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.
Rest stopsHotel Haus Oberland
Flair Hotel Waldfrieden- Schwarzmühle
Safety informationWatch 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
Additional material and background information on hiking in the Thuringian Forest can be found at www.thueringer-wald.com.
Getting thereComing 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.
ParkingUse the hikers' parking lot in Schwarza / Rudolstadt (NAV-LINK)
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EquipmentSturdy shoes, rainwear, carry enough water with you
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