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Discover the Green Belt in the Rhön with BUND


Discover the Green Belt in the Rhön with BUND

Hiking Collection by BUND e.V.



11:15 h

24.5 mi

2,275 ft

As part of the project ‘Cross-linking the Green Belt’, we at BUND für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (Friends of the Earth Germany) have put together three walks so you can explore the Rhön’s insider tips in the middle of Germany.

With this project, we’re creating cross-connections along the Green Belt, Germany's largest biotope network, to other natural areas nearby. The line is becoming a network, a unique memorial landscape and habitat for many endangered animal and plant species. You can find more information here: bund.net/bund-in-english/?utm_term=textlinktx_bundpoolpublication_display%255Bfilter%255D%255Btopics%255D%255B0%255D%253D21cHash%253Df70a977f615d8158395807b68c6c2565

The Tours presented in this Collection take you to the once dreaded and now wonderfully-green border area that used to be called the death strip. Fortunately, you no longer have any reason to be afraid here – things were different back then. The border towers from another period of German-German history bear witness to this. Information boards tell you about the history while you walk through the species-rich nature.

Immediately after the fall of the Wall, we, the BUND, made it our task to protect these habitats, which are important for rare animals and plants. In addition, there are all kinds of relics of the former inner-German border to discover along the Green Belt – the perfect combination of culture, history and nature.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Adventure Tour: Border crossing on the Green Belt

    6.81 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The tour begins in Trappstadt, a market town with market rights in Bavaria. You hike to the state border to Thuringia. The border hiking trail is marked with an orange-brown sign. In some sections, the border fences are still standing, which are supposed to remind of the border and the "death strip

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  • Easy
    3.48 mi
    2.0 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Combine nature experiences and "border experiences": From the parking lot at the Black Moor, a circular route first leads through the Black Moor and then to the Grabenberg border tower and the remains of the border fortifications on the inner-German border. In the event of snow or ice, the Moorsteg is closed for safety reasons.

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  • Difficult
    14.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The tour runs through the Black Moor as well as over the Green Belt, past a border tower and the remains of the border fortifications. This tour also takes you along the Friedensweg, where information boards with stories from the time of division are set up. A must is the 2.5 km long nature trail through

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    The tower is located near the branching extended section and can also be reached directly from the entrance to the Black Moor. The 17 meter high observation tower has a 56 square meter covered observation platform, from here you have a wonderful view.

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    Großer Moorsee

    Hiking Highlight

    The "Moorauge" is a station on the nature trail. This is about the formation of the smaller lakes in the bog. Along the footbridge, 23 information boards provide interesting information about the formation of the high moor and its flora and fauna.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Highlights
  • Distance
    24.5 mi
  • Duration
    11:15 h
  • Elevation
    2,275 ft

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