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Luther Trail Tour Tip: From the Rennsteig Trail to the historic Wilhelmsthal Palace and Gardens

Hiking Trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich
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  • Schloss Wilhelmsthal - Eisenach
    / Schloss Wilhelmsthal - Eisenach
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Rennsteiggrotte
    / Rennsteiggrotte
    Photo: Thüringer Wandervogel, panoramio.com
  • Kneippp-Becken am Hohen Bruch
    / Kneippp-Becken am Hohen Bruch
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Hohe Sonne (1960)
    / Hohe Sonne (1960)
    Photo: unbekannt, By (unbekannt) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Map / Luther Trail Tour Tip: From the Rennsteig Trail to the historic Wilhelmsthal Palace and Gardens
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Discover the densely forested Hohe Sonne site and scale the peaks of the Thuringian Forest
moderate
10 km
1:22 h
194 m
192 m
Hike through former hunting grounds and discover historic buildings, hidden curiosities and wonderful sites within the Thuringian countryside.

This round trip will give you an impression of the Thuringian Forest as it was hundreds of years ago – unspoilt nature and beautiful, varied landscapes that are seldom seen today.

You begin by following the Luther Trail south to Lake Altenberg. There you leave the reformer’s trail and turn east, taking in the peaks of the Thuringian Forest via the Rennsteig trail and returning back to the starting point.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: August 25, 2017

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
486 m
Lowest point
314 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

In bad weather conditions, be sure to take protective, waterproof clothing and sturdy shoes. On sections between Hohe Sonne Castle and Wilhelmsthal, the Luther Trail goes through areas of forest that are actively cultivated. Be aware of forestry machinery and stick to the paths.

Equipment

Hiking sticks are recommended.

Tips, hints and links

Camping on Lake Altenberg

Rennsteig Trail Association (German only)

Start

Hohe Sonne site – Eisenach (424 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.932058, 10.317285
UTM
32U 592566 5643095

Destination

Hohe Sonne site – Eisenach

Turn-by-turn directions

Hohe Sonne site – Wilhelmsthal Palace – Lake Altenberg – Rennsteig Trail - Hohe Sonne site

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can get to the Hohe Sonne site from Eisenach on bus number 11. Timetable

Getting there

From Eisenach, follow the B19 towards Wilhelmsthal.

Parking

There are plenty of parking spaces at the Hohe Sonne site.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Verlag Grünes Herz - Eisenach and Ruhla - 1:30000 - http://amzn.to/29P0KlI


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10 km
Duration
1:22 h
Ascent
194 m
Descent
192 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value

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Highest point
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