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Luther Trail Tour Tip: Wartburg Castle – Eisenach – Hohe Sonne site

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  • Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    / Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Stadtschloss Eisenach
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Sängerwiesenhütte - Eisenach
    Photo: Metilsteiner, By Metilsteiner (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / Hohe Sonne (1960)
    Photo: unbekannt, By (unbekannt) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / Eingang zur Drachenschlucht im Mariental
    Photo: Artem Dontsov, By Artem Dontsov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / Lutherhaus Eisenach mit Anbau
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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A round trip taking in the peaks of the Thuringian Forest to the Rennsteig trail and back again through Dragon Gorge.
moderate
14.3 km
4:30 h
337 m
337 m

This short round trip takes in the most important sights in the town of Eisenach and its forested surroundings. Climb the hills of the Luther Experience Trail, where the legendary Wartburg Castle looks down upon the town and then follow the wonderful hiking trails through beech and oak woods, through the western Thuringia Forest to the Rennsteig mountain trail.

At the highest point of the trip, you have an amazing view of the mountain from the Hohe Sonne site. On the way back to Eisenach, you traverse the well-known Dragon Gorge. At its narrowest point, where the ravine is just 68 cm wide, you can really experience nature up close and personal. You return to Eisenach through the picturesque Marien Valley with its imposing villas.

Finish your trip with a visit to the newly opened Luther House and immerse yourself in the history of the reformation.

Author’s recommendation

During the anniversary of the reformation in 2017, you must visit the ‘Luther & The Germans’ exhibition at Wartburg Castle.
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Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: November 09, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Hohe Sonne, 426 m
Lowest point
Georgenkirche, 223 m
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Safety information

The route takes you through very narrow ravines.

Tips, hints and links

Start

St George's Church, Eisenach (223 m)
Coordinates:
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50.974602, 10.319560
DMS
50°58'28.6"N 10°19'10.4"E
UTM
32U 592641 5647829
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Destination

Market Place – Eisenach

Turn-by-turn directions

Eisenach – Wartburg Castle – Sängerwiese meadows – Hohe Sonne hunting lodge – Marien Valley – Eisenach

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Eisenach is easily accessible via Deutsche Bahn. The railway station is located to the east of the city centre.

Getting there

Coming from the A4, take exit 40a towards ‘Eisenach-Ost’ and then continue on the B84 towards Eisenach. At the Eisenach-Oststadt crossroads, follow the B19 towards the city centre.

Parking

Sufficient parking spaces are available at Eisenach railway station. Link

Coordinates

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50.974602, 10.319560
DMS
50°58'28.6"N 10°19'10.4"E
UTM
32U 592641 5647829
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Maps can be obtained from the Thuringia tourist information office in Erfurt and at the Eisenach tourist information office on the market square.

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Equipment

Sturdy shoes, waterproof clothing, possibly a torch

Questions & Answers

Question about Tobias Glinz · August 06, 2020 · Community
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Answer by Simon Büttner  · August 07, 2020 · Thüringer Tourismus GmbH

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Simon Büttner 
November 09, 2020 · Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Completed this Route on November 04, 2020
Photo: Simon Büttner, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Photo: Simon Büttner, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Photo: Simon Büttner, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
david wetzel
December 06, 2019 · Community
Completed this Route on November 08, 2019
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.3 km
Duration
4:30h
Ascent
337 m
Descent
337 m
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