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Oberer Berggrabenweg - Ilmenau - Thüringer Wald

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  • Amtshaus /Museum/Info - Ilmenau
    Amtshaus /Museum/Info - Ilmenau
    Photo: Eckhardt Oehmigen, Thüringer Wald
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The Obere Berggrabenweg is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Ilmenau. It connects the villages of Ilmenau, Manebach and Stützerbach and leads through their varied nature, geology and history. Magnificent views, species-rich forest meadows and quarries provide insights into the geological structure of this area.
Open
moderate
Distance 18.8 km
5:21 h
243 m
122 m
637 m
497 m
Oberer Berggrabenweg is a technical masterpiece! It is part of a network of ditches and ponds to ensure the water supply in the mines. From the 15th to the 18th century, silver and copper have been mined here.

No Mining without Water Power

Building of Oberer Berggrabenweg has started in 1688. The waterfeed was used to supply water to the shafts at the Roda copper mine and as a supply for the smeltery. At the same time, it was used as a floating ditch.

The Trail

Just follow the mining signs! On this 18 km trail, you are guided by three symbols: hammer, pick and water wheel. On your way, you'll see meadows with colorful wild herbs, and an old quarry, grown over with lichens, mosses and fearns.

After crossing through Ilmenau's historic town center, you get into the old mining field: mine dumps, the Miners' Chapel and the Pit House are relics of a once flourishing mining industry. Via Mittlerer Berggrabenweg, you get to the Ravené hut, a shelter in 588 m a.s.l. This is the summit of Sturmheide.

Sturmheide is an elevation of about 620 m, mostly overgrown with beeches.

The original ditch Oberer Berggraben starts just above the shelter. Over about 12 km to Freibachtal, you can indulge in an impressive landscape. Keep your cameras ready at the Ratsteinbruch quarry: The panorama of the opposite ridge is just stunning!

The Manebach Guest House with the local museum is also worth visiting, offering insights into the village's history and mask production. At the end of your walk, you can seek refreshment in the Stützerbach open air pool. But it is also worth going a few more steps to the Goethe Museum: Here, Goethe stayed more than a dozen times – the  study and living room is kept in its original state until today.

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Information boards inform about geology, nature and history along the trail.
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Author
Eckhardt Oehmigen
Update: September 07, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
637 m
Lowest point
497 m
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Track types

Asphalt 14.73%Dirt road 28.04%Forested/wild trail 55.19%Path 2.02%
Asphalt
2.8 km
Dirt road
5.3 km
Forested/wild trail
10.4 km
Path
0.4 km
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Safety information

The route leads along easily accessible hiking trails. Only at the beginning in Ilmenau and at the end in Stützerbach is it necessary to use the road and the walkway for approx. 1.5 km.

Tips and hints

Start

Amtshaus / Ilmenau Tourist Information / Goethe-Stadt-Museum (499 m)
Coordinates:
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50.687500, 10.914370
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50°41'15.0"N 10°54'51.7"E
UTM
32U 635226 5616822
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Destination

Goethehaus Stützerbach/Glasmuseum

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Coordinates

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50.687500, 10.914370
DMS
50°41'15.0"N 10°54'51.7"E
UTM
32U 635226 5616822
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Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes   
  • Rainwear   
  • First aid kit   
  • GPS navigation device/or smartphone   
  • Drinks   
  • Possibly telescopic poles

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.8 km
Duration
5:21 h
Ascent
243 m
Descent
122 m
Highest point
637 m
Lowest point
497 m
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