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Kickelhahn Round Trail - Ilmenau - Thüringer Wald

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  • Plateau am Kickelhahn
    / Plateau am Kickelhahn
    Photo: © Dominik Ketz, Thüringer Wald
  • / WM
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Parkcafe neben der Festhalle
    Photo: Stadtverwaltung Ilmenau(nH), Goethe Stadt Ilmenau
  • / Stadtpark
    Photo: Stadtverwaltung Ilmenau, Goethe Stadt Ilmenau
  • / Preller Linde
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Carl Alexander Brunnen
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Kleiner Hermannstein
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Alte Sophienquelle
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Hermannstein
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Hermannstein
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Hermannstein mit Aussicht
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Tafel Großer Hermannstein
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Am Felsen
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  • / Großer Hermannstein mit Höhle
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Tafel 1 über der Höhle
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Tafel 2 über der Höhle
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Goethehäuschen auf dem Kickelhahn
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Thüringer Wald
  • / Jagdanlage am Kickelhahn
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Jagdschirm am Kickelhahn
    Photo: Stadtverwaltung Ilmenau, Goethe Stadt Ilmenau
  • / Kickelhahn bei Ilmenau
    Photo: © Domenik Ketz, Thüringer Wald
  • / Aussicht vom Kickelhahn
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Blick ins Land
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Tafel am Turm
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Aussichtspunkt Kickelhahn
    Photo: © Dominik Ketz, Thüringer Wald
  • / Gaststätte Kickelhahn
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Stichlings Platz
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Jagdhaus Gabelbach mit Museum
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Gedenkstein Schmid - Burgk Landesforstmeister
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Scheffel Denkmal
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  • / Tennisplätze
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Ritzebühler Teich
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Goetheschule
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Hofmanndenkmal mit Laufbrunnen
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Wegweiser am Kickelhahner Weg
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Lessingpark mit Cafe
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
  • / Goetheschule
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
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On the mountaintop, you can listen to the wind in the trees and oversee dreamlike landscapes! In high visibility, you can see just as far as the Brocken mountain in the Harz. The about 11 km trail around the Kickelhahn mountain is a pure joy for any rambler.
Open
moderate
Distance 10.7 km
3:15 h
371 m
371 m
How the Mountain Got its Name

Presumably, the name of the mountain goes back to the rare capercaillie, which used to proudly strut the woods around here. To the Weimar Court hunting on these premises, it was a popular trophy.

The Trail

Starting at the car park at the Ilmenau Festival Hall, there is only a slight ascent until Steinbach valley, becoming steeper to Kleiner Hermannstein, a rock towering inmidst the forest. So a short break at Sophia's Spring is very welcome. This stone-enclosed spring is named honoring the Grand Duchess of Weimar.

After reaching Großer Hermannstein with its viewing platform, a phantastic view opens into the Manebach valley. For the Kickelhahn summit (861 m a.s.l.), you'll allow yourself some time to discover Goethehäuschen, the historic hunting facility and the Kickelhahn Tower.

Did you know?

With the first stone laying in 1854, the Kickelhahn Tower is among the oldest look-outs in Germany!

Upon descent, a visit to the Jagdhaus Gabelbach museum as well as the memorial to the author Joseph Victor von Scheffel is recommended.

Author’s recommendation

The  Mountain and SPA Hotel Gabelbach not far from the hunting museum is well worth a visit. Here, first-class gastronomy meets tradition.
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Update: August 30, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
861 m
Lowest point
484 m
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Rest Stop

Berggaststätte Kickelhahn
Lessingpark - Ilmenau

Tips and hints

Start

Festhalle Ilmenau WPP (486 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.682067, 10.903831
DMS
50°40'55.4"N 10°54'13.8"E
UTM
32U 634497 5616199
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Destination

Festhalle Ilmenau WPP

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Coordinates

DD
50.682067, 10.903831
DMS
50°40'55.4"N 10°54'13.8"E
UTM
32U 634497 5616199
w3w 
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Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes   
  • Rainwear   
  • First aid kit   
  • GPS navigation device / smartphone   
  • Drinks   
  • possibly trekking poles

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.

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
371 m
Descent
371 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Circular route Refreshment stops available Scenic Cultural/historical interest Summit route

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