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

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  • Schloss Wilhelmsthal - Eisenach
    / Schloss Wilhelmsthal - Eisenach
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rennsteiggrotte
    Photo: Thüringer Wandervogel, panoramio.com
  • / Kneippp-Becken am Hohen Bruch
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / 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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Discover the densely forested Hohe Sonne site and scale the peaks of the Thuringian Forest
moderate
Distance 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.

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Paul Hentschel
Update: June 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
486 m
Lowest point
314 m
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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.

Tips and hints

Camping on Lake Altenberg

Rennsteig Trail Association (German only)

Start

Hohe Sonne site – Eisenach (424 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.932058, 10.317285
DMS
50°55'55.4"N 10°19'02.2"E
UTM
32U 592566 5643095
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Destination

Hohe Sonne site – Eisenach

Turn-by-turn directions

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

Note


all notes on protected areas

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.

Coordinates

DD
50.932058, 10.317285
DMS
50°55'55.4"N 10°19'02.2"E
UTM
32U 592566 5643095
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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

Equipment

Hiking sticks are recommended.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10 km
Duration
1:22 h
Ascent
194 m
Descent
192 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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