Location of Ruhla

In the very centre of Germany, in western Thuringia, close to the former inner German border, there is the hill town of Ruhla. It is situated in the north west area of the Thuringian Forest Nature Park. Located between Eisenach with the famous Wartburg Castle and ‘Großer Inselsberg‘, a mountain in the Thuringian Forest with a height of 916 m above sea level. With the villages Thal and Kittelsthal, Ruhla has approximately 6.000 inhabitants.

Surrounded by mountains with a maximum height of 700 metres, Ruhla is embedded in the narrow valley ‘Erbstromtal’. The altitudes vary from 370 metres in the north up to 530 metres in the south. Old half-timbered houses can be found all over the town, high up to the hillsides. Vast forests extend directly behind the houses and are perfect for a short walk on one of the many hiking trails.

In 2-kilometre distance from Ruhla, the famous Thuringian ridge walk, the Rennsteig, runs along the ridge of the Thuringian Forest, offering magnificent panoramic views.

How to reach us

By car or motorcycle:

Coming from Dresden, Berlin, Erfurt take the exits ‘Sättelstädt’, ‘Waltershausen’ or ‘Eisenach/Ost’ from the A4 autobahn.

Coming from Frankfurt/Main, Kassel, Dortmund take the exit ‘Eisenach/West’ from A4 autobahn.


By train and bus:
Train via Eisenach, followed by a bus to Ruhla. Fore more information about bus services and timetables see wartburgmobil.info.

Eisenach is a stop for long-distance buses. Fore more information about long-distance buses see www.fernbusse.de.

By bus and train into nature

To preserve the nature surrounding Ruhla for future generations, the city of Ruhla promotes environmental protection. Join us on our journey.

If possible, please use public transportation to travel to Ruhla. Or leave your car during your stay in Ruhla. There are many environmental friendly possibilities to discover the surrounding of Ruhla. The staff of the Tourist Information Ruhla can offer you advise.