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Hike through one of Germany’s greatest forests – Spessart 3

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Hike through one of Germany’s greatest forests – Spessart 3

Hiking Collection by FrankenTourismus



3-5 h

/ day

36.5 mi

4,475 ft

4,075 ft

Idyllic lakes, picturesque valleys, and green forests – all this and more awaits on the Spessart Trail 3, a brand new long-distance hiking trail through the spectacular Spessart Nature Park. Over 37 miles (60 km), you explore the forested slopes of the Spessart hills, home to the country’s largest mixed deciduous forests, between Bavaria and Hesse in the south of Germany. The region provides the perfect backdrop fo a multiday hike through beautiful nature, complete with fresh forest air and peace and quiet.

The trail, which is a designated Quality Walking Route in Germany, begins at the small Hessian town of Bad Soden-Salmünster from the train station. With its pretty courtyards, half-timbered buildings and St. Peter and Paul baroque church, this historic old town is worth a visit.

As you hike the Spessart Trail, you are greeted by impressive nature and pretty villages. Your first day hiking ends in Bad Orb, a town with fairytale houses and spa gardens, surrounded by the wooded Spessart hills. Other highlights included in this 3-day hike include: the source fo the Orb, a volcanic basaltic cone, a unique double church in Lettgenbrunn, the mystical Wiesbütt Moor and the idyllic Aubach Valley. Your adventure concludes in Heigenbrücken, a small town in Lower Franconia, Bavaria.

If you want to continue walking the region’s evergreen forests, you can join the Spessart Trail 2 in Heigenbrücken to continue your adventure further south over the hills to Main. This route crosses the Spessart Trail 1, another route which runs from Aschaffenburg to Gemünden an den Main, following in the footsteps of princes and pilgrims. You can find out more information about these trails at the tourist information centre in Heigenbrücken. You can get to know Spessart in all its beauty on these trails.

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Spessartweg 3

36.2 mi

4,475 ft

4,075 ft

Last updated: May 17, 2022

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    Etappe 1: Von Bad Soden-Salmünster nach Bad Orb – unterwegs auf dem Spessartweg 3

    9.80 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Start your three-day hike through the Spessart-Mainland in Bad Soden-Salmünster, the starting point of the 60-kilometer-long Spessartweg 3. You can easily reach the city in the Kinzigtal by train from Hanau or Fulda. Your 16 kilometer stage starts right at the train station. You will soon leave the place

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  • Difficult
    12.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage continues on Spessartweg 3. Today you hike from Bad Orb to Flörsbachtal. A few meters of altitude await you on the 20-kilometer route, but also a beautiful landscape with plenty of peace and idyll.


    After an extensive breakfast you leave the spa town and hike the first kilometers within

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  • Difficult
    14.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    All good things come in threes: The third and last stage on the Spessartweg is really nice again. On the 23 km long route, you can fully enjoy the picturesque landscape in the Spessart Nature Park before you reach your destination in Heigenbrücken.


    From the center of Flörsbach you walk a little uphill

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Collection Stats

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  • Distance
    36.5 mi
  • Duration
    16:44 h
  • Elevation
    4,475 ft4,075 ft

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