180 metres long, 85 centimetres narrow and 25 metres above the valley: the hanging rope bridge over the Bärental is the new attraction at the Hohe Schrecke.
Using deliberately simple construction of steel and wood, the bridge is also a treetop path and viewpoint. Although it's not a record breaker, it blends gently into the surrounding nature. The bridge can only be reached on foot: The hiking trails that are around 3 km long from Braunsroda or Reinsdorf lead through orchards, sunken paths and old beech forests. And if you walk over the swaying planks of the bridge, you can explore the unspoilt, wild deciduous forests of the Hohe Schrecke on the "Kleiner Rundweg" (small circular trail). Catering and sanitary facilities are only available at the hiker's car park.
Hiker's car park
The best way to get to the bridge is to start at the hiker's car park in Braunsroda. This can be reached directly via the "Bismarck-Allee" by turning right before you enter Braunsroda. There is also a toilet near the car park.
Circular hiking trails
The recommended circular hiking trail to the suspension rope bridge is the "Enzian Wiesenweg" (Enzian Meadow Route), starting at the hiking car park in Braunsroda. It runs for around 7 km through orchards and sparse deciduous forests to the suspension rope bridge and back through the forest. The walk takes about 2 hours at a relaxed pace.
If you continue on the other side of the hanging rope bridge you can walk the "Kleine Hohe Schrecke Rundweg" to complete the tour. The small circular trail stretches over 13 km and leads through some of the popular wilderness areas of the Hohe Schrecke.
Is there an entrance fee for the bridge?
The bridge itself can be visited free of charge. It is freely accessible and open all year round. A parking fee of between €3 and €5 per car is charged at the hiker's car park to help maintain the rope bridge.