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The Wartburg in Eisenach

Thuringian City Chain

For thinkers & poets

5 Days / 4 Nights
The Wartburg in Eisenach

The Thuringian chain-of-towns long distance cycle path connects the seven most beautiful towns of Thuringia. At the same time you can cycle through high contrast forest, meadow and river landscapes. This route leads you from the city of Eisenach via Gotha to cathedral city Erfurt. Afterwards you continue to Weimar, University City Jena, Stadtroda and Gera until you reach Altenburg. But there are not only beautiful cities awaiting you on this tour – an awesome and diversified landscape is accompanying you too. You cycle along the foot of Thuringia forest (fortress Wartburg) and mountains Hörselberge, you follow the river Ilm bike path, river Saale bike path and river Elster bike path. Afterwards you continue through the idyllic valley Mühltal and the widespread area around Gera until you reach your aim of the tour – Altenburg!

Itinerary at a glance

The tranquility of the Thuringian Forest meets culture and history along the route through four cities. You'll follow in the footsteps of Bach, Luther, Goethe, and Schiller. In the old trading city of Erfurt, you'll find the Severikirche and the Krämerbrücke dominating the scene.

You should come early to have enough time for sightseeing in the historic city of Eisenach. Famous persons like Johann Sebastian Bach or Martin Luther King have lived here.

You follow the river Hörsel, afterwards you continue through the Thuringian basin. You reach Gotha in the early afternoon, so there is enough time for sightseeing.

In the morning you cycle to Wechmar which won an award for being the most beautiful village in Thuringia in 2003. This village is also well-known for its Bach museum. Afterwards you can admire castle Wachsenburg, castle Mühlburg and castle Gleichen on your way to Gera and Erfurt.

After today’s short stage you arrive in Weimar. Visit the palace, the museum, the theatre or the park. We are sure that you will not be bored today.

Departure or extension

Route information


The route is very well signposted and leads you along asphalted roads, bike paths, forest paths and trails. Every bike day has long flat routes as well as some hilly sections, only a few parts where you have to push the bike.

Prices & Dates

Category: comfortable middle class hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minibus to Eisenach every Thursday at 9 am, costs EUR 55, extra EUR 40 for your own bike, minimum 2 persons, reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Eisenach train station
  • Erfurt airport
  • Car park at the hotel, to be paid at the time, no reservation possible/necessary
  • Good train connections from Weimar to Eisenach

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of EUR 20 per room.

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