Thuringia by bike - an interactive video experience!

There are many different ways to explore an area. Exploring by bike is so much fun as you are close to nature, you can reach further than by foot and you can stop along the way to enjoy the view or have a snack.

This April I went on a trip to Thuringia in Germany to explore the area by bike and to create video from the adventure. Come along for an interactive video experience doing Thuringia by bike!

Thuringia with the lovely yellow fields of rapeseed flowers
During my stay I was based in Eisenach, a charming little town close to the Thuringian Forest. From here I went on small bike trips and excursions in the area.

My original plan was to do the Rennsteig bike trail, a trail taking you through the Turingian Forest and over the mountains. Due to a not typical weather situation and 20 cm snow on the highest parts, this was cancelled. Instead I started the adventure by mountain biking close to the city center of Eisenach together with Dirk from Thuringen Bike Abenteaur. He lent me an off-road bike and taught me some tips and tricks to learn the art of mountain biking.

Mountain biking trail outside Eisenach

The trail took us through a lovely forest area and came with a fantastic view to the Unesco listed Wartburg Castle. Watch the video from the mountain bike trip in the interactive video below.

Can you see the castle in the distance?

My next biking experience in Thuringia was in the city center of Eisenach. It was an easy and fun city to explore on wheels as to dedicated bike lanes lots of places. I even did some shopping and enjoyed a Thuringian Bratwurst from my bike! For the city trip I had an electric bike lent from Travel Butler but due to the flat route, I could do with a normal bike. If you want to take the bike up to the castle, I would recommend an electric one! Watch it in the video below.

Eisenach city center market square

My original plan, to do the Rennsteig, would have taken me to the small village Schmalkalden. Since I had some time at my disposal, I took a roadtrip to visit. Schmalkalden is filled with half timbered houses and was really beautiful. It had a small market square with local producers selling fruits, vegetables and flowers. There were also food trucks with bratwurst and other delicacies.

Schmalkalden market square

Colorful half timbered houses in Schmalkalden

Interested in seeing more of Thuringia by bike? The region has lots of great bike trails both along the rivers, between cities and over mountains and through forest. Take a look at the Thuringia Tourist Information site and be inspired! 

Watch my biking experience and city walk in the interactive video below. Remember to make your choice before the countdown is finished. Click on the wheel at the end if you want to  choose another video to watch.

This trip was done in collaboration with the German National Tourist Office and Visit Thuringia. Opinion and thoughts are my own.