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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 FrankenTourismus

10

Tours

73:32 h

165 mi

14,750 ft

Where between 1949 and 1990 the German Inner Border was an insurmountable obstacle, you can now hike back and forth between Franconia and Thuringia to your heart's content. On both sides of the former border, babbling brooks, open pastures and quiet forests beckon. You can also follow the ‘Green Belt’ and hike directly along the former frontier, which runs like a string across the hilly landscape. But that's not all: in addition to lots of vibrant landscapes, the Coburg.Rennsteig region also has a lot to offer for those interested in culture, from castles and medieval towns to churches and regional museums. Especially now in spring, when the first flowers are finally blooming again, the trees are shining green and happy birdsong can be heard everywhere, you really get in the mood to make plans for your next cycling vacation. We have put together the most beautiful routes here – simply browse through our Tours and save your favourite routes.

In this Collection, you’ll find 10 varied hikes with a range of difficulty. On the Prince Albert Trail, you can follow in the footsteps of the prince through idyllic Rödental to the imposing Veste Coburg. Or you can explore the hilly landscape around the picture-book town of Seßlach on shady forest paths. Another stunning hiking destination is the mighty Heldburg fortress, which towers over the town of the same name. If you like hiking along water, then the Tour through the Goldbergsee nature reserve with a view of Coburg is the right one for you.

The almost 34-kilometre-long (21 mi) Gold Trail takes you back to the time of the gold rush in the Thuringian Forest; only a few people know that gold was mined in Germany up until modern times. Wide views and quiet forest paths characterise the three-summit hike in Masserberg and the old tradition of glass blowing is revealed on the Lauscha Glassblower's Trail. If you like to tackle long-distance trails, then head off on the Carl Escher Trail for a fantastic adventure. The Luther Trail takes you from Heldburg fortress to Coburg fortress while the former Inner Border hike leads you along the Green Belt.

The region around Coburg is named after the famous Rennsteig route. The 170-kilometre-long (106 mi) hiking trail was once used as a courier and trade route and formed the border between various principalities and dukedoms. Are you interested in walking the entire Rennsteig? Then take a look here: komoot.de/collection/712/der-rennsteig-thueringens-schoenster-hoehenweg.

Or perhaps you’re looking for more inspiration for your holiday in Franconia? Then take a look at our other Collections: komoot.de/user/frankentourismus/collections

Do you already know the Coburg Rennsteig area like the back of your hiking boots and you can't find your favourite Tour in the Collection? Then show us! Just copy the link to your Tour below into the Collection comments and tell us why it’s your favourite route.

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    Prinz-Albert-Weg von Rödental nach Coburg – Coburg Rennsteig

    Intermediate
    03:00
    6.76 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    675 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

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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

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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

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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 path owes its name to a committed, former hiking guide of the Thuringian Forest Association. You can divide

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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 station and from here you walk to the shore of the deep blue Goldbergsee. If you need a cool down, you can jump

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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

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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

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  • Intermediate
    04:48
    10.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,575 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 the mid-19th century, the Lauscha glassblowers transported their treasures to Sonneberg on the glassblower path. The publishers

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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

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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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    165 mi
  • Duration
    73:32 h
  • Elevation
    14,750 ft

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