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Extratour Guckaisee - Gersfeld - Rhön

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  • Radom Wasserkuppe mit Wanderern
    / Radom Wasserkuppe mit Wanderern
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / DER HOCHRHÖNER auf der Wasserkuppe
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Sonnenuntergang mit Paraglider auf der Wasserkuppe
    Photo: Katharina Happel, CC0, Rhön GmbH
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The Wasserkuppe is the cradle of gliding. Why? On the extra tour to the Guckaisee recreational area, we learn how the dream of flying came true for us humans.
difficult
Distance 20.5 km
6:05 h
561 m
561 m
On the sporty Guckaisee extra tour, we explore the highest mountain in the Rhön and one of the most beautiful lakes in our hiking world in one go. We start at the Wasserkuppe (see author's tip). Let's enjoy the exciting take-off and landing maneuvers of the gliders! Then we continue past the popular summer toboggan run in the direction of Abtsrodaer Kuppe.

Soon it gets quieter and we enjoy our incredibly panoramic hike past the striking radome domes of the Wasserkuppe, the fairy tale meadow dotted by colorful paragliders to the aviator memorial.

After a break at the information boards, we take a break the striking horse's head in front of us. Once at the top, we are rewarded with a spectacular view over the UNESCO Rhön Biosphere Reserve. Maybe even a paraglider whizzes by right over our heads. Curious how our tour will continue? Then on to the Feldberg and Schafstein with the largest basalt block dump in the Rhön, the only naturally forest-free habitat in the Rhön. What is it that shines so temptingly in the distance? The local recreation paradise Guckaisee crowns our eventful active day.

Author’s recommendation

A must is a visit to the globally unique German Gliding Museum with model flight on the Wasserkuppe!
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Author
Katharina Happel
Update: October 19, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
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Highest point
942 m
Lowest point
662 m
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Safety information

The descent from the Pferdskpf to the Guckaisee is demanding. If the ground is wet or you are unsure as a hiker, you should run the Extratour in the opposite direction to walk this section as an ascent. This creates more safety when walking.

 

The touristic paths 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

Start

Rhön Info Zentrum, Wasserkuppe (907 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.498457, 9.946893
DMS
50°29'54.4"N 9°56'48.8"E
UTM
32U 567156 5594482
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Destination

Rhön Info Zentrum, Wasserkuppe

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The Guckaisee extra tour can be reached directly by public transport.

The following LNG Fulda bus routes go to the Wasserkuppe:

  • Line 35: Wasserkuppe - Poppenhausen - Weyhers - Künzell - Fulda
  • Line 37: Poppenhausen - Gersfeld - Wasserkuppe - Wüstensachsen
  • Line 90 (RhönRadBus): Gersfeld - Wasserkuppe - Hilders - Milseburgradweg - Fulda

The bus stop is right at the start of the Guckaisee extra tour.

 

Other connections:

In Gersfeld you can take the regional train HLB RB52 to Fulda. (Timetables of the Hessichen Landesbahn)

Getting there

You can arrive by car via the following motorways:

From the A7, take exit 92 Fulda Mitte and drive onto the B458 in the direction of Hilders. Follow the road to Dietges. Here you leave the B458 and follow the signs in the direction of the Wasserkuppe.

From the A66, take exit 53 Fulda-Süd and drive onto the B27 in the direction of Bad Brückenau. Follow this to the village of Döllbach, within which you turn left onto the B279 in the direction of Gersfeld. In Gersfeld, follow the signs in the direction of Wasserkuppe.

Parking

There is a parking guidance system on the Wasserkuppe. Please follow this on site. For navigation you can use the address of the Rhön Info Zentrum:

Wasserkuppe 1, 36129 Gersfeld | GoogleMaps

Coordinates

DD
50.498457, 9.946893
DMS
50°29'54.4"N 9°56'48.8"E
UTM
32U 567156 5594482
w3w 
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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

Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device or map
  • Sufficient drinks reserves and provisions
  • Photo camera to capture the beautiful landscape

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20.5 km
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6:05 h
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561 m
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561 m
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