Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Montgolfiade - Heldburg
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Marienkirche "Zu unseren lieben Frauen" - Heldburg
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Stadttor - Heldburg
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Hike along a short section of the Luther Trail in the southernmost part of Thuringia.
Distance 8.5 km
Highest point395 m
Lowest point286 m
A typical example of how the Reformation found its way into the social ranks of the mid-16th century can be found in the southern region of Thuringia around Veste Heldburg Castle. The rapid change from Catholic to reformatory, Protestant beliefs can be easily seen here.
Many little things that you discover on this round trip bear witness to these changes. See for yourself and search for traces left by the first Protestant witnesses at the castle and in the small farming hamlet of Heldburg. Today you can still see signs of former everyday village life, and in the right light and with a little imagination you can, for a fleeting moment, almost see Martin Luther himself ride through the region and the landscape with a horse and cart on one of his long journeys.
Every summer, hot air ballooning enthusiasts from all over Germany meet in Heldburg for competitions and championships. The night glow ritual in the evening is a spectacle not to be missed.
Update: February 22, 2017
Veste Heldburg, 395 m
Altstadt Heldburg, 286 m
Best time of year
The ascent and descent to and from Heldburg Fortress is very steep in places. Make sure you watch your step and hold tight where possible, particularly in bad weather.