There is a large network of hiking trails (about 70 km / 43 miles) in and around Rudolstadt and its vicinity. The footpaths within the town are well-marked. In a few minutes, you can get from the town centre via Castle Heidecksburg into Hain – a municipal forest with plenty of hiking trails, which are connected with several long-distance-trails, such as the Thuringian hiking trail (from Altenburg to Creuzburg) and the European hiking trail (from Eisenach to Budapest). One of the most scenic paths leads you in Friedrich Schiller’s footsteps from the town centre to the hamlet Volkstedt and the Rudolstadt Riviera on the banks of river Saale. There you will find Schiller’s favourite place, where the poet loved tarrying on the sandstone rocks. This hiking tour is also offered as a guided tour by the Thuringian association of mountaineering and hiking, location group Rudolstadt.
The town-triangle of Saalfeld, Rudolstadt and Bad Blankenburg was host and venue of the 105th German Hiking Day in 2005. More than 30,000 hikers from all parts of Germany participated in 120 guided hiking tours through the region. The Thuringian association of mountaineering and hiking has offered those routes as guided tours since then.