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Free as a bird on Germany’s Spessart Trail

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Free as a bird on Germany’s Spessart Trail

Hiking Collection by Anette

6

Tours

36:09 h

77.5 mi

10,100 ft

Keen for a break? Why not disappear for a few days into the forest, breathe clear air, count the shades of green and work up a sweat in the mountains? A hike in the Spessart, right on the doorstep of the Rhine-Main region, is just the thing. In one of the largest contiguous forest areas in Germany, you can immerse yourself, forget about time and feel as free as a bird.

Perhaps legends and fairytales come to mind when you think of the Spessart: Old Mother Frost, Snow White and many other famous characters are said to have been seen here. In the unspoilt, wild and mystical landscape, it’s easy to imagine such an encounter, especially when the mist drifts through the woods in the morning. But don't worry about getting caught up in a Brothers Grimm story, because these days you’ll meet warm-hearted people here who love the region, support parts of it as protected areas and maintain the hiking trails. They offer warm welcomes in cosy accommodation, restaurants and cafés, and gladly take care of your wellbeing.

In this Collection, I present you with Spessart Trails 1 and 2, which show off the wonderful landscape in the best way. In three stages, each between 16 and 29 kilometres (10–18 mi) long, you hike over densely forested mountains with old beech groves, gnarled oaks and incredible rock formations. Historic paths, donkey routes and hollow trails for carts and stagecoaches are impressive witnesses to the great importance of the trade routes – you can still find ancient waymarkers scattered throughout the Spessart.

Churches and monasteries are also important junctions in the Spessart. From early on, they were places where people sought contemplation and shelter. Even today, they play a major role in people's lives. And then, of course, there are the impressive castles, palaces and small towns with medieval centres. Sound good? It is. Get involved with the Spessart region and enjoy stepping off the beaten track.

The planning of the stages largely follows the recommended routes. Of course, you can also re-plan the route to suit your taste. However, bear in mind that the Spessart is sparsely populated in large parts. This makes the region particularly attractive yet sometimes a challenge when looking for accommodation or a bus connection. Just look here for accommodation spessart-mainland.de/uebernachten.html and here for public transport bayern-fahrplan.de/en/journey-planner?httpstatus=404&set_language=en

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Spessartweg 1

38.4 mi

4,825 ft

4,750 ft

Last updated: April 4, 2022

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:29
    9.78 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,325 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Spessartweg 1 takes you in three stages from west to east, from Aschaffenburg to Gemünden am Main. Today's first stage with its almost 16 kilometers gives you time to explore the beautiful city of Aschaffenburg right at the beginning of the hike. It is picturesquely situated on the Main bow with

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  • Difficult
    08:06
    17.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,900 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage of the Spessartweg 1 is not only a challenge in terms of length, because you also overcome a few meters in altitude. But if you are in good physical condition, the route is excellent and you can enjoy this wonderful, sparsely populated and quiet landscape with every step. You are mainly

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  • Difficult
    06:04
    13.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You are almost 21 kilometers on this stage. In a constant up and down you hike through beautiful forest, open fields and green meadows. In addition, two monasteries and finally the Franconian three-river city of Gemünden am Main. Since it gets a little steep on some sections, it's best to take enough

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  • Difficult
    06:18
    13.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,925 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The small climatic health resort of Heigenbrücken is located in the middle of the Spessart Nature Park. Picturesque and surrounded by green forests, it nestles in the quiet landscape. Spessartweg 2 starts here and takes you in three stages south to the Main to Stadtprozelten.

    

    On this first stage, which

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  • Difficult
    06:40
    13.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,425 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Forest, meadows, mountains, old paths and every now and then a tiny hamlet or a small church. This 22-kilometer stage is pure Spessart feeling. From start to finish you hike through natural forests and fields with wide views. You will always come across historical traces and places that were left behind

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    9.82 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this stage it goes from the 521 meter high Geißhöhe down to the Main. Again you hike through beautiful mixed forest, along old paths and through stream valleys with small farming villages lined with fields and meadows.

    

    The first steps lead you to the Ludwig-Keller-Turm on the Geißhöhe. From there you

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    77.5 mi
  • Duration
    36:09 h
  • Elevation
    10,100 ft

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