One of the most beautiful hiking trails in the eastern Thuringian Forest on the border of the Thuringian Sea and the Thuringian Slate Mountains begins between Bad Blankenburg and Rudolstadt in the small village of Schwarza.
The first stage on the Schwarza Valley Panorama Trail leads southwest for just under 17 km, away from the Saale towards dense forests. After a short detour to Bad Blankenburg, you follow the banks of the Schwarza upstream.
Between Bad Blankenburg and Schwarzburg, the trail leads almost 10 km through a deeply incised notch valley. Geological features here, apart from the steep rock cliffs, are the so-called Strudeltöpfe (whirlpools), which can be seen in places in the riverbed of the Schwarza. Here, the water has eroded the soft rock over thousands of years, forming the unique structures for which the river is so well known.
At the end of the stage, you reach the forest botanical garden near Schwarzburg via the mountain ranges. On the 6-hectare woodland you will find over 250 different plant species typical of the region.
The proud forest botanical garden is located in the middle of the forest.
The proud Schloss Schwarzburg with its armoury and imperial hall towers visibly over the valley.
From the A9, take exit 26 (Triptis) and continue on the B281 towardsNeustadt an der Orla.
Follow the B281 to Saalfeld and stay on the main traverse B281/B85 heading west and continue on the B85 towards Rudolstadt.
Shortly before crossing the Saale, turn left onto the B88 towards Bad Blankenburg. After approx. 600m you will reach the hikers' car park.
Use the hikers' car park in Schwarza / Rudolstadt (NAV-LINK)
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EquipmentSturdy shoes, rainwear for bad weather.
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