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Hike the Coburg Rennsteig Trail in Germany – Thuringia and Franconia

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Hike the Coburg Rennsteig Trail in Germany – Thuringia and Franconia

Hiking Collection by Franken Tourismus

10

Tours

72:59 h

164 mi

14,600 ft

The landscape along the Coburg Rennsteig Trail is characterised by wide meadows and forests, as well as imposing castles and medieval towns. In this Collection, we will lead you through the beautiful Thuringian Forest and to the town of Coburg where you can learn about centuries-old traditional handicrafts. Both nature and culture lovers will be happy discovering Germany’s regions of Thuringia and Franconia.

Found in the North of the Coburg Rennsteig region, the Rennsteig Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in Germany. In the past, the 105-mile-long (170-km) path was used as a trade route, forming the border between various principalities and duchies. In order for you to get to know this wonderful region in detail, we’ve put together different day hikes and long-distance trails in this Collection. Some of the routes follow the Coburg Rennsteig Trail, whilst others explore the surrounding area.

The hikes in this Collection have varying difficulty ratings. On the Prinz-Albert-Trail, you walk in the footsteps of the prince through the idyllic Rodental Valley to the impressive Coburg Castle. Another route takes you through the hilly landscapes on shaded forest paths to the picture-book town of Seßlach. You can also hike to the impressive Heldburg Castle, which towers above the town of the same name. Or, you can explore the Goldberg Lake Nature Reserve, walking along the water’s edge.

The 21-mile (34-km) Gold Trail takes you back to the time of the gold rush in the Thuringian Forest. Many people have forgotten that gold was mined in Germany right up to modern times. Panoramic views and quiet forest paths characterise the 3-summit hike in Masserberg whilst on the Lauscha Glass Blowing Trail, you can learn the traditional way of glassblowing. If you enjoy long-distance hiking, then the Carl Escher Trail is for you. The Luther Trail, meanwhile, leads you from Heldburg Castle to Coburg Castle along the former border separating East and West Germany.

Located in Central Germany, the trails are convenient to reach from across Germany. You can catch a train to Coburg and set off riding from there!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:45
    6.14 mi
    2.2 mph
    550 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Prince Albert Trail you walk in the historical footsteps of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who married Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland in 1840. You start at the manorial Rosenau Castle in Rödental with its extensive castle park and the remarkable orangery. You can also visit the European Museum of Modern Glass before you start the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    7.66 mi
    2.2 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful circular walk combines culture and nature: the medieval town of Seßlach with its cobbled streets, colorful half-timbered houses and the mighty city wall is a real gem. You start at the western gate and stroll through the market square before leaving the old town. The path takes you up to Geyersberg Castle and then into the Bürgerwald. You walk on soft paths to the court, where you can take a break in the refuge.

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    5.49 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This relaxed hike takes you through the picturesque forest near Heldburg up to the impressive Veste, the "Franconian light". Above you can expect a great panorama and a visit to the interesting castle museum. The tour starts in the historic center of Heldburg and from there it goes towards Bad Colberg. You walk past the small Kuhsee, on the banks of which benches and picnic areas invite you to take a break.

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  • Difficult
    18:02
    40.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    3,325 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the Carl-Escher-Weg you hike through the scenic diversity of the northwestern district of Coburg and you can also look forward to some cultural highlights. The approximately 65 kilometer long …

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  • Intermediate
    03:58
    9.32 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The nature reserve Goldbergsee and the bird paradise Glender Wiesen in the Upper Franconian Coburg await you on this varied circular hiking trail. The starting point is the Coburg-Neuses train …

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  • Difficult
    09:37
    21.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The gold path from Schalkau to Goldisthal takes you back to the time of the gold rush in the Thuringian Forest. Few people know that gold was mined in Germany until modern times. In Thuringia, in the rivers Grümpen and Schwarza, a lot of gold has been found hidden in the rock and on the gold path you can learn a lot about the former gold mining in the region.

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  • Difficult
    05:43
    12.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This promising tour on the Rennsteig in Masserberg takes you into the untouched nature of the Thuringian Forest. You start in the Masserberg district of Schnett, from where you climb the first summit directly: from Simmerberg you look out over the southern Thuringian Forest to Veste Coburg, Veste Heldburg and the Gleichberge mountains. Through the forest it goes past the small Dachsbach waterfall to the needle eye, an interesting rock formation with a through hole.

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    9.84 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the Lauscha glass blowing path, you can immerse yourself in the long tradition of glass blowing and discover the place where the glass Christmas tree decorations were invented. In …

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  • Difficult
    09:34
    22.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Luther Trail leads to places and stations that enable a confrontation with Luther and the Reformation. It is a network of paths that cover different federal states and landscapes. On this almost 36 km long section you hike from Veste Heldburg to Veste Coburg. If you want to split or shorten the route, you can get on the train at various locations along the way, for example in Großwalbur or Neuses.

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  • Difficult
    13:00
    29.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike is part of the Green Belt long-distance hiking trail along the former border between the GDR and West Germany. You roam the idyllic forests and meadows on the northern edge of the Rodach Valley. If you don't want to go the 46-kilometer hike in one piece, an overnight stay halfway in the Waldhotel Hubertus near Heid is a good choice.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    164 mi
  • Duration
    72:59 h
  • Elevation
    14,600 ft

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