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Luther Trail: Section 06 – From Tambach-Dietharz to Gotha

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  • Lutherweg: Von Tambach-Dietharz nach Gotha
    / Lutherweg: Von Tambach-Dietharz nach Gotha
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  • / Lutherbrunnen - Tammichgrund - Tambach-Dietharz
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Ruine des Klosters - Georgenthal
    Photo: Michael Sander, CC BY-SA, By Michael Sander (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / Außenansicht des Kornhauses - Georgenthal
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  • / Candelaber auf dem Johannisberg bei Altenbergen
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  • / St. Blasius Friedrichroda
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  • / Marienglashöhe
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schloss Reinhardsbrunn "Hohes Haus"
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  • / Schloss Tenneberg
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  • / Stadtkirche Walterhausen
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  • / Margarethenkirche - Gotha
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  • / Augustinerkirche neben dem Kloster - Gotha
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  • / Friedenstein Castle
    Photo: Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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From the place of Martin Luther's miraculous healing to Gotha, the town that played an important role in the life of Lucas Cranach the Elder, who was the most famous Luther portrait painter.
moderate
Distance 45.9 km
14:00 h
618 m
722 m
‘From Tambach, the place of my blessing … in which God appeared to me’, wrote Martin Luther in February 1537 to his wife, and friend Philipp Melanchthon. Taken ill, he left the convent in Schmalkalden early and stopped at an inn in Tambach, believing he was close to death. Legend has it that the pure water that he drank from the spring in Tammichgrund was responsible for his recuperation. In 1771, the spring was tapped and was consecrated as the ‘Doctor Martin Lutherbrunnen’.

Luther’s friend Georg Burkhard (Spalatin) was active in the former Cistercian monastery in Georgenthal. It is said that he gave Luther the bible that he later translated into German during his stay at Wartburg Castle.

Reinhardsbrunn monastery in Friedrichroda, the family monastery of the counts, was one of the most significant Benedictine monasteries in Thuringia. During his stay in Wartburg Castle, Luther visited this monastery many times. In the grounds you can find the Spiritual Tourism Information and Exhibition Centre. On his journey to the Schmalkalden Council, Luther stopped in Walterhausen on 6 February 1537.

As the district vicar for the Augustinian convents in Meißen and Thuringia, he was also responsible for the Augustinian Monastery in Gotha. He stayed there many times and preached in the Augustinian Church. Friedrich Myconius, Luther’s fellow campaigner and Reformer in Gotha, was particularly active on Luther’s behalf from 1524 until his death in 1546. In the area around Gotha the Luther Trail connects the Versöhnungskirche church (pilgrims’ hostel), the Augustinian Monastery and Church (one of the oldest monasteries in Thuringia), the central marketplace, Schlossberg hill, and Friedenstein Castle and grounds.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to visit the Ducal Museum (opposite Friedenstein Castle) with its impressive Cranach gallery.
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Author
Paul Hentschel
Update: April 15, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
500 m
Lowest point
293 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Rodebachmühle - Georgenthal
Brauhaus Friedrichroda
Marienglashöhle
Schloss Tenneberg - Waltershausen
Gasthof "Thüringer Waldblick" Boxberg

Safety information

The route takes you through thickly forested areas.

Tips and hints

Friedenstein Castle website - Gotha

Start

Luther Church – Tambach-Dietharz (457 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.791657, 10.607892
DMS
50°47'30.0"N 10°36'28.4"E
UTM
32U 613326 5627889
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Destination

Friedenstein Castle - Gotha

Turn-by-turn directions

Tambach-Dietharz – Georgenthal – Catterfeld – Altenbergen / Kandelaber monument – Engelsbach – Friedrichroda / Marienglas Cave – Reinhardsbrunn / Monastery grounds – Waltershausen / Tenneberg Palace – Schnepfenthal – Leina – Boxberg mountain – Sundhausen – Gotha / Friedenstein Castle

As it is so long, it's best to split this section into two parts with an overnight stay in Friedrichroda or Waltershausen.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

To get to Tambach-Dietharz, take the bus from Gotha. Gotha itself is linked to the Deutsche Bahn network.

Look for connection

Getting there

Coming from the A4, take exit 42 (Gotha) and continue on the B247 towards Ohrdruf. Turn right at Hohenkirchen onto the L1028 towards Georgenthal / Tambach-Dietharz.

Parking

A public carpark is located on Burgstallstraße just south of the spa gardens in Tambach-Dietharz.

Coordinates

DD
50.791657, 10.607892
DMS
50°47'30.0"N 10°36'28.4"E
UTM
32U 613326 5627889
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoes, hiking sticks

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
45.9 km
Duration
14:00 h
Ascent
618 m
Descent
722 m
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