This varied circular hiking trail through intact forest is part of the WWF project Thuringian primeval forest trails.
The approximately five-hour hike starts at the sports field in Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig. (For alternatives, see directions). From here, the primeval forest trail leads to the former ski jumping facility Vessertalschanze and continues south through the core area of the biosphere reserve to Breitenbach.
Here the forest pool invites you to a welcome refreshment, especially on hot summer days. The Breitenbach then leads you back up into the densely wooded region around Vesser. Passing the shepherd's well, you will soon reach the equestrian farm at the Stutenhaus and shortly thereafter the restaurant and hotel of the same name.
Rest stopsHotel und Restaurant Stutenhaus - Vesser
Safety informationPlease pay attention to forest-typical dangers and information signs from ThüringenForst. Please stay on the trails!
Always remember that you are not only in a nature reserve, but even in a biosphere reserve. The use of open fire is strictly prohibited in the entire area of the Vessertal. Also the disposal of garbage is only allowed at designated places (rest areas with garbage cans).
Tips and hints
Getting thereComing from the A71, exit 16 (Ilmenau West) and continue on the L3004 towards Ilmenau. Follow the road through the town further in the direction of Stützerbach / Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig. At the Rennsteig junction continue straight on in the direction of Schmiedefeld am Rennstieg / Suhl.
You will reach the town via Ilmenauer Straße / Bahnhofstrasse.
ParkingThe parking lot for hikers is located on the sports field of the municipality of Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig. An information board refers to the course of the Thuringian Primeval Forest Trail in the Vessertal. (Google NAV point)
Additional parking spaces are located in the center of Schmiedefeld (Google NAV point). There are also signposted hikers' parking lots at the starting points in Vesser (Google NAV point) and Breitenbach (Google NAV point).
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