From Ilmenau to Kranichfeld | 36 km

 

Leaving Ilmenau in southern direction, you cycle through a piece of floodplain forest along the banks of the Ilm River towards Langewiesen and Gräfinau-Angstedt. Further on up the route to Griesheim and Stadtilm you have the opportunity to walk through the Saline in Oberilm. Or you can enjoy a cool draft beer in the brewery museum in Singen. Past the Mustard & Arts Mill in Kleinhettstedt and past Dienstedt with its karst cave you reach Kranichfeld and its two castles. In the Baumbachhaus in Kranichfeld you can obtain information about the area. You may also visit the exhibition inside or take an enjoyable coffee break at the snuggery.

 

 

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Kickelhahn | Foto: A. Kaspar
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.

Contact

Ilmenau-Information
Am Markt 1
98693 Ilmenau
Opening times:
Tue–Fri: 10–18
Sat, Sun, Holydays: 10–17
Tel: 03677 600300
Fax: 03677 600300
Website

Foto: Norbert Wagner
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.

Contact

Traditionsverein Schlitten und Bob Ilmenau e. V.
Langewiesener Straße 2a (Innenhof)
98693 Ilmenau
Opening times:
Mon, Sat: 14–16  and by arrangement
Contact:
Roland Hollaschke Tel: 0177 5904351
Norbert Wagner Tel: 0162 2826545
Website

Schortefeldbahn | Foto: Gerth Kühn
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!

 

 

Contact

Schortestraße 57
98693 Ilmenau
Opening times:
Apr–Nov:                                                                                                            Tue–Fri: 9–16
Sat, Sun, Holydays: 10–18
Tel: 03677 899065
Website

 

 

 

Heinse-Haus Langewiesen  | Foto: Stadtverwaltung
Heinse Haus

The birthplace of the poet Johann Jacob Wilhelm Heinse now houses the tourist information office and a museum with an exhibition on the poet Heinse, Wilhelm Höpflinger, the inventor of the ball bearing, the history of the vacuum flask manufactory as well as some Oskar Schlegelmilch porcelain. Monumental drilling towers are standing right next to the cycle path between the Dörnfeld hostel and community centre and Dörnfeld village. Until 1999 poppet heads pumped up natural brine from 500 to 600 m depth. The brine was then transported in pipelines to the main plant in Stadtilm for salt production.

Contact

Ratsstraße 9
98704 Langewiesen
Opening times:
Mon–Fri: 10–12 and 13–18
Sat: 10–12
Tel: 03677 807720
Website

Brauerei Schmitt in Singen | Foto: Michael Albrecht
Brewery Museum Schmitt (Museumsbrauerei)

The museum is a 115 year-old brewery, where to this day beer is brewed according to ancient crafts tradition - with fresh spring water and a steam engine. Since 1976, the brewery has been a listed building and is in possession of the probably smallest still operating steam engine in Germany (12 hp and dating back to about 1900)! The museum can be visited upon advance reservation. Just contact the Obstfelder family.

Contact

Familie Obstfelder
Brauereiweg 1
99326 Singen
Tel: 03629 802556
Website

Tunnelmuseum | Foto: Michael Albrecht
Tunnel Museum Niederwillingen

The museum focuses on modern tunnelling and houses a walkable tunnelling model in the scale 1: 4. In the ancient rock-hewn cellar you find a detailed documentation on tunnel construction. The museum complex consists of three parallel tunnel tubes: two motorway tubes and an ICE-train tube.

Contact

Unter dem Berge 8
99326 Niederwillingen
Opening times:
Tue: 10–15 and by arrangement
Tel: 03629 3610
Website

Kunst- und Senfmühle Kleinhettstedt | Foto: Uwe Germar
Mustard & Arts Mill (Kunst- und Senfmühle)

This historic building complex, including a half-timbered house from the 16th century, is located directly on the Ilm. Those, who would like to spend some more time here, may take a look at the complete device with its 18 roller mills, steam engine, water wheel, Francis turbine and historic reciprocating saws. There are also interesting things to learn about the milling industry and you can taste and buy high-quality mustards from on-site production. Interested in a guided tour? Guided tours on prior arrangement.

Contact

Kleinhettstedt 44
99326 Ilmtal
Opening times:
Apr–Nov:
Tue–Sat: 10–18
Sun: 10–17
Dec–Mar:
Tue–Sun: 10–16.30
Tel: 03629 801037                                                                                                Tel: 03629 3596
Website

Karsthöhle Dienstdt | Foto: Hartmut Steckert
Karst Cave (Karst Höhle) Dienstedt

The cave is a very fine example for the effect of water power: Two million years ago, the primordial Ilm River flowed through this labyrinth of caves creating this beautiful flow and erosion forms in the limestone. In several excavations during the last century remains of fireplaces, shards of pottery, bone tools, animal bones and burnt-clay cups were found. The impressive karst cave is located 2 km down the Ilm River behind the village of Dienstedt. The cave is open to visitors on a length of up to 155 m.

Contact

Opening times:
Mai–Oct:
Sat: 13–17
and by appointment
Tel: 03629 812504
Website

Baumbachhaus Kranichfeld | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Baumbachhaus

The house where Rudolf Baumbach was born is to be found in the middle of Kranichfeld. It is dedicated to the poet and nature lover Baumbach, whose writings include the folk song “Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen". The exhibition inside the house offers a glimpse into the life of Baumbach. Temporary exhibitions show photographs and graphic art by mostly regional artists. In the house, there is also a cozy museum café, the public library of Kranichfeld and a wedding room.

Contact

Baumbachplatz 1
99448 Kranichfeld
Opening times:
Tue–Sun: 13–17
Tel: 036450 39669
Website

Niederburg Kranichfeld | Foto: Hartmut N. Steckert
Niederburg

The Niederburg, a castle, is idyllically situated on a rock spur above the Ilm River at the eastern edge of Kranichfeld. It was built around 1147 and was provided with a large outer ward, a small medieval main castle, with several towers, big banks and deep ditches. In the romantic ambience of the Planhof - the open air theatre -, you can experience concerts, plays, open-air concerts and festivals. The highlight, however, is the annual dance and rose festival (Tanz- und Rosenfest). And don’t miss the birds of prey’s flight demonstrations at the Falkenhof - a breathtaking experience!

Contact

Eagles and Falcons Schütz
Schlossgasse 18
99448 Kranichfeld
Niederburg
Shows:
Apr–Oct:
Tue–Sun: 15–16
Tel: 036450 44191
Website

 

 

 

Oberschloss Kranichfeld | Foto: Ralph Kallenbach
Oberschloss

The Oberschloss, a mixture of castle and palace, resides on a mountain top projecting from the Kranichberg. It was built in Romanesque style in the 12th century.
In 1453, it was expanded to a pompous Renaissance palace which quietly outlasted time until it finally burned to ruins in 1934. Only parts of it were rebuilt.
From the top of the "Dicker Turm" (“fat tower” with 3.60 m wall thickness and a height of 22 m) you enjoy a magnificent view on the city and into the countryside reserve of the Middle Ilm Valley.
The most famous figure of the castle is the "Leckarsch", the legend of which entwines around the two brothers Lutger and Wolfer, who once inhabited the Oberschloß.
In a permanent exhibition, visitors can relive the history of the castle by looking at photographs, historical documents and numerous finds. With its little palace, the palais, for concerts and theatre performances, its chapel for wedding ceremonies in historic ambience and its castle tavern, this fairy-tale castle reenchants its visitors again and again.

Contact

Schloßberg 28
99448 Kranichfeld
Opening times:
Mar–Oct:
Tue–Fri: 9–17
Sat, Sun: 10–18
Nov–Feb:
Mon–Fri: 10–15.30
Tel: 036450 30460
Website

 

 

 

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Restaurant "Bremer Hof"

At our place at the heart of Thuringia, you can not only enjoy the great thuringian cuisine but also discover palaces, enjoy culture, hike or cycle.
The "Bremer Hof" is located at the main road 200 meters before the end of the town if you are travelling into the direction of Stadtilm. Of course we do family- or company- festivities too - at our place or where you wish. We are looking forward to welcome you at our house.

 

Features and details:

Cosy restaurant with roundabout 40 seats in the guest room and 16 seats in the beer garden. Thuringian cuisine, venison and several schnitzel dishes.

 

 

Guese service:
Organizing city tours
Renting bikes
Organizing visits of the Oberschloss, the Baumbachhaus, the Avenida-Therme and others
Organizing of tickets
Bicycle repairs
Support service for groups

Distances:
Motorway: 15 km
Train station: 1,5 km
Bus station: 0,2 km

Opening times:
Daily exapt tuesday
11am - 2.30pm and 5pm - 10pm

Contact

Gaststätte "Bremer Hof"
Ilmenauer Str. 12
99448 Kranichfeld

Phone: +49 36450 42423
Fax: +49 36450 31442
Mobile: +49 178 7776195

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Website

Eiscafé & Pizzeria San Marco

With more than 20 years of experience in traditional craftsmanship, you can enjoy many delicious handmade sorts of ice cream and other italian dishes.The ice-café opened in may 1996 and lies directly at the crossing of the former trade routes between Ilmenau and Weimar as well as Erfurt and Rudolstadt, directly at the B87 and near the biggest market place in Thuringia.

 

Features and details:

Our ice-café has two guest rooms for overall 75 guests as well as an outdoor area for 90 guests which is used during the summer season.
We have up to 65 different sorts of ice, which our team produces fresh and full of passion.

Guest service:
- Charging station for E-Bikes (for our guests free)
- Parking spaces on the biggest market place in Thuringia
- free Wifi

Opening times:
Summer:
Mon - Fri: 11am - 8pm
Sat: 11.30am - 8pm
Sun + public hollydays: 11am - 8pm

Winter:
Mon - Thu: 11.30am - 6pm
Fri: 11.30am - 7pm
Sat: 1pm - 7pm
Sun: 11.30am - 7pm

Contact

Eiscafé & Pizz. San Marco Stadtilm GmbH & Co.KG
Markt 23
99326 Stadtilm

Phone: +49 3629 800480 (office)
        +49 3629 801080 (café)
Fax: +49 3629 800482

E-Mail
Website

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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.

Service:
Checkin from 2pm to 11pm
Parking spots near the hostel
free W-LAN for our guests

Distances:
Motorway: 8 km
Train station: 1 km
bus station: 0 km

Opening times:
our house is open from 06:30am to 00:00am
the reception is open from 08:00am to 11:00pm

Contact

Am Stollen 49
98693 Ilmenau

Phone: +49 3677 884681
Fax: +49 3677 884682

[E-Mail]
Website

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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.

Contact

Abe's Fahrradcenter
Unterpörlitzer Straße 33
98693 Ilmenau
Tel.: +493677 842375
E-Mail
Website

Opening times:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 9am - 12pm

Recharge point for e-bikes

People who use e-bikes can recharge them here, at the market place in Stadtilm.

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.


Contact

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 2
98693 Ilmenau
Opening times:
Mon–Fri: 10–18
Sat: 10–13
Tel: 03677 893402
Website

Radar-Bikeshop

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!

Contact

Tobias Bühl
Weimarer Straße 10
98693 Ilmenau
Tel: 03677 650483
[E-Mail]
Website

Opening times:
Mon–Fri: 11–18
Sat: 10–12

Rad-Art

The shop is located inside the railway station building and offers a complete repair service. In addition, you can rent mountain bikes and pedelecs and charge your e-bike battery.

Contact

Bahndamm 10
98693 Ilmenau
Opening times:
Mon–Fri: 10–19
Sat: 9–13
Tel: 03677 842225
[E-Mail]
Website

Rad-Eck

On 300 sqm, the Rad Eck in Kranichfeld offers new and second hand bikes, cycling garments, advisory service, all-round service and bicycle repair. In front of the shop, there has been put up an inner-tube vending machine.
Emergency number for out-of-hours repairs: +49-174-3064449

Contact

Breakdown and Bicycle Sales
Am Bommelsberg 2
99448 Kranichfeld
Opening times:
Tue–Fri: 10–13 and 15–18
Tel: +49 (0)36450 31495

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Rastplatz Barchfeld | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic-Area Barchfeld

Nearby Barchfeld there is a picnic area with a roofed table and a barbeque hut right next to the cycling route.

Rastplatz am Fridolin | LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area near the Restaurant Fridolin

Between Ilmenau and Langewiesen you come across several picnic areas with tables and benches. At one of them, a board offers useful information about the Ilm-Rennsteig Cycle Route - a 20 km long cycle trail along the disused railway track between Ilmenau and Großbreitenbach.

Gottessegen Langewiesen | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area Gottessegen

A signpost on the cycle path shows the way to a spacious picnic area just 100 m away. Here you find several roofed tables and a public brick barbecue in a clearing on the banks of the Ilm River. The historic communal bread oven makes a romantic backdrop and is the focal point of the annual baking festival, when you can smell fresh bread baked in the wood-fired oven and you can bake stick bread over the open wood campfire.

Rastplatz an der ICE-Brücke | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area near the ICE-Train Bridge

A roofed table right next to the ICE-train-bridge invites you to take a break.

Herrenteiche Langewiesen | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area Herrenteiche

Tucked between the ponds, the so called Herrenteiche, two picnic areas wait for guests: On the one hand the covered seating area and on the other hand the wooden benches made by a wood sculptor. The Herrenteiche are also very popular with fishermen.


Gräfinau-Angstedt | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area near the Sports Field

Behind the new Ilm-bridge and just before you come to Gräfinau-Angstedt, there is a picnic area with a board providing information on the Ilm-Valley Cycle Route and places of interest in and around Wolfsberg.

Rastplatz Schwarze Brücke | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area Schwarze Brücke

The Schwarze Brücke (black bridge) between Gräfinau-Angstedt and Dörnfeld gives access to the Ilm meadows. The picnic area with a board informing about the Ilm-Valley Cycle Route and places of interest in and around Wolfsberg is ideal for a short stopover.

Spielplatz Dörnfeld | Foto: Michael Albrecht
Playground Ilmwiese

This playground and picnic area on the edge of Dörnfeld is situated in the wide stretching Ilm-meadows and offers a sheltered sitting area.

Rastplatz Cottendorf | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area Cottendorfer Teich

The pond called Cottendorfer Teich makes a very romantic background for this small picnic area. In case of a thunderstorm you may take shelter in the nearby bus shelter.

Rastplatz Stadtilm | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area Pumpstation

Outside of Stadtilm and very near to a historic brick building (the former pumping station) you find a roofed table and an information board telling you about the sights of Stadtilm. From here you enjoy a wonderful view on the Ilm River’s flood plains.

Freibad Stadtilm | Foto: KKwutzler
Lido

The Stadtilm lido, nestling between the Ilm River and the Cycling Route, is surrounded by hedges and trees. It features a 50-meter pool, water slide, diving boards and a paddling pool. Snacks and drinks are available at the kiosk.

Spielplatz Dienstedt | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Playground Dienstedt

A spacious, tree-lined playground marks the town centre of Dienstedt. In the park-like setting a board informs about the village. Other exhibits include the historic mill stone from a dyer's woad mill with wooden axle.

Rastplatz Stedtener Mühle | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Picnic Area Stedtener Mühle

From the picnic area at the Stedten mill, disposing of a water stand pipe for drinking water, you can enjoy a magnificent view on the Ilm River.

Rastplatz Felsenmühle Kranichfeld | Foto: KKWutzler
Picnic Area Felsenmühle

This small picnic area backs onto the cycle path.

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Amtshaus Ilmenau | Foto: TI Ilmenau
Tourist Information Centre - Ilmenau

Here you are welcome at any time of the day. The town hall of Ilmenau, where Goethe once had his office, now houses a museum, showing numerous 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 interesting things to see and do in the town and its surroundings.

Contact

Amtshaus
98693 Ilmanau
Am Markt 1
Opening times:
Tue–Fri: 10–18
Sat, Sun, Holydays: 10–17 Uhr
Tel: 03677 600300
Fax: 03677 600330
Website

Touristinformation Langewiesen | Foto: TI Langewiesen
Tourist Information Centre - Langewiesen

The tourist information centre of Langewiesen is to be found in the Heinse-Haus, the birthplace of the Sturm and Drang poet Johann Jacob Wilhelm Heinse. You get competent advice and recommendations for city tours and worthwhile destinations in the surroundings.


Contact

Heinse-Haus
Ratsstraße 9
98704 Langewiesen
Opening times:
Tue–Fri: 10–12 and 13–18
Sat: 10–12
Tel: 03677 807720
Fax: 03677 807777
[E-Mail]
Website

Stadtilm Rathaus | Foto: LRA Ilmkreis
Tourist Information Centre– Stadtilm

Besides interesting facts about the town’s history and event notes you are provided with information on regional sights.

Contact

City Information
Markt 12
99326 Stadtilm
Opening times:
Mon-Fri: 09–18
Sat: 09-12
Tel: +49 (0)3629 3860

Touristeniformation Kranichfeld | TI Kranichfeld
Tourist Information Centre – Kranichfeld

The tourist information centre in the Baumbachhaus offers information not only on the town but also on worthwhile destinations in the surroundings, as for example the landscape conservation area Mittleres Ilmtal. Very popular events in Kranichfeld include concerts at the open-air theatre Niederburg and the medieval pageant at the Oberschloss.

Contact

Baumbachplatz 1
99448 Kranichfeld
May–Sep:
Mon–Fri: 9–18
Oct–Apr:
Mon–Fri: 9–17
Tel: +49 (0)36540 42021
[E-Mail]
Website

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