Hiking, sports & leisure

Experience and freetime activities:

Hiking and cycling in the Thüringer Wald, bathing fun and wintersport paradise

“Das BERG & SPA HOTEL GABELBACH” is located in the Thuringian Forest and it’s an ideal starting point for nature lover, athletes and active holidaymakers. The Thuringian Forest is known for its excellent hiking routes and cycling tracks through beautiful landscapes, forests and idyllic cities. Whether hiking, nordic-walking, mountainbiking or cycling – the excellent road network in the Thuringian Forest offers demanding routes with every difficulty levels. The most famous hiking route “Rennsteig” and more than 6.000 kilometers signposted cycling tracks lead to worthwhile excursion destinations and remarkable overlooks with panorama view. From Ilmenau you can walk on Goethe’s traces along the Goethe hiking route with its landscapes, cultural and historical attractions.

Those who like the extreme and look for the adrenaline rush, can climb the highest tower of Thuringia or can cycle with the mountainbike with a heightdifference of 500 meters. The numerous reservoirs in the Thuringian Forest offer bathing fun for the whole family. The heated outdoor poolis inviting you even on cooler summerdays. Boating, canoeing or fishing are just a few examples of all the freetime activities.


The Thuringian Forest apeals especially for the winter athletes. The snowy region attracts with good prepared cross-country skiing trails and offers for alpine skiing also with dogsledge riding and horse drawn sleigh riding the winter athlete community. Oberhof is with its Biathlon and bobsled slope an established wintersportlocation. Ice skating in the ice rink or cross-country skiing in the DKB-skiing hall in Oberhof are offering good alternatives.

Diversity for every season

★ Hiking on Schusters Rappen around Ilmenau up to the Rennsteig, the high route of the Thuringian Forest

★ Nordic-Walking

★ Geocaching

★ Mountainbiking

★ Cycling along the Ilmtal-Cycling route and the Ilmtal-Rennsteig-cycling route

★ Ice skating in the ice rink

★ Racing sleigh riding

★ Swimming in the heated outdoor pool

★ and a lot more


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