Cycle tour – National Park Circular Route

Cycling the National Park Circular Route

Get to know many facets of the national park during an enjoyable bicycle tour.



25 km

medium, hard-surface forest tracks and open area footpaths

What's there to see?

UNESCO World Heritage
This tour takes you to the unique old beech forests of the UNESCO World Heritage area.

Canopy and National Park Centre
By the ramblers' car park "Thiemsburg", the nearby Canopy Walk is worth a detour. You can get to know life in the tree tops and have a panoramic views of the woodlands in the national park.

Environmental Education Centre and Wikakiwa
Learn interesting facts about our special nature and have a short break in the bird's nest swing of the adventure playground.

Detour to Betteleiche and Ihlefeld
This 3 km detour to one of the national park's landmarks, the Betteleiche, and to the Ihlefeld with its rich history, is definitely worth a visit!

Getting there

This circular cycle route passes several ramblers' car parks.
You can access it from the north, east and south: 

Coming from Mühlhausen:
ramblers' car park "Am Zollgarten" near Kammerforst
ramblers' car park "Rüspelsweg"

Coming from Bad Langensalza:
ramblers' car park "Fuchsfarm"
ramblers' car park "Weberstedt"
ramblers' car park "Thiemsburg"

Coming from Eisenach:
ramblers' car park "Craulaer Kreuz"

Find an overview of the national park's ramblers' car parks and the nearest railway and bus stops on our interactive map. You find the map in the quick links in the left window pane or in the central column on this page.

Information Centres

Several information centres can be visited along the route. You find interesting exhibitions on the nature in Hainich National Park there as well as a selection of maps and other information material.

Information Centre Kammerforst

National Park Centre Thiemsburg

Places to eat

We recommend our National Park Partner

HainichBaude by the Craulaer Kreuz

Public toilets

There are public toilets at:
Thiemsburg, Craulaer Kreuz, Umweltbildungsstation (Environmental Education Centre)