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Lauscha is situated in the Thuringian Forest, the "green heart" of Germany. With its incredibly beautiful scenery, dense forests and idyllic hillside pastures, it is the ideal destination for any nature enthusiast. Visitors can enjoy walking for miles and miles, cycling, mountain biking or simply experiencing the beauty of nature close up. In the winter, you'll find some fantastic skiing in the romantic snow-covered forests.
The Rennsteig was a messenger route even back in the Middle Ages. In the days of the German Empire it was the most travelled long-distance hiking trail and a symbol of German unity. Walking along the Rennsteig today, you cannot help but marvel at the spectacular beauty of the landscape. The cycle path that runs parallel to the Rennsteig trail also offers glorious views of the scenery and leads to places with a wealth of history.
Thuringian Forest Nature Reserve
The Thuringian Forest – the "green heart" of Germany much lauded by poets and philosophers – lies between the river Werra and the Thuringian Basin. Around two thirds of this upland region - which is approx. 135 km long, up to 35 km wide and whose highest peak, the Grosse Beerenberg, reaches up to 982 metres in altitude - is covered with emerald green forest. A large number of marked footpaths and cycle trails – and the most beautiful ridge walks in winter – are ideal for fascinating tours and excursions to attractions with or without skis.
Thuringian Slate Mountains Nature Reserve
Along with gold, silver and iron ore, slate is the main product for which the Thuringian Slate Mountains were once famous. Today, visitors can explore some of the region's most picturesque villages along the edge of the nature reserve with their distinctive slate roofs and façades. The nature reserve consists of five different habitats with a variety of fascinating features including mountain ridges with deep valleys, slate quarries and the river Saale with its two large reservoirs, the Hohenwarte and the Bleiloch.
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