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Rhön-Rundweg 2 Roßdorf - Rhön

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The circular route leads over a length of 9 kilometers from Roßdorf to the Bernhäuser Kutte. The path leads back to the starting point in Roßdorf over the Horn hill (578m).
moderate
Distance 9 km
2:40 h
321 m
321 m
The Rhön-Rundweg 9 starts in the cozy village of Roßdorf. There is a small castle in the village. In the former moated castle, which was already mentioned in documents in 780, there are now a holiday apartments and a small campsite on the site.

The hiking trail leads towards the Bernshäuser Kutte, a sinkhole pond, which was created by the collapse of cavities in the surrounding sandstone.

From the Bernshäuser Kutte the circular hiking trail now runs steadily uphill to just before the summit of the Horn (578m). As at other locations in the Rhön, Celts lived on the Horn many hundreds of years ago. Remains of a rampart as well as finds (bronze axes and jewelry, etc. from approx. 2000-1000 BC) testify to this.

From the Horn the path runs downhill back to Roßdorf.

Author’s recommendation

The circular sinkhole pond Bernshäuser Kutte is a highlight on the tour. Plan your rest there!
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Author
Katharina Happel
Update: July 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
560 m
Lowest point
376 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.

Tips and hints

Start

Village centre of Roßdorf (375 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.704520, 10.216340
DMS
50°42'16.3"N 10°12'58.8"E
UTM
32U 585889 5617672
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Destination

Village centre of Roßdorf

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There is a bus stop in the center of Roßdorf. The following Meininger bus lines operate there:
  • Line 443: Schmalkalden - Wehrnshausen - Roßdorf
  • Line 444: Schmalkalden - Zillbach - Eckhardts

There is a bus stop in Bernshausen. The following Wartburgmobil bus lines run there:

  • Line 121: Wiesenthal - Urnshausen - Dermbach - Stadtlengsfeld
  • Line 131: Dermbach - Wiesenthal

Getting there

You can drive to Roßdorf via the A4 or A71.

Leave the motorway A4 via exit 33 Friedewald and take the B62 in the direction of Vacha. In Vacha, continue on the B84 in the direction of Bad Salzungen. At Dorndorf, turn right onto the L1022 in the direction of Stadtlengsfeld and Dermbach and follow this to the small town of Hartschimmern, where you turn left into Urnshausen. Here you drive through Bernshausen and could start the hiking trail from there. Alternatively, continue on the main road through the village and shortly afterwards you will reach Roßdorf, the starting point of the circular hiking trail.

Leave the motorway A71 at exit 21 Meiningen-Nord. Then you drive on the B19 through Meiningen and on via Walldorf and Wasungen to Schwallungen. Leave the B19 at Schwallungen and follow the signs from there to Roßdorf.

Parking

Parking lot Schloßplatz Roßdorf | GoogleMaps

Coordinates

DD
50.704520, 10.216340
DMS
50°42'16.3"N 10°12'58.8"E
UTM
32U 585889 5617672
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Dehler Verlag - Rhön-Rundwege Thüringen; ISBN 978-3-9815570-5-3

Equipment

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

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
  • Blister kit
  • 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9 km
Duration
2:40 h
Ascent
321 m
Descent
321 m
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