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Recommended by 194 out of 201 hikers


  • BerndGo

    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,

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    • October 3, 2016

  • flip71

    in the forest are only about 5-7 parking spaces

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    • August 18, 2017

  • Melanie

    This basalt prism wall is one of the best preserved in the Rhön. The polygon columns were created by the cooling of the upflowed basalt.

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    • March 7, 2018

  • Melanie

    This basalt prism wall is one of the best preserved in the Rhön. The polygon columns were created by the cooling of the upflowed basalt.

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    • March 7, 2018

  • Timo

    One of the highlights of the Rhön!

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    • September 15, 2019

  • Bauss Th.

    Good food in the Thüringer hut

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    • May 16, 2016

  • Kathrin

    nice photo opportunity and place suitable for small breaks

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    • February 24, 2018

  • Patek

    This should be seen in the surrounding area. I find it impressive what nature has built here and people have not changed.

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    • July 27, 2019

  • Harald

    Mountain bike at the bottom of the stairs

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    • August 28, 2016

  • Moselator

    Nice snack at the basalt lake

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    • June 29, 2018

  • Andre

    Beautiful paths and great views on the way

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    • June 1, 2020

  • Matthias Wetterich

    Very mystical in light rain.

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    • June 11, 2020


    The basalt prism wall, which shows impressive insights into the history of the Rhön, can be reached via the basalt steps.

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    • July 13, 2020

  • Markus🚵🏽‍♂️🏃🏻‍♂️

    You should definitely have a look when you are in the Rhön. However, caution is advised when there is moisture, as the stones can become very slippery.

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    • July 15, 2020

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