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Long-distance hiking — Hike Happy along the Hochrhöner trail


Long-distance hiking — Hike Happy along the Hochrhöner trail

Hiking Collection by KEEN Footwear
5-9 days
3-5 h / day
61.0 mi
8,150 ft
9,375 ft

Does the idea of long-distance hiking give you itchy feet, but you haven’t dared to do it yet? Does hiking long distances over several days with only the contents of your rucksack sound like a real adventure, but you doubt your fitness? Then we have the right entry route for you with this Tour in the Rhön mountains. In this Collection, we introduce you to a long-distance hike that is perfect for novice hikers. Whether you are planning your first multi-day hike or are a seasoned pro, our six-day Tour has a lot to offer. Although you won’t travel to any faraway countries on this hike, you still discover plenty of wonderful natural spectacles, sweeping views, and pretty places.

Do you want to know more? We’re setting off to the Hochrhöner trail. Or at least part of it. The original trail stretches 180 kilometres (112 miles) through the heart of Germany. We’ve shortened this to just under 100 kilometres (62 miles) divided into six stages. This way, you never hike more than 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) in one day and you can enjoy the surroundings twice as much. If you feel like doing more at the end, you can simply do it later.

Perhaps we should mention at this point that this trail was named ‘Germany's most beautiful hiking trail’ in 2010 in the category of – you guessed it – long-distance hiking trails. You can look forward to some really impressive nature on your adventure between the village of Oberweißenbrunn and the town of Bad Salzungen. Unforested heights, wide views, well-marked trails and some of the highest elevations in the low mountain range await.

On our Tours, we send you directly into nature. We take you along forest paths and narrow hiking trails, up and down, which are, of course, even more fun when you're wearing comfortable hiking boots! This is where our new KEEN.Bellows Flex technology comes into play. We’ve added a flexible TPU insert between the forefoot and the instep – where deep creases usually form on classic leather hiking boots when they are broken in which eventually break or tear. The insert folds up flexibility, just like an accordion, reducing your effort considerably. True to the motto ‘Hike Happy’, you can float along the hiking trail with light feet, without needing to spend a long time breaking in your shoes.

So let's get going! You can look forward to a good dose of hiking happiness in the unique Rhön Biosphere Reserve. By the way, you can find more Tour suggestions from us here: HAPPY HIKING!

Are you taking to the trails wearing our new KEEN.Bellows Flex shoes? Then share your experiences with us on social media with #KEENFlexChallenge and tag us @keeneurope - or tag us on your Tours right here on komoot with @KEEN Footwear.

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Tours & Highlights

    9.40 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,725 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your adventure (shortened) Hochrhöner begins in the heart of Oberweißbrunn. You can easily reach the place by public transport, which is why - once you have arrived - you can start walking straight away.It goes straight up! On the Himmeldunkberg, the Rhön sheep, the first typical inhabitants of this region, await you. Over its grassy slopes and accompanied by a wonderful view, you march from here to the Red Moor. The high moor is a nature reserve - the small moor lake and the wooden walkways that are lovingly placed in nature are just the right prelude to your upcoming hike.At the end of the moor, the Hochrhöner finally divides into two routes. You follow the Kuppenrhön route to the west and - as soon as the forest opens up - you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Wasserkuppe. At 950 meters, it is the highest point in the Rhön. And today your goal too.So the path leads you exactly there. On the way you will pass the source of the Fulda and a couple of impressive rock formations. When you arrive at the Wasserkuppe, in addition to the glider museum, weather station, climbing park and the like, a hotel ( awaits you where you can check in for the night. Because that can be spent quite well with the offer up here.

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    11.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,050 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Day two of your long-distance hike begins at a highlight that is only a stone's throw away - or the flap of a wing - from your night quarters. Maybe you got a close look at it at the end of your tour yesterday. Today the path leads you right past it: the aviator memorial.So you can enjoy a wonderful view again, then it's downhill. What follows are a few lush meadows and hilltops, including a fantastic view. You march slowly up and down until the Enzianhütte opens up in front of you. You can sit down on the sun terrace, put your tired hiking legs up and enjoy a regional delicacy.You should, too. Because past the so-called Bubenbad there is another strong ascent to the Milseburg summit. But it pays off: On the 835 meter high, trapezoidal mountain, which is also affectionately known as the "Pearl of the Rhön", you not only enjoy a wonderful view. You can also take a look at a few remains of the Milseburg oppidum, the Gangolf chapel, the Milseburg hut and the Justus Schneider monument.The rest of the way to your destination is relatively leisurely and once again past a few impressive rock formations. When you arrive in Schwarzbach, you have the option of choosing between several accommodations for the night.

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  • Difficult
    11.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,700 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today the Hochrhöner takes you over a length of almost 18 kilometers not only through beautiful nature, but also over the former border between Hesse and Thuringia and last but not least to the historic town of Tann.It starts relatively leisurely from your night quarters. You will soon be heading for your first ascent over meadows and fields as well as through orchards and beech forest. From the "Hessian Balcony" near the border that you will cross shortly afterwards, you can enjoy a great view of the green expanses of the Rhön.You pass the dreamy village of Habel and shortly afterwards you find yourself at the foot of the Habelberg. Don't worry: you don't have to climb it. Instead, you basically walk around it and you can always glimpse the beautiful mountain with its remains of a Celtic rampart.A little later you have already reached Tann. And there is a lot to see in this charming town in the Ulstertal: Not only does it have a proud Renaissance city gate, but also beautiful, old half-timbered art, a historic fountain and the castle of the noble family "Von der Tann" from the 16th century There are also several nice accommodations here, so it's the perfect place to rest for your next stage.

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    10.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 4 is coming up. A good 16 kilometers and a little more than 400 meters in altitude await you. And so much can be revealed: It remains promising and wonderfully natural. But for that you must first master an ascent: From Tann it goes up to the Horbel, then over a former border post path to the south.The two routes, which initially separated, now merge again. Together they will guide you around the rocky Katzenstein. You will see a wonderful panorama consisting of the Feldatal, the mountains of the Vorderrhön and the Thuringian Forest. Have you enjoyed the view long enough, you march across meadows towards the Arnsberg.First downhill into the valley, then uphill again, you make your way in the direction of the Gläserberg. With a little luck, you will be out on a Sunday or public holiday and can thus secure a stop at the Dermbacher Hut with a view.All that's missing is one last descent. It is steep and brings you to today's stage destination Dermbach. You will hike again through a wonderful beech forest and have the opportunity to take a break at the shepherd's drinking trough. When you arrive in Dermbach, you can then look for a place to stay for the night.

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    7.33 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today a comparatively leisurely stage of your Hochrhön adventure is on the program. You march from Dermbach to Bernshausen. Almost twelve wonderfully varied kilometers, which have so many highlights in store for you, are waiting for you.From Dermbach you follow a path that leads you on the slope of the Gläserberg to Glattbach. Not far from the heart of the village, you will meet for the first time a figure that is typical of the Rhön. The "Rhönpaulus" sits on a resting place with great views. Of course, he has his treasure chest with him, because the good man is known for his many, but always non-violent, attacks on wealthy farmers. You are welcome to keep the “Robin Hood of the Rhön” company for a while before you continue your hike.You cross the Felda river and soon begin to climb towards the “Ibengarten” nature reserve. The branches of old yew trees - one of them a proud 500 years old - form a tunnel that leads you protectively towards Wiesenthal. After you've passed the place, the path rises again. You hike up a slope over meadows.Through wonderful forest, you finally reach the summit of the Horn mountain. Up here you will once again have unique views of Roßdorf and the 1866 battlefield on Nebelberg. Then you climb down through a beautiful beech forest and pave your way to today's stage destination Bernshausen.

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    11.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Can you believe it Today is the final stage of your long-distance hiking adventure. Around 18 kilometers, a lake, an observation tower and a ceremonial gate that marks the end of the Hochrhön premium hiking trail await you. But one by one.Right at the beginning you will come across the Bernshausen Kutte, a lake that owes its circular shape to a geological collapse. Bathing is forbidden here, taking a break and enjoying the idyllic nature by no means. Once in a wide arc around the Stoffelskuppe, you then hike on to the observation tower promised at the beginning.He is enthroned on the summit of the Pless. Reaching it takes a little perseverance. There are benches and tables upstairs to consume any food you may have brought with you. And one more piece of good news is conveyed to you at this point: From here to your destination it's only downhill.It's not far: the well-known saltwater spa Bad Salzungen is located in the Werra Valley at the transition to the Thuringian Forest. In addition to a train station, from which you can start your journey home, you will also find a gate here that marks the end of the Hochrhön premium hiking trail. Be sure to take a photo. Who would have thought that you would one day master such a long-distance hiking trail !?

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    61.0 mi
  • Duration
    28:40 h
  • Elevation
    8,150 ft9,375 ft
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Long-distance hiking — Hike Happy along the Hochrhöner trail