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Ilmtal Cycle Path

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easy

121.1 km

08:07 h

119 m

759 m

538 m

1171 m
 
Height profile

Description:

The Ilmtal cycle path is one of the most popular cycle paths in Germany.

The trail crosses villages, passes castles, palaces and historic mills. Parks invite you to linger, restaurants to stop at and cyclist-friendly accommodation to stay overnight.

The cycle route is suitable for a 3-day tour with connections to long-distance cycle routes as well as for shorter day trips. The Regional Express trains with free bike transport and bike compartments
The Ilmtal cycle path is one of the most popular cycle paths in Germany.

The trail crosses villages, passes castles, palaces and historic mills. Parks invite you to linger, restaurants to stop at and cyclist-friendly accommodation to stay overnight.

The cycle route is suitable for a 3-day tour with connections to long-distance cycle routes as well as for shorter day trips. The Regional Express trains with free bike transport and bike compartments run hourly in each direction.
Extended Tour Description:
Start in Allzunah at the Rennsteig. Through the valley to Stützerbach. From Manebach to Ilmenau, from here through the Schortetal to Langewiesen and Gräfinau-Angstedt. 

Direction Stadtilm further to the spa town Bad Berka. Via small villages to the park on the Ilm in Weimar.

From Weimar through Tiefurt and Kromsdorf. From Oßmannstedt via the Wielandgut to Eberstedt and Bad Sulza. Out of town, vineyards line the way to the mouth of the Saale, where you can follow the Saaleradweg or stop for a bite to eat.
Passenger car: The A4 and A71 offer ideal travel options to the starting point of your choice.
Public Transportation: You can get to the starting point Allzunah via the railway stations: Rennsteig, Gehlberg and Ilmenau. From Ilmenau by bus in the direction of Frauenwald. It is possible to have bicycles brought from Ilmenau to Allzunah by transfer. On weekends and public holidays there is a direct connection to Erfurt-Bahnhof/Rennsteig.
Stations for "crossers" or downstream are in Stadtilm, Kranichfeld, Tannroda, Hetschburg, Bad Berka, Mellingen, Weimar, Oßmannstedt, Apolda, Niedertrebra and Bad Sulza. At the end point Großheringen the local train station can be used.

 
Additional info:
For 123 km, the Ilmtal cycle path follows the blue ribbon of the Ilm from its source in the Thuringian Forest to the mouth of the Saale near Großheringen. It overcomes a difference in altitude of 750-120 m above sea level. The level of difficulty is easy to medium and suitable for families with children.


It was the first cycle route in Thuringia to be awarded four stars by the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC) as an ADFC quality cycle route.


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Start: Allzunah/Rennsteig
Starting point: Town centre
Goal: Katschen-Weichau
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Condition: medium
  • Suitable for cycling
  • Culinary interesting
  • Family friendly
  • Culturally interesting
  • Refreshment stop
  • Multi-day tour
  • Accommodation
  • Signage
  • Predicate path
  • Certified ADFC cycle route
  • Good connection to public transport
Directions: Start of the Ilmtal cycle path is Allzunah on the Rennsteig. From here it goes down through the valley to Stützerbach, a popular climatic health resort on the Rennsteig, whose advantages were already appreciated by Goethe. Following in the footsteps of the poet-prince, you will reach Ilmenau - the university and Goethe city on the Ilm - via Manebach. From here the path leads through the Schorta Valley to Langewiesen and Gräfinau-Angstedt. 

On the way to Stadtilm, several possible detours are tempting, such as the salt works in Oberilm or the museum brewery in Singen. But the art and mustard mill in Kleinhettstedt is also worth a visit before reaching the two-castle town of Kranichfeld with its impressive landmarks. Through picturesque landscapes, the route continues on to the spa town of Bad Berka. Here the spa gardens in the heart of the town offer artistic attractions for eyes and ears, Kneipp facilities and the Goethe Fountain, whose water promises healing effects. Via small villages you finally reach the park on the Ilm in the cultural city of Weimar. Here you should plan a longer stay to be inspired by this city of classics.

From Weimar, the cycle path leads through the parks of Tiefurt and Kromsdorf, which are connected by the Maria Pavlovna Promenade. In both places the castles tell stories about the court of the muses of Duchess Anna Amalia and the work of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. In Oßmannstedt you visit the Wielandgut before continuing on to Eberstedt. Here the next stop is the historical oil mill. Down the hill it is a relaxed ride to Bad Sulza, Thuringia's popular spa and wine town. After a leisurely stroll through the historic spa gardens, it is worth visiting the "Trinkhalle" and the Gradiwerwerk "Louise". From the town, vineyards line the path to the mouth of the Saale, where you can either continue along the Saale cycle path or stop for a bite to eat.



Author's Tip: After Oberroßla it is worth making a detour to the bell city of Apolda. Art and modern knitwear fashion are equally at home here. The Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgard has exhibitions by high-ranking artists and is a must for all art lovers.



Approach: By car, the A4 and A71 offer ideal travel options to the starting point of your choice.

Road markings: Cyclist in front of green-blue wavy line
More info / links: www.outdooractive.com/de/route/radtour/thueringer-wald/ilmtal-radweg-vom-rennsteig-durchs-weimarer-land-bis-zur-saale/106657992/
www.weimarer-land-tourismus.de/de/aktiv/radfahren/ilmtal-radweg/

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Contact:

Weimarer Land Tourism e.V.

Bahnhofstraße 28
99510 Apolda
Phone: +49 03644 / 519975
E-mail: info@weimarer-land.de
website: http://www.ilmtal-radweg.de/

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