Accompanied by the sound of two Thuringian rivers, the Ilmtal and Unstrut cycle paths take you through the beautiful green heart of Germany. Idyllic orchards, wooded hills, pretty half-timbered houses, lush riverside landscapes, magnificent castles, old monasteries and legendary castles – in four days you can experience the diversity of Thuringia and immerse yourself in history and beautiful nature.
In this Collection, we present the two routes. We’ll start with the Ilmtal Cycle Path, which takes you 123 kilometres (76 mi) from the source of the River Ilm in Allzunah to the mouth of the Saale River near Großheringen. Cycling along the river, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery whilst also following in the footsteps of the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He lived in Weimar and took inspiration for his works from some of the places along the Ilm. The stages are between 18 and 37 kilometres (11 and 23 mi) and ideal for a relaxed, long weekend.
At about 200 kilometres (124 mi), the Unstrut Cycle Route is somewhat longer. In four stages, it takes you from the source of the Unstrut near Kefferhausen in Thuringia to its mouth at the Saale near Naumburg in Saxony-Anhalt. The route is mostly downhill or flat. Idyllic towns such as Mühlhausen and Bad Langensalza lie en route. Before the river flows into the Saale, it winds through lovely green hills and beautiful old vineyards at the end of its course.
Both routes are well connected to local and long-distance transport so you can comfortably reach the start and end points by train. The region has good infrastructure so you can easily shorten your Tour if the weather turns or your legs tire. You’ll also find a good range of overnight accommodation in the stage destinations. So, what are you waiting for? We hope you have a wonderful holiday in Thuringia.
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