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Extratour Der Meininger - Meiningen - Rhön

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  • Ausblick auf Meiningen
    Ausblick auf Meiningen
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
"Der Meininger" hikes on the best paths around Meiningen. From the west, picturesque forests nestle against one another and we enjoy the view between the gentle hills and the banks of the Werra.
Distance 10.7 km
3:15 h
242 m
270 m
437 m
302 m
We start the extratour in the theater city of Meiningen. It is one of the oldest and most important cities in southern Thuringia. In the middle of the district and cultural city is the former residence of the Dukes of Saxony-Meiningen, Elisabethenburg Castle. A detour through the art collection on the music and art history of Meiningen is worthwhile. Our path leads through the forest park, up to the popular Dietzhäuschen viewpoint. From here it is not far to the foot of the Landsberg, on which the "Landsberg fairytale castle" is located. We hike to the viewpoint at the Schaubachhütte, which offers a magical view, and continue to Landsberg Castle. To the south there are impressive remains of the wall and deep ditches of the ruins of the Habichtsburg. One thinks that Sleeping Beauty would live here, that's how enchanted the fairytale castle looks. From there it goes on to Dreisigacker with its neo-Gothic village church, which stands above the village on the northern edge. On the way back to Meiningen we come over the Dietrichskopf and have a wonderful view over the city. At the end we pass the Goetz Cave, Europe's largest crevice and crevice cave. The natural cave is named after the Meiningen merchant Reinhold Goetz, who discovered a crevice while working in his mountain garden. Current information about the opening of the cave can be found on the Goetz cave website.

Author’s recommendation

The best views are enjoyed at the Diezhäuschen and Schaubachhütte viewpoints.
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Katharina Happel
Update: October 14, 2022
Highest point
437 m
Lowest point
302 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 3.21%Dirt road 5.62%Forested/wild trail 81.46%Path 9.70%
0.3 km
Dirt road
0.6 km
Forested/wild trail
8.7 km
1 km
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Safety information

  • In the area of the Götzhöhle you have to watch out for traffic

The tourist routes of the Rhön are mostly used by other active people (hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists, walkers, riders, cross-country skiers, etc.).

We ask all active nature sports enthusiasts to show consideration for one another. The same applies of course to nature - it is worth protecting. In the Rhön, therefore, nature sports should only be practiced in daylight on designated paths and areas.

Tips and hints


Schloss Elisabethenburg (palace) (304 m)
50.570650, 10.409709
50°34'14.3"N 10°24'35.0"E
32U 599826 5603030


Schloss Elisabethenburg (palace)

Turn-by-turn directions

  • Schloss Elisabethenburg (palace)
  • Schaubachhütte (hiking hut)
  • Schloss Landsberg (castle)
  • Ruine Habichtsburg (ruin)
  • plateau
  • Goetz-Höhle (cave)
  • Schloss Elisabethenburg (palace)

Public transport

The bus stop Klosstergasse is right next to the starting point, Elisabethenburg Castle. The bus lines 17 and 409 stop here.

City bus route 17: Bus station - Klostergasse - Henneberger Str. - Drei 30acker / Klinikum - Feierabendheim - Sachsenstr.Bus route 409: Meiningen - Stepfershausen - (Geba) - Kaltennordheim - Reichenhausen - BirxAt the bus station, which is a 12-minute walk from Elisabethenburg Palace, there are numerous other bus routes.

City bus route 10: Sachsenstr. - Bus station - Heinrich-Heine-Str. - Kiliansberg - Adelheidstr. - Berliner Str., Friedhof - Sachsenstr. - Bus stationCity bus route 11: Bus station - Sachsenstr. - Berliner Str., Friedhof - Adelheidstr. - Kiliansberg - Heinrich-Heine-Str. - Bus stationCity bus route 17: Bus station - Klostergasse - Henneberger Str. - Drei 30acker / Klinikum - Feierabendheim - Sachsenstr.Bus route 400: Meiningen - Schwarza - Zella-Mehlis - Suhl - Rohr - MeiningenBus route 409: Meiningen - Stepfershausen - (Geba) - Kaltennordheim - Reichenhausen - BirxBus route 411: Meiningen - Kaltensundheim - OberweidBus route 412: Meiningen - (Solz - Wasungen - Schwarzbach) - HümpfershausenBus route 416: Meiningen - Landsberg - Walldorf - (Wasungen) - Metzels

By road

Take A71 and L3089 to Werrastraße in Meiningen, follow Werrastraße to Neu-Ulmer Straße


For those arriving by car, parking spaces are available at the Volkshaus, Landsberg Castle, on the Großmutterwiese and at the Zentrum West parking lot in Meiningen.


50.570650, 10.409709
50°34'14.3"N 10°24'35.0"E
32U 599826 5603030
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Dehler Verlag – Hochrhöner Extratouren | ISBN: 978-3-00-023493-4

Author’s map recommendations

  • Kompass Kartenverlag - Wanderkarte Rhön | ISBN-10: 3990446045 | ISBN-13: 978-3990446041


  • Sturdy shoes,
  • first aid kit,
  • drinks and some provisions,
  • sun protection at high temperatures, if necessary
  • GPS navigation device, map or smartphone with onboard maps

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Dagi Dick
October 10, 2022 · Community
Tolle Tour, mit kleinen Abstechern
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Fabian Hartung
March 05, 2022 · Community
Eine der schwächeren Rhöner Extratouren. Nach intensivem Aufstieg zum Aussichtspunkt mit sehr schönem Ausblick auf die namensgebende Stadt gibt es leider nur noch sehr wenige interessante Spots auf dem weiteren Weg. Da die Wanderung nicht allzu lange dauert, kann zuvor oder im Anschluss grundsätzlich auch noch Meiningen besichtigt werden, die nach meiner Einschätzung eine recht schöne kleinere Stadt ist.
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When did you do this route? May 30, 2021
Photo: Fabian Hartung, Community
Photo: Fabian Hartung, Community
Photo: Fabian Hartung, Community
Photo: Fabian Hartung, Community
Photo: Fabian Hartung, Community
Photo: Fabian Hartung, Community
Photo: Fabian Hartung, Community
Joachim Werb 
August 02, 2021 · Community
super Abwechslung und Aussicht, knackige Anstiege und Sehenswürdigkeiten. Alles geboten!
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When did you do this route? August 01, 2021
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10.7 km
3:15 h
242 m
270 m
Highest point
437 m
Lowest point
302 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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