Schiefergebirge, Germany – My Heart’s in the Highlands

The Thüringer Schiefergebirge, known as the Thuringian Highlands in English, is an area of the German federal state Thuringia (German: Thüringen) featuring steeply hilly areas on the border between Bavaria and Thuringia, through which the Saale River cuts. As the German name suggests, this area contains a large amount of slate rock. There are very few people here, so others come from the surrounding areas to enjoy their time in relatively well presevered nature.

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The area boasts many hiking and walking trails, including along the Saale on both sides (as seen in the image above). You can also hike throughout the hills. A great time to go is the beginning of autumn; the tree leaves are beginning to turn many colours. October is usually a good time for this. In this area you can also see castles or castle ruins, some of which you can see from viewpoints with amazing views.

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If you want to visit it, head to Saalburg-Ebersdorf on the River Saale. There are several trails that start and/or end there. This lets you leave your vehicle there (or use public transport) and head off into the surroundings.

Here are some more photos from the area:

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. ourcrossings says:

    Looks like an amazing place to explore and photograph, especially during autumn months

    1. Jamie Brooks says:

      I highly recommend a trip if you can!

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