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    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
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    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rhön Rundweg 1 Birx
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
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Have you ever wanted to see what it looked like in the border towers on the former German-German border? On the Rhön Rundweg 1 in Birx you will pass a tower that can be walked into.
Distance 4.1 km
1:05 h
62 m
62 m
793 m
732 m
The German-German division ran through the middle of the Rhön. The differences can still be seen and felt today. This makes the Rhön experience even more interesting for visitors.

On the short circular route of just under 4 kilometers, you are led to a point where this is the case. Starting from the small, high-altitude village of Birx, the approximately one-hour circular route leads across the Hochrhön to a former border tower of the Rhön.

About 20 of these have been preserved. However, very few of them can be entered like this one. From the tower the view opens up over the extensive meadows of the Rhön. All the more you can be pleased with the view that these are no longer cut through by a border fence.

Author’s recommendation

If you want to find out more about the border history of the Rhön, you can visit one of the numerous museums in the Rhön that tell this story after the tour.
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Katharina Happel
Update: August 24, 2021
Highest point
793 m
Lowest point
732 m
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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.

Start

Sportplatz Birx (746 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.530941, 10.048085
DMS
50°31'51.4"N 10°02'53.1"E
UTM
32U 574281 5598190
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Destination

Sportplatz Birx

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The bus lines of the district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen run from the bus stop in Birx.

The following MBB-MGN lines go to Birx:

  • Line 409: Meiningen - Stepfershausen - (Geba) - Kaltennordheim - Reichenhausen - Birx
  • Line 410 (on school days): Birx - Frankenheim - Unterweid

Getting there

Birx can be approached via the A7 and A71.

Leave the A7 at exit 92 Fulda-Mitte and take the B458 in the direction of Hilders. At the T-junction in Batten, turn right towards Ehrenberg. In the Ehrenberg district, turn left towards Hochrhönstrasse. Not far from the town exit you can turn off to Birx, which you will reach shortly afterwards.

Leave the A71 via the motorway exit 24 Mellrichstadt and drive onto the B285. Following this road you drive via Mellrichstadt and Ostheim to Fladungen. After passing through Fladungen, turn left towards Hochrhönstrasse. Follow this up to the turning to Leubach. In Leubach you can turn to Frankenheim and in Frankenheim you can turn to Birx. Shortly afterwards you have reached the starting point of the hike.

Parking

The starting point and thus the exit car park in Birx is at the sports field there. The address is as follows:

Am Sportplatz, 98634 Birx | GoogleMaps

Coordinates

DD
50.530941, 10.048085
DMS
50°31'51.4"N 10°02'53.1"E
UTM
32U 574281 5598190
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Dehler Verlag - Rhön-Rundwege Thüringer Rhön"; ISBN 978-3-9815570-5-3

Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device, map or smartphone with onboard map material

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Distance
4.1 km
Duration
1:05 h
Ascent
62 m
Descent
62 m
Highest point
793 m
Lowest point
732 m
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