Gera Cycle Trail

    The 75 km tour starts at the Schmücke ridge on the Rennsteig, at a height of 916 m (direct connection to the Rennsteig Cycle Trail). From there, it descends via Elgersburg (including its castle) to Geraberg, home to Germany’s first thermometer museum. You’ll then travel via Plaue to Arnstadt, the oldest town in Central Germany and home to generations of the Bach family. Johann Sebastian Bach was the organist in the Bach Church. There’s plenty to see in this hometown of the Bachs, which is over 1,300 years old: Europe’s largest doll town “Mon Plaisir”, the “Arnstadt in 1740” city model in Thuringia’s oldest summerhouse and the nearby “Drei Gleichen” castles. The Museum for Steam Locomotives has some real treasures in store for steam-railway enthusiasts.

    You’ll travel past Molsdorf Palace to reach Erfurt, the state capital. The many tourist attractions in the town include the unique ensemble of St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus, Petersberg Citadel, the longest bridge with inhabited houses along its entire length, the Merchants’ Bridge, the Town Hall and the Erfurt horticultural show, as well as the Augustinian monastery. On the last few kilometres of the tour, you can also explore the Schwellenburg in Kühnhausen and Gebesee with its Baroque castle. The cycle trail is suitable for families, culture-lovers and touring cyclists.

    Route data

    Overall length: 75 km
    Length within Thuringia: 75 km
    Starting point in Thuringia: Schmücke/Gehlberg
    End point in Thuringia: Gebesee
    Altitude difference: 150 to 916 m above sea level
    Difficulty level: easy to medium
    Track conditions: 43 km asphalt, 2 km paved road, 21 km gravel, 9 km forest track