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In the mountains; Among nature; Near water
In the vicinity of Gehlberg you will find numerous sights and attractions. Some are nearby, others are a little farther away. There are also several signposted trails. Some of them run along Schneekopf (at a height of 978 meters, it is the second highest mountain in Thuringia), the most striking mountain of the Thuringian Forest. A former volcano from where you have a breathtaking view of the surroundings. From Schmücke you can reach the top in about half an hour. With a mountain bike you can explore the Rennsteig Tunnel. The Rennsteig Tunnel is an old 168km-long road, which leads through the Thuringian Mountains, and was once used as a postal road. Along the Rennsteig Tunnel there are many cottages and (sometimes centuries old) hotels, restaurants, hostels and other buildings where guests can eat, drink and/or spend the night. Along the route you will find numerous landmarks and heraldic stones, which reveal who the rulers were in this area. There are more than 1,300 of them! There are numerous marked routes here and often there are organized tours. These tours can range from easy to difficult (if for example you would like to go to a height of 2,000 meters and back in one day). At the swimming paradise of Oberhof, housed under a gigantic dome, there are pools with a temperature of 28 to 32 degrees. Whirlpools, areas with chaise lounges, a 100-meter-long giant water slide, Whitewater Canal, saunas, steam room, cold pool, solarium, outdoor pool, playground and lawn make the whole thing complete. Or visit the Trusetal waterfall: Tambach-Dietharz is a small mountain town with the largest free-standing climbing rock in Thuringia, the Falkenstein, which has the largest natural waterfall, the Spitterfall. You can also go rafting on the Apfelstädt River. The Schloss Friedenstein (castle) overlooks the city. A former dukes residence, it now houses several museums as well as the Ekhof Theater. In the summer music and theater festivals are held here.