The circular trail leads through the characteristic landscape of the High Rhön along forest and open fields.
Distance 22.3 km
Highest point876 m
Lowest point627 m
We start our tour at the Rother Kuppe and take the path through snow-covered forest towards the Thüringer Hütte. Continuing uphill along open countryside we reach the Schornhecke, where in the distance Mount Heidelstein and the Wasserkuppe can be spotted. The path leads us further up to the Stirnberg, the highest point of the route. From there it goes slightly downhill to the border triangle at the Lange Rhön nature reserve. A breathtaking view of the landscape is offered over the largely free plateaux of the Rhön. The tour continues through winter forest on partly winding and steep sections through the Eisgraben natural forest reserve and past the legendary Frauenhöhle, a basalt natural cave, back to the starting point.
The trail is particularly suitable for experienced winter sports enthusiasts due to the winding section between the Dreiländereck and the Rother Kuppe. For safety reasons, please pay attention to the direction of travel on the on-site signs, especially on the Stirnberg.
With the Gasthaus Sennhütte, the kiosk on the Schwarzen Moor, the Thüringer Hütte and the Berggasthof Rother Kuppe, there are many places to stop for refreshments along the route.
Be sure to plan a visit to the information center at the Schwarzen Moor at the border triangle! There are regional products and Rhön literature.
Biosphärenzentrum Rhön "Haus der Langen Rhön", NBR e.V.
Update: November 30, 2022
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The route includes road crossings. Due to the tree-free areas, snowdrifts may occur.
For safety reasons, please pay attention to the direction of travel on the on-site signs.
The tourist paths of the Rhön are mostly also used by other active people (hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists, walkers, horse riders, cross-country skiers, etc.).
We ask all active nature sports enthusiasts to be considerate of each other. Of course, the same applies to nature - it is worth protecting. In the Rhön, nature sports should therefore only be practiced in daylight on designated paths and areas.
Tips and hints
The snow hotline provides information about the winter conditions in the Rhön.
Good to know: the nature trail through the Black Moor and the lookout tower are closed in the winter months.
Parking lot Rother Kuppe, Hausen (675 m)
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Parking lot Rother Kuppe, Hausen
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The trail cannot be reached by public transport.
To get to the starting point at the Rother Kuppe hiking car park, take the A71 to Bad Neustadt an der Saale. Then take exit 25 Bad Neustadt an der Saale onto the B279 in the direction of Bad Neustadt/Bischofsheim and follow the B279 to Wegfurt. Turn right onto the NES16 in the direction of Sondernau/Oberelsbach and follow the road to Oberelsbach and then to Ursprung. From Ursprung, the path leads us in the direction of the Hochrhön, past the Thüringer Hütte and on to the Rother Kuppe.
Hiking car park Rother Kuppe, 97647 Hausen | GoogleMaps