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Luther Trail: Section 04 – From Eisenach to Treffurt

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  • Georgenkirche Eisenach
    / Georgenkirche Eisenach
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Lutherhaus Eisenach mit Anbau
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Dreifaltigkeitskirche - Spichra
    Photo: Hejkal, CC BY-SA, By The original uploader was Hejkal at German Wikipedia (Original text: de:Benutzer:Hejkal) (Self-photographed) [CC BY-SA 2.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / Blick über den Teich zum Hotel - Wilhelmsglücksbrunn
    Photo: Biohotel Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn,
  • / Liboriuskapelle an der Werrabrücke - Creuzburg
    Photo: MichaelWE, CC BY-SA, By MichaelWE (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / Burg Creuzburg
    Photo: Metilsteiner, CC BY-SA, By Metilsteiner (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / St. Nikolai - Creuzburg
    Photo: Michael Sander, CC BY-SA, By Michael Sander (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / Markt und Rathaus - Treffurt
    Photo: Joachim Negwer, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Burg Normannstein - Treffurt
    Photo: Rainer Lippert, CC BY-SA, von Rainer Lippert (Eigenes Werk) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / St. Bonifatius - Treffurt
    Photo: Dnkyvirtual Michael Schnittger Treffurt, CC BY-SA, By Dnkyvirtual Michael Schnittger Treffurt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
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Wander along the banks of the River Werra to the former East-West border following the footsteps of the Reformer and Staint Elisabeth.
Distance 36.4 km
10:00 h
316 m
343 m
415 m
173 m
Luther once referred to Eisenach as ‘my beloved town’. This was where the Reformer spent his school days, sang in the children’s choir at St George’s Church and learned to love music. Luther and Wartburg Castle are very closely linked. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was where Luther lived and worked from May 1521 to March 1522. Today, the castle and its museum keep the memory of its most famous inhabitant alive with a complete Bible annotated by Luther, items of his property and a remarkable series of paintings of himself, his wife, his parents and contemporaries painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder and his students in his workshop.

During his school days from 1498 until 1501, Martin Luther lived in the town house of the Cotta family. Today, this building is known as the Luther House and has been completely renovated. It houses a new permanent exhibition entitled ‘Luther and the Bible’ featuring exceptional exhibits, multi­media pre­sentations and sur­prising in­sights. Quite rightly, Eisenach is known as the ‘Reformation Town of Europe’.

On this section of the Luther Trail towards Treffurt, you will follow the highly elevated Rennsteig hiking trail from its beginnings at Hörschel, stop for a break at Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn with its café and organic shop until finally crossing the Werra Bridge of 1223 and passing the Liborius Chapel on the way to Creuzburg. Saint Elisabeth lived at Creuzburg Castle from 1223 until 1228 and even gave birth there to her two children, Hermann and Gertrud.

Normannstein Castle, towering above the town of Treffurt, can be seen from far away. The city centre of Treffurt is characterised by around 250 half-timbered houses built in the Hesse-Thuringian style. Stylistic elements can be seen on many houses. These include sun wheels, beam carvings and man figure strut work (also known as 'wild man', a traditional German timber framing method).

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to take a break at Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn and at Creuzburg Castle.
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Update: December 08, 2021
Highest point
415 m
Lowest point
173 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn - Biohotel - Café - Restaurant

Safety information

The route follows the banks of the River Werra in parts. Beware of slopes and flooding.

Tips and hints

Luther House Eisenach

Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn (German only)

Creuzburg Castle (German only)

Normannstein Castle (German only)



Thuringia Museum Predigerkirche church – Eisenach (224 m)
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Turn-by-turn directions

Eisenach – Hörschel (Rennsteig Trail start/end) – Spichra – Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn – Liborius Chapel – Creuzburg – Scherbda – Frankenroda – Falken – Treffurt


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Eisenach is easily accessible on the Deutsche Bahn regional and long-distance trains. To get to the city centre it's about a 10 minutes walk, or you can take a bus.

To get back to Eisenach from Treffurt, take the number 75 bus. TIMETABLE.

Getting there

Coming by car from the A4, take the Eisenach-Ost exit and continue on the B19 towards Eisenach.


Parking spaces can be found at Eisenach railway station or at the start of the tour in the city centre.


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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Sturdy shoes and hiking sticks

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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36.4 km
10:00 h
316 m
343 m
Highest point
415 m
Lowest point
173 m
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