Deep valleys and airy heights – the most beautiful hikes in the Taunus in Germany
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Wonderful views, picturesque forests, stately castles, and cosy inns – this combination can be found in Taunus, an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts. As part of the Rhenish Slate Mountains in western Germany, the Taunus is one of the oldest mountains in the country and is crisscrossed by exciting hiking trails. In this Collection, we present 11 of the most beautiful hikes through the Hessian low mountain range. You can look forward to pure nature and a journey through history at the gates of the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main metropolitan region.
Between the Rhine, Main, Lahn, and Wetterau rivers, you can discover two nature parks. The Taunus nature park, the second-largest nature park in Hesse, and the Rhine Taunus nature park which is the most densely wooded in the state. You can travel back in time to the Middle Ages and imagine how kings and princes would once have lived in their magnificent castles. On the 3BurgenWeg, you visit three impressive fortifications. You can also delve into history on the discovery Tours through the health resorts of Bad Soden or Bad Nauheim.
If you want to focus on nature, then you can hike through beautiful landscapes, impressive panoramas as far as the Odenwald and the Spessart, dense forests, deep valleys, and romantic ponds. The varied nature of the Taunus makes your hikes a very special experience. And, as befits Hesse, you will pass by quaint inns where you can re-energise with a glass of apple wine and regional specialities.
The hikes in this Collection are all planned as circular routes and are well marked. If you are planning several days of hiking in the region, the easiest way to get to the individual Tours is by car. You can also reach the starting points by public transport. For example, some of the circular routes are only a short train ride away from Frankfurt central station, making them perfect for a day trip into nature. Many of the hikes are also suitable for children and offer special highlights for little hikers. Immerse yourself in the special atmosphere of the Taunus and experience the most beautiful side of the low mountain range in the best way – on foot.
Kronberg, Königstein and Falkenstein: All good castles come in threes. On this twelve-kilometer tour, you will walk in the footsteps of the Middle Ages. Discover the impressive castle complex and enjoy magnificent views over the Taunus and up to the Odenwald. The starting point of the circular hike is in Königstein im Taunus, easy to reach by train from Frankfurt Central Station.You leave Königstein and hike uphill to the Falkenstein castle ruins. From the Höhenburg and the nearby Dettweiler Tempel you have a magnificent view over the gentle hills of the Taunus, the Frankfurt skyline and far into the Rhine-Main plain. A wonderful view that will accompany you throughout the day. You will soon reach the Victoria Temple and then hike downhill to Kronberg. Castle number two awaits you in the tranquil place. It is worthwhile to enjoy the view from the tower of the fortress. In good weather you can see from the Odenwald to the Spessart.Then the path climbs a bit and leads you along the Opel Zoo. If you still have the time and inclination, you can take a break in the zoo and look at animals from all over the world in their enclosures. It's not far from the Opel Zoo to Königstein, your starting point. Finally, castle number three awaits you here. From the castle ruins of Königstein - after all one of the largest fortresses in Germany - you can once again enjoy a magnificent panorama before you look for a restaurant in the village.
Impressive distant views, the hilly landscape of the Taunus and a wooded route - this excellent premium hiking trail leads you on a good 16 kilometers along the high villages of Hausen and Fischbach, which were once isolated by the Rheingau Gebück.The starting point of the circular hike is at the fire brigade in Hausen vor der Höhe. The varied hiking trail is part of the Wisper Trails, a network of 15
Premium hiking trails, half of which are in the Rheingau and half in the Taunus. You hike over the Hauser Berg and on to the Sauerbrunnen in Fischbach. Here you can treat yourself to a refreshing break.It then continues through the idyllic landscape with great views and soon afterwards along the Fischbach. You follow the river for a while on its journey and can refresh your legs in the Kneipp pool. With fresh energy you cover the last piece to the starting point, where you can enjoy it in the pizzeria in town to finish.
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Always follow the squirrel: The eleven kilometer long Eichhornweg leads you over gravel paths and on forest paths through the dense forest around the 513 meter high Nickel. Start is at the old town hall in Oberjosbach. The hiking trail is marked with a squirrel.You leave the place and soon wander through the beautiful forest. Who knows, maybe you can watch some squirrels jump from tree to tree. A fantastic view of the Idsteiner Land awaits you above Oberseelbach and Lenzhahn. If you don't have your own Vespers with you, you can stop off in one of the villages.It continues through the forest back to Oberjosbach. At the end of the tour you can cool off in the nearby forest swimming pool in Niederhausen. Or you can make yourself comfortable in an ostrich tavern and treat yourself to a cider.
The name says it all on this eleven-kilometer hike: there is a lot to see, especially in the center of Bad Soden am Taunus. The city was already known for salt and hot springs in the Middle Ages, today it is a well-known health resort. The hike starts at the train station and can be reached from Frankfurt in just under half an hour by S-Bahn.Beautiful parks, bubbling springs and stately buildings await you in Bad Soden. During your walk through the city you can enjoy the special charm and imagine how the dukes and their well-heeled guests once strolled through the parks. You continue walking through the two districts of Neuenhain and Altenhain and along the Sulzbach back to the health resort. Here you will find several places to stop for a relaxing end to the tour.If you want to walk a little further: The Hundertwasserhaus in Bad Soden and the Quellenpark are not directly on the route, but a small detour is worthwhile.
On this almost eight-kilometer hike, you follow in the footsteps of Count Walram IV of Nassau-Idstein. In 1390 he built Wallrabenstein Castle, namesake for a district of the municipality of Hünstetten and the starting point of your tour.In a relaxed up and down, you hike through the idyllic landscape, over wide fields and along shady forests. In the course of the Graf-Walram-Rundweg you will find a total of twelve explanatory boards that explain more about the castle, its builder Count Walram and the local history of Wallrabenstein.On the way you will also pass several beautiful rest benches, from which you have a wonderful panorama. This turns the hiking trail into a perfect circuit for the whole family.
Magnificent views, picturesque forest paths and romantic resting places - the Waldsolms Panorama Trail offers you pure hiking pleasure in the Taunus. Look forward to a 18-kilometer route with a lot of variety. The tour starts in Brandoberndorf. Since the route is designed as a loop, you can also get on in one of the other districts of Waldsolms.The “Panoramaweg” project was started in 2005 by HessenForst in collaboration with the Waldsolms community and the Taunus Nature Park Association. The route is now very popular with hikers, joggers and cyclists. Pack some provisions, then you can make yourself comfortable in one of the four seating groups along the way and enjoy nature even better.The well-signposted path leads you over wide fields and through beautiful forest sections. Several overview boards show you the way along the route.
Green hills, a stately castle and wonderful distant views - pure Taunus awaits you on Richard-Hofmann-Weg. The almost 22 kilometer long route takes you around all five districts of Eppstein. The path is named after Richard Hofmann, who was mayor of Eppstein for three decades and who campaigned for the establishment of the circular path. The path is maintained today by the Eppstein Transport and Improvement Association.The tour starts at Eppsteiner Stadtbahnhof. You walk on partly historical paths through the varied Taunus landscape and past several sights. A visit to Eppstein Castle, which towers majestically over the city, is worthwhile right at the beginning.On the way you will pass several places to stop for refreshments to gain new strength. The varied landscape around Eppstein is a great way to go - a wonderful hike for the whole family. And if the entire route is too long for you, you can also get on the S-Bahn halfway in Niederjosbach and drive back to the starting point.
This almost 15-kilometer circular hiking trail combines cozy half-timbered charm with beautiful forest trails and romantic resting places by the water. You hike mostly through the dense forest around Usingen and only have a few meters to climb - but all the more hiking pleasure awaits you.The circular hike, which is marked with a dragonfly, starts at the train station in Usingen. You leave the place and soon dive into the beautiful forest. After almost four kilometers, the trees open and you stand on the bank of the Grünwiesenweiher. Time for a little break. Maybe you will see some dragonflies, the namesake of the path, flying over the water.On your further hike, forest and field paths alternate. At Wilhelmsdorf you cross the train tracks and then walk deeper into the forest again. Shortly before Usingen, the path leads you past the Hattsteinweiher. How about a quick dip here?Soon you will have reached your starting point Usingen again. Before you get back on the train or the car, it is worth taking a walk through the tranquil town with its half-timbered houses. There are several places to stop for refreshments around the market square.
This twelve-kilometer hike around Bad Nauheim is spiced with a lot of history. The various stages of salt production are explained to you on the way - from the source to the salt factory. The route is extremely varied and, thanks to the flat route, also ideal for children.The hike starts at Gradierbau I, an impressive structure that was once used for salt extraction. You walk through the village, past the old mill wheel and the Sauerbrunnen in Schwalheim. The path meanders on the banks of the Wetter through the beautiful landscape and through several districts. If you feel like it, you can make a detour to Hofgut Löwenthal with its horses shortly after you have passed Wisselsheim.Shortly afterwards you will reach Goldsteinpark. Kids can let off steam to their heart's content on the adventurous forest playground. We continue into the heart of Bad Nauheim, past the princely Sprudelhof - the city's landmark - and back to the starting point. In the spa town you will find several places to stop for refreshments to end your hike.
This ten kilometer long hiking trail leads you from the deep Dornbachtal to the high plateau on the White Stone - similar to the flight of swallows, which soar through the air. You hike on partly narrow paths, over the mystical Wolfsgraben and through the varied forests of the Rhein-Taunus Nature Park.The circular hiking trail starts at the Schlehborner Heide car park. The "Schwälbchen's Flug" around Bad Schwalbach has been recognized as a premium hiking trail. It belongs to the Wisper Trails, a network of 15 premium hiking trails, half of which are in the Rheingau and half in the Taunus.After a good two kilometers you will reach the sky bank. Make yourself comfortable on the wooden bench and let your gaze wander over the wonderful panorama. A short time later, the next highlight awaits you: At the old school building in Langenseifen you can refresh yourself at the drinks station, be it with a glass of wine or a cool lemonade. With fresh energy you continue to hike through the idyllic Wolfsgraben and enjoy the tranquility of the forest. If your stomach growls, you can stop off at Ramschied.
The eleven kilometer long Taunus-Wichtel-Weg connects the best vantage points with the most beautiful panoramic views around Schmitten. And, as the name suggests, there are also plenty of elves to discover along the way. That makes the circular hiking trail that was opened this year fun for the whole family.The discovery tour begins at the Felsenkirche in Schmitten. Look forward to picturesque forests and green meadow paths through the Taunus Nature Park. In a varied up and down, you hike around the community of Schmitten. You will be accompanied by the lovingly carved fairy tale creatures that you can discover again and again along the way - whether as classic pixies with beards or as wooden animals. There is also a short story for each of the pixies.Pack some provisions and the promising hike will be even more beautiful. Several great picnic areas await you along the way. At the end of the hike, you can choose a cozy inn in Schmitten or end the day in the outdoor pool.