"It is not simply the dark forest that gives the woodland its appeal, but also the calm meadows with their secluded mills", noted Professor Ernst Amede from Altenburg affectionately around the year 1900. We invite you to discover the idyllic valley "Mühltal", which is...
situated in the East-Thuringian woodland region, the "Thüringer Holzland", and which may well be conducted among the most beautiful of the smaller valleys of Thuringia.
Between then and now
The valley was inked to the surrounding towns and villages only by narrow and isolated forest paths used to transport grain on donkey carts. Today, the so-called "Donkey Path" still conjures up images of thise times gone by.
It was not until 1901 that the newly constructed, tarred road marked the beginning of the "discovery" of this area by hikers and those in need of a rest. Gradually, the former grinding and cutting mills were extended and converted into restaurants and guest houses.
What to do
Visitors can relax from their walk by enjoying traditional Thuringian hospitality in one of the various restaurants and cafés which can be found on the way almost every 500 metres.
Go on a hiking tour on the wild and romantic trail "Thüringenweg", passing every mill or cycle through the valley on the cycle path "Thüringer Städtekette" (and "Thüringer Mühlenradweg"). You don´t like to walk or go by bike? Then use an historic kind of mobility - do a carriage ride on a charabanc (horse-cart rides). Explore the Mühltal in its 1920´s by visiting the Mühltal miniature park at the Robertsmühle or do an audio guided walking tour by lending on of the audioguides "Sommerfrische im sagenhaften Mühltal" (renting out at: Robertsmühle, Froschmühle, Tourist-Information Bad Klosterlausnitz - audio tour just available in German!) And a lot more is waiting to be discoverd by you....
Unfortunately, the most famous innkeeper of the Mühltal is dead: Emil Bahr, called Milo Barus, who once was considered to be the strongest man in the world. In the 30´s he gained this reputation due to tremendous feats of strength like climbing up a ladder with a horse on his shoulders, pulling a car with his teeth, or preventing airplans from taking off by only using his muscle power. Today you can still marvel at the photographs documenting the legendary feats of strength in the "Milo-Barus-exhibition" in the Meuschkensmühle, an old mill serving as a restaurant and guest house.
How to get here...
Using the motorway A9 (Berlin - Munich) - you can turn off either at exit "Eisenberg" or "Bad Klosterlausnitz/Hermsdorf Süd" - or the federal road B7, which goes right throught the town of Eisenberg.
Coming from Eisenberg you can choose from several trails leading to the Mühltal - recommended route:
Starting in the historic district of Eisenberg you can visit the old market with its town hall and Klötznersches Haus (museum of the city) and the Baroque castle church. Then follow the way in direction to Kursdorf and you will pass the Zoological garden ("Tiergarten"). Afterwards you will get to the entry of the Muehltal on your right site in the village of Kursdorf. At the first mill, Robertsmuehle, you find a public parking area. Start your walk throught the idyllic Mühltal straight away from here....
Coming from Bad Klosterlausnitz you can use the car park "Rote Pfütze". Before you can explore the village of Bad Klosterlausnitz. Since 1880, the village - often reffered to as the "pearl of the woodlands" - has been a popular holiday destination and later a health resort (monastery church, spa gardens and lesiure pool). The neoromanic church (1863-1866) is regarded as the spa´s landmark.
Back on the car park "Rote Pfütze", the "Thüringenweg" leads you by feet through the valley to the forest house "Milo´s Waldhaus". Here you can start your walk throught the Mühltal.
Enjoy your stay!