Green forests, gentle peaks, bubbling streams, and winding valleys – the Taunus Nature Park is made for hiking. The second largest National Park in Hessen is known for its unique landscapes, historical treasures and large network of trails. Located on Frankfurt am Main's doorstep, the park is waiting to be explored.
Travel back to the time of the Romans and Celts, smell medieval castle air and enjoy the magnificent views of the Rhine-Main plain and Frankfurt skyline. The Tanus is very diverse: you will roam through dense forests, descend into deep caves and climb rugged cliffs. In this Collection, we will introduce you to seven different day trips that will take you to the most beautiful corners of the nature park.
Each route is unique and will surprise you with beautiful landscapes, impressive castles or interesting museums. At the end of the hikes, you can relax in a restaurant and enjoy the regional, hearty cuisine. We recommend trying „Handkäs“, green sauce with eggs or ribs with cabbage – preferably with a glass of apple cider.
You can do these hikes all year long, whether on a blooming spring day, in the summer sun, on a romantic autumn day or in snowy winter. On clear days, the viewpoints offer spectacular views over the region. However, bear in mind that some attractions such as the Kubacher Kristallhöhle are closed during the winter months.
The Taunus Nature Park begins 19 miles (about 30 kilometers) northeast of Frankfurt. The Main metropolis is, therefore, a great starting point for the routes. You can easily reach the starting points and return back to Frankfurt from Frankfurt train station with the regional train and S-Bahn. Information about tickets and connections is available at the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund. In Frankfurt, you will find a wide selection of accommodation to suit every budget. In the evening, the city also offers many culinary delights and entertainment options.
To get to know the region, it is worth visiting the Taunus Information Center in Hohemark, the so-called Gateway to the Taunus. Here, you can get helpful tips and learn interesting facts about the nature park and its flora and fauna in the free exhibition. For more information, visit naturpark-taunus.de.
Finally, a tip to help you quickly adapt to Hessian culture: you can’t go wrong with the greeting „Ei Gude!“ at any time of day.
All good castles are three: on this good ten-kilometer circular walk you visit three impressive, medieval sites in the Taunus. Let's start the round at the imposing castle ruins in Königstein with a great view. The path leads you further up to Falkenstein Castle, two kilometers away. From here you can enjoy the view of the Frankfurt skyline with a clear view.On relatively flat forest trails you continue to the Victoria temple and then down to the castle Kronberg. Along the Rentbach you come back to Königstein and can relax at the end of the tour in the green spa gardens.Restaurants and cafes you will find enough on this route. The tour is great for kids, since the only climb is mastered right at the beginning. Shortly before returning to Königstein, the trail also passes the Opel Zoo with its colorful variety of animals.After Königstein in the Taunus you come from the Frankfurt main station in about half an hour with the regional train. A single trip costs 4.95 euros. The day ticket for 9.65 euros is worth it for a round trip.
From the imperial temple, to the castle and up the mountain: on this 18 km long tour, you will walk past historical treasures and enjoy great views of the Rhine-Main plain. The route is the first section of the "Taunus Schinderhannes Steig". Overall, the trail is 38 kilometers long and ends at the Landsteiner mill.It starts at the train station in Kelkheim. You walk up through shady mixed forests up to the imperial temple. Then the path leads you back down to the town of Eppstein with its stately castle. Then it goes up almost 300 vertical meters on the Atzelberg. Here you can gather energy with fantastic views for the last six kilometers to Glashütten.If you do not want to carry your own food, you can strengthen yourself in Eppstein. However, pack enough water for the three climbs.To Kelkheim you come from Frankfurt with the regional train in 25 minutes. Back from Glashütten by bus to Königstein and then on by train.And now you are still wondering who Schinderhannes is? In the dense forests of the Taunus he drifted around 1800 mischief. Over 200 criminal offenses - from robberies to extortion to murder - could be detected the scoundrels. 30,000 people watched his decapitation with the fall ax in November 1803 in Mainz. Johannes Bückler, as he was called by his real name, is sometimes depicted as "Robin Hood of the Taunus".
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This good 18-kilometer hike takes you to the Great Feldberg, the highest mountain in the Taunus. From the lookout tower you can see the skyline of Frankfurt and the Odenwald with a clear view. The starting point of the circular hike is at the Taunus Information Center in Hohemark. The first eight kilometers take you on shady forest trails over the Altkönig to the summit of 881 meter high Feldberg. After the climb you can reward yourself with a long break.From now on, it's just downhill. You hike a short section on the Limeswanderweg. On narrow forest paths it goes over the Kolbenberg and past some Celtic tombs back to Hohemark. It is worth visiting the information center with its free exhibition.The Feldberghof restaurant has closed its doors this year, there is not yet a new tenant. As a precaution, pack your own provisions or, before the tour, let you know what the current gastronomic situation on the mountain looks like.After Hohemark you come from Frankfurt super on public transport. Take first the S5 to Bad Homburg and then change in Oberursel in the U3.
On this nearly 20 kilometer hike you can undertake a journey through the history of Hesse. Start of the tour is in Bad Homburg, known for its stately Landgrafenschloss with the white tower. After a ramble through the castle garden, the path leads you up the forest a slight slope to the Roman fort in Saalburg.After a time jump to the Romans, it is still just under three kilometers to the open-air museum Hessenpark. There you will get an interesting insight into 400 years of Hessian history and everyday culture. Allow sufficient time for a visit to the 65-hectare site. After a short and crisp climb you walk past the Herzberg Tower to Hohemark, your destination.Refreshments you will find enough on this route. In the Hessenpark you can taste mainly regional cuisine. At the destination is the Taunus Information Center. There you can get more information about the region, visit the free exhibition and enjoy cider on the terrace in the restaurant.From Frankfurt, the S5 takes you to Bad Homburg in 20 minutes. From Hohemark you take the U3 to the train station in Oberursel where you can change to the S-Bahn to Frankfurt main station.
Steep, bizarre and up to twelve meters high. The Eschbacher cliffs are a great natural monument in the Taunus Nature Park. This 17-kilometer walk will take you to the rugged wall of quartz rock. The tour starts in Usingen. At the beginning you can do a relaxing round through the beautiful castle garden. Then it's out of town heading north. You hike on a slightly hilly route over dirt roads. After about six kilometers you have reached the cliffs.Continue on the Eichkopf, from which you have a great view of the Great Feldberg and its neighboring mountains. After a stop at the medieval castle Kransberg it goes through the forest back to the starting point.You will come through several villages where you will find something to eat. However, the most beautiful playground is on the Eschbacher cliffs, packing food for a picnic is well worth it.From Frankfurt it takes about an hour by public transport to Usingen. Take the S5 to Bad Homburg and then change to the regional train.
You already know enough about the forests and mountains of the Taunus? How about a trip to the underworld? This 15-kilometer hike takes you to the Crystal Cave in Kubach, 50 to 70 meters below the surface of the earth.Starting point of the tour is in Weilburg. To start, you can look at the castle with its adjoining garden. The path leads you along the river Lahn, before you come after a short climb to Kubach with its famous cave. In any case, plan enough time to visit this natural spectacle.Continue past Tiergarten Weilburg until your destination of the day, Schloss Braunfels. There are no steep climbs on this track. Instead of promising summits you can expect historic buildings and 350 million year old limestone.There are many possibilities along the route to strengthen you, be it in Kubach or Tiergarten. Finally, you can stop in one of the many restaurants in Braunfels.The places Weilburg and Braunfels are both well connected to the public transport network. From Frankfurt am Main you can catch the train every now and then.
High in the Hochtaunuskreis: This 16 kilometer hike takes you up to the 663 meter high horse's head. Start of the round trip is in Neu-Anspach. From the station it goes through the city, it follows the first slight increase on the Hardt. On shady forest trails, the path leads you further up to the horse's head. From up here you have a great panoramic view.On the descent, you hike through the tranquil village of Hunoldstal and downhill until you are back in Neu-Anspach. Here you can relax in one of the cafes or restaurants and be proud of the 510 meters of altitude covered.Refreshments are only at the end of the hike, so pack a little snack and plenty of water. On a hot summer's day, it's also worth taking the swimwear with you. In Neu-Anspach you can cool off in the forest swimming pool.From Frankfurt main station you can take the train in three quarters of an hour directly to the starting point of the tour. If you are traveling by car, you will find several parking options in the village.