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Contact (Route)

Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e.V.
Gräfenrodaer Str. 2
D-98559 Oberhof
Telefon +49 (0)36842 529820


Deutscher Wanderverband
Wilhelmshöher Allee 157-159
D-34121 Kassel

Tel.: +49 (0)561-93873-0

Der Rennsteig

Length, Start/End
168.3km, Hörschel - Blankenstein
Highest elevation: 973m

Altitude profile
Der Rennsteig


1. Hörschel - Hohe Sonne 14,6 km
2. Hohe Sonne - Grenzwiese 19,3 km
3. Grenzwiese - Grenzadler in Oberhof 27,5 km
4. Grenzadler - Allzunah 19,8 km
5. Allzunah - Friedrichshöhe 24,2 km
6. Friedrichshöhe - Spechtsbrunn 23,3 km
7. Spechtsbrunn - Brennersgrün 19 km
8. Brennersgrün - Blankenstein 20,6 km

According to Rennsteig folklore, you should take a stone from the Werra river at the beginning of your journey, carry it with you and cast it into the Saale river at the end. Whoever does so shall find fortune in their favour. Try it. It's fun, and you'll be upholding a time-honoured tradition.

The oldest long-distance trail in Germany

An old favourite among hikers, the 168.3km Rennsteig extends from Hörschel in the north-west of Thuringia over the Thuringian Slate Mountains and through the Franconian Forest to Saale/Selbitz and Blankenstein.

The Rennsteig, which forms the backbone of the Thuringian Forest and runs through the Thuringian Slate Mountains and the northern Franconian Forest, has lost none of its charm, appeal or unspoilt quality over the centuries. First mentioned in records in 1330, it is the oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany. Interestingly, only parts of it were accessible during the 40-odd years when East and West Germany were separate states.

The trail has gained a true cult following and no serious hiker's record can be considered complete unless they have ticked the Rennsteig off their list, whether heading from Hörschel to Blankenstein or vice versa, in 6, 8 or even 13 stages. The Rennsteig is popular all year round, for walking and cycling and in the winter also for cross-country skiing.

Quality-certified trail

Travel Information

Public transport: InterCityExpress from Frankfurt, Kassel, Berlin/Leipzig to Eisenach, regional bus service L93 to Hörschel
Car: A4 exit Herleshausen or Eisenach West, B7a and K19 to Hörschel.

Public transport: Regional train via Harra and Lobenstein to Saalfeld (InterCityExpress Jena - Nuremberg).
Car: For the A9 Berlin - Munich head towards Birkenhügel for the Lobenstein junction or via the Panoramastrasse to the Rudolphstein junction.


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