Ilm Valley Cycle Trail

    You’ll start off in Allzunah (direct connection to the Rennsteig Cycle Trail) and cycle via Stützerbach and Ilmenau, with its Goethe memorials, on to Langewiesen (mine exhibit, Heinse’s House). Shortly before Stadtilm, it is worth taking a detour to Singen, to visit the smallest brewery in Thuringia. Passing through Stadtilm (the town of the 7 wonders), Kleinhettstedt (art and mustard mill) and Dienstedt (karst caves), you’ll arrive in Kranichfeld (Baumbachhaus, Upper Castle). An excursion to the nearby Hohenfelden reservoir, with the Avenida-Therme, is highly recommended. You’ll then head onwards through Bad Berka and into Weimar, the city of the classics.

    The next stops along the way are Tiefurt, with its palace and park, Oßmannstedt, with the Wieland Estate and Apolda (town- and bell museum, art museum). A walk-in sundial and a cyclist’s church await cyclists in Eberstedt. The Bad Sulza Toskana Thermal Baths offer the amazing Liquid Sound experience – bathing in sound, colour and light. And this health resort and wine town in Thuringia has more to offer too, namely a copy of Goethe’s summer house in Weimar. From here, it is worth visiting the memorial site of Napoleon’s Battle of Auerstedt. In Kaatschen-Weichau, the end of this tour, there is a direct link to the Saale Cycle Trail.

    The tour is suitable for nature- and culture-lovers, as well as for families and touring cyclists.

    Route data

    Overall length: 125 km
    Length within Thuringia: 125 km
    Starting point in Thuringia: Allzunah/Rennsteig
    End point in Thuringia: Kaatschen-Weichau
    Altitude difference: 120 to 750 m above sea level
    Difficulty level: easy to medium
    Track conditions: 92 km asphalt, 4 km paved road, 29 km gravel