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On new paths ...

... where the future builds on tradition

Uniting the forest

Once upon a time, piles smoked in the deep forests. Beech wood was charred in them. The fire from the charcoal produced was so hot that it could melt sand into glass and ore into iron. The power of the streams drove mills to hammer, grind and cut. Glassblowers, blacksmiths, woodturners, carpenters or millers - everyone used wood as a raw material in those days.

Köhlerei vergrößerte Ansicht
In den Meilern tief im Wald wurde Holzkohle gewonnen. (Foto: Rennsteigmuseum des Thüringer Rennsteigmuseums e. V. Neustadt am Rennsteig)
glühendes, geschmolzenes Glas in Grafit-Kelle vergrößerte Ansicht
Geschmolzenes Glas (Foto: aetb / Stock.Adobe.com)

On the path to sustainability

The early industrial forest area has been transformed into a model region for sustainable development. Traditional crafts are complemented by innovative, high-tech industry. Biosphere partners cultivate regionality. During the celebration weeks, restaurateurs conjure up delicious fish and game dishes on the table.

Promised to nature

Within the Biosphere Reserve, nature also gets another chance. Large areas of spruce forests are undergoing change. Near-natural, sustainable management allows mixed forests rich in deciduous woods to grow.

Koch in Berufskleidung am Eingang seines Restaurants vergrößerte Ansicht
Das Gehrener Traditionsgasthaus "Zum Steinbruch" ist Partner des Biosphärenreservat Thüringer Wald. (Foto: Michael Reichel / arifoto.de)

... to the magical places

… where wild mountain streams splash merrily through beech forests, where the dipper hunts and brown trout, bullhead and brook lamprey cavort.

… where reverent silence reigns in thousand-year-old moors, hunger specialists like the insect-eating sundew make their living and the wood lizard crawls over soft peat moss cushions.

… where honeybees and bumblebees buzz over colourful mountain meadows and a mysterious animal and plant world with wart biter, bear's root and devil's claw dominates the picture.

Tiefer Wald mit Sonnenstrahlen, die das Dickicht durchbrechen vergrößerte Ansicht
Tiefer Wald (Foto: cognitio)
Blühende Bergwiese (Foto: M. Hellner) vergrößerte Ansicht
Blühende Bergwiese (Foto: M. Hellner)
Sonnentau im Sonnenlicht vergrößerte Ansicht
Sonnentau (Foto: M. Hellner)

Carpenter of the forest

High up in the beech trunk, the black woodpecker carves its burrows. Squirrels, stock doves, rough-legged owls and bats are the next tenants. The woodpecker pounds vigorously into rotten wood to prey on fat ant larvae.

On the way ...

... through wide valleys

... over lofty peaks

The Thuringian Forest is a Destination Nature Area. Arrival and departure are sustainable by train and bus. Whether to the highest peaks in Thuringia or on the trail of mining times into the valleys - with a Rennsteig ticket, overnight guests are free to move about at no cost on site. Certified nature and landscape guides arrange special nature experience offers with unforgettable forest moments. Even Goethe appreciated the peace and seclusion of the heights. Today, they continue to be places of mindfulness.

Wandern auf Premium-Wanderwegen (Foto: Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.) vergrößerte Ansicht
Vessertal and Jüchnitzgrund Primeval Forest Trail
Nahverkehrsbus an Haltestelle vergrößerte Ansicht
Rennsteig Train Station
Felsformation im Wald vergrößerte Ansicht
Unvergessliche Waldmomente (Foto: C. Sittig-Schubert)

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