Hiking map Masserberg / Rennsteig
Hiking map of the spa town of Masserberg am Rennsteig with Katzhütte, Schleusegrund, Sachsenbrunn, Steinheid, Waffenrod as well as Eselsberg, Bleßberg, Goldisthal dam.
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The hiking map of the spa town of Masserberg shows the Rennsteig from Schutzhütte Hoher Stock to Steinheid. The Thuringian Forest Nature Park is represented by the Eselsberg and Bleßberg viewpoints, the Vessertal Biosphere Reserve, the Schönbrunn Dam and the Goldisthal Dam. The villages of Katzhütte, Schleusegrund, Sachsenbrunn, Steinheid and Waffenrod can be seen on the map sheet.
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The spa town of Masserberg is located in the district of Hildburghausen. The municipality lies in the western part of the Thuringian Slate Mountains at the transition to the Thuringian Forest. The Masserberg district of the municipality as a whole stretches up the northern slope from 740 to 803 m.
The Rennsteig long-distance hiking trail runs south of Masserberg. It leads over the 841.5 m high Eselsberg. The Masserberg district of the municipality as a whole stretches up the northern slope from 740 to 803 metres.
The Vessertal biosphere reserve lies between the towns of Suhl, Ilmenau and Schleusingen and covers an area of 337 km. It is made up of forests, mountain meadows and upland moors. The first nature reserves were created as early as 1939. In 1979, the Vessertal Biosphere Reserve was founded and later listed with UNESCO.
The Vessertal mountain massif is one of the world's largest nature reserves.
The mountain massif of the Eselsberg (841.5 m) lies about 1 km south of Masserberg between the valleys of the Werra, Schwarza and Biber. One of the Werra springs is located on the mountain. On the summit of the Eselsberg there is an excursion guesthouse and the 33 m high Rennsteigwarte. The tower was built in 1974 and modernised in the 1990s.
The Bleßberg (867 m) in the Thüringer Schiefergebirge lies between Sachsenbrunn and Steinheid. The Bleßberg transmitter with a tower height of 195 m is located on the summit. In 1997, a 30-metre-high observation tower was built and a hikers' hostel was erected in the former border barracks.
The Scheibe-Alsbach dam near Neuhaus am Rennweg was put into operation in 1944. It serves to balance the water flow of the Schwarza and to supply drinking water. It holds approx. 2 million m³ and has an area of 25 ha.
The Pumped Storage Power Plant Goldisthal on the upper reaches of the Schwarza between Goldisthal and Scheibe-Alsbach is the largest hydropower plant in Germany with a capacity of 1060 MW. The planning dates back to 1965. The project was stopped in 1980 for lack of money. VEAG took up the project and began construction work in 1997 and started power plant operation in 2003. Today, the Goldisthal PSW is operated by the energy company Vattenfall GmbH.
The upper basin at 880 m height at the Großen Farmdenkopf holds approx. 12 million m³. The lower basin is the Goldistal dam at 550 m höhe with a capacity of about 18.9 million m³. The lower basin is an impoundment of the Schwarza river by means of a 67 m high dam above the village of Goldisthal.
Panorama Trail Schwarzatal connects the Rennsteig with the castle landscape of the Saale. The trail, rich in flora and fauna, leads along the Schwarza surrounded by steep mountains and through quiet side valleys as well as past peaks and hills with magnificent views.
The Gold Trail with a length of 30.2 km follows the history of gold. It connects many interesting places in Thuringia's gold history and offers a varied nature and wonderful distant views. It runs from Schalkau in the Sonneberg district to Goldisthal.