Your 4 Stars Hotel in Ilmenau


Our hotel consists of three architectural areas that house the various rooms and suites. The historic part has been harmoniously extended by an extension, connected by a conservatory, where the main entrance and reception are located. The cottages are a separate part of our house and offer you a special experience in the midst of nature, with spacious rooms and full comfort facilities.


Where nature & and sensuality meets spirit & hospitality, there is our home.

As the highest elevation of the former district of Weimar in the Grand Duchy of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach from 1895 is the Kickelhahn at Ilmenau with its 861 meters. The pure air and the impressive natural environment attract more and more people to relax in the area, so that the government in 1909 finally the planning for the construction of a hotel in the nearby Gabelbachtal begins.


Despite the most difficult conditions, the construction work is proceeding rapidly. Three years later, in 1912, the "Kurhotel Gabelbach" opened, which now serves the upscale companies for summer recreation. With the development of winter sports in the Thuringian Forest, more and more sports enthusiasts use the Gabelbach as the starting point for extensive ski tours through the wintry surroundings.

From wartime, the house is spared, so that the original character of the house despite moving years is always preserved. After 1950, the house served as a rest home for the GDR party leadership and for foreign state guests and was from then on inaccessible to the public. It has been accessible to all since 1990. Under the name "Berg- & Jagdhotel Gabelbach" it is now being gradually modernized - an extension offers more comfortable rooms.


Since 2011 the hotel is owned by the regional entrepreneur Peter Schulz. Under him, the house including its facilities in 2013 undergo a complete renovation. The historic charm of the architecture and the firm connection to the culture and nature of the environment are intended to appeal to future guests at a high level of quality, but above all to make the urine of the house and its splendor with all senses palpable again.

Data and facts at a glance

Berg & Spa Hotel

★ 76 rooms in different categories (48 standard double rooms, 10 comfort double rooms, 1 single room, 1 barrier-free double room, 16 themed suites)All rooms are equipped with shower / WC, hairdryer, bathrobe, telephone, cable TV, safe 

★ Free WIFI 

★ Parking at the house (4.00 € per vehicle per night) 

★ 4 meeting rooms for up to 60 people for meetings, seminars and presentations

★ 4 function rooms for up to 80 people for weddings, anniversaries and celebrations

★ Log cabin in the hotel park for up to 80 people

★ Restaurant Ilmenau

★ Restaurant Hirtenwiese

★ Hotelbar „1780“

★ Swimming pool

★ Fitness room

★ Different saunas

★ Dry salt inhalation

★ Sway pendulum couch

★ Rest rooms with fireplace and more

★ at 777m altitude lies in the middle of the forest below the house mountain Kickelhahn

★ 3.5 km from the center of Ilmenau Ilmenau

★ railway station about 3.5 km (shuttle service on request)

★ Motorway connection A71 about 8 km 

Feedback from our guests

"Great quiet location in the woods with a large indoor pool, rooms are quiet, breakfast very good and varied .Ideal for hiking on Goethe's tracks."



"Again a really nice stay in the middle of the Thuringian Forest. Nice room, very good breakfast. Very nice wellness area with garden."



"Wellness area excellent, staff warm and accommodating, breakfast fresh and varied, room clean."



"Excellent breakfast; solid premises and fantastic sauna area. Everything to feel good!"



The Gabelbach Wellness and SPA

Silence, relaxation and racharging your batteries

surrounded by forests and meadows in your wellness hotel in the Thuringian Forest


Berg- und Jagdhotel
Gabelbach GmbH

Am Gabelbach 1, 98693 Ilmenau

Tel: +49 (0) 36 77 / 860-0

Fax: +49 (0) 36 77 / 860-222

E-Mail: info[at]gabelbach.com


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