Enjoy the Rhön cultural landscape and get to know the local flora, fauna and the cozy Rhön sheep. Become a treasure trove or ride the climbing sheep on the Schäferweg near Oberkatz.
Distance 5.1 km
The Schäferweg leads along old sheep tracks through the characteristic landscape of the Rhön. Here forests, field trees and limestone grasslands alternate and enrich the view. There are seven stations along the way with information boards and interesting installations. It reports on the Rhön cultural landscape, flora and fauna as well as our beloved Rhön sheep. Playfully prepared, the stations are fun for the whole family. For example, children can sit on the animals with the climbing sheep, see changes through "periscope" and recognize habitats and their interrelationships via "rotating cubes". Who is the troop's treasure king? Find out at the “Guess what” station. This is followed by a breathtaking view of the landscape south of the Hohe Geba. The entire route is family-friendly and can be traveled with a sturdy stroller.
On the way, young and old hikers can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the land of the open distances, the beautiful Rhön.
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.
Oberkatz (477 m)
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Length: 4.5 km
The Schäferweg leads along old sheep tracks through the characteristic landscape of the Rhön, in which forests, bushes and limestone lawn alternate.
7 stations with information boards and interesting installations offer interesting information about the Rhön cultural landscape, flora and fauna as well as the Rhön sheep
An information board about the major nature conservation project “Thuringian Rhönhutungen” contains “climbing sheep” to sit on, periscopes, a rotating cube, a panorama and an estimation station.
The path is family-friendly and can be traveled with a sturdy stroller.
all notes on protected areas
Oberkatz can be reached by bus line 411 to and from Meiningen from Monday to Friday.
Arrival at the weekend is only possible by car or bicycle.
Free parking spaces are located at the starting point of the Schäferweg.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
Flyer „Schäferweg“ Naturschutzprojekt Thüringer Rhönhutungen“ des Landschaftspflegeverbandes
First aid kit
Sufficient drinks and provisions
Sun protection at high temperatures
GPS navigation device, map or smartphone with onboard map material
Basic Equipment for Hiking
Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
Layered, moisture wicking clothing
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
First aid kit
Bivy / survival bag
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Emergency contact details
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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