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The Ilm Valley Cycle Trail leads from the sources of the Ilm at Stützerbach in the Thuringian Forest to its confluence with the Saale at Großheringen.

You will ride through a charming and geologically varied landscape – past castles and churches, historic mills and idyllically laid out parks and gardens in the Ilm floodplain. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe worked in Stützerbach, in the university town of Ilmenau (also known as the “Goethe town”), in Bad Berka, and in the city of Weimar (known for its many classic writers) and its surrounding area.

Special cultural attractions that are highly recommended are the “Von Gartenhaus zu Gartenhaus” tour between Weimar and Bad Sulza, which follows in Goethe’s footsteps, and the “Feiniger Route” in Weimar.

Length
120 km

Route (from its source to its confluence with the Saale)
Near Stützerbach – Manebach – Ilmenau – Langewiesen – Gräfinau-Angstedt – Cottendorf – Griesheim – Stadtilm – Kleinhettstedt – Dienstedt – Kranichfeld – Tannroda – Bad Berka – Oettern – Mellingen – Weimar - Kromsdorf – Oßmannstedt – Zottelstedt – Eberstedt – Bad Sulza - Großheringen

Profile
Mainly asphalted, easy

Transport connections
- Rail
- Cycle tour bus from Kranichfeld to Erfurt

Ilm Valley Cycle Trail website

GPS data and map view