The near-natural hiking trail is comfortable and suitable for the whole family. If you feel like more, you can extend the hike with an afternoon at the lake or a weekend in a tent!
Distance 1.8 km
As the name suggests, this family trail goes around the beautiful lake, the Schönsee. Always within view of the lake, we run in laps. This natural idyll invites you to swim and splash around after a run. For years, the Schönsee, which is around 3.5 hectares in size and up to 25 meters deep, has been certified by the Federal Environment Agency to have excellent water quality. In addition, children can romp around in the huge outdoor playground. Anyone who has become hungry from swimming and playing will find a snack bar next door with the option to stop for a break. If you want to turn your little walk into a whole adventure weekend, you can stay overnight in hikers' huts and tents on the campsite. It is guaranteed not to be boring here!
Walk over hill and dale and then enjoy the bathing paradise along the way to cool off.
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.
Campingplatz Schönsee (388 m)
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Length: 1.9 km
Start is the campsite at Schönsee, the path leads in 2 laps around the lake - always with a view of the lake,
bathing lake with a large outdoor playground and refreshment stops at the snack bar.
Overnight stays in hikers' huts and tents are possible
all notes on protected areas
The hiking bus runs on line 130 of the VU Wartburgmobil from Bad Salzungen (rail connection) to Dermbach all year round and daily. From Urnshausen it is a 2 km walk to the starting point of the trail.
For cars, the approach is via Urnshausen on the B285.
There is parking space right at the Schönsee.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
Radwander- und Wanderkarte Schmalkalden, Bad Salzungen und Umgebung, Verlag Dr. Barthel, Maßstab 1:35.000
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.