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Rhön-Rundweg 4 - Oberelsbach - Rhön

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    Gänsebrunnenweg, Rhön-Rundweg 4 Oberelsbach_1
    Photo: Fiona Sippel, Naturpark & Biosphärenreservat Bayer. Rhön e.V.
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The hiking trail leads across mixed forests and limestone meadows from Ginolfs to Oberelsbach and back again.
moderate
Distance 9 km
2:40 h
255 m
249 m
609 m
398 m
On the Hüppberg, this hiking trail leads through a wonderful beech forest - flooded with light in spring and shade in summer. Lean lime lawns on the Dünsberg, gems for orchids and butterflies, characterize the landscape west of Oberelsbach. Along the way, the “Gänsebrunnen” with a pond and seating area invites you to linger. Changing views of the surrounding Rhön Mountains and villages, together with the beautiful landscape, characterize this eventful circular hiking trail. A visit to the Rhön Biosphere Center "Haus der Langen Rhön" with its interactive exhibition about the Rhön Biosphere Reserve in Oberelsbach is also worthwhile. There are excellent restaurants in Oberelsbach and Ginolfs.

Author’s recommendation

Those who come to the Rhön in October can watch the traditional Ginolfs pasture drive. The pasture festival also invites you to socialize.
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Author
Sarah Göpfert
Update: October 28, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
609 m
Lowest point
398 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 10.58%Dirt road 55.55%Forested/wild trail 30.58%Path 0.56%Road 2.70%
Asphalt
1 km
Dirt road
5 km
Forested/wild trail
2.8 km
Path
0.1 km
Road
0.2 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

Start

Oberelsbach, Parkplatz Oberwaldbehrunger Straße (401 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.440487, 10.119588
DMS
50°26'25.8"N 10°07'10.5"E
UTM
32U 579501 5588206
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Destination

Oberelsbach, Parkplatz Oberwaldbehrunger Straße

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Oberelsbach/Marktplatz can be reached with the 8183 bus from Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale/Bahnhof and with the 8181 bus 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 main 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
50.440487, 10.119588
DMS
50°26'25.8"N 10°07'10.5"E
UTM
32U 579501 5588206
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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
9 km
Duration
2:40 h
Ascent
255 m
Descent
249 m
Highest point
609 m
Lowest point
398 m
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