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Circular walk - The beauties of Eisenach - Thuringian Forest

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  • Beeindruckende Felsen an der Elfengrotte bei Eisenach
    / Beeindruckende Felsen an der Elfengrotte bei Eisenach
    Photo: Christina Bödefeld, CC BY-SA
  • / Georgenkirche in Eisenach
    Photo: Mario Scholty, Eisenach, CC BY-ND
  • / Eisenacher Marktplatz zur Deutschland Tour 2019
    Photo: Christian Heilwagen, CC BY-SA
  • / Stadtschloss Eisenach
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Auf dem Metilstein mit Blick auf die Wartburg bei Eisenach
    Photo: Sophia Spangenberg, CC BY-SA
  • / Eselstation unterhalb der Wartburg bei Eisenach
    Photo: Stadt Eisenach
  • / Eingang Drachenschlucht bei Eisenach
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  • / Wanderer unterwegs in der Drachenschlucht
    Photo: Wolfgang Ehn, CC BY-SA, Landratsamt Wartburgkreis
  • / Drachenschlucht bei Eisenach
    Photo: Christina Bödefeld, CC BY-SA
  • / Drachenschlucht
    Photo: Eisenach-Wartburgregion Touristik GmbH, B. Neumann
  • / Beginn der Landgrafenschlucht bei Eisenach
    Photo: Christina Bödefeld, CC BY-SA
  • / Wanderer unterwegs in der Landgrafenschlucht
    Photo: Wolfgang Ehn, CC BY-SA, Landratsamt Wartburgkreis
  • / Die herrliche schattige Landgrafenschlucht bei Eisenach
    Photo: Christina Bödefeld, CC BY-SA
  • / Wanderer unterwegs in der Landgrafenschlucht
    Photo: Wolfgang Ehn, CC BY-SA, Landratsamt Wartburgkreis
  • / Alter Friedhof Eisenach
    Photo: CC BY, Stadt Eisenach
  • / Blick in den Eisenacher Karthausgarten
    Photo: Mario Scholty, Eisenach, CC BY-ND
  • / Karthausgarten Eisenach
    Photo: CC BY, Stadt Eisenach
  • / Hotel Kaiserhof und Nicolaitor in Eisenach
    Photo: Mario Scholty, Eisenach, CC BY-ND
  • / Rastplatz am Rennsteig
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
m 400 350 300 250 200 8 6 4 2 km Elisabethplan - Eisenach / Wartburg Eisenacher … "Phantasie" Wartburg Elfengrotte Georgenkirche Bachhaus Eisenach Georgenkirche
Once there - (almost) everything in it. The ideal tour for culture enthusiasts and hikers. Discover scenic, cultural and historical highlights around the Wartburg city.
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Distance 10 km
3:00 h
183 m
158 m
A versatile and varied landscape awaits you on this hiking tour. Discover scenic, cultural and historical highlights around the Wartburg city. Especially the unique natural monuments will fascinate you, such as thee wild and romantic Drachenschlucht (Dragon Gorge) and the Landgrafenschlucht (Gorge Landgrafenschlucht) or the 11-metre high Elfengrotte (Fairies Grotto).

From the market place in Eisenach you go to the Predigerkirche (Evangelist Church) in the direction of Schlossberg, where you turn off to the old cemetery. You will pass the medieval city wall, the Storchenturm (Stork Tower) and walk across the Roseplatz up to Wolfgang.

Here it becomes sporty at first and soon the path leaves the city. Passing the Metilstein - a detour up will be rewarded with a fantastic view - the next destination is the donkey station at the Wartburg.

After the visit of the Wartburg Castle, you go to the Singers' Meadow (Sängerwiese), to the impressive rocks of the Fairies Grotto and to the Knöpfelsteichen. Soon you reach the wild and romantic Dragon Gorge, which you walk through in a northerly direction.

At the end you should venture a detour on the opposite side of the road into the equally beautiful Landgrave Gorge before you reach the southern part of the town again in the Mariental.

Author’s recommendation

Do not miss the impressive large rock formations of the cave Elfengrotte.
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Christina Bödefeld
Update: September 15, 2021
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Highest point
373 m
Lowest point
215 m
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Rest Stop

Sängerwiese meadows
Eisenacher Ausflugsgaststätte und Wandertreff "Phantasie"

Safety information

The tour demands a little bit of fitness and surefootedness. There are some ups and downs.

Please behave considerately and quietly in the forest to protect flora and fauna. Follow the instructions of the forest staff and pay attention to restrictions due to forest work.

Tips and hints

At the end of the tour you walk past the entrance of the Landgrafenschlucht gorge. A short side trip into the gorge is worthwhile in any case.

3D Panorama from the market place in Eisenach >> click here<<

Virtual tour Tour Tourist Information Eisenach

Start

Markt - Eisenach (223 m)
Coordinates:
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50.974626, 10.318906
DMS
50°58'28.7"N 10°19'08.1"E
UTM
32U 592595 5647831
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Destination

Markt - Eisenach

Turn-by-turn directions

Market Eisenach - Wolfgang - Siechenberg - Monument Roesesdenkmal - Eselstation - Spot Eisenacher Burg - Sängerwiese - Cave Elfengrotte - Ponds Knöpfelsteiche - Gorge Drachenschlucht - Gorge Landgrafenschlucht - Dornheckenweg - landscape park Kartausgarten - Market Eisenach

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You arrive the city of Eisenach comfortably with regional buses as well as with various trains (long-distance and regional trains). Use the travel portal of Deutsche Bahn or the local transport company Wartburg mobil.

After a short walk from the station/ZOB in the direction of Karlsplatz and then through the local shopping street (Georgenstraße) you will reach the market after 700 m, approx. 10 min.

Alternatively you go by bus from main station /ZOB with the buses 1,2, 5, 7, 9 or 25 to the market.

On the way you can use the Luthershuttle (city bus line 3) and line 23 from/to the Wartburg as well as line 13 to the Mariental (Dragon Gorge). You can also use the regional bus line 145.

 

Getting there

By car you can reach us via the A4 motorway (exit Eisenach-West or Eisenach-Ost) or via the federal roads B7, B19 and B84.

Parking

In the city centre you will find various parking facilities near the market. The closest parking garage is the Parkhaus am Markt (Google NAV point). You can find more information about parking in Eisenach at www.eisenach.de/service/parken.

Parking Facilities:   

  • Am Markt - Hinter der Mauer 1  
  • City parking garage (in the old tram depot)- Sommerstrasse (corner Uferstrasse)

Car parking spaces:   

Coordinates

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50.974626, 10.318906
DMS
50°58'28.7"N 10°19'08.1"E
UTM
32U 592595 5647831
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and clothing adapted to the weather are required.

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Ronny Dornblut
May 25, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? May 25, 2020
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W. Kretschmer
March 08, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? March 07, 2020
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Georg Hofmann
September 08, 2019 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 08, 2019

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
183 m
Descent
158 m
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