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Luther Trail: Section 01 – From Glasbachgrund to Eisenach

Hiking Trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich
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  • Luther memorial from 1857 near Steinbach
    / Luther memorial from 1857 near Steinbach
    Photo: Metilsteiner, Wikimedia Commons Licence CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Schloss Altenstein
    / Schloss Altenstein
    Photo: Rainer Lippert, Wikimedia Commons
  • Lutherdenkmal - Möhra
    / Lutherdenkmal - Möhra
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Schloss Wilhelmsthal - Eisenach
    / Schloss Wilhelmsthal - Eisenach
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    / Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Georgenkirche Eisenach
    / Georgenkirche Eisenach
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Parkanlage am Schloss Glücksbrunn - Schweina
    / Parkanlage am Schloss Glücksbrunn - Schweina
    Photo: Metilsteiner, CC BY-SA, By Metilsteiner (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Discover the Luther Trail starting from the place of Luther’s kidnapping walking along the southern slopes of the Thuringian Forest via the Luther family’s place of origin to Wartburg Castle in Eisenach.
moderate
33.3 km
10:00 h
589 m
943 m
The Luther Trail starts at the Luther memorial in Glasbachgrund. It was here in 1521 that Luther was taken into protective custody by the men of Prince Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony and taken to Wartburg Castle. Going via Altenstein Castle, the trail takes you to Möhra where Luther’s father came from. Continuing past Wilhelmsthal Lake, you reach the Hohe Sonne site and then take the Pummpälz Trail north to Wartburg Castle.

“…no other town knows me better”, said Luther of Eisenach, the town of his school days and his later years and of Wartburg Castle where he translated the Bible.

Today Eisenach is known as ‘Europe’s Reformation Town’.

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the little Luther Church in Möhra is a must.
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Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: November 05, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
563 m
Lowest point
224 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Glockenhof - Eisenach
Gaststätte Seeblick im Campingpark Eisenach am Altenberger See

Safety information

The route is clearly signposted. Please follow the signs with the green ‘L’ on the white background. Ensure that you have sufficient sun protection as the first part of the route takes you over open country.

Equipment

Sturdy shoes, hiking sticks, sun protection

Tips, hints and links

Altenstein Castle website (German only)

Möhra town website (German only)

Wartburg Castle website (German only)

visit-thuringia.com

Start

Luther memorial in Glasbachgrund near Steinbach (559 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.850682, 10.377496
UTM
32U 596966 5634124

Destination

 Thüringian Museum Predigerkirche church - Eisenach

Turn-by-turn directions

Glasbachkopf - Luther memorial in Glasbachgrund - Steinbach - Altenstein Castle - Schweina - Möhra - Etterwinden - Altenberg Lake - Wilhelmsthal Palace - Hohe Sonne site - Wartburg Castle - Eisenach

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The starting point of the tour is located in the middle of the forest, but you can get there easily by bus from Eisenach. Take bus number 71 from the bus station opposite the railway station towards Bad Salzungen. TIMETABLE

Get off at ‘Ruhla, Glasbach’ and follow the Rennsteig Trail east. Not far away is a car park near the Schillerbuche beech tree, head south here and leave the Rennsteig Trail. After around 800 m turn right and follow the signs to the Luther memorial (Lutherdenkmal).

The end of the tour is also in Eisenach. To get back to the station from the end point, head east through the old town over the market square and Karlsplatz square.

Getting there

By car from the A4 take the Eisenach Ost exit and follow the B19 into the town.

Parking

Parking spaces are available at the railway station.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Verlag Grünes Herz - Hiking Map Eisenach & Ruhla - ISBN 978-3-929993-14-1


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
33.3 km
Duration
10:00 h
Ascent
589 m
Descent
943 m
Public transport friendly In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights

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Highest point
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