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  • DR WALD meets Pastor Kneip. On the way to the Kneipp facility in Stützerbach
    DR WALD meets Pastor Kneip. On the way to the Kneipp facility in Stützerbach
    Photo: Ulla Schauber, CC BY-SA, Thüringer Wald
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Forest bathing (Shinrin-Yoku) with "Doctor Forest
Open
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
3:45 h
289 m
289 m
757 m
595 m
He gets everyone back on their feet, Doctor Wald. He always knows the right medicine for headaches, aching backs, crazy blood pressure and confused thoughts. The only thing he doesn't do is make house calls. But for that there is now the Dr. Wald path. This trail combines natural history with the past of the GDR in an exceptionally beautiful natural landscape.

 

The 21-kilometer circular hiking trail leads through the villages of Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig, Stützerbach and Frauenwald. Of course, it is possible to start from all three places. And everywhere there is much to discover: In Stützerbach's local history and glass museum as well as the dense coniferous forest at the Massenmühle and the Bunkermuseum located on the Rennsteig, once used by the GDR's state security.

 

If you want to take a break in Stützerbach, you'll get your money's worth at the Gasthof zum Reifberg. By the way, this is also where the famous dumpling fries were invented.

 

In Schmiedefeld, the craftsmanship of the glassblowers awaits with interesting insights. And so the hiker puts himself in the hands of the wondrous Doctor Wald. If his practice is overrun, everyone can get fit and healthy again.

 

When I suffer from headaches and neuroses,
i feel misunderstood or old,
and the lovely muses don't caress me,
I consult Doctor Wald.

He is my ophthalmologist and psychiatrist,
my orthopedist and my internist.
He sure helps me over every hangover,
whether he's grief or cognac.

He doesn't think much of powders and pills,
but all the more of air and sunshine.
And no sooner does a pleasant silence surround me,
he whispers to me: "Now take a deep breath!"

Is his practice also often overcrowded,
in his care you one runs yourself healthy.
And circulatory patients who are still panting today
are tomorrow without any finding.

He always gets us back on our feet,
the spiritual in balance,
prevents fat deposition and gallstones.
Only - unfortunately, he does not make house calls.

Forester Helmut Dagenbach, 1986

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the Kneipp facility in Stützerbach rounds off the hike fabulously.
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Paul Hentschel 
Update: December 06, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
757 m
Lowest point
595 m
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Track types

Asphalt 4.78%Dirt road 44.87%Forested/wild trail 47.24%Path 2.93%Road 0.16%
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0.6 km
Dirt road
5.9 km
Forested/wild trail
6.3 km
Path
0.4 km
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0 km
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Rest stops

Gasthof "Zum Reifberg"
Thüringer Waldlokal

Safety information

Please pay attention to the typical forest Gefahren and follow the instructions of the employees of ThüringenForst.

Tips and hints

www.schmiedefeld.de
www.stuetzerbach.de

www.frauenwald.info

Start

Stützerbach (595 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.635758, 10.863009
DMS
50°38'08.7"N 10°51'46.8"E
UTM
32U 631743 5610977
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Destination

Stützerbach

Turn-by-turn directions

Stützerbach - Massenmühle - Rennsteig - Rennsteigteich - Rennsteig station - Stützerbach

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can reach Stützerbach am Rennsteig by bus from Ilmenau (line 300 IOV) or from Suhl. To plan your journey, please use this link to the Deustchen Bahn travel planner:
Journey to Stützerbach am Rennsteig

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Just enter your desired travel date and starting point.

Getting there

Coming from the A71, take exit 16 (Ilmenau West) and continue on the L3004 towards Ilmenau. Continue along the road through the town and follow the L3004 further to Stützerbach and via Unterstraße and Papiermühlenweg to the car park.

Parking

Use the car park at Hüttenplatz (Google-NAV Punkt)

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Coordinates

DD
50.635758, 10.863009
DMS
50°38'08.7"N 10°51'46.8"E
UTM
32U 631743 5610977
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Equipment

  • sturdy shoes   
  • Rainwear   
  • First aid kit   
  • GPS device or smartphone   
  • Drink reserve

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
289 m
Descent
289 m
Highest point
757 m
Lowest point
595 m
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