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Circular hiking trail - gorge tour near Eisenach - Thuringian Forest

· 9 reviews · Hiking trail · Thuringia · open
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  • Eingang zur Drachenschlucht aus Richtung Mariental
    / Eingang zur Drachenschlucht aus Richtung Mariental
    Photo: Artem Dontsov, CC BY-SA, Artem Dontsov (Eigenes Werk) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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    Photo: Familie Ott, Community
  • Engste Stelle der Drachenschlucht
    / Engste Stelle der Drachenschlucht
    Photo: Artem Dontsov, By Artem Dontsov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Wanderer unterwegs in der Drachenschlucht
    / Wanderer unterwegs in der Drachenschlucht
    Photo: Wolfgang Ehn, CC BY-SA, Landratsamt Wartburgkreis
  • Weiterer Engpass inmitten der Schlucht
    / Weiterer Engpass inmitten der Schlucht
    Photo: Artem Dontsov, By Artem Dontsov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Wegweiser in der Drachenschlucht
    / Wegweiser in der Drachenschlucht
    Photo: Cherub 51, CC BY-ND, Community
  • Holzbohlenweg in der Drachenschlucht
    / Holzbohlenweg in der Drachenschlucht
    Photo: Dörte Casino, Community
  • / Rastplatz und Imbiss - Hohe Sonne
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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    Photo: Familie Ott, Community
  • / Wanderer unterwegs in der Landgrafenschlucht
    Photo: Wolfgang Ehn, CC BY-SA, Landratsamt Wartburgkreis
  • / Wanderer unterwegs in der Landgrafenschlucht
    Photo: Wolfgang Ehn, CC BY-SA, Landratsamt Wartburgkreis
  • / Waldgaststätte Sängerwiese
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rastplatz am Rennsteig
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
0 150 300 450 600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 Eisenacher Ausflugsgaststätte und Wandertreff "Phantasie" Drachenschlucht bei Eisenach Hohe Sonne

Experience nature proverbially up close and let the walls come closer. In the gorge 'Drachenschlucht', the narrowest part of the hiking trail is no wider than 70 cm. 

open
moderate
10.3 km
3:00 h
218 m
206 m

In the legendary Dragon's Gorge south of Eisenach, romantics, nature lovers and geologists alike will find what they are looking for. In the narrow gorge you hike on footbridges over a rushing brook.

Thundering water under your feet, millions of glittering water droplets on mossy rocks that are only a little more than man's breadth apart - the Dragon's Gorge is one of Thuringia's most exciting geological monuments. Over millions of years, the water of a stream has dug its way almost ten metres deep into the red rocks below Wartburg Castle. A path has been set up through the 200-metre-long gorge on which you can walk through the fantastic rock formations directly above the small stream.

You start the tour in the Mariental near Eisenach and ascend the Drachenschlucht in a southerly direction to the Hohe Sonne directly at the Rennsteig. After a short breather at the snack bar Hohe Sonne (barbecue), you continue along the Wine Route and to the viewpoint Great Dragon Stone. On the way back, you descend through the impressive gorge Landgrafenschlucht, at the end of which the Mariental Valley awaits you again.

The tour is especially exciting and fascinating for children. There is much to discover and explore.

ATTENTION: The Mariental is a popular excursion destination, especially on weekends many day trippers visit the region. Please do NOT park your car along the busy main road when the car parks are full. It is therefore recommended to travel by public transport. More information about the departure times can be found under Arrival.

 

DOWNLOADS and LINKS:   

Hiking map of the Drachen Gorge and Landgrafen Gorge in PDF format   

The Dragon Gorge - Website of the Tourist-Information Eisenach   

 

Eisenach Hike through another gorge near Eisenach: Circular hike - "Through the romantic Johannistal" near Eisenach

 

 

Author’s recommendation

Directly at the Hohe Sonne you have a wonderful view to the Wartburg. The atmosphere in the morning or evening hours is particularly impressive.

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Author
Lisa Schmidt
Updated: November 07, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Hohe Sonne, 457 m
Lowest point
Mariental, 239 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hohe Sonne site
Sängerwiese meadows
Hubertushaus
Gaststätte „Seeblick“
Imbiss Wilhelmsthal
Eisenacher Ausflugsgaststätte und Wandertreff "Phantasie"

Safety information

When walking on the clamp, pay attention to slippery and slippery areas. The watercourse of the stream is partly located directly under the hiking trail. In the case of ice and snow there is limited accessibility.Please be considerate and quiet in the forest to protect the flora and fauna. Follow the instructions of the forest staff and pay attention to restrictions caused by forest work.

Equipment

sturdy shoes, rainwear

Tips, hints and links

Virtual Tour Tourist-Information Eisenach

Start

Eisenach, Mariental (239 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.965726, 10.318528
UTM
32U 592587 5646841

Destination

Eisenach, Mariental

Turn-by-turn directions

Circular hike through the Gorge Drachenschlucht and gorge Landgrafen:

 Mariental – Wichmannpromenade - Drachenschlucht – Hohe Sonne – Weinstrasse – Großer Drachenstein – Landgrafenschlucht – Mariental

 

Gorge Drachenschlucht:

Mariental – Wichmannpromenade - Drachenschlucht – Hohe Sonne (branch to Wartburg possible) or vice versa

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Getting there

Parking

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Frank Querfurt
September 22, 2019 · Community
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April 21, 2019 · Community
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April 11, 2019 · Community
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Status
open
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.3 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
218 m
Descent
206 m
Public transport friendly Loop With refreshment stops Scenic Geological highlights Botanical highlights

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