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Circular hiking trail - "Ilmenau nature trail" - Thuringian Forest

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  • Ilmenauer Teiche
    Ilmenauer Teiche
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
m 600 500 400 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Alter Kurpark Schlittenscheune Ilmenau
Interesting natural phenomena in charming landscape along the trail.
Open
moderate
Distance 14.3 km
3:45 h
229 m
229 m
646 m
461 m
Discover the diversity of geological features, fauna and flora around Ilmenau. Starting at the Ilmenau train station, the 13 km long circular trail leads you across the Ilmenau pond area (nature reserve), on to Ehrenberg, down to Grenzhammer, through Schortetal (biosphere reserve), up over Lindenberg, Flossberg, Herzerpromenade, on to Ritzebühler Teich and Lessingpark. At the train station Ilmenau Bad you have reached your destination. The course of the path is marked at 38 stations by location signs.

 

Particularly interesting points are provided with seating areas and display & information boards, e.g. at the pond area above the Prinzessinnnenloch and at the Knebelblick on the Ehrenberg, which presents you with a wonderful view over the town and its mountain panorama.

 

The Ilmenau Nature Trail is a nature trail based on the work of Prof. Dr. Hans Weber, a geologist from Ilmenau. Great attention was paid to the geological peculiarities along the path, justified by the great interest that had been expressed since the 18th century by the expert geologists for the Ehrenberg.Weber also saw the many small things along the way, plants and animals, but also did not forget the people who earned their meager living here by mining for manganese and fluorspar.

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Schortetal with restaurant Schortemühle
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Author
Eckhardt Oehmigen
Update: January 13, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
646 m
Lowest point
461 m
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Track types

Asphalt 33.61%Dirt road 12.57%Forested/wild trail 33.54%Path 4.89%Road 8.55%Unknown 6.81%
Asphalt
4.8 km
Dirt road
1.8 km
Forested/wild trail
4.8 km
Path
0.7 km
Road
1.2 km
Unknown
1 km
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Tips and hints

Start

Bahnhof Ilmenau (477 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.684523, 10.922099
DMS
50°41'04.3"N 10°55'19.6"E
UTM
32U 635780 5616506
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Destination

Bahnhof Ilmenau Bad

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Coordinates

DD
50.684523, 10.922099
DMS
50°41'04.3"N 10°55'19.6"E
UTM
32U 635780 5616506
w3w 
///infects.ignoring.ships
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Book recommendation by the author

Der Ilmener Naturpfadpfad I 

Nach Prof. Dr. Hans Weber, Ilmenau 1950

Heimatkundliche Streifzüge durch die Umgebung von Ilmenau

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.3 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
229 m
Descent
229 m
Highest point
646 m
Lowest point
461 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Flora and fauna

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