Rennsteig Trail

Rennsteig Trail - Germany’s oldest long-distance trail

The Rennsteig Trail, which forms the backbone of the Thuringian Forest, has lost none of its unspoilt character or charm. It passes by historical ducal towns and places steeped in tradition.

Tip: Wartburg Castle in Eisenach

A World Cultural Heritage site since 1999. The minnesinger contest, St. Elisabeth’s life and work, Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament, the German student fraternities’ festival and Wagner’s romantic opera Tannhäuser all combine to make Wartburg Castle an outstanding monument of German history and culture.

At a glance:

  • Starts: Hörschel
  • Ends: Blankenstein
  • Length: 168.3km
  • Number of stages: 6
  • Altitude variation: ascent 5,000m, descent 4,800m
  • Terrain: 51% unmade, 7% asphalt, 42% other, e.g. farm tracks

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