The idyllic Heyda dam is located not far from the Goethe and university town of Ilmenau.
The 7.6 km circular hiking trail leads through shady spruce forest as well as along the banks of the dam.
There are plenty of benches and seating groups on the way to relax and picnic.
Seven display boards show the hiker the current location and interesting information about fauna and flora.
The small river Wipfra rises north of Ilmenau.
It pulls through the small forest on the motorway and continues into the Thuringian basin.
It was once dammed north of today's A71 in order to provide domestic water supply and flood protection for the surrounding towns.
The dam at Ilmenau was built from 1980 to 1988 and was put into operation in 1989 for irrigation purposes.
Other uses are: low water elevation, service water supply, flood protection and fish farming.
This is how today's Heyda dam came into existence - THE local recreational destination in the north of the sky-blue city at the gates of the Thuringian Forest.
The picturesque circular route around the 95-hectare reservoir leads through the beautiful mixed forests and offers a varied route with many interesting views and places to rest, relax and swim.
You can even get closer to the water by boat.
An ideal starting point for the circular hike is The Hotel and Steakhouse Riverdam directly at the dam wall.
If you like, you can not only spend the night here, but also replenish your energy in the first-class restaurant and enjoy one of the excellent steaks.
The hike takes about 2 hours and mostly takes you along the extended riverside path.
If you want to take a detour with the sailing boat at the dam, you will find a contact person at the sailing club "Tonne 1" e.V.
May 14, 2020
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