Brotterode-Trusetal — Two For One In The Thuringian Forest

The year 2011 was a banner year for Germany, as it created yet another brand-spankin’-new town for everyone to enjoy. By combining the two towns of Brotterode and Trusetal, you get two Thuringian towns for the bargain price of one. Awesome!

Life is nice here in the Thuringian Forest, with fun things to do in the great outdoors. The Großer Inselberg makes the best backdrop while you’re out hiking in the region; and if that’s too slow an activity for you, then try Geocaching.

If you’d rather have a “theme,” then follow Brotterode-Trusetal’s Nature Trail or Mining Trail. A mining trail seems appropriate, as the town of Trusetal used to be famous for iron ore mining for centuries.

Between you and me, I’m not all that interested in mining, I was more enamored with the man-made marvel of the Trusetaler Wasserfall. That’s right, the beautiful waterfall you see was the creation of man, not nature. Which, by the way, is why they only turn it on from April to October — otherwise it would freeze in the harsh winter climate.

However, those cold winters are just what you need in order to go ice skating, alpine skiing, winter hiking, and tobogganing. Wait, you don’t need the deep freeze to go tobogganing, the track runs even in the summer. Whatever the weather, there’s nothing more exhilarating than careening 705 meters down a mountain with your butt on fire.

Sorry, I mean the sun and wind on your face. ;-)

For something calmer, I’d say visiting the Evangelical Church in Trusetal and the Evangelical Church in Brotterode. The former’s a pretty white painted village church on Karl-Marx-Straße, while the latter (located at Kirchstraße 9) is constructed of dark grey stone.

Then again, a hike along the Rennsteig could also be a more calming activity. Either way, you’re sure to revel in the delights of Brotterrode-Trusetal, wouldn’t you say?

I’m pretty sure I’ve missed something, so thankfully the lovely people at the Tourist Office (Eisensteinstraße 91) are around to help anyone who needs some additional guidance. Hey, at least they won’t hang you from the gallows that were once frequently used in the village of Auwallenburg. ;-)

Sounds harsh, right? Well, I’ve said it a thousand times… the Middle Ages weren’t exactly the most enlightened of times. The time period, however, did give us the most amazing castles; Burg Wallburg being one of them. The castle’s construction started in the 1200s, and even had its own moat.

There’s so much to keep you busy in Brotterode-Trusetal, so good thing there are all kinds of overnight accommodations where you can rest up. Your choice if you want something as cozy as a cabin, romantic as a cottage, or rugged as a farm stay.

For me I don’t care where, I just need a place to sleep — the two towns of Brotterode-Trusetal wore me out. I guess that’s what happens when you get two for the price of one. ;-)

 

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