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Hiking in the Rhön Mountains where nature and history combine

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Hiking in the Rhön Mountains where nature and history combine

Hiking Collection by FrankenTourismus

7

Tours

28:14 h

60.2 mi

8,475 ft

Weather-beaten castle ruins, sprawling forests, extinct volcanoes, and impressive basalt columns – hiking through the Rhön Mountains opens a world of discovery at your feet. Located in the south of Germany where the states of Bavaria, Hesse, and Thuringia meet, the low mountain range offers great hiking opportunities. In this Collection, you can discover seven circular hiking trails that showcase the region’s spectacular landscapes and history. You will follow in the footsteps of King Ludwig, exploring millennia-old relics dating back to Celtic times and enjoying fantastic views of the mountains.

From the Rhön Biosphere Reserve to the volcanic East Hessian Mountains, the hikes in this Collection cover the entire Rhön region. North of the mountains, the Celtic Trail runs through a sea of basalt stones past ancient fortifications dating to the Iron Age. In the south, you can learn about honey production at the bee centre and explore impressive castle ruins on the Michelsberg hills. The Museum Tour through the Streu Valley and the High Rhön reveals how life would have been 300 years ago as you visit the Fladungen Open Air Museum. Meanwhile the Geba Trail takes you to the Hohe Geba plateau where you enjoy panoramic views.

The hike starting from Waldfenster is an idyllic ramble through one of the most pristine forests in the region. Finally, the King’s Path follows the footsteps of Empress Sissi. The landscape is stunning as you hike through the vineyards near Hünfeld. The picturesque Haselsee Lake creates a fairytale scene before your eyes.

All of the hikes are circular day-long routes starting from a parking lot. Don’t forget to look out for the typical Rhön sheep on the way – with a bit of luck, you may spot a jet-black heads peeking out from behind a rock.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:39
    5.72 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Relaxation, culture and the most beautiful nature with fantastic views await you on the premium route of the approximately nine-kilometer extra tour Michelsberg.

    

    At the Münnerstadt train station, which you can reach with the regional train or the Erfurt train, you hike through the Hindenburgpark and up

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    7.65 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The most beautiful nature, a promising summit and natural beech forests - the forest window extra tour does not only stand for the place name where the wonderful circular tour begins. It is also truly a window into the forest habitat and leads you through untouched nature reserves. So that these remain

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    7.19 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This relaxed tour takes you to the Weinberg nature reserve. Beautiful panoramic views, two peaks, an extravagant lookout tower and typical limestone grasslands are waiting for you to be discovered.

    

    It starts at the idyllic Haselsee, only around 600 meters from the Hünfeld train station. If you like, you

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  • Difficult
    05:54
    12.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You should plan the varied and information-rich museum tour as a full-day excursion. In addition to the 20-kilometer route and a few meters of altitude through a cultural landscape characterized by smallholder farmers, there is a lot to learn in the museums along the way.

    

    It starts at the parking lot

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  • Difficult
    05:22
    11.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With this demanding tour, you will follow the traces of the Celts in the Rhön and discover 2,500-year-old remains of Celtic fortifications in many places. A special natural highlight are the mighty basalt columns that tower up on Dietrichsberg.

    

    The tour begins in the center of your Celtic voyage of discovery

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  • Intermediate
    04:42
    9.78 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The wonderful circular tour around the Hohe Geba combines beautiful viewpoints and traditional villages with large beech forests.

    

    Your round starts with a first-class panoramic view of the Rhön landscape from the viewpoint of the Hohe Geba. A stone column with a metal circle tells you what you can see

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    5.84 mi
    2.0 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With this extra tour you walk in the footsteps of none other than King Ludwigs. On the circular route you will explore a beautiful part of the southern Rhön and take with you the best of nature and culture.

    

    In the historic town of Staatsbad Brückenau you start hiking, first through the lovingly laid out

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    60.2 mi
  • Duration
    28:14 h
  • Elevation
    8,475 ft

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