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At home in the ​outdoors – hiking with a view in Thuringia in central Germany

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At home in the ​outdoors – hiking with a view in Thuringia in central Germany

Hiking Collection by Thüringen entdecken

13

Tours

56:39 h

121 mi

16,525 ft

Do you feel at home outdoors? If you love to hike through diverse landscapes with a sense of freedom then come to Thuringia in central Germany, a place of wonderful nature, idyllic landscapes and perfect panoramas. Hiking along the Saale River, you can look far into the countryside from rocky vantage points and the blue ribbon of the river and its reservoirs.
We’ve put together two wonderful multi-day Tours along the Saale for you. The 91-kilometre (56.5 mi) SaaleHorizontale leads nine stages through charming nature with breathtaking views. You discover exciting contemporary history around Jena, a pretty university town. To the left and right of the Saale, narrow paths lead through the shell limestone slopes, passing romantic castle ruins, dreamy half-timbered villages and the spectacular Middle Saale Valley. The stages are designed so that you can also hike them individually. This is made even easier as there are good public transport links along the route. For more detailed information (in German language only) see: vmt-thueringen.de

On the Upper Saale, lies the charming landscape of the Thuringian Sea. The largest continuous reservoir area in Europe, the Saale Cascade, was built here in the 1930s. The landscape is a charming mix of forest and water with fjord-like incisions in the Thuringian Slate Mountains. The 75-kilometre (46.6 mi) Hohenwarte Reservoir Trail is the best way to explore this wonderful region. In this Collection, we’ve divided it into four stages that lead to idyllic bays and impressive cliffs with magnificent panoramas.

If you’d like to ride these routes as day trips, you can easily tailor them with the help of the Mittelthüringen Transport Association. For more information (in German) see: vmt-thueringen.de. The Thuringian Sea hiking bus also runs from May until October. If you like, you can also order a hearty snack for your bus trip. A local bakery puts together a package of treats and drops it off to the bus.

Don’t forget to pack sturdy hiking shoes and poles as there are some steep and stony places that require surefootedness. Bring along a waterproof jacket, plenty of water and a small snack too. If you’re like Goethe and Schiller, however, you can stop at one of the cosy restaurants and enjoy specialties such as Thuringian sausage, red cabbage, dumplings and beef roulades.

Ready to go? You can look forward to being outdoors and close to nature, overlooking the wonderful Thuringian landscapes.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:48
    7.88 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage starts in Jena at the University Hospital in Jena Lobeda and has a great highlight ready for the first few kilometers: the Lobdeburgruine. From the ruins you …

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    8.53 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A particularly impressive vantage point awaits you on the second stage: the Fuchsturm. You start in Jena and first hike steeply uphill past the Teufelslöchern and the copper plate. Soon …

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    8.30 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    And if you thought the SaaleHorizontale might be less promising, you were wrong. The third stage has some far-reaching views ready for you again. You start in Wogau and follow …

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  • Intermediate
    04:20
    8.91 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Don't be alarmed, but on this tour you can expect two steeper climbs, which add up to a total of only 440 meters in altitude. It starts in Kunitz. You walk on the Laasaner Straße towards Saale and follow the signs towards Kunitzburg and Golmsdorf. On your way you pass the beautiful vineyards on the Grafenberg, which already make you want a delicious wine in the evening.

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    11.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage, with 18 kilometers the longest of the SaaleHorizontale, leads you to special natural treasures: In May and June the lush meadows are decorated with orchids and peonies, you …

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  • Intermediate
    04:06
    8.84 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage offers you the great combination of castle sightseeing and breathtaking views. The 14 kilometers and 360 meters in altitude are almost insignificant. You start at Dornburg train station …

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    5.87 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your hike today takes you to a large conqueror monument, the Napoleon Stone, and through beautiful nature. The stage is relatively short at just under ten kilometers - so you …

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    6.87 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A wonderfully enchanted forest and a wonderful vantage point await you on your way. You only cover eleven kilometers and have enough time to enjoy your day to the fullest. …

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    7.29 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Orchids as far as the eye can see and a romantic village idyll - this hike welcomes you with a lot of lovely scenery and great views. You start in …

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  • Difficult
    06:21
    13.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You can prove your mountain qualities and fitness right at the first stage of the Hohenwarte Stausee Weg. On a good 21 kilometers you will conquer 620 meters in altitude. …

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    9.01 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On some days the temperature difference between water and air is so great that clouds of mist form and the lake with its banks looks a little mystical. Maybe today is one of those days and you can start the hike in this great mood. And who knows? You might even meet the Thuringian mermaid. It is elected every two years to represent the region and make it known throughout Germany.

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  • Difficult
    05:54
    12.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With 20 kilometers and 510 meters of altitude you have a strenuous, but also super beautiful stage ahead of you. The best thing to do is to start the day …

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    11.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This wonderful stage will inspire you with a lot of nature and an impressive excursion into the world of technology. It is best to take enough drinks and a little provisions with you for the hike, because there are few places to stop for a break. There are countless picnic areas or a bench with a view, so that you can always take advantage of the opportunity for a short rest or to linger.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    121 mi
  • Duration
    56:39 h
  • Elevation
    16,525 ft
Thüringen entdecken

At home in the ​outdoors – hiking with a view in Thuringia in central Germany