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Vogtland Reeves' Cultural Trail - Stage 1: From Greiz to Gera

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  • Karte Kulturweg der Vögte - Etappe 1
    / Karte Kulturweg der Vögte - Etappe 1
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Barteld Redaktion & Verlag
  • / Oberes Schloss Greiz
    Photo: Archiv Tourist-Information Greiz
  • / Sommerpalais / Summer Palace in Greiz
    Photo: Archiv TI Greiz, C. Freund
  • / Burg Mylau
    Photo: futurum vogtland e.V.
  • / Schloss Netzschkau
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Carsten Steps
  • / Burg Schönfels
    Photo: Archiv futurum vogtland e.V., Harald Burkhardt
  • / St.-Annenkirche Ruppertsgrün - Orgel
    Photo: Tourismusverband Vogtland e.V.
  • / Route rund um Ronneburg - Schloss Blankenhain mit Radfahrern
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Christoph Beer
  • / Ronneburg
    Photo: Sebastian Theilig
  • / View on Greiz
    Photo: Archiv Tourismusverband Vogtland, S. Theilig
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The journey of discovery tracing the Reeves starts in Greiz. You should not miss the Upper Castle with its impressive exhibition.
open
moderate
105 km
1:30 h
766 m
835 m
The Cultural Trail takes us to the Saxon part of the Vogtland region with Netzschkau Castle, Mylau Castle and the historical town centre in Reichenbach. The church in Ruppertsgrün and Schönfels, an impressive medieval fortress, are important stops along the way. 

The parish and the former monastery in Frankenhausen near Crimmitschau recall the medieval period in the Pleissenland area. 

Schmölln was elevated to the status of a town by the Reeves between 1324 and 1329. It has one of the largest market squares in Central Germany – it is almost 200 metres long. 

Interesting exhibitions await you at Blankenhain Castle and Posterstein Castle before, having passed through the town of Ronneburg with its castle and church, you finally reach the former seat of power of the Reeves of Gera at Osterstein Castle.

Author’s recommendation

In the Upper Castle Museum, you can experience the history of the Reeves and Reuss in a unique exhibition.
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
436 m
Lowest point
188 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Reussischer Hof - Schmölln
Café Gasthaus Hotel "Collis am Gessenbach"
Restaurant und Schlosscafe "Harmonie"
Restaurant Museumskeller Reichenbach

Tips, hints and links

www.kulturweg-der-voegte.eu 

Start

Upper Castle of Greiz (274 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.658726, 12.196909
DMS
50°39'31.4"N 12°11'48.9"E
UTM
33U 301884 5615624
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Destination

Gera - Ruins of Osterstein Castle

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Take the train from Erfurt to Gera. From Gera, the Vogtland railways offers a regional train network to get to nearly all locations of the Cultural Trail.

For details, check www.bahn.de or www.vogtlandbahn.de 

Getting there

Greiz is located on the federal highways B 92 and B 94. From the A 9 motorway from Erfurt / Leipzig, take the Lederhose exit and go to Weida on the B 175, then on the B 92 to Greiz.

From Gera you drive directly over the B 92 to Greiz.

From the A 72 motorway coming from Hof or Chemnitz, take the Reichenbach exit and take the B 94 to Greiz, or the Treuen exit and continue on the S 298 towards Elsterberg, and from Sachswitz continue on the B 92 to Greiz.

Parking

Parking Areas "Westernhagenplatz" in the city center or below the bridge "Schlossbrücke"

Coordinates

DD
50.658726, 12.196909
DMS
50°39'31.4"N 12°11'48.9"E
UTM
33U 301884 5615624
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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
105 km
Duration
1:30h
Ascent
766 m
Descent
835 m
Public transport friendly Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value

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