The family-friendly hike on the Ulmenstein attracts with idyllic lake romance, relaxing forest bathing and colorful meadow magic in a unique cultural landscape.
Distance 8 km
The Extratour Ulmenstein begins on narrow paths on which we reach a lake surrounded by basalt columns. The gem was created through the mining of the previously mighty basalt rock Ulmenstein. The hike continues through mixed forest with a fascinating play of leaves from beech, maple, ash and elm. As a contrasting program, we then let our eyes wander over meadows, fields and orchards. This is the typical hilly relief of the Kuppenrhön.
Looking at the ground we discover the typical limestone grassland of the Rhön. It forms a species-rich habitat for animals and plants. What exactly is blooming there? Which animals live here? The adventure stations at selected rest areas provide answers. Here we learn how the Rhön cultural landscape came into being and how it is cared for and preserved. With great pictures in mind and new knowledge, we return to our starting point, the Ulmenstein car park.
From the chapels at Mittelaschenbach and Hofaschenbach we enjoy a picturesque panoramic view of the Rhön Mountains and the Nüst valley.
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Best time of year
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.
Parkpkatz Ulmenstein, Nüsttal-Hofaschenbach (458 m)
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Parkpkatz Ulmenstein, Nüsttal-Hofaschenbach
all notes on protected areas
The start of the Ulmenstein extra tour cannot be reached directly by public transport. However, Hofaschenbach can be reached by public transport. The following LNG Fulda bus lines stop at the Hofaschenbach bus stop in the center of the village:
Line 85: Nüstal - Mackenzell / Dammersbach - Hünfeld
The entrance to the extra tour is about 500 meters from the bus stop.
The Extratour Ulmenstein can be reached by car via the A7. The motorway is left at exit 90 Hünfeld-Schlitz. On the L3176 you drive in the direction of Hünfeld. At the roundabout just before Hünfeld, take the exit towards Hilders / Tann. Follow the road to the signs to Hofaschenbach. After turning left, you drive into town immediately. Here you follow the signs to the Ulmenstein car park.