Hiking map Schmiedefeld / Rennsteig
Hiking map Schmiedefeld in the NP Thuringian Forest with Ilmenau, Breitenbach, Stützerbach, Neustadt am R. as well as Vessertal, Schönbrunn Dam, Ilmtal and Nahetal.
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The Schmiedefeld hiking map shows the Rennsteig from Schmücke to Neustadt am Rennsteig. The Vessertal Biosphere Reserve, the Schönbrunn Dam, the Ilm Valley and the Nahe Valley are all mapped from the Thüringer Wald Nature Park. The map sheet shows the university town of Ilmenau and the villages of Gehlberg, Breitenbach, Stützerbach, Neustadt a. Rennsteig, Frauenwald and Vessertal.
Connection sheets: TK 25 W Oberhof, TK 25 W Masserberg
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The Round Walk through the Vessertal Biosphere Reserve runs through three zones of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Thuringian Forest and passes colourful mountain meadows, clear mountain streams and primeval mixed mountain forests. Charming views invite you to linger. The Vessertal was voted the most beautiful valley in central Germany by MDR viewers in 2007. There are various entry points along the circular hiking trail (hiking parking areas).
Schmiedefeld - Schwarzer Crux - Zehn Teiche - Versserquelle - Wegscheide - Adlersberg - Stutenhaus - Breitenbach - Vesser - Schmiedefeld
The 20 km long Goethewanderweg starts in Ilmenau at the Amtshaus and connects the places where Goethe stayed, enjoyed nature, studied, drew and wrote poetry. The hike leads along comfortable paths along the Ilmenau mountains, but there are also some short, steep climbs to overcome.
From the summit plateau of the Schneekopf there is a good all-round view of the peaks of the Thüringer Wald and the Rhön and as far as the Ettersberg near Weimar and Oberhof. In the 1950s, the mountain became a restricted area because of the radio and telecommunications tower, and the old lookout tower was blown up. Construction of a new tower began in 2007. The observation platform is 1000 m above sea level. Since December 2009, the Neue Gehlberger Hütte has been located below the summit, where overnight stays have also been possible since 2010.
The Kickelhahn, at 861 m on the northern edge of the central Thüringer Wald, is the local mountain of the town of Ilmenau. It is well known due to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's visit to the mountain. On the Kickelhahn there is an observation tower dating from 1855, broadcasting stations, the Goethehut and a restaurant. Situated south of the summit are the Jagdhaus and the Berghotel Gabelbach.
The Große Finsterberg is the third highest peak at 944 m and is located between Stützerbach and Schmiedefeld in the Thüringer Wald. After the demolition of the old wooden tower on the summit in 2018, a new 8 m high tower with a wood-clad and üroofed steel construction was erected in 2019. On the east side of the summit is a small hut with another viewpoint.
The Schönbrunn dam is located on the southern slope of the Thüringer Wald forest in the municipality of Schleusegrund (district of Hildburghausen). From 1977, it was used to dam the lock, it holds 23 million m³.
The Goethe and University town of Ilmenau is the largest town and centre of the Ilm district with a population of around 40,000. The most important institution is the Technical University. The city has 16 districts. They stretch up to the mountain ridge. Until 1920, the districts belonged to five different small German states.
From 1776 until the end of his life, Goethe visited the city 28 times.
Neustadt am Rennsteig is a district of the town of Großbreitenbach in the Ilm district of the Thüringer Wald. There was already a mining settlement here in the Middle Ages. The present village was founded in 1698 by a glassworks. Around the glassworks, lumberjacks and merchants settled on both sides of the Rennsteig. The part of the village north of the border road belonged to the principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, the south-western part to the duchy of Saxony-Meiningen. No industry worth mentioning developed and tourism became the main occupation.
Stützerbach is a district of the town of Ilmenau and lies 3 km from the ridge path of the Thüringer Wald. The village was a centre of glass production. The Jena glassworks go back to glass production in Stützerbach. There are several Kneipp spa facilities here.
For centuries the town was divided and therefore has two churches and cemeteries. St. Tzerbach became famous through the visits of J.W. von Goethe. As Minister of State of the Grand Duchy of Saxony Weimar-Eisenach, he was often in Ilmenau and 13 times in St. Tzerbach. The Goethe Museum commemorates the poet's visits.
The Schmücke is the highest settlement in the Thuringian Forest directly on the Rennsteig and consists of a hotel, the Baudensaal „Rucksacktreff“ and a weather station. It is situated on a plateau at an altitude of 916 m and belongs to Gehlberg, a district of Suhl. The composer Herbert Roth used to perform in the Baudensaal. A memorial stone in his honour is 700 m south of the Schmücke at the side of the Rennsteig path.
The village of Gehlberg lies on the northern slope of the Thuringian Forest between the valleys of the Wilden and Zahme Gera rivers and is surrounded by extensive spruce forests. The altitude ranges from 680 to 750 metres. The Rennsteig runs two kilometres to the south. To the west lies the Schneekopf (978 m), the second highest mountain in Thuringia.