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Luther Trail Tour Tip: 'The Kidnapping' – Steinbach – Luther Memorial – Altenstein Castle

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  • Lutherweg bei Steinbach - Bad Liebenstein
    / Lutherweg bei Steinbach - Bad Liebenstein
    Photo: Franziska Kürschner, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Lutherdenkmal bei Steinbach - Bad Liebenstein
    Photo: Franziska Kürschner, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Imbiss zur Wallfahrt am Rennsteig
    Photo: Franziska Kürschner, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schillerbuche/Glasbach
    Photo: Franziska Kürschner, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schleifkote Steinbach
    Photo: Franziska Kürschner, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schleifkote Steinbach
    Photo: Franziska Kürschner, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schloss & Park Altenstein - Bad Liebenstein
    Photo: Franziska Kürschner, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Discover the place where Luther was 'kidnapped' and taken to Wartburg Castle.
open
moderate
Distance 14.5 km
4:24 h
470 m
463 m
This round trip takes in a section of the Luther Trail to the place near Steinbach where the reformer was kidnapped by soldiers of Frederick the Wise and taken to Wartburg Castle. Make sure you pay careful attention to the signposts just outside Steinbach towards Glasbachgrund. There you’ll find a memorial by the Lutherborn spring as well as a hut with an information board. As you continue the hike, you go up into the Thuringian Forest, follow part of the Rennsteig Trail, past the Schillerbuche beech tree and Gerberstein mountain until you reach the over 100 year old Dreiherrenstein forest tavern just before Großer Inselsberg mountain. You return to Steinbach through the Schleifkothengrund section of the valley. We recommend a detour to visit Altenstein Castle and Park.

Author’s recommendation

At the end of the hike, take some time out and enjoy the wonderful, recently restored Altenstein Castle and Park.
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Author
Paul Hentschel
Update: May 20, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Dreiherrnstein, 735 m
Lowest point
Steinbach, 391 m
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Rest Stop

Hotel & Brasserie "Die Kapelle" - Bad Liebenstein
Hotel Zur guten Quelle - Brotterode
Bergrestaurant "Zum Fuchsbau" - Brotterode
Pension Turmschlösschen - Brotterode
Cafe Altenstein
Imbiss zur Wallfahrt am Rennsteig
Waldschänke Dreiherrnstein

Safety information

The route is well developed and maintained.

Tips and hints

Dreiherrnstein forest tavern (German only)

Altenstein Castle and Park

Start

Outside Steinach (400 m)
Coordinates:
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50.834970, 10.363863
DMS
50°50'05.9"N 10°21'49.9"E
UTM
32U 596039 5632359
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Destination

Outside Steinach

Turn-by-turn directions

Steinbach – Luther memorial – Schillerbuche beech tree/Glasbach – Gerberstein mountain – Dreiherrenstein forest tavern – Schleifkothengrund valley section – Steinbach – Altenstein Castle & Park- Steinbach

8 km of this round trip follows the Luther Trail.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the number 106 bus from Bad Salzungen towards Steinbach. Timetable

Getting there

Coming by car from the B19 from Barchfeld, take the L1027 towards Bad Liebenstein towards Steinbach/Ruhla.

Parking

Parking is available in the middle of Steinbach near the bus terminus in 'Alte Bahnhofstraße'.

Coordinates

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50.834970, 10.363863
DMS
50°50'05.9"N 10°21'49.9"E
UTM
32U 596039 5632359
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoes

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Rating

5.0
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Sebastian Steffens
December 03, 2017 · Community
Sonntag, 3. Dezember 2017 6:08:21 nachm.
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Sonntag, 3. Dezember 2017 6:08:42 nachm.
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Sonntag, 3. Dezember 2017 6:08:51 nachm.
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Jörg F.
January 21, 2017 · Community
When did you do this route? April 17, 2016
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2 Wegkennzeichen Lutherweg
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3 Rastplatz mit Aussicht
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4 Quelle am Lutherdenkmal
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5 Lutherdenkmaö
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6 An diesem Schild den Waldweg nach rechts gehen, die Tour wird daurch abgekürzt
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7 die ehemalige Kapelle ist nicht direkt auf der Tour
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8 Zum Gerberstein
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10 Aussicht vom gerberstein
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12 Steinerner Wächter
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.5 km
Duration
4:24 h
Ascent
470 m
Descent
463 m
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