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Luther Trail: Section 41 – From Craula to Bad Langensalza

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  • Baumkronenpfad im Nationalpark Hainich
    / Baumkronenpfad im Nationalpark Hainich
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Through the National Park to the rose town of Bad Langensalza, where the Reformation was a long time in coming.

moderate
19.8 km
7:30 h
80 m
323 m

From Craula the Luther Trail leads directly into the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Hainich National Park. Here, 44 metres up in the Treetop Trail, tree towers and tree houses give you a view of over 500 metres across the Thuringian Forest. Whilst traversing the Treetop Trail you can find out a lot about the valuable animals and plants in the middle of Germany’s primeval forest.

In the springtime, the Hainich National Park attracts visitors with its rich display of early flowers, and in May, hikers can look forward to thick carpets of wild garlic. In the wilderness of this untouched beechwood forest, wild cats, woodpeckers and bats make their homes. At the National Park Centre in Thiemsburg, you can find out more about the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site ‘Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany’ that are part of the Hainich National Park. The ‘Wurzelhöhle’ (Root Caves) are the latest attraction here.

Another special thing you can experience on the Treetop Trail is yoga, sound journeys or meditation. Relax amongst the bird song and experience an amazing view over the treetops. It’s not to be missed.

The Luther Trail naturally leads via Harthaus and the Salzablick shelter to the spa and rose town of Bad Langensalza. Eleven parks and thematic gardens make Bad Langensalza an oasis on the edge of the Hainich National Park. In 2011, the town was awarded the title ‘The most blooming town in Europe’ in the Entente Florale Europe horticultural competition.

On 29 May 1516, Martin Luther visited Salza. Coming from Gotha, he paid a visit to the Augustinian Monastery on behalf of Dr Johann von Staupitz to check whether the monks were living according to the beliefs of the St Augustine. Today, only the external walls of the monastery cloister remain standing.

The old town of Bad Langasalza is dominated by the distinctive Market Church of St Bonifacii with its approx. 74-metre high tower. It was only at Whitsun in 1539 that the first Protestant sermon was given by a priest from Gotha. Duke Georg of Saxony initially supported the Reformation, but then turned ferociously against Luther. It was his successor Duke Heinrich who endorsed the teachings of Luther and ensured that the Reformation was quickly implemented.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to visit the Treetop Trail in Thiemsburg and experience the primeval forest from the treetops.

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Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: November 10, 2016
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
431 m
Lowest point
184 m
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Rest Stop

Baumkronenpfad
Harth-Haus - Natur-Erlebnis-Restaurant

Start

Craula (430 m)
Coordinates:
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51.064233, 10.490994
DMS
51°03'51.2"N 10°29'27.6"E
UTM
32U 604475 5658025
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Destination

Bad Langensalza

Turn-by-turn directions

Craula – Hainich National Park (Treetop Trail, Columbus oak, National Park Centre Thiemsburg, Binsenteich pond) - Harthaus – Salzablick shelter – Bad Langensalza (Weißer Turm tower, Schanzturm tower, town hall, Neumarkt, St Bonifacii's Church)

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

From Bad Langensalza or Eisenach you can take bus number 27a to Craula (TIMETABLE). In Bad Langensalza you can catch the Deutsche Bahn regional trains.

Getting there

Coming from the A4, take exit 40a (Eisenach-Ost) and continue on the B84 towards Bad Langensalza. Turn left in Reichenbach and follow the road to Craula.

Parking

Please use the parking facilities in town.

Coordinates

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51.064233, 10.490994
DMS
51°03'51.2"N 10°29'27.6"E
UTM
32U 604475 5658025
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
19.8 km
Duration
7:30h
Ascent
80 m
Descent
323 m
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