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Rhön-Rundweg 1 - Oberelsbach - Rhön

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  • Rhönrundweg 1 Oberelsbach_Fünf Dörfer Tour
    Rhönrundweg 1 Oberelsbach_Fünf Dörfer Tour
    Photo: Biosphärenzentrum Rhön "Haus der Langen Rhön", NBR e.V., CC0, UNESCO Biosphärenreservat Rhön Verwaltungsstelle Bayern
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You will discover typical Rhön villages and landscapes on this hiking trail along all five districts of the local community Oberelsbach.
moderate
Distance 15.8 km
4:20 h
325 m
323 m
609 m
350 m
Accompanied by the streams of the Els and Sonder - partly through extensive meadows and fields, partly through forest - it goes from village to village. Elderberry plantations, blooming white in spring, with dark fruits in summer, regularly line the path. In Weisbach there is the possibility to visit one of the traditional wood carver. Pay a visit to the shepherd in Ginolfs - he sells delicious Rhön sheep products and other regional specialties in his shop. Back in Oberelsbach, a detour to the mini golf course rounds off the day.

A variety of excellent restaurateurs invite you to stop for a break along the way. Enjoy Rhön specialties such as Rhön trout and Rhön sheep!

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to plan a visit to the "Haus der Langen Rhön" biospheric center with its interactive exhibition about the Rhön biosphere reserve.
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Biosphärenzentrum Rhön "Haus der Langen Rhön", NBR e.V.
Update: November 11, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
609 m
Lowest point
350 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 26.31%Dirt road 27.30%Forested/wild trail 37.91%Path 0.32%Road 8.13%
Asphalt
4.2 km
Dirt road
4.3 km
Forested/wild trail
6 km
Path
0.1 km
Road
1.3 km
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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.

Tips and hints

Further information you will find on following homepages:

Start

Oberelsbach (401 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.440501, 10.119529
DMS
50°26'25.8"N 10°07'10.3"E
UTM
32U 579496 5588208
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Destination

Oberelsbach

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The bus stop Oberelsbach/Marktplatz can be reached with the 8183 bus from Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale/Bahnhof and with the 8181 from Mellrichstadt/Bahnhof.

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Getting there

To get to the parking lot in Oberwaldbehrunger Straße in Oberelsbach, take the A71 to Bad Neustadt an der Saale. Then take exit 25 Bad Neustadt an der Saale onto the B279 in the direction of Bad Neustadt/Bischofsheim and follow the B279 to Wegfurt. Turn right there in the direction of Sondernau/Oberelsbach onto the NES16 and follow the road to the destination Oberelsbach.

Parking

In Oberelsbach there is free parking at the intersection of Oberwaldbehrunger Straße and Unterelsbacher Straße with approx. 12 spaces (GoogleMaps)

Coordinates

DD
50.440501, 10.119529
DMS
50°26'25.8"N 10°07'10.3"E
UTM
32U 579496 5588208
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Rhön-Rundwege Lange Rhön. Dehler Design - Medienverlag. ISBN-10: 3981557039

Author’s map recommendations

  • Wanderkarte Hohe Rhön, 1:35000. Verlag Dr. Andreas Barthel. ISBN-10: 3895912313
  • Wanderkarte Oberelsbach Oberelsbach, 1:35000. Verlag Dr. Andreas Barthel. ISBN-10: 3895911675

Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • First aid kit
  • Sufficient drinks and provisions
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • GPS navigation device, map or smartphone with onboard maps

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.8 km
Duration
4:20 h
Ascent
325 m
Descent
323 m
Highest point
609 m
Lowest point
350 m
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