffenrod-Hinterrod

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can get to Frauenwald from Ilmenau on the 300 bus (Rinnetalbus). TIMETABLE

More information can be found in the current RennsteigBus flyer: LINK (German only)

Getting there

Coming from the A73, take exit 4 (Schleusingen) and then conutine north on the L3004 towards Schleusingerneundorf / Schmiedefeld. When you get to the Rennsteig Trail, turn right towards Allzunah / Frauenwald.

Parking

Please park on the west of the town. LINK

Coordinates

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50.580878, 10.859626
DMS
50°34'51.2"N 10°51'34.7"E
UTM
32U 631656 5604869
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.8 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
560 m
Descent
667 m
Highest point
761 m
Lowest point
444 m
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