Rennsteig long-distance hiking trail

Tourist Information Ruhla Neuer Markt 1 D-99842 Ruhla

The Rennsteig is one of the oldest and most famous long-distance hiking trails in Germany. The trail runs from the little village of Hörschel at the Werra River to the upper reaches of the Saale River. Along the ridge of the Thuringian Forest, through the adjoining Thuringian Slate Mountains the trail ends in the northern Franconian Forest in the city of Blankenstein.

To finish the 168 kilometres long trail takes experienced hikers about 8 days. Highest elevation of the trail is Beerberg Mountain near Oberhof with a height of 982 metres above sea level.

For more information about Rennsteig hiking trail visit the local tourist information.

Inselsberg
© Tom Tepper
Rennsteig
© Tom Tepper
Rennsteig Thüringer Wald
© Tom Tepper
Besucher im Miniaturenpark "mini-a-thür"
© "mini-a-thür"

Miniature Park "mini-a-thür"

Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 32 D-99842 Ruhla
Seasonal opening hours (Easter - 31th October):
daily 10am - 6pm

Discover the variety of Thuringian sights as accurate built miniatures in the park “mini-a-thür”. More than 130 models of well-known Thuringian sights can be seen during a stroll through the beautiful park, which is 18,900 m² in seize and located in a quiet side valley of Ruhla. With its little ponds, a small waterfall, green meadows and surrounded by dense woods, the park invites to sit on one of the benches and relax, while looking at the miniature houses. All models are in scale 1/25 and displayed with information boards about the original buildings. In addition, the park offers many activities for children, like a playground, a small open-air enclosure, model railways and model boats. Take a stop at the small restaurant and enjoy local foods and drinks.

Right next to the park “mini-a-thür” the steepest summer toboggan slide of Germany provides a thrilling fun. The park is also a great starting point for a hike to the viewing tower “Carl-Alexander-Turm” on top of Ringberg Mountain or the Rennsteig trail.

Falkner Elias mit Geier auf dem Arm während der Flugvorführung der Greifenwarte
© "Falknerei am Rennsteig"

Falconry “Falknerei am Rennsteig"

Family Schubach D-99880 Waltershausen / Winterstein
Opening hours:
March - November
Tue - Sun 10.30am - 12am & 1pm - 5pm
Air show daily 3pm
December - February
Tue - Sun 1.30pm - 4pm
Air show 3pm (Sat./Sun./at least 10 people)

Do you want to get a first-hand look at different birds of prey and watch them fly through the air? Are you brave enough to let them land on your arm? Let’s find it out during the daily air show in the Falconry “Falknerei am Rennsteig” next to Ruhla.

You will learn interesting facts about the fascinating world of birds, about the oldest way to hunt and the 4,000 year old tradition of falconry. Get the chance to become a bit of a falconer yourself! The falconry is located near the hotel “Rennsteighof” and the tourist restaurant “Ruhlaer Skihütte” between Ruhla and the village Winterstein.

About the air show:

Duration: 1 hour

There is no air show possible during heavy rain, severe storm or high snow. Please consider wearing warm clothes, because the falconry is located at an altitude of 640 m above sea level.

 

Take a 360 degree virtual tour through the Falconry "Greifenwarte am Rennsteig". For a full-screen view of the tour please click here. (Opens a new window)

"Viewing tower Carl-Alexander Turm"

on top of Ringberg Mountain

A good starting point for a hike to the viewing tower “Carl-Alexander-Turm” is the parking lot of the park “mini-a-thür”. The circular hiking trail is about 4.5 km. Please follow the yellow circle on a white square. The tower is 21 metres high with 111 steps to overcome. If you reach the top you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over the Thuringian Forest. In good weather it’s possible to view Rhön Mountains and even the Brocken, highest peak of the Harz National Park. The entrance to the viewing tower is free. Enter at your own risk. There are no opening hours.

Tip: If you would like to go more than 4.5 kilometres, you can combine the tour with a hike to the viewing point Wachstein or to the famous Rennsteig hiking trail. You can visit the park “mini-a-thür” after your hike as well.

Kittelsthal Dripstone Cave

Bergstraße D-99842 Ruhla / Kittelsthal

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kittelsthal Dripstone Cave is temoparily closed.

Explore the fascination of the Kittelsthal Dripstone Cave during a guided tour. The cave was discovered by mining in 1888 and opened to the public in 1896. You can visit stalagmites and stalactites and explore the great grotto with the 3.5 metres high pyramid. Further attractions in the cave are massive, coarse crystalline sintering surfaces and numerous small sinter formations hidden in wall niches.

Quick Facts:

  • Depth of the cave: 48 metres
  • several thousand-year-old stalactite formations
  • overcoming 228 steps within a 30 minute long guided tour
  • The air temperature in the cave is about 11° C
  • Please wear sturdy footwear and a jacket.
  • Minimum age for visitors: 3 years
  • guided tours for groups of visitors from 2 people to 20 people possible

Tropfsteinhöhle Kittelsthal
© A. Nestler