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Ilmtal and Unstrut cycle paths – discover Thuringia in Germany by bike

Andi I. & Marini I.

Ilmtal and Unstrut cycle paths – discover Thuringia in Germany by bike

Bike Touring Collection by Thüringen entdecken

8

Tours

19:13 h

206 mi

4,225 ft

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. You can find the track for the full tour here: komoot.de/tour/588018714

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. You can find the track for the full tour here: komoot.de/tour/588063259

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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Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von Allzunah nach Ilmenau – Ilmtal-Radweg

    Difficult
    01:02
    11.5 mi
    11.2 mph
    350 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Ilm Valley Cycle Path actually begins in Allzunah at one of the source streams of the Ilm. So that you can comfortably get to the starting point of the cycle path, we have also included the way there for you in this first stage. From Rennsteig train station you cycle about two and a half kilometers

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  • Intermediate
    02:00
    23.0 mi
    11.5 mph
    350 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, 37 kilometers of the beautiful Ilm Valley Cycle Path await you, taking you from Ilmenau to Kranichfeld. Through the Schortetal you partly cycle along the banks of the Ilm. Behind Langewiesen, the longest valley bridge in Thuringia crosses your path, which impresses with its impressive 1681 meters

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  • Difficult
    01:51
    18.5 mi
    10.0 mph
    850 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From Kranichfeld on the 29 kilometer long third stage, which today holds a few exciting climbs for you, to Weimar, where you can walk in the footsteps of Goethe again.

    

    The cycle path from Kranichfeld to Tannroda takes you on a relatively direct route. In the small town you can stop for a moment and admire

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  • Intermediate
    02:10
    23.4 mi
    10.8 mph
    500 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, the last stage of the four-day bike tour is on the Ilm Valley Cycle Route. It is 37 kilometers long and takes you from Weimar to the mouth of the Ilm to Großheringen. From Weimar you drive under the more than 130-year-old six-arch bridge that spans the Ilm Valley, past romantic villages and picturesque

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    35.5 mi
    10.7 mph
    700 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the first stage of the Unstrut cycle path, you drive from the source of the Unstrut in Kefferhausen to Bad Langensalza. It almost always goes downhill.

    

    To get to the starting point of the bike path, you take the best train to Silberhausen. From there it is about five kilometers to the Unstrutquelle

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    28.1 mi
    10.7 mph
    400 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Bad Langensalza today it goes on largely flat 45 kilometers to Sömmerda. On the way you can look forward to beautiful nature along the river.

    

    The first part of the route will take you east. Right at the beginning of the cycle path meanders through a beautiful nature reserve directly along the Unstrut

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    32.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    400 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, just under 53 almost completely flat kilometers are waiting for you to take you from Sömmerda to Roßleben.

    

    Immediately behind Sömmerada you can look forward to a particularly beautiful section of the Unstrut Cycle Path. On smooth asphalt you drive through a picturesque alley directly along the

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    33.1 mi
    10.7 mph
    650 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the last stage of the Unstrut Cycle Path, there are some highlights awaiting you on the 53 kilometer route from Roßleben to Naumburg. In addition, some small slopes on the otherwise rather flat track provide a pleasant change.

    

    Shallow hills line the beginning of the tour the valley of the Unstrut

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    206 mi
  • Duration
    19:13 h
  • Elevation
    4,225 ft

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