Germany Germany

Worth knowing

The Rennsteig runs for a length of 169 kilometers through Germany.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as easy and it usually takes 8 days to walk the Rennsteig.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way a problem depending on the season.
Reliable water points are not always available, as these may have dried out.
You should definitely plan ahead and get informed here!

On the trail you are self-sufficient.
But at irregular intervals (at least every few days) there is the possibility to buy food.
This needs to be planned accordingly and it can only be recommended to contact the aid stations and check the opening hours.

You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp, in unmanaged huts and in guesthouses/hotels along the way.

Wild camping on the trail is a gray area As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently prohibited. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Rennsteig

169 km
Elevation gain
3.350 m
Elevation loss
3.100 m
Highest Point
973 m
Lowest Point
Hörsel / 198 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
169 km
3.350 m
3.100 m
973 m
198 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Rennsteig
  • in a tent/tarp
  • in unmanaged huts
  • in guesthouses/hotels along the way
Solitude on the Rennsteig
Moderate contact with other people and only occasionally with settlements

The best time to hike the Rennsteig is:


Arrival to the Rennsteig

You will arrive via Frankfurt am Main Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Bus / Zug. Duration approx. 4 hours.

Departure from the Rennsteig

Departure is via Frankfurt am Main Airport.

You can get to the airport per Bus / Zug. Takes about 6 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Rennsteig

What else you should know about the Rennsteig

Here we have summarized some important information for you

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