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Hike: The Gleichen Castles

The three Gleichen castles were the seat of the County Gleichen, in addition to fortresses belonging to the Abbot of Hersfeld and the Margraves of Thuringia. The castles guarded the important trade route of the Via Regia, and were subsequently besieged and destroyed multiple times over the course of history. Today, the three castles form a dramatic landscape in the Thuringian basin that is also easily accessible. Take a high-speed train from Frankfurt to Berlin through Erfurt, and you will see them as you pass by. This hike takes you on a trip to visit all three.

Metilsteiner

Hike: Views of the Wartburg Castle

The Wartburg castle sits on an ancient road from Frankfurt to Erfurt. However, while the trade caravans would have traveled along the lowland route, a highland road connected Wartburg to the other side of the Thuringian Forest. This hike takes you on a panorama tour from the ruins of the Brandenburg castle to the center of Eisenach along this ancient path.

Dietrich Krieger

Hiking: Shiller’s Retreat

This hike offers an interesting panorama of central Germany. Along this route, you will visit the ruins Henneburg castle, a stronghold of the County of Henneberg. When this dynasty died out, it fell to Sachsen-Meiningen. Instead of living there, they opted to build the palace at the next stop, the Hunting Palace of Fanaserie. All along the way, you will be greeted with dramatic views of the pastoral German landscape, interrupted only by the remnants of East German Border stations.