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Eco Travel: Hiking
Hiking trails of any length lead
from Bad Salzungen through the Rhoen Biosphere Reserve and Nature Park.
You hike along historical routes through nature and history.
Multi-day hiking tours take you along
the Rennsteig ridgeway across the Thuringian Forest and the Schiefer mountains,
the Rhoen Hoehenweg across Rhoen Biosphere Reserve and Nature Park.
You can obtain detailed information through the Nature Park and National Park Offices.
The 104 mile Rennsteig ridgeway leads across the Thuringian Forest and the Schiefer Mountains, past the Biosphere Reserve Vessertal, from West to East, from the Werra river to the Saale river.
Walking along the watershed of the rivers Elbe and Rhine, the spoken German you hear will change from Thuringian to Franconian dialect, you will pass medieval boundary stones and stone crosses, and you will cross the once much feared East and West German border that fell in 1989.
The Rennsteig used to be a short-cut: On your hike you will walk in the footsteps of Celtic and Germanic tribes, of Roman legionaries, of missionaries, of Martin Luther, of Goethe and of Napoleon on his way to the battle at Jena and Auerstedt.
The Rennsteig is very popular, and frequently visited. Therefore, it is critical that accommodations be booked in advance.
In the middle of May, the traditional "Rennsteig-Lauf" takes place: There is a 46,5 mile Europa Cup super marathon, a marathon or a half marathon. Hikers can choose between several distances. Eisenach, Neuhaus and Oberhof are starting points. At the finishing post in Schmiedefeld runners and hikers celebrate a big party.
Hiking Trail through Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park
Plan five days for this hike.
From Creuzburg you walk along the Werra river to Treffurt. From there, the trail leads you along the slopes of the valleys, past castles and palaces, cloisters and pilgrimage churches, to Heiligenstadt.
You can comfortably hike the Rennstieg within two days. The trail leads you along medieval trade routes, over the ridge of the Hainich National Park, from Eigenrieden near Muehlhausen to Behringen at the road between Langensalza and Eisenach.
The Rennstieg trail is 19,4 miles long.
Bad Salzungen is the starting point or finishing post of the 85 mile ridgeway across the Rhoen Biosphere Reserve and Nature Park. You walk through the mountainous areas and high lying moors, from Franconia to Thuringia, across the former East and West German border, from the Werra river to the proximity of the Main river near Gemuenden.
You hike from Burgsinn via Rossbach, Dreistelz, past Bad Brueckenau, via Farnsberg, Feuerberg, past the cloister, the pilgrim's inn and pilgrimage church on the Kreuzberg mountain, via Oberweissenbrunn, Himmeldunkberg, across the Rote Moor, over the Heidelstein mountain past the Wasserkuppe mountain, across the Schwarze Moor, via Frankenheim, Stadtlengsfeld to Bad Salzungen.
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