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Luther Trail: Section 02 – From Glasbachgrund near Steinbach to Schmalkalden

Hiking trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich
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  • Luther memorial from 1857 near Steinbach
    / Luther memorial from 1857 near Steinbach
    Photo: Metilsteiner, Wikimedia Commons Licence CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Waldschänke Dreiherrnstein
    / Waldschänke Dreiherrnstein
    Photo: Metilsteiner, Wikimedia Commons Licence CC BY-SA 3.0
  • St. Nicolai - Brotterode
    / St. Nicolai - Brotterode
    Photo: CTHOE, By CTHOE (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Inselbergbad - Außenbereich - Brotterode
    / Inselbergbad - Außenbereich - Brotterode
    Photo: Steffi Asmus, Tourismus GmbH Brotterode-Trusetal
  • Außenansicht - Berggasthof "Zum Fuchsbau" - Brotterode
    / Außenansicht - Berggasthof "Zum Fuchsbau" - Brotterode
    Photo: Hans Häfner, http://www.fuchsbau-mommelstein.de/
  • Stadtkirche St. Georg Schmalkalden
    / Stadtkirche St. Georg Schmalkalden
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Stadtkirche St. Georg Schmalkalden Kirchenschiff
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schloß Wilhelmsburg Schmalkalden Schlossgarten
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Hike through the picturesque range of hills of the Thuringian Forest from the place where the Reformer was kidnapped to the Reformation town of Schmalkalden.
moderate
22.3 km
6:15 h
520 m
774 m
The Luther memorial in Glasbachgrund is an obelisk approx. 10 metres high, which was donated by the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. The memorial commemorates the fake kidnapping of Martin Luther, who was under an imperial ban, when he was travelling back from the Diet of Worms to Wittenberg on 4 May 1521. From here, Luther was taken to Wartburg Castle, where, disguised as ‘Junker Jörg’ (Squire George), he quickly completed his translation of the New Testament. At the Luther memorial you can also see the Lutherbuche beech tree and the spring, which is known to the locals as the ‘Lutherborn’.

From Luthergrund, this section of the Luther Trail takes you along the Rennsteig Trail through Brotterode to Schmalkalden with its Luther house and St George’s Church where Luther once preached. In the former vestment chamber above the vestry (today known as the ‘Lutherstube’), Martin Luther is said to have kept warm during the morning service when he stayed in Schmalkalden in February 1537. Today the room features pictures of plants on the ceiling and houses a small church museum.

Author’s recommendation

No matter if it’s a hot summer’s day or the depths of winter, the Inselsbergbad swimming pool in Brotterode provides welcome relaxation for tired Luther Trail hikers.
outdooractive.com User
Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: January 11, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Experience
Landscape
Highest point
736 m
Lowest point
290 m
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Rest Stop

Turmbaude Trusetal
Chausseehaus "Zur Einnahme" - Bad Liebenstein
Pension Turmschlösschen - Brotterode

Safety information

The route takes in a lot of the forest. Please observe the state of the path and the current weather conditions.

Equipment

Sturdy shoes, hiking sticks, weather-proof clothing

Tips, hints and links

www.brotterode-trusetal.de (German only)

www.inselbergbad.de (German only)

www.schmalkalden.com (German only)

Start

Luther memorial in Glasbachgrund (559 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.850755, 10.377471
UTM
32U 596964 5634132

Destination

Schmalkalden

Turn-by-turn directions

Glasbachgrund – Dreiherrnstein Restaurant – Brotterode – Mommelstein outcrop – Mordfleck mountain – Röthof – Schmalkalden

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The starting point of the tour is located in the middle of the forest, but you can get there easily by bus from Eisenach. Take bus number 71 from the bus station opposite the railway station towards Bad Salzungen. TIMETABLE

Get off at ‘Ruhla, Glasbach’ and follow the Rennsteig Trail east. Not far away is a car park near the Schillerbuche beech tree, head south here and leave the Rennsteig Trail. After around 800 m turn right and follow the signs to the Luther memorial (Lutherdenkmal).

From Schmalkalden you can take the bus back to Eisenach.

Getting there

From the A4, take the Eisenach-Ost exit and follow the B19 into the town to the railway station.

Parking

Sufficient parking spaces are available at the station.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
22.3 km
Duration
6:15 h
Ascent
520 m
Descent
774 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights

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Highest point
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Lowest point
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