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Rhön Rundweg 9 Wachtküppel - Poppenhausen / Gersfeld - Rhön

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    Photo: Tourist Information Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe), CC BY
  • / Wachtküppel im winterlichen Abendrot
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  • / Ziegen am Wachtküppel
    Photo: Katharina Happel, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Unterhalb des Wachtküppels
    Photo: Katharina Happel, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Wachtküppel
    Photo: Katharina Happel, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Wachtküppel
    Photo: Katharina Happel, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
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The circular hiking trail leads past the foot of the "Spitzbubs der Rhön". The Wachtküppel mountain bears this nickname because of its distinctive shape.
easy
Distance 4.7 km
1:15 h
71 m
71 m
657 m
586 m
The Wachtküppel - also called Lausbub or Spitzbub der Rhön - is 705 m above sea level. NN, in the heart of the Hessian Rhön. The Wendelinus Chapel on the Wachtküppel is located below the mountain.

If you want, you can take a short detour to the summit cross of the Wachtküppel. If goats are grazing in the pasture, please do not take a dog to the summit.

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Tourist Information Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe)
Update: October 01, 2021
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Highest point
657 m
Lowest point
586 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

Hiking car park Wachtküppel (642 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.469458, 9.886491
DMS
50°28'10.0"N 9°53'11.4"E
UTM
32U 562910 5591204
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Destination

Hiking car park Wachtküppel

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The Maiersbach, Wachtküppel bus stop is right next to the start of the circular hiking trail. The following bus line of the LNG-Fulda runs there:
  • Line 37: Poppenhausen - Gersfeld - Wasserkuppe - Wüstensachsen

Getting there

The starting point of the hike can be reached via the A7 / A66.

From the A7 you drive onto the A66 at the Autobahn triangle 93 Fulda.

Leave the A66 at exit 54 Eichenzell and take the L3307 in the direction of Rönshausen and follow it to Weyhers. In the village you have to turn right and then left in quick succession, so that you are on the way in the direction of Poppenhausen. A short time later you turn right in Altenmühle towards Ebersburg / Maiersbach. On this route, the car park for hikers is on the left-hand side of the street by the Wendelinus Church.

Parking

Hiking car park Wachtküppel | GoogleMaps

Coordinates

DD
50.469458, 9.886491
DMS
50°28'10.0"N 9°53'11.4"E
UTM
32U 562910 5591204
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Dehler Verlag: Rhön-Rundwege "Rund um die Wasserkuppe"; ISBN-10: 3981303202; ISBN-13: 978-3981303209

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
  • 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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.7 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
71 m
Descent
71 m
Highest point
657 m
Lowest point
586 m
Circular route Scenic Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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