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Long-distance hiking — Hike Happy along the Hochrhöner trail

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Long-distance hiking — Hike Happy along the Hochrhöner trail

Hiking Collection by KEEN Footwear

5-9

days

3-5 h

/ day

61.3 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: komoot.de/user/keenfootwear/collections. 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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Hochrhöner (von Oberweißenbrunn nach Bad Salzungen)

60.6 mi

8,325 ft

9,500 ft

Last updated: December 13, 2021

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    9.68 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

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    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

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:45
    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:59
    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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    61.3 mi
  • Duration
    28:46 h
  • Elevation
    8,150 ft9,375 ft

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