General Information about the Trans-Thüringia 2019

Winterworld, snow-covered woods, silence....suddenly a sled dog team appears silently and disappears  again around the next bend. You did not see this up in the high North or even in Canada - but in the middle of Thüringen, Germany.

Along the Rennsteig the longest sled dog-race using only purebred dogs, the Trans-Thüringia takes place. Teams from all regions of Germany and the whole European continent take part.

Around 500 sled dogs and their mushers travel nearly 300 kilometres during 6 runs.

There are the big, friendly and strong Malamutes from North America, the impatient and hard-working Greenland dogs, which are still working-dogs at their home in Greenland, the white, whirlwind like Samojeden, bred by the Samojede tribe from the Ural and last but not least the well known and beloved Siberian Huskies originating from eastern Siberia.

The race has different classes, depending on the number of dogs. During the whole race vets are caring for the dogs. Only healthy, well-trained and purebred dogs are allowed to start.

The openig of the races will be celebrated on Saturday, 09.02.2019 at 16.00h at the stake-out in Neustadt am Rennsteig. There you can get to know the race participants and their dogs.

The first race, (the Prolog) one of the 7 stages, starts on Sunday, 10.02.2019 at 11.00h in Neustadt.

On this day the teams will cover approx. 30km.

On Monday, 11.02.2019 there will be two stages of approx. 25km each. One in the morning at 9.00h and the second in the afternoon at 16.00h into the sun set.

There you can watch the Mushers when they return at dusk with their headlights and sledge lamps.

On Tuesday, 12.02.2019 the 4th run will take place on the same track around Neustadt for approx. 30km.

Then a new route will be signposted.

From Wednesday, 13.02.2019 the 5th – 7th stages will be run on this new track in Neustadt. Beginning with the 5th stage.

On Thursday, 14.02.2019 the 6th stage will go to a Biwak and the 7th stage will be started on Friday, 15.02.2019 from there back to the Finish at Neustadt am Rennsteig.

On this day the winners celebrations will be held at 17.00h at the stake-out.

Starting times for the stages are as follows: 10.2. + 12.2. starting times are at 11.00h, on 11.2. + 13.2. and 15.2. at 9.00h.

On Monday 11.02.2019 the evening run will start at 16.00h and the 6th run to the Biwak will start at 13.00h.

Times may change so please look out for changes every day.

The organiser have only one urgent request:

Visitors should not bring their own dogs close to the Trail. Although sled dogs are nice and gentle with humans, they don’t accept strange dogs around.

All questions about this event and your holidays in Thüringen will be answered by the friendly staff of the tourist offices in Neustadt a.R. and Masserberg.

Information about the Trans-Thüringia can be found in the local press or the internet:
*dates of races could be changed depending on snow  / weather