It is recommended to walk the circular hiking trail in 4 stages. From May to October the hiking bus Thüringer Meer takes you to the start of the stage in the morning and back to your starting point after your hiking experiencee. As a special service you can order your hiking provisions online with Wanderbus und Genuss". The regional specialties of the Bäckerei Räthe are then ready to be picked up by the bus and your journey at the Thuringian Sea can begin.
Stage 1: Hohenwarte to Wilhelmsdorf
The first stage of your hiking tour around the Hohenwarte water reservoir on the "Thüringer Meer" takes you back to its history. It now the fourth largest reservoir and one of the most beautiful recreational areas in Germany. In addition to the historical background of the dam and the sunken villages, the trail offers lasting impressions of the flora and fauna and, after the first steep ascents towards Wilhelmsdorf, reveals fabulous views of the wide water landscape.
Stage 2: Wilhelmsdorf to Ziegenrück
On the second stage of the Hohenwarte Stausee Weg you will overcome several meters of altitude which will be rewarded with unique views of the winding cascades of the river Saale. Along the unique, naturally beautiful landscape you will cross the regional recreation areas with their numerous leisure activities and hike from the historic "Linkenmühle" to a section along the European long-distance hiking trail Eisenach-Budapest to Ziegenrück.
Stage 3: Ziegenrück to Neidenberga
The third stage is the longest of your journey and surprises with varied impressions of culture, history and nature. After you have visited the sights of Ziegenrück, the hiking trail leads you directly along the picturesque banks of the river Saale. You will pass the dreamy villages of the region and finally arrive at the "Hohe Leite", one of the most beautiful vantage points. After the end of the stage in Neidenberga, it is worth making a detour to Reitzengeschwenda with its folklore museum and baroque village church which is worth seeing.
Stage 4: Neidenberga to the Hohenwarte dam
On the fourth stage of the Hohenwarte Stausee Weg you reach Steinsdorf after a steep passage. Shortly afterwards you come to St. Jacob, the smallest village on the Hohenwarte water reservoir. Staying at this altitude you pass the small village of Löhma and reach the Rohrbahn crossing. There you have an impressive view of the village Hohenwarte. From there, the starting point and the destination of your four-day hiking tour are not far away: the dam wall of Hohenwarte at the foot of the hill.
Rest StopHotel - Sommerfrische Lothramühle - Drognitz OT Reitzengeschwenda
Waldhotel am Stausee
Fernmühle Ziegenrück - *Besondere Einkehr-Empfehlung*
Flößergaststätte "Zum Wolf"
Gasthaus & Pension "Zur Linde"
Safety informationPay attention to the typical dangers of the forest!Walking on the forest is at your own risk!We wish you a relaxing and eventful hiking tour!
Tips and hintsFlyer for the hiking trail (PDF)
Getting thereComing from the A9, take exit 26 (Triptis) and continue on the B281 westbound to Neustadt an der Orla. Follow the main road via Pößneck in the direction of Saalfeld. Leave the B281 at Unterwellenborn (steelworks Thuringia) to the south towards Großkamsdorf / Goßwitz / Bucha. In Bucha continue south on the L2384 to the Hohenwarte dam.
Start: There is a large visitor parking lot directly at the dam wall. The bus stop of the KomBus GmbH is also located here. (Google NAV point)
Destination: At the camping site Portenschmiede there are occasional parking facilities. (Google NAV point)
Start: At the Portenschmiede campsite there are occasional parking facilities. (Google NAV point)
Destination: There is a visitor parking lot in Ziegenrück near the forest adventure trail. (Google NAV point)
Start: In Ziegenrück near the forest adventure trail there is a visitor parking lot. (Google NAV point)
Destination: In Neidenberga there are parking facilities in the town center on the local road near the bus stop. (Google NAV point)
Start: In Neidenberga there are parking facilities in the town center on the local road near the bus stop. (Google NAV point)
Destination: There is a large visitor parking lot directly at the dam wall. The bus stop of the KomBus GmbH is also located here. (Google NAV point)
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- Sturdy shoes
- Beverage reserve
- First Aid Kit
- GPS navigation device or Smartphone
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
- 4 Stages