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Rundwanderung: Kissinger Runde Bad Kissingen - Rhön

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  • Ausblick über Bad Kissingen
    / Ausblick über Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Ingo Peters, Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Gradierwerk | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Untere Saline | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Wandergruppe in Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Ingo Peters, Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Waldweg im Klauswald | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Kaskadentalbach | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Wanderung im Kaskadental | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Waldbühne im "Wald für die Seele" | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Wanderung entlang der Wichtelhöhlen | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Golfplatz | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Ruine Botenlauben | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Ausblick von der Ruine Botenlauben | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Ausblick von der Ruine Botenlauben | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Ausblick vom Bismarckturm | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Ausblick an der Kolpingkapelle | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Wassertreten in der mediterranen Kneipp-Landschaft | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Heji Shin, Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Regentenbau mit Saaleufer | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Heji Shin, Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Rosengarten mit Regentenbau | Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Dominik Marx, Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Wegemarkierung | Kissinger Runde Bad Kissingen
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
  • / Logo | Bad Kissingen. Entdecke die Zeit
    Photo: Bayer. Staatsbad Bad Kissingen GmbH
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On this circular hike you circle the most famous health resort in Germany for almost 28 kilometers and can enjoy the quiet forests and fantastic views of the city.
difficult
Distance 27.7 km
7:45 h
501 m
501 m
The full-day circular hike starts at the Lower Saline and the graduation tower. Take a deep breath is the motto here, because the climate of the imposing building is similar to that of the North Sea. The brine-containing water trickles down the blackthorn bundles that are attached to the wooden beams and evaporates. A small amount of purified salt particles gets into the air and creates an extremely healthy climate.

From here the tour leads through the pristine Klauswald with its cascade valley and the calming "forest for the soul". Past the Wichtelhöhlen - about 20 rock formations of different sizes and small caves made of red sandstone - you go to the golf club (Attention golf balls! Please ensure your own safety.). You can certainly watch some golfers teeing off here.

Pass the Eiringsburg ruins and continue to the Botenlauben ruins - the city's oldest landmark. From the two castle towers you can get a good idea of ​​the former floor plan and the whole size of the castle.

Through the forests in the east of the city you will soon reach the mighty Bismarck tower before you arrive again at the graduation tower. Here your legs really deserve a cooling off in the Kneipp pool!

Author’s recommendation

A detour to the historic city center is always worthwhile. Here you can admire not only the beautiful gardens and parks but also the imposing historical buildings.
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Author
Paula Ziegler
Update: June 09, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
365 m
Lowest point
193 m
Best time of year
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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

Gradierwerk - Bad Kissingen (199 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.217490, 10.069505
DMS
50°13'03.0"N 10°04'10.2"E
UTM
32U 576301 5563360
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Destination

Gradierwerk - Bad Kissingen

Turn-by-turn directions

This route description begins at the Gradierwerk car park. At the graduation tower (with public toilet), which is in operation during the season from May to October, the path leaves the Saale valley and leads leisurely uphill, initially through a built-up area towards Sinnberg. Past the Giebelhof (paddocks, free-range chickens, etc.) and the Rhönblick allotment garden, he reaches the Bismarck Tower. The Bismarck Tower is open from Easter to October during the season. 88 steps lead to the viewing platform. From here you can see the Kissinger Runde almost completely. In addition, some striking mountains of the Bavarian Rhön can be seen in the north in the distance. Starting from the Platzer Kuppe over the Black Mountains to the highest mountain in the Bavarian Rhön, the Kreuzberg, and over the Heidelstein to the Lange Rhön. From the Bismarck Tower the path continues uphill to the Sinnberg. A stop at Café Sinnberg would be possible here. At the highest point of the Sinnberg, the Sinnberg weather shelter also invites you to take a break. The route continues downhill, past various soldiers' graves from the war of 1866. At a particularly striking monument to this “fratricidal war”, the B 287 federal road has to be crossed. Now it goes up gently, also in the forest, to the Osterberg weather shelter. From here you have a beautiful view of the city, the striking Altenberg and up to Sodenberg near Hammelburg, about 30 km away. Slightly sloping, the path continues through the forest, past a mass grave from the aforementioned war, past the statue of St. Wendelin to the cemetery of honor for those who fell in World War I. The Stationsberg can be reached via the so-called Panzerstraße. The path climbs slightly to the Botenlauben castle ruins (public toilet at the foot of the ruins). The oldest building in the city offers a view of the Saale valley with the adjoining mountains from its two tower ruins, only from a new perspective. Now it goes steeply downhill to Reiterswiesen. (Serpentine to Kissinger Straße) Here there is the possibility to end or start the tour with the city bus. (Stop on the street). The Kissinger Strasse is crossed. The path first leads uphill over Finsterberg, then downhill to the right over field paths towards Arnshausen. After crossing the federal highway B 286, the route leads north past Arnshausen and in a tunnel under the railway lines Bad Kissingen - Schweinfurt or Bad Kissingen - Gemünden. At about this point, the “Kissinger Runde” is halfway through. At the edge of the forest, the path leads, also as a cycle path, to the Bad Kissinger Golf Club (refreshment stops, parking spaces). A footbridge leads over the Franconian Saale. Then the golf course is crossed. Caution: flying golf balls! Immediately afterwards the federal road B 287 is crossed again. Now it goes, partly steeply, uphill in the forest past the Wichtelhöhlen refuge to the "Wichtelhöhlen", a sandstone rock formation with numerous legends. From the edge of the forest we are on the "Path of Reflection", a section of the Kissinger Runde. Various artistic objects, biblical quotations and contemplative texts aim to stimulate thought. In this area there are beautiful views of the KissSalis Therme, the Garitz district and the city of Bad Kissingen. At the end of this section there is a parking lot on the outskirts of Garitz. The road is crossed. The path runs downhill until the B 286 has to be crossed again (Stadtbus stop), before the path again plunges into the forest for a long time. Half of the Staffelsberg is circled. In this section, the path is part of the “Ludwigsturm forest exploration path”. Here you can study newly planted, native forest trees using information boards, but also z. Admire some of the very old, stately oaks. Past the “Ilgenhalle” refuge and the “Ilgenwiese”, the path gently descends towards the Kaskadental. Before this can be achieved, a street has to be crossed one last time. Now the most scenic part of the “Kissinger Runde” begins. The cascade brook babbles towards the Franconian Saale via artificially created cascades. At the Altenburger Haus hiking car park, the path runs parallel to the road along the edge of the forest. Then we cross the main road. The path crosses the meadows of the airfield and leads over a bridge to the graduation tower, the starting point of the “Kissinger Runde”.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

In Bad Kissingen there is a small train station from which you can take regional trains to the nearest cities. You can plan your journey to Bad Kissingen here: bahn.de

Numerous bus connections run from Bad Kissingen (timetables here). The following bus connections lead to Bad Kissingen:

  • Line 8113: Bad Kissingen - Bad Brückenau
  • Line 8141: Bad Kissingen - Oberthulba - Hammelburg
  • Line 8142: Bad Kissingen - Bad Bocklet / Burkardroth - Bad Neustadt
  • Line 8147: Bad Kissingen - Münnerstadt - Seubrigshausen
  • Line 8151: Maßbach - Bad Kissingen
  • Line 8162: Bad Neustadt / Saale - Bad Kissingen - Würzburg
  • Line 8167: Hammelburg - Euerdorf - Bad Kissingen
  • Line 8189: Oehrberg / Wirmsthal - Bad Kissingen
  • Line 8190: Waldfenster - Bad Kissingen
  • Line 8230 - Bäderlandbus: Bad Brückenau - Bad Bocklet - Bad Kissingen - Bad Neustadt - Bad Königshofen
  • Line 8240 - Kreuzbergshuttle: Hammelburg - Oberthulba - Bad Kissingen - Bad Bocklet - Burkardroth - Langenleiten - Kreuzberg
  • Line 8250 - See-Shuttle: Bad Kissingen - Oerlenbach - Rottershausen - Maßbach - Ellertshäuser See

Getting there

The A7 runs to the west of Bad Kissingen. Bad Kissingen can be reached via the following exits:
  • Exit 96: Bad Kissingen / Oberthulba
  • Exit 97: Hammelburg

The A71 runs to the east of Bad Kissingen. Bad Kissingen can be reached via the following exits:

  • Exit 28: Bad Kissingen / Oerlenbach
  • Exit 27: Maßbach
  • Exit 26: Münnerstadt

Parking

On weekdays you can park your car in around 700 free parking spaces. These are a 10 to 15 minute walk from the city center. The parking spaces are located in the Au, at the former US barracks, at Wendelinus, at Heiligenfeld and at the ice rink. You will also find around 500 inexpensive parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the city center. The fees are € 1 per day. You can find the areas on the Eissee, in the Au, in the Kurhausstraße, at the train station, at the freight yard, in the Schützenstraße and in the Bergmannstraße. You can park at the same rate in Bahnhofstrasse, Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse, Pfalzstrasse, Salinenstrasse and Kapellenstrasse.

You can find an overview of the parking spaces here.

Coordinates

DD
50.217490, 10.069505
DMS
50°13'03.0"N 10°04'10.2"E
UTM
32U 576301 5563360
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device or map
  • Sufficient drinks reserves and provisions
  • Photo camera to capture the impressive landscape

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
27.7 km
Duration
7:45 h
Ascent
501 m
Descent
501 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Healthy climate

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