Kickelhahn Round Trail (about 11 km)
This circular trail around Kickelhahn starts at the Festival Hall in Ilmenau. There is a free car park in front, so you can leave your car here and get some information on the walk ahead of you from the large map display. The icon next to this text accompanies you along your way.
Until Steinbach valley, there is a slight ascent, with the trail becoming steeper towards Kleiner Hermannstein. The shady trail passes behind Kleiner Hermannstein and opens a beautiful view into the Manebach valley, before reaching Sophia's spring. Here, this trail joins the Goethe Trail uphill to großer Hermannstein (755 m a.s.l.) and further on to Goethehäuschen on Kickelhahn (861 m a.s.l.). Here, take some time to have a look at the historic hunting facility and enjoy the view from Kickelhahn tower over Thüringer Wald and Ilmenau.
After about 1 km downhill, you reach the Museum Jagdhaus Gabelbach. Here, you find information on Goethe's scientific studies. After visiting the museum, walk further down on the beech alley to the Scheffel memorial. Here, you cross Waldstraße and Gabelbach on the other side. Further on you walk on the Alte Rodelbahn trail to Ritzebühl pond and the southern part of Ilmenau. Walk on Waldstraße left into Naumannstraße, which takes you back to Festival Hall, passing Bahnhof Bad station.