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Recommended by 1012 out of 1037 hikers


  • Sebastian (Ziggi)

    Beautiful source on the northeastern slope of the Ochsenkopf near Bischofsgrün. Good accessibility, as well as opportunities to relax (benches, etc.). The White Main unites west of Kulmbach with the Red Main and flows at Mainz in the Rhine.

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    • July 30, 2016

  • UdoS

    One of the two sources of the big Main, once red and once white. Here it begins until it ends at Wiesbaden in the Rhine after a good 500km. Just a must visit for hikers in the region to then even the Weißmainfelsen (beautiful view) to climb.

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    • October 5, 2017

  • 🌳Tom🌲

    White and Red Main unite at Kulmbach to the Main which later flows into the Rhine. This then in the North Sea.
    The red Main is the water poorer river, but longer. Red Main about 72km, white Main about 52km.

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    • February 12, 2018

  • Biene

    This source with the beautiful setting and rest stop is a must for a hiker on the Ochsenkopf. From here you can also start the trail at the clearly red colored White Main direction Bischofsgrün.

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    • January 14, 2018

  • Melanie

    You have to (if you're on the way to the Ochsenkopf anyway) have seen - but is a bit inconspicuous (almost ran past it). The Weißmainquelle is the origin of the White Main

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    • June 17, 2018

  • Thomas

    The Weißmainquelle is one of the two starting points of one of Germany's most historically significant rivers. In addition, you have the opportunity to visit within a few kilometers a source of a river flowing into the North Sea and one (Fichtelnaab) into the Black Sea, as the Fichtelgebirge is here a watershed.

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    • April 25, 2019

  • Witwe Bolte

    The spring had unfortunately fallen dry during my visit in September 2018, a rare occurrence.

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    • September 30, 2018

  • Harald Schramm (Schocker)

    Margrave Friedrich of Brandenburg laid them down and in 1717 had them set in granite blocks bearing the Hohenzollern coat of arms. The source bore the name Fürstenbrunnen, not to be confused with the upper and lower Fürstenbrunnen on the ox head. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on the other hand, viewed the Seehausbrunnen (50 ° 1 ′ 56.8 ″ N, 11 ° 52 ′ 18 ″ E) southeast of Schneeberg as the source of the river Main in 1785, because he wrote: “Source of the River Main, which rises close to the house and here makes the stream for tin washing ".
    Source and further information

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    • December 4, 2019

  • Timber

    Confusing is the name above the source, which is called Weissmainsquelle and not Weißmainquelle. The coat of arms above is the Hohenzollern.

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    • July 1, 2019

  • Jag2ooo

    A little inconspicuous, but here you can still rest the Main conscience drinking

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    • May 5, 2016

  • nz

    Nice place to take a break.

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    • July 20, 2017

  • Biene

    Here the water of the Main is really still white :-)

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    • July 30, 2017

  • Christian

    Very refreshing water, because you can refill your water bottles.

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    • August 15, 2017

  • Jörg

    Beautiful bordered source in a beautiful wooded area

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    • October 4, 2017

  • Markus B.

    Interesting, with which small amount here a part of the Mains begins. Picturesque in the middle of the forest and summer (refreshment) as winter (ice magic) eventful.

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    • February 18, 2019

  • Wolly

    As the most important river in Northern Bavaria, the Main does not have a single source, but arises at the confluence of the Red and White Mains. While the White Main rises in the Fichtel Mountains below the Ochsenkopf, the Red Main begins its course in the southern district of Bayreuth.
    West of the city of Kulmbach below Steinenhausen Castle, the two source rivers unite to form the Main, which, in contrast to the southern Bavarian Danube, flows into the North Sea.

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    • February 14, 2021

  • ihikenature🏞️

    Even in the winter worth seeing, a cold refreshment is independent of the season in order

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    • December 28, 2018

  • Ben

    Large refuge near the Weißmainquelle

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    • January 9, 2019

  • Petra

    Located close to the main path to the Ochsenkopf, so worth a visit in any case. A beautifully enclosed source of fresh water.

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    • June 1, 2019

  • Wastl

    Always fascinating, what comes out of such a small source 😉
    Mandatory program in the Fichtelgebirge

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    • June 1, 2020

  • taf

    Here is the source of the white Main, which later becomes the great Main. The source and mouth of a river are something special.
    The beautiful map with the course of the Weissmain to the confluence with the Main and then the Rhine is also interesting.
    Next to the spring is a nice resting place with benches and a table.

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    • June 14, 2020

  • Carsten

    Small refreshment. Rest area (benches) available. Nearby there is also a refuge. From there it is only about 600 m to the Weißmainfelsen (signposted).

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    • July 4, 2019

  • Ar〽️in Bock ©️

    Nice location and origin of the White Main

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    • June 21, 2020

  • Lukiii

    A place where you have to be.

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    • July 12, 2020

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