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Exploring nature — hikes in Germany’s Taunus Mountains

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Exploring nature — hikes in Germany’s Taunus Mountains

Hiking Collection by Taunus

12

Tours

45:10 h

98.6 mi

11,475 ft

Thanks to its proximity to Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region, the Taunus is a varied and popular local area for outdoor pursuits. Wild forests, deeply carved valleys, high mountain ridges and peaks with fantastic views are just a few of the features that will make your hiking heart beat faster.

In this Collection, we present 12 hiking Tours which show you the Taunus in all its diversity. On the one hand, you'll roam through the wild forests and be able to spot fascinating wildlife, while on the other hand, places such as the Roman fort of Saalburg or the Limes invite you deep into history.

The hikes are between 4 and 30 kilometres (2.5–18.6 mi) long and have different levels of difficulty. There are both family-friendly trails where you can discover exciting and interesting places for everyone, and Tours with challenging climbs to get your pulse racing. As a reward for your efforts, spectacular views of the Taunus await.

Thanks to their proximity to the Rhine-Main metropolitan region, most of the Tours have very good bus and train connections. You can easily leave your car at home if you don't mind walking an extra metre or two. On the way, you'll come across plenty of places where you can enjoy delicious local cuisine.

The Taunus is a region rich in nature as well as culture, making it perfect for hiking. So pack your rucksack, lace up your hiking boots and set off! This beautiful low mountain range is waiting.

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    Intermediate
    02:08
    4.41 mi
    2.1 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Mammolshain everything revolves around the sweet chestnut, the trees of which are also called "kestebrees" here. So it's no wonder that a total of three hiking trails are dedicated to this popular fruit. On the round tour 1 with about seven kilometers everything revolves around the popular sweet chestnut and its history and you will be rewarded with great …

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  • Easy
    01:21
    2.77 mi
    2.0 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Where can you take a little time travel and walk in the footsteps of the ancient Celts? This is possible on the four and a half kilometer long Celtic hiking trail near Oberursel. Thanks to the very good connection with the U3 or with the regional buses, it is child's play for you to get to the starting point. There …

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    7.06 mi
    2.2 mph
    675 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    About 200 years ago donkeys once brought the spa guests from Schlangenbad, the oldest recognized spa in Hesse, to the tranquil wine town of Rauenthal. Nowadays, the donkey trail invites you to walk in the footsteps of the spa guests of that time. The starting point of this approximately eleven kilometer long circular hiking trail is the Adelheidtal car park, …

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    11.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At almost 19 kilometers, the Friedrichsdorf circular hiking trail is one of the longer tours in this collection. On this circular hiking trail you will get to know Friedrichsdorf and its four districts. You can start this hiking trail from almost anywhere along the way. It is advisable to hike the tour clockwise, as this is the easiest way to make the inclines.

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  • Intermediate
    04:02
    8.70 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Dickschieder Wildwechsel is one of the so-called Wisper Trails; a network of 16 premium circular hiking trails and routes. This tour promises to be a special experience, especially in autumn, because in the months of September and October you can watch the game in its rutting season. And if you shouldn't be able to observe game after all, spectacular …

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  • Intermediate
    03:48
    8.13 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this tour, the name is to be taken literally, because it goes up for 13 kilometers. Some climbs up to the fourth highest mountain in the Hintertaunus have to be mastered, but you will be rewarded with fantastic views over the Hintertaunus.

    It starts in the climatic health resort Schmitten, which is a beautiful eye-catcher thanks to its half-timbered …

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    8.19 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In addition to the Dickschieder Wildwechsel, this hiking trail is also one of the so-called Wisper Trails. This is a hiking network that consists of a total of 16 premium hiking trails and routes.On the Wisper Outback you will be led on blurred paths through the pure forest wilderness in the Taunus. The starting point for this circular hike …

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    6.31 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of the approximately ten kilometer long hiking trail is the Eppstein train station. From here you simply follow the path markings with the image of the little knight Gottfried, the symbol of the 650th anniversary in 1968. On this tour, you can expect crisp climbs and great photo spots and viewpoints of the city of Eppstein as a reward.

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  • Easy
    01:15
    2.96 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you love roses, you will feel like in paradise in Steinfurth. Steinfurth is only one of two rose villages in the Taunus. Of course, one of the highlights of the approximately five-kilometer rose hiking trail is a visit to the local rose museum. There are also some places to stop for refreshments, which often offer culinary delicacies made from roses.

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  • Difficult
    06:31
    14.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 23-kilometer historical circular route around Bad Homburg invites you to discover the spa town with its magnificent parks and stately buildings. There is also an excursion point to the time of the Romans. Thanks to the numerous water sources in the city area, the city developed into a popular health resort in the 18th and 19th centuries, and in …

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  • Difficult
    07:54
    17.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,600 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 28-kilometer Via Mattiacorum promises a very historical hike. Here you walk in the footsteps of the Romans and learn a lot about the Roman history of the cities of Idstein, Wiesbaden and Taunusstein. The name of the hiking trail is based on the Roman settlement Aquae Mattiacorum, which was once in the city of Wiesbaden. Along with the Limes …

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    6.68 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Rettershof is a popular destination in the Vordertaunus. A total of seven signposted and varied circular hiking trails start here, inviting you to discover the Vordertaunus on foot.The second longest circular hiking trail is the R8, which with its eleven kilometers offers plenty of variety. There are also about 250 meters of altitude to be overcome. A good basic level of fitness and good footwear are therefore highly recommended.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    98.6 mi
  • Duration
    45:10 h
  • Elevation
    11,475 ft

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