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Hike - Hohenwarte Reservoir Path - Thuringian Forest

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  • Blick von der Klinkhardtshöhe zur Staumauer
    / Blick von der Klinkhardtshöhe zur Staumauer
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  • / Schutzhütte Günther's Heil
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  • / Uferbereich abseits des Weges
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  • / Ausblick von der Schutzhütte Günther's Heil
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  • / Uferbereich abseits des Weges
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  • / Einstieg vom Wanderparkplatz unterhalb des "Waldhotels am Stausee" bei Bucha
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  • / Waldhotel am Stausee
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  • / "Wolfgangsbank" am Bockfelsen
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  • / Von der "Wolfgangsbank" auf dem Bockfelsen aus, genießen Sie den atemberaubenden Ausblick auf den Hohenwarte Stausee. Im Hintergrund sehen Sie den Campingplatz Hopfenmühle.
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  • / ... und mit etwas Glück - auch diese kleine freche Eidechse
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  • / Blick von der Karl-Rühl-Hütte
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  • / Blick auf den "Drachenschwanz"
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  • / Blick von der Schutzhütte Reißertsruh auf die Kemenate Ziegenrück und dem Hotel am Schlossberg
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  • / Die Saale bei Ziegenrück
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  • / Blick auf die Staumauer der Talsperre Hohenwarte 1
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  • / Blick zur Staumauer
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  • / Blick vom Hermannsfelsen
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  • / Blick von der Rohrbrücke auf den Stausee
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  • / Volkskundemuseum in Reizengeschwenda
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    Photo: Karlheinz Herzing, Community
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  • / Hohenwarte Stausee Weg Logo
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  • / Thüringen Hohenwarte Teufelskanzel Saaleschleife
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    Photo: Karlheinz Herzing, Community
  • / Blick auf das Museum Schloss Burgk und die Holzbrücke über die Saale
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Where the forest suddenly reveals unique views of a fjord-like water landscape, you are entering a very special hiking paradise - the "Thüringer Meer”.
Open
moderate
Distance 74.4 km
22:55 h
2,023 m
2,014 m
Explore the largest contiguous reservoir area in Europe along the steep slopes of the river "Saale" and climb the impressive rocks and vantage points of the Hohenwarte water reservoir. The charming landscape in the middle of the nature park Schiefergebirge/ Obere Saale with dense forests and idyllic bays is a special tip for nature lovers.  Forest, water and mountains guarantee relaxation and pure nature experience. 

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.

 

Author’s recommendation

The impressive dam wall of the reservoir in HohenwarteThe bridge over the pipes of the pumped storage plant between the upper and lower basinThe view from the Bock RockThe folklore museum in ReizengeschwendaThe water power museum in Ziegenrück
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Update: October 22, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
556 m
Lowest point
244 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel - Sommerfrische Lothramühle - Drognitz OT Reitzengeschwenda
Waldhotel am Stausee
Fernmühle Ziegenrück - *Besondere Einkehr-Empfehlung*
Flößergaststätte "Zum Wolf"
Gasthaus & Pension "Zur Linde"

Safety information

Pay 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 hints

Flyer for the hiking trail (PDF)

Start

Hohenwarte parking lot dam wall (301 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.611150, 11.490335
DMS
50°36'40.1"N 11°29'25.2"E
UTM
32U 676191 5609544
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Destination

Hohenwarte parking lot dam wall

Turn-by-turn directions

Hohenwarte - Camping Saalthal Alter - Wilhelmsdorf - Camping Portenschmiede - Camping Neumannshof - Camping Linkenmühle - Ziegenrück - Altenbeuthen - Drognitz - Camping Hopfenmühle - Neidenberga - Camping Schäferwiese - Steinsdorf - St. Jacob - Löhma - Hohenwarte

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Hohenwarte can be easily reached with the KomBus line 546 from Saalfeld (connection to Deutsche Bahn). The line bundle 5 with coordinated connections links a public transport supply around the entire reservoir.

Simply use the travel portal of the Deutsche Bahn to search for connections.

Getting there

Coming 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.

Parking

Stage 1:

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)

Stage 2:

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)

Stage 3:

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)

Stage 4:

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)

Coordinates

DD
50.611150, 11.490335
DMS
50°36'40.1"N 11°29'25.2"E
UTM
32U 676191 5609544
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

  • 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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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.

Questions and answers

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Mittwoch, 3. Juni 2020, 12:46 Uhr
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Status
Open
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
74.4 km
Duration
22:55 h
Ascent
2,023 m
Descent
2,014 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights Botanical highlights Flora and fauna

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  • 4 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1 Open
Distance 21.3 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 584 m
Descent 574 m

Besuchen Sie die Region am Thüringer Meer und begehen Sie mit dem Hohenwarte Stausee Weg einen Qualitätsweg der besonderen Art.

from Sandro Dittmar,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2 Open
Distance 14 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 400 m
Descent 383 m

In der 2. Etappe erwarten Sie herrliche Aussichten auf das Thüringer Meer.

from Sandro Dittmar,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3 Open
Distance 20.5 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 648 m
Descent 550 m

In der dritten und längsten Etappe erwartet Sie ein vielfältiger Einblick in die Kultur, Geschichte und Natur der Umgebung des Thüringer Meeres.

from Sandro Dittmar,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4 Open
Distance 18.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 468 m
Descent 581 m

Auf Ihrer letzten Etappe haben Sie noch einmal beeindruckende Aussichten.

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