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:
Eisenach Hike through another gorge near Eisenach: Circular hike - "Through the romantic Johannistal" near Eisenach
Rest StopHohe Sonne site
Eisenacher Ausflugsgaststätte und Wandertreff "Phantasie"
Safety informationWhen 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.
Tips, hints and linksShort YouTube about the haiking trail Rennsteig with beautiful pictures of the Dragon Gorge
Getting thereComing from the Motorway A4 take exit 40a (Eisenach-Ost). Then continue on the National Road B84 in the direction of Eisenach until the junction "Eisenach-Oststadt". Continue straight ahead on National Road B19 to the railway station and then south through the city. Follow National Road B19 in the direction of Wilhelmstahl / Etterwinden and Bad Salzungen. Follow the road for about 4 km until "Hohe Sonne".
ATTENTION: The Mariental is a popular destination for day trips, especially on weekends many day trippers visit the region. Please do NOT park along the busy main road when the parking spots are full. We reccomend the to use the local public transport.