Lauterbach "Forest Life Camp" Youth Hostel

Surrounded by beautiful scenery on the edge of "Hainich" National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, you will find the "Forest Life Camp" tucked away on the Harsberg near Lauterbach. Here nature offers up a plethora of places to discover and opportunities for playing and adventures. The "Forest Life Camp" represents a sophisticated concept bringing together: "Leisure, Education, Accommodation and Consumption". The camp combines a Youth Hostel with a national park meeting point.
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Opening hours
The house is open

8.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.


3.00 p.m. -

Closing time

Prices 2023

B&B from Half board from Full board from
€ 36.50 € 42.50 € 45.50

Located to the north of the town of Eisenach between the delightful Werra Valley and Hainich National Park.

Lauterbach "Forest life Camp" Youth Hostel has 145 beds in rooms with between 2 and 8 beds. Each room is equipped with an en-suite shower and WC.

Room Floor space
Max. number of participants
  • cinema
  • parliament
  • block
  • U-shaped block
    U-shaped block
  • circle
Floor Rent per day off
Waldlichtung 224 sqm 180 82 50 30 150 GF upon request
Saal 144 sqm 120 60 40 30 40 GF upon request
Kaminzimmer 48 sqm 30 22 24 24 30 GF upon request
Projektwerkstatt 40 sqm 20 - 14 14 20 GF upon request
Forscherzelt 40 sqm 24 - 12 - 20 GF upon request
Offiziersblick 35 sqm - - 12 - 15 AF upon request
Waldblick 30 sqm 24 12 16 12 18 GF upon request
Hangar (unbeheizt) 420 sqm 400 200 - - - GF upon request
Conference equipment

CD player, DVD player, flip chart, free wifi, metaplan board, microphone system, overhead projector, PC workstation, presentation case, projector, screen, slide projector, speaker's desk, stereo system, TV set, whiteboard

Room Floor space Height
Max. number of participants
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
Floor Daylight Rent per day off
Waldlichtung 224 sqm 7.8 m 180 - GF yes upon request
Saal 144 sqm 5.0 m 120 - GF yes upon request
Rehearsal room equipment

stereo / PA equipment

Staging options

indoor stage (20.0 sqm), outdoor stage (15.0 sqm),

Welcome to the Forest Life Camp!

Getting to grips with ancient forest is what this Youth Hostel is all about, with its diverse activity and project programmes. From the sports ground to the "Urwald Life Arena", to the tree houses of the adventure village to teepees and a campsite, there are so many ways to make the most of this wide open area - stimulating the senses, your desire to get active and your imagination in very different ways.

Sightseeing and excursions

Whether you're planning a trip to the Wartburg in Eisenach, to Mühlhausen or to Bad Langensalza, or perhaps a cycle tour along the Werra Valley Cycle Route or a canoe ride down the Werra itself - the Hostel management team will be happy to assist you in planning your individual stay.