The Bavarian Rhön can boast a geological feature that is easy to reach on a short hike. We are talking about the basalt rock formation "Prismenwand" at Gangolfsberg near Urspringen.
The car is now in the direction of the Schweinfurt House, ie uphill, steered. The parking lot at this quaint Rhönklub house should not initially be used for parking. Further up in the forest, right at the beginning of a geological trail, the hiker has a large car park. Trust the signposts "Geologischer Lehrpfad". Through varied forest it goes uphill - the trails are easy to walk, even for children! This is a natural forest reserve, which is also the core zone of the biosphere reserve Rhön. The paths should not be left because nature should be nature here!
Soon it will be interesting, as far as the underground is concerned. Crooked and crooked are the steps, uneven in the step and it is necessary to be careful, because missteps could have bad consequences. Soon the prism wall is reached and millions of years look at the viewer. The regularity of the sloping basalt columns impress every nature lover. Everywhere Basalt - in all its different manifestations.
Flora and fauna in the environment also offer all sorts of interesting things. Immediately behind this attraction, the hiker must decide after passing a "paved" stretch of road, whether he wants to take the "big" tour (about 1 ½ hours) to the summit of the 737 m high Gangolfsberg to the remains of a ring rampart and a chapel, above The "Devil's Cellar", a huge cave with huge rocks, would like to walk back to the parked car on a convenient turning left to the left. In the latter variant, you can reach the car in 20 minutes and then at the "final squat" in Schweinfurter house (Wednesday rest day) the afternoon with a hearty snack end. Sturdy shoes are strongly advised!
Source: Regina Rinke, rhoentourist.de/basalt-prismenwand-rhoen.html
October 3, 2016
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