The Schwarzatal approx. 12.1 km (max. 28 min. by car) from Rudolstadt
The Schwarzatal is a so-called Kerbtal, which has dug deep into the surrounding mountains of the Thuringian slate mountains. The valley is now part of a project unique in Germany – the newly created nature park called “Thüringer Wald”.
Flora and fauna in the Schwarzatal
The wildly romantic and original Black Valley is traditionally home to many animal and plant species that are rare today. For example, the nature reserve offers optimal conditions for the settlement of butterflies. No wonder that one of the richest populations of butterflies in Europe can be found here. But that’s not all: numerous other animals, which have become extremely rare in Germany, also found a home in the Black Valley. Among them for example the kingfisher or the brook lamprey.
The variety of different plant species in the Black Valley is also impressive. Numerous orchid species, which can hardly be found elsewhere in Germany, grow here wild and thrive splendidly.
The infrastructure in the Schwarzatal
During the last century much has been done to preserve the Black Valley in its original beauty and as home for countless animal and plant species, but also to make this wonderful part of the world as accessible as possible for visitors. Today the Schwarzatal is criss-crossed by lovingly laid out and very well signposted hiking trails. Almost the entire valley can be walked through on different routes and at different levels of difficulty, there are routes available for physically less fit people and beginners as well as routes that are quite demanding. All routes are laid out in such a way that they always lead past places to rest and places to go on excursions, etc. In this way, the hiker can get some strength in between and rest from the exertions.
The hiking trails are installed in such a way that they follow the varied terrain profile in the best possible way, giving hikers the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views of the entire surrounding low mountain range again and again and to enjoy perfect photo motifs. By the way, the hiking trails can also be mastered by bike, but even here a good condition should be present, because the ascents are not to be despised partly!
Special attractions in the Schwarzatal
To make your excursion to the Black Valley even more tasty, we have compiled a number of attractions that are particularly worth seeing: