Luther Trail: Section 02 – From Glasbachgrund near Steinbach to Schmalkalden
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Luther memorial from 1857 near SteinbachPhoto: Metilsteiner, Wikimedia Commons Licence CC BY-SA 3.0
From Luthergrund, this section of the Luther Trail takes you along the Rennsteig Trail through Brotterode to Schmalkalden with its Luther house and St George’s Church where Luther once preached. In the former vestment chamber above the vestry (today known as the ‘Lutherstube’), Martin Luther is said to have kept warm during the morning service when he stayed in Schmalkalden in February 1537. Today the room features pictures of plants on the ceiling and houses a small church museum.
Rest stopsChausseehaus zur Einnahme
Pension Turmschlösschen - Brotterode
Safety informationThe route takes in a lot of the forest. Please observe the state of the path and the current weather conditions.
Tips and hintswww.brotterode-trusetal.de (German only)
www.inselbergbad.de (German only)
www.schmalkalden.com (German only)
Public-transport-friendlyThe 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).
From Schmalkalden you can take the bus back to Eisenach.
Getting thereFrom the A4, take the Eisenach-Ost exit and follow the B19 into the town to the railway station.
ParkingSufficient parking spaces are available at the station.
EquipmentSturdy shoes, hiking sticks, weather-proof clothing
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