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Circular trail - "Geo Trail" Manebach - Kammerberg - Thuringian Forest

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  • Haus des Gastes Manebach
    Haus des Gastes Manebach
    Photo: Werner Nickel, Goethe Stadt Ilmenau
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The trail leads to the former mining sites of Manebach.

A special feature are coal seams from tropical moorland forests that developed north of the former equator.

Open
moderate
Distance 6.6 km
2:30 h
256 m
236 m
650 m
548 m
The Manebach Formation

Hobby scientists – this is for you! This is about prehistoric findings, highly interesting geological ground openings and coal mining sites. This 6,5 km trail around Manebach offers spectacular insights into the history of earth and life.

Early Dinosaurs and Horsetail

Fossils can open unique windows into the earth's history. Manebach seems to be a special place: Scientists have dug out 300 mill. years old roots of a giant horsetail. Among the findings, there is also a skeleton of an early dinosauer – about 1,5 m in size.

The Trail

Along your way, you encounter witnesses of historic coal mining: Karl August Shaft, Sophia's Shaft, Goldhelmer Shaft, Kammerberg Shaft and Andreas Shaft with tip.

  • The Kammerberg Shaft, which Goethe drove into when being Minister for Mining in 1776, was especially valuable for his scientific studies: Until his death, he received plant fossiles from this shaft to add to his collection.

The variety of prehistoric findings is unique, too: Whether deposits of fish scales or fossilised horsetail – paleontologists still dig out the most astonishing things. On your walk, you'll be informed about all this on 25 information displays along the nature trail.

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the Haus des Gastes is recommended !

www.manebach.de

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Eckhardt Oehmigen
Update: October 13, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
650 m
Lowest point
548 m
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Track types

Asphalt 27.24%Dirt road 17.41%Nature trail 25.31%Path 12.74%Road 7.73%Unknown 9.55%
Asphalt
1.8 km
Dirt road
1.1 km
Nature trail
1.7 km
Path
0.8 km
Road
0.5 km
Unknown
0.6 km
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Safety information

It is only partially accessible in winter !

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Manebach Bushaltestelle Schleusinger Straße (518 m)
Coordinates:
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50.679533, 10.861806
DMS
50°40'46.3"N 10°51'42.5"E
UTM
32U 631535 5615842
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Haus des Gastes Manebach

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Coordinates

DD
50.679533, 10.861806
DMS
50°40'46.3"N 10°51'42.5"E
UTM
32U 631535 5615842
w3w 
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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.6 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
256 m
Descent
236 m
Highest point
650 m
Lowest point
548 m
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