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Discover Germany by bike

Long-distance routes and tour tips

Towns of Thuringia Route - Cycling from town to town in Thuringia

A route that extends right across Thuringia linking seven towns between Eisenach and Altenburg – along the way you can explore the delightful nature and colourful history of this densely forested region.

Historical towns and a number of other attractions in Thuringia are associated with some of the most famous names in German history. The tour begins in Eisenach, the home of Wartburg Castle. After Gotha – birthplace of the German insurance industry – the next stop is the regional capital Erfurt with its 120-metre Merchants’ Bridge, the longest in Europe to have buildings along its entire span. Weimar, the home of classicism, has a number of famous attractions. Jena and Gera are also great places to stop off and explore the sights, before you continue to Altenburg where the card game skat was invented in 1813.

Terrain: the route is predominantly on dedicated asphalt-covered cycle paths or back roads, with some sections running along dirt tracks. The profile is hilly in some sections.

Scenery: a long-distance cycle route connecting seven of the most beautiful and historical towns in Thuringia, areas of glorious scenery line the path between them.

  • Length: 225 km
  • Starts: Eisenach
  • Ends: Altenburg
  • Erfurt 63 km | Leipzig 46 km
  • About the route: mainly flat, hilly in parts

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