The Monastery Cycle Trail begins at Leutnitz and bridges the not-yet completed Rinnetal Cycle-Hiking Route between Rottenbach and Königsee. The trail leads through a scenery-rich and attractive area of Thuringia, and passes by the Romanesque monastery ruins at Paulinzella.

Those coming from Bad Blankenburg or Rottenbach should leave the main cycle route at Leutniz and follow the signposts for the Monastery Cycle Trail (Kloster-Radweg). Cycle through Leutniz in the direction of Solsdorf, a route that leads through the beautiful Tellbachtal and past the fish ponds at the turn-off to Thälendorf.

The route then leads through meadows and fields, past an old stone cross to the remote village of Hengelbach. Behind the village, cyclists have to negotiate a short, steep track, before continuing down through the forest to Paulinzella. Here lie the monastery ruins of Paulinzella, one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Germany. The adjacent hunting lodge is today a museum, with exhibits on the history of the monastery, and forestry and hunting in the region. After break, the route leads cyclists through a large forest with a number of ponds in the direction of Konigsee. Just before the township, the route climbs uphill again, before a long descent to Konigsee.

Route:     Leutnitz – Solsdorf – Hengelbach – Paulinzella - Königsee

Route Length:      18.5 km

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