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Long Distance Hiking Trail - Panorama Trail Schwarzatal - Thuringian Forest

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  • The picturesque Schwarza Valley
    The picturesque Schwarza Valley
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Unspoiled nature, pristine forests, mountains with magnificent views, castles and palaces, all this awaits you on the Panorama Trail Schwarzatal.
Open
difficult
Distance 136.7 km
50:00 h
3,823 m
3,823 m
837 m
202 m
Panorama trail Schwarzatal - everything a hiker's heart desires:A harmonious cultural landscape with untouched nature, reservoirs, pristine forests, magnificent views, castles and palaces and much more. Hiking it is a joy and a pleasure, no matter if on its whole 135 km or on the different stages, which are also possible as round hikes from all vacation resorts in the Schwarza valley.

Hiking the Panorama Trail is a journey of joy and pleasure. Its 135 km of magnificent paths and trails around one of Germany's most beautiful mountain rivers, the Schwarza, connect the Rennsteig, one of Germany's most famous hiking trails, with the castle landscape of the Saale.

You have to climb from 200 m above sea level (where the Schwarza flows into the Saale) to almost 850 m before you reach the Rennsteig. Sometimes the path leads directly along the rocky banks of the Schwarza, sometimes it turns off into one of the quiet side valleys to lead from there to one of the numerous mountain peaks. Again and again, there are magnificent views over the Thuringian Forest, the Thuringian Slate Mountains and - in particularly good weather - even as far as the Brocken in the Harz Mountains.

On this hiking trail, you can collect digital hiking stamps (QR scans). With a personal stamp account, you will receive a certificate after collecting all stamp codes.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to take a ride on the Thuringian Mountain Railway. The restored and listed railroad connects the Schwarzatalbahn with the plateau around Oberweißbach.
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Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal
Update: February 02, 2023
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
837 m
Lowest point
202 m
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Track types

Asphalt 5.78%Dirt road 14.59%Forested/wild trail 52.57%Path 24.78%Road 2.08%Unknown 0.17%
Asphalt
7.9 km
Dirt road
19.9 km
Forested/wild trail
71.8 km
Path
33.9 km
Road
2.9 km
Unknown
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Hotel Haus Oberland
Flair Hotel Waldfrieden- Schwarzmühle

Safety information

Watch out for slippery and slippery places when walking in the Klamms. The watercourse of the stream is partly placed directly under the hiking trail. In case of ice and snow there is limited accessibility.

Please behave considerately and quietly in the forest to protect the flora and fauna. Follow the instructions of the forestry staff and pay attention to restrictions due to forestry work.

Tips and hints

Flyer on the Panorama Trail (PDF)

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Rennsteig-Schwarzatal on the web

Thüringer Bergbahn

Additional material and background information on hiking in the Thuringian Forest can be found at www.thueringer-wald.com.

Start

Rudolstadt OT Schwarza, at the mouth of the Schwarza into the Saale (203 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.682855, 11.321583
DMS
50°40'58.3"N 11°19'17.7"E
UTM
32U 664003 5617129
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Destination

Rudolstadt OT Schwarza, at the mouth of the Schwarza into the Saale

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail is marked throughout with the red triangle on a white background.

It leads from Rudolstadt-Schwarza via Bad Blankenburg - Schwarzburg - Sitzendorf - Unterweißbach - Oberweißbach - Cursdorf - Meuselbach - Katzhütte - Scheibe-Alsbach - Limbach - Friedrichshöhe - Goldisthal - Masserberg - Altenfeld - Großbreitenbach - Schwarzmühle - Mellenbach-Glasbach - Barigau - Oberhain - Cordobang - Böhlscheiben - Bad Blankenburg back to Rudolstadt-Schwarza

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can reach the starting point of the Panorama Trail in Schwarza by bus and train from the direction of Erfurt, Jena or Saalfeld.

The Erfurt railroad serves Bad Blankenburg station in the direction of erfurt on the EBx 47 and EB23 line. You can get information about the timetable HERE.

From Jena and Saalfeld, the trains of ABELLIO Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH run to Rudolstadt station. Timetable information is available HERE

The bus connection to the next stop (Milchhof / Schwarza) is from the direction of Bad Blankenburg via the S2 line and from the direction of Rudolstadt with the bus 302 of KomBus GmbH --> Timetable information can be found here (Select the appropriate line)

You can also use the travel information of the Deutsche Bahn. Enter "Schwarza Milchhof, Rudolstadt" as your destination.

From the destination stop, walk east to the traffic circle and then follow the B88 southeast a bit to the start of the hike.

Getting there

Coming from the A9, take exit 26 (Triptis) and continue on the B281 towardsNeustadt an der Orla.

Follow the B281 to Saalfeld and stay on the main B281/B85 westbound and continue on the B85 towards Rudolstadt.

Shortly before crossing the river Saale turn left onto the B88 towards Bad Blankenburg. After about 600m you will reach the hikers' parking lot.

Parking

Use the hikers' parking lot in Schwarza / Rudolstadt (NAV-LINK)

Coordinates

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50.682855, 11.321583
DMS
50°40'58.3"N 11°19'17.7"E
UTM
32U 664003 5617129
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoes, rainwear, carry enough water with you

Localization

Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language


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Distance
136.7 km
Duration
50:00 h
Ascent
3,823 m
Descent
3,823 m
Highest point
837 m
Lowest point
202 m
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  • 8 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1 closed
Distance 15.5 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 340 m
Descent 258 m

Start your journey around the picturesque Schwarza valley at the mouth of the Schwarza into the Saale.

from Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2 Open
Distance 17.8 km
Duration 5:45 h
Ascent 856 m
Descent 425 m

From sluices, dams, teachers and the mountain railway ...

from Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 3 Open
Distance 18.8 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 599 m
Descent 625 m

Down into the valley and towards Germany's largest hydroelectric power station.

from Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 4 Open
Distance 20.6 km
Duration 5:55 h
Ascent 469 m
Descent 634 m

Up to the Rennsteig - Steep uphill to the path of paths

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from Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 5 Open
Distance 14.4 km
Duration 4:12 h
Ascent 440 m
Descent 363 m

Back to the hills through the deep forest to Mühlen and Albert-Schweitzer

from Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 6 closed
Distance 12.5 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 178 m
Descent 373 m

From the heights of the forest back to the Gold River through the realm of the Olit Queen.

from Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 7 Open
Distance 17 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 605 m
Descent 509 m

To new heights and the good herbal liqueur at 666 m.

from Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal,   Thüringer Wald
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 8 Open
Distance 19.9 km
Duration 5:46 h
Ascent 395 m
Descent 656 m

Let the last views sweep back to the Saale - one of the most beautiful stages on the Panorama Trail.

from Tourismusregion Rennsteig-Schwarzatal,   Thüringer Wald
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