The hiking area around the donkey mountain is very rewarding for several reasons. It can take various round trips - 5 to 15 km - with starting point Masserberg undertake. A circular route is signposted as handicapped accessible. Even in winter is not only intended for the cross-country skiers, because there are also winter hiking trails and prepared.
On the summit of the donkey mountain are on the Rennsteig a trip restaurant and a 33 m high lookout tower, the Rennsteigwarte (♁⊙). The tower was built in 1974 after two wooden predecessors had been destroyed in 1951 by storm and 1974 by lightning. In the 1990s, it was rebuilt: The existing construction of steel framework was disguised with the inclusion of two open across corner glass surfaces. Behind the window glazing of the observation deck, there are photographs of the entire panorama with inscriptions of important visual targets (Wikipedia).
At the end of the last century, Masserberg attracted the first holiday guests to the village. The then mayor, Magnus Enders, recognized the opportunity to open up the mountain resort touristically. In 1899, for example, the construction of a lookout tower on the Eselsberg began, which offered the guest a broad view of the Thuringian countryside.Over the years, a whole series of redevelopment and reconstruction of the tower. After the completion of the German reunification, the observation tower was extensively restored and now measures 33 meters high.Today, the "Rennsteigwarte" is the only observation tower on the Rennsteig that invites guests from near and far to enjoy the magnificent view. to enjoy the Schneekopf, the Schwarzatal, the Fröbelturm, the Veste Coburg or the summits of the Fichtelgebirge.
Strengthening can be found next door in the Turmbaude.
The Eselsberg is an 841m above NHN high mountain in the west of the Thuringian Slate Mountains. It is located directly on the Rennsteig near Masserberg. Here many round trips are possible in the triangle between Rennsteigwarte, Eisfelder Ausspanne and Werraquelle. You can hike between 5 ... 10 ... 20 km.
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