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Luther Trail: Section 20 – From Ludwigsstadt to Lehesten

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  • Schieferpark bei Lehesten
    / Schieferpark bei Lehesten
    Photo: Jungsystems, CC BY-SA, By Jungsystems (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Glasobelisk - Steinbach am Wald
    / Glasobelisk - Steinbach am Wald
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Rennsteigpark - Steinbach am Wald
    / Rennsteigpark - Steinbach am Wald
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Technisches Denkmal - Historischer Schieferbergbau - Lehesten
    / Technisches Denkmal - Historischer Schieferbergbau - Lehesten
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • St. Aegidien - Lehesten
    / St. Aegidien - Lehesten
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Explore the Thuringian Slate Mountains and follow in the footsteps of the Reformer Martin Luther.
moderate
17.1 km
5:05 h
442 m
240 m
At the time of the Reformation, the Amt Lauenstein was held by the Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth. When the peasant uprisings that had originated in Swabia reached Franconia in spring 1525, the lords of Lauenstein and Gräfenthal were not unaffected. Led by Ludwigsstadt, the people revolted against their lord Friedrich von Thüna. From 1528, the Reformation movement began to spread.

Today Ludwigsstadt is best known for Lauenstein Castle and the slate museum. From the Thüringer Warte observation tower you have a spectacular view over Thuringia.

In Steinbach am Wald you cross the Rennsteig Trail, the best known hiking trail in Germany. From here, this section of the Luther Trail continues to Lehesten.

From 5–6 October 1530, Martin Luther stayed overnight in Lehesten on his way from Coburg to Torgau. From Coburg Fortress he had tried to support his friends and save the unity of the Church of Jesus Christ with the Augsburg Confession without revealing the truth. ‘God wants Christians of all confessions to stay together in his church’. This event triggered the introduction of the Reformation.

Lehesten also used to rely on slate mining. This ‘blue gold’, as it is known here, has made this little Thuringian town famous all over the world. From the 13th century the largest slate mine in Europe was opened here. The old slate quarries with their moss and birch-covered stockpiles and fascinating slate lakes still dominate the region today. The technical monument ‘Historischer Schieferbergbau‘ (Historical Slate Mining) provides an authentic glimpse of living history and time-honoured traditions. The historical buildings such as the horse mill building and the Doppelspalthütte (double split hut), which are unique in Europe, are valuable gems of this lost era.

Author’s recommendation

A guided tour of the technical monument 'Thüringer Schieferbergbau' (Thuringian Slate Mining) is well worth it.
outdooractive.com User
Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: August 26, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
723 m
Lowest point
440 m
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Equipment

Sturdy shoes and hiking sticks

Start

Ludwigsstadt (440 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.484519, 11.388810
UTM
32U 669463 5595230

Destination

Lehesten

Turn-by-turn directions

Ludwigsstadt – Steinbach am Wald – Technical momument 'Historischer Schieferbergbau' (Historical Slate Mining) Lehesten – Lehesten (St Aegidien chuch)

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Ludwigsstadt is connected to the Deutsche Bahn regional train network. From Lehesten you can take Kom bus 610 (TIMETABLE) to Bad Lobenstein. From there you can also take the Deutsche Bahn regional trains.

If you come by car to Ludwigsstadt, you can take bus 555 (TIMETABLE) to Probstzella and continue back to Ludwigsstadt from there.

Getting there

Coming from the A73, take exit 8 (Neustadt bei Coburg) and continue on the B4 towards Neustadt bei Coburg. Continue east on the B89 towards Malmerz and Haßlach bei Kronach, then take the B85 towards Steinbach am Wald and Ludwigsstadt.

Parking

Please use the parking spaces at St Michael's Church. LINK
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.1 km
Duration
5:05 h
Ascent
442 m
Descent
240 m
Public transport friendly In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights

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