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Familienwanderweg Spatzensteig - Breitungen - Rhön

Hiking trail · Breitungen/Werra
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  • Unterwegs auf dem Spatzensteig
    / Unterwegs auf dem Spatzensteig
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Unterwegs auf dem Spatzensteig
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rast am Spatzensteig
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Unterwegs am Spatzensteig
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
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From view to view, with a view of the Thuringian Forest and the Trusetal or a view of the central Werra valley to the Rhön. The Spatzensteig is a panoramic path with numerous highlights.
Distance 4.1 km
1:15 h
138 m
124 m
388 m
264 m
Located between the Thuringian Forest and the Rhön on the castle hill of Breitungen, the visitor does not expect the dusty splendor of bygone times. The active museum and the "TAT-ORT-KLOSTER" exhibition are only one part of the lively Herrenbreitungen Palace. To the southeast in Herrenbreitungen is the cemetery parking lot, where the family-friendly hiking trail begins. We walk across the Borntal and pass orchards, old stands of deciduous trees and areas of wild herbs. Halfway in the direction of the ascent to the Vogelsberg is the first opportunity to take a leisurely break: a seating group and lounger as well as the particularly peaceful view over the central Werra valley to the Rhön invite you to linger. To keep walking is worth it, because with view of the Thuringian Forest and the beautiful Trusetal, we walk to the vantage point on Vogelsberg. There is a fantastic panoramic view with another seating area and a family lounger! Anyone who has had enough or has eaten all the provisions can now walk back down the valley on the Breiter Rennsteig. We walk past fields, an orchard meadow and a clay pit and reach the chicken garden, where the “garden of art” with sandstone sculptures is on display. The next highlights are the castle with the Michaelskirche and finally the Romanesque basilica. From there it is only a few meters to the starting point, the parking lot Friedhof Herrenbreitungen.

Author’s recommendation

Animal and nature lovers can go looking for sparrows on the Breiter Rennsteig.
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Katharina Happel
Update: February 09, 2021
Highest point
388 m
Lowest point
264 m
Best time of year

Safety information

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.


Parkplatz Friedhof Herrenbreitungen (268 m)
50.748026, 10.321999
50°44'52.9"N 10°19'19.2"E
32U 593264 5622638


Parkplatz Friedhof Herrenbreitungen

Turn-by-turn directions

  • Length: 5.4 km
  • Starting point: Herrenbreitungen cemetery parking lot.
  • The family-friendly hiking trail begins southeast of the Breiter Castle with a stele and a hiking board.
  • The trail follows the Borntal along orchards, old treees and herb plains up the Vogelsberg (360m). Halfway there is a seating group and a lounger for a rest. The location offers an excellent view of the central Werra Valley as far as the Rhön, and continues with a view of the Thuringian Forest and the beautiful Trusetal to the Vogelsberg vantage point. A fantastic panorama opens up here. Another seating group and a family lounger are ideal places to rest.
  • The path continues downhill on the Breiter Rennsteig past fields, an orchard and a clay pit. Via the Hühngarten with its “Garden of Art” we continue to the castle and the Romanesque basilica.
  • From here it is only a few meters to the starting point Art “with sandstone sculptures
  • castle Herrenbreitungen mit active museum and exhebition "TAT-ORT-KLOSTER"
  • Romantic basilica
  • Michael-church


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

With the SüdthüringenBahn you can reach the parking lot Friedhof Herrenbreitungen from the stops Bahnhof, Bahnhofstraße, Schulstraße, Rathausstraße, Amtsstraße, Hauptstraße and Steingraben.


With the car you go to the parking lot Friedhof Herrenbreitungen from the main street over the Steingraben.


50.748026, 10.321999
50°44'52.9"N 10°19'19.2"E
32U 593264 5622638
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • 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
  • 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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4.1 km
1:15 h
138 m
124 m
Highest point
388 m
Lowest point
264 m
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