Motorcycle tour “From the Black Valley to the Thuringian Sea”

This scenic tour leads over mountains and valleys into the Thuringian Slate Mountains with its numerous streams, rivers and lakes. Extensive forest areas and small towns and villages with numerous museums and castles tempt you to linger. A break at the “Thuringian Sea” is a must, because a short boat trip is a welcome change to the curves and views. The ascents to the castles and the visit to the fairy grottoes in Saalfeld also provide variety. This route is a’must’ for culture and history lovers.

Distance: 220 km

Time: 6.5 hours

Start and finish in Arnstadt

Km Location Direction Information
0 Arnstadt, brewery hotel Stadtilmer Street
to Stadtilm
2 km after leaving the village a detour to Dornheim (1 km) with the church of Johann Sebastian Bach is highly recommended.
13 Stadtilm B 87 to Ilmenau,
1,5 Km after leaving the village turn left
to Gösselborn, Paulinzella
largest market place in Thuringia; Marienkirche; excursion to Singen to the Obstfelder museum brewery recommended
24 Paulinzella to Rottenbach Monastery church ruin; museum in the hunting lodge
30 Rottenbach B 88 to Ilmenau Rinne-Rottenbach Landscape Conservation Area
45 Gehren Gehren town centre
to Großbreitenbach
Ruin of the former official castle of the count of Schwarzburg-Sondershaus
55 Großbreitenbach to Katzhütte, Neuhaus "Key to the Thuringian Forest";
1. German Dumpling Press Museum
62 Katzhütte to Neuhaus Center of the upper Black Valley
76 Neuhaus am Rennweg to Oberweißbach

snowy town in the Thuringian Slate Mountains; town museum; summer toboggan run in Ernsthal am Rennsteig
86 Oberweißbach to Sitzendorf, Schwarzburg Fröbel lookout tower; mountain railway in Lichtenhain; Friedrich Fröbel Memorial Museum
99 Schwarzburg to Bad Blankenburg Schwarzburg Castle with Kaisersaal Museum; Olitätenweg
110 Bad Blankenburg B 281 to Saalfeld Climatic health resort; Lavendelstadt; Friedrich-Fröbel-Museum; Greifenstein Castle
120 Saalfeld B 85 to Kaulsdorf "Stone Chronicle of Thuringia" and town at the Saalebogen; Saalfeld fairy grottoes (most colorful show caves in the world); town museum in the former Franciscan monastery
134 Hohenwarte to Bucha, B 281 "Thuringian Sea": 70 km barrage length with 5 Saale dam cascades; passenger shipping at the dam;
146 Unterwellenborn Via Saalfeld, B 88
to Rudolstadt
Stahlwerk Maxhütte (steel works); show monument gas machine headquarters Unterwellenborn
164 Rudolstadt B 85 to Bad Berka, Weimar B 85 is the "Beer and Castle Road";
Heidecksburg Residential Palace; Thuringian Open-Air Museum of Farmhouses
177 Großkochberg country road back to B 85, then to Weimar Schloss Großkochberg with Goethe's theatre of lovers
181 Teichel to Haufeld, Rittersdorf smallest town of Thuringia
194 Kranichfeld to Erfurt Oberschloss; Niederburg with Falkenhof Schütz; Baumbachhaus
200 Hohenfelden to Riechheim, Werningsleben Hohenfelden reservoir; Avenida-Therme; climbing forest; Thuringian open-air museum
220 Arnstadt Bach, beer and fountain town; oldest town in Central Germany; historic old town with town hall and Bach church

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