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Extratour Hochrhöntour - Oberelsbach - Rhön

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  • Basaltsee Rhön
    / Basaltsee Rhön
    Photo: Katharina Happel, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Basaltsee
    Photo: Katharina Happel, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Hochrhön
    Photo: Katharina Happel, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
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The certified Extratour promises premium hiking at its finest, which takes us to the highlights of our cultural landscape, which is unique in Germany.
Distance 14.8 km
4:00 h
343 m
343 m
908 m
711 m
Where do we start in the largest nature reserve in Bavaria outside the Alps? Let's start at the Schornhecke hiking car park. We meander through the nature reserve Lange Rhön on narrow paths. Please show your appreciation for this highly sensitive living space. It is home to many rare animals and plants such as B. the meadow breeder, the black grouse or the corn corn.

Could it be that an orchid is blooming here? In fact, numerous protected plants grow on the nationally important Rhön mountain meadows, such as arnica or even orchid species. We support the sensitive, permanent cultivation by staying on the paths.

We enjoy great views of the land of the open distance, among other things. in the Schwabenhimmel am Heidelstein (there you will also find a memorial of the Rhön Klub) and at the “Steinerner Haus” on the Basaltsee.

Author’s recommendation

Hiking with a chauffeur? Use the Hochrhönbus with its many stops from May to October! (
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Katharina Happel
Update: June 21, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
908 m
Lowest point
711 m
Best time of year

Safety information

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


Schornhecke car park (826 m)
50.468845, 10.023916
50°28'07.8"N 10°01'26.1"E
32U 572664 5591262


Schonhecke car park


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The Extratour Hochrhöntour is only connected to the local public transport network via a bus line - the Hochrhönbus.
  • Line 8305 Hochrhönbus: Bad Neustadt - Kreuzberg - Fladungen

The bus runs from the end of May to the end of October. From Monday to Friday, the Schornhecke stop can only be reached as an on-call bus stop. It is a regular bus stop on weekends and public holidays.

Getting there

The starting point of the Extratour can be reached via two motorways.

If you are coming via the A7, take exit 95 Bad Brückenau-Wildflecken. Here you drive on the B286 in the direction of Bad Brückenau and shortly afterwards turn right in the direction of Wildflecken. At the T-junction near Oberweißbrunn, turn right onto the B279 in the direction of Bischofsheim. Take the second exit to Bischofsheim and in the direction of Hochrhönstrasse. On this one drive toward the turning to Ehrenberg-Wüstensachsen. After a few meters, the car park is on both sides of the road.

Coming from the north, you can also take the A7 at exit 92 Fulda-Mitte. Here you drive in the direction of Hilders. At the T-junction in Batten, turn off towards Ehrenberg. From Wüstensachsen, follow the signs for Hochrhönstrasse and reach the Schornhecke car park on the ridge.

The Extratour can also be approached via the A71. The motorway is left at exit 24 Mellrichstadt. On the B285 you drive to Nordheim. From here you can reach Hochrhönstraße via Oberelsbach on the St2289 and St2286. On the plateau you cross the Hochrhönstraße in the direction of Ehrenberg. Shortly afterwards, the parking lot is on both sides of the street.


Schornhecke hikers' car park | GoogleMaps


50.468845, 10.023916
50°28'07.8"N 10°01'26.1"E
32U 572664 5591262
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
  • Rain clothes
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device or map
  • Sufficient drinks and provisions

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Nadine Reichardt
May 24, 2021 · Community
Ganz tolle Tour, wenig anstrengend aber Flora und Fauna sehr beeindruckend und es gibt wirklich atemberaubende Fernblicke. Am besten früh starten, denn ab Mittag wurde es recht voll an der Thüringer Hütte. Super mit Hund da viele Wasserstellen. Man sagte mir, das Kenner die Runde anders herum laufen als hier angegeben. Jedenfalls von mir volle Punktzahl, hat mir sehr gut gefallen. ☀️
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When did you do this route? May 24, 2021
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Photo: Nadine Reichardt, Community
Photo: Nadine Reichardt, Community
Photo: Nadine Reichardt, Community
Michael Dömling
May 24, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? May 20, 2021

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4:00 h
343 m
343 m
Highest point
908 m
Lowest point
711 m
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