From Allzunah to Ilmenau | 15 km
From Allzunah (urban district of Frauenwald) on the Rennsteig, the ridge walk of the Thuringian Forest, you descend through the valley to Stützerbach. Here in the UNESCO biosphere reserve Vessertal-Thuringian Forest, originates the Ilm from several tributary wells. Stützerbach is a popular climatic spa town on the Rennsteig and gained public awareness mainly due to Goethes multiple visits. Thus, you will not only find a Goethe house but also a 20 km hiking trail: Following in the footsteps of Goethe you can walk via Manebach to Ilmenau, a university town on the Ilm full of Goethe reminiscences.
Enjoy nature in the biosphere reserve
Tel: 036782 61925
Am Rothenberg 1
20. Apr–2. Nov:
Tel: 036782 62200
Goethe and Glass Museum
Sat / Sun: 10–16
Sat / Sun: 11–15
Tel: 0367 8450277
Local History in the Tourist Information Centre
Kalter Markt 5a
Mon and Fri: 9.30–11.30
Tue and Thu: 14.30–17.30
Tel: 03677 842768
The Sledge Barn (Schlittenscheune)
Just yards from the cycling route, you can visit a very original museum that is unique in Germany: the sledge barn! Once started by a private passionate collector it reveals astounding details not only about sledges and bobsleighs but also about the successful Ilmenau winter athletes who have lifted numerous national and international trophies.
Traditionsverein Schlitten und Bob Ilmenau e. V.
Langewiesener Straße 2a (Innenhof)
Mon and Sat: 14–16 and by appointment
Tel: 0177 5904351
Tel: 0162 2826545
Tel: 03677 600210
City tour and local mountain hiking
If you have a little more time to spend and would like to learn more about Ilmenau you can leave your bicycle in the bike lockers at the station or at Wetzlarer Platz and participate in a guided tour through the historic city centre (starting at the town hall Am Markt 1). Or you opt for the local mountain Kickelhahn with its lookout tower, the Goethe house and the historic hunting facilities. The museum Jagdhaus Gabelbach houses the exhibition "Goethes Wald im Wandel" (Goethe’s forest through the ages) and offers an interesting insight into the issues of forestry, hunting and nature.
Am Markt 1
Sat, Sun, Holydays: 10–17
Tel: 03677 600300
Fax: 03677 600300
Coal Mining Museum "Volle Rose"(Schaubergwerk)
When cycling towards Schortetal the coal mining museum "Volle Rose" is only 2 km off the route. Not only children are delighted with the large number of mining locomotives, which can move over the extended grounds and up to 360 metres deep into the mountain - a very special experience!
Sat, Sun, Holydays: 10–18
Tel: 03677 899065
Youth Hostel Ilmenau
Welcome to the youth hostel "Himmelblau" Ilmenau!
Our modern Family/Youth Hostel offers you an excellent standard of service and a feel good atmosphere you will love. 365 days a year, we are all about the "community experience" - with everyone feeling at ease and joining in. No matter whether you're here for a weekend away with the family, a school trip, a training camp or seminar, or if you are travelling with guests who have disabilities - the Youth Hostel offers the perfect accommodation for every occasion.
Features and details:
The hostel has 130 beds in rooms with 2, 4 or 6 beds.
All rooms habe seperate shower and WC.
For families we offer special equipped family rooms, one play room for children an free lending of equipment.
From our own kitchen you get meals for your entire stay: a rich breakfast buffet, warm lunch, lunch-/ snackboxes, warm or cold dinner, barbecue specialities or coffee and cake for a cosy afternoon break.
Checkin from 2pm to 11pm
Parking spots near the hostel
free W-LAN for our guests
Motorway: 8 km
Train station: 1 km
Bus station: 0 km
our house is open from 06:30am to 00:00am
the reception is open from 08:00am to 11:00pm
Bicycle Shop Gigerenzer
The shop is located in the city centre about 200 metres from the Ilm-Valley Cycle Route. Help is offered not only during opening hours but also in the event of a breakdown - just call!
Please note: In summer between March and October the shop is open on workdays until 7pm and on Saturdays until 2pm.
You can rent mountain and trekking bikes, city bikes, racing bikes, children's bikes and e-bikes. Cycling maps and navigation equipment are also available.
Tel: 03677 893402
The shop is located in the northern part of the city centre near the Ilmenau Information Centre and provides all-round service and bicycle rental mainly for mountain bikes.
Students receive a 5 percent discount on all new goods!
Abe's bicycle center
Our friendly Team loves to be at your service. During our opening times we do all sorts of bicycle repairs and our shop offers a wide assortment of spare parts. A special service is our vending machine for inner tubes. Here you can buy inner tubes for every current bicycle model regardless our opening times.
Picnic area on the Ilm junction
Near Stützerbach there is a picnic area with a roofed picnic table and two bicycle stands. Close by, the brooks Lengwitz, Freibach and Taubach unite to form the Ilm River. A small path invites you for an exploration on foot.
Playground on the Ilm River
Approximately 200 metres from the Ilm-Valley Cycle Route, situated in an idyllic location, you find this attractive playground with aerial runway, revolving drum and climbing frame. There are also numerous benches for a rest. The playground is somewhat tucked away. In order to find it follow a narrow path to the left - about 100 metres behind the ice cream parlour "Hermann Stein" - leading down towards the Ilm source. After a bend you see the wood, behind which you find the playground. The Ilm River is crossed right there at the playground.
Picnic Area Manebach
A table with benches at the Schmücker Straße in the centre of Manebach invites you to linger. A board provides you with information on the location and the course of the Ilm-Valley Cycle Route. A historic fountain adds to the small square.
Particularly during the summer months the clear spring water of the Karl-Alexander fountain offers welcome refreshment. The historic site disposes a shady area with benches and an information board on the history of the fountain.
Playground Am Stollen
This spacious residential-area playground right on the cycle path offers table tennis, a climbing pyramid, an aerial runway and a climbing frame with a slide as well as a sitting area and benches. It’s not only frequented by cyclists but also by children and families of the nearby residential area.
Haus des Gastes
In the Haus des Gastes you are heartly welcomed and if you want, you can get a tour through the local history museum which tells the story of Manebachs time as well known place for mask manufacturing. But there are also other exihibits, like the model of the castle ontop of the Großen Hermannstein and examples of fossil foundings, which have made Manebach world famous.
Tourist Information Centre - Frauenwald
Here you obtain qualified information on the region. The integrated exhibition "Experience nature with all your senses" is of particular interest: fox, owl, deer and a number of other animals are to be seen in a 15 sqm diorama.
Spa Administration Office (Kurverwaltung) Stützerbach
Who wants to walk in Goethe's footsteps should try the Goethe walk between Goethe Museum Stützerbach and GoetheStadtMuseum Ilmenau.
Tourist Information Centre - Ilmenau
Here you are welcome at all times of the day. The town hall of Ilmenau, where Goethe once had his office, now houses a museum, showing Goethe memorabilia and the history of Ilmenau. The friendly and knowledgeable team gives competent advice on the Ilm-Valley Cycle Route, on lodging, restaurants and excursions in the city and its surrounding area.