Between the Wasserkuppe in the Rhön and the Rennsteig in the Thuringian Forest, we walk through the most diverse character landscapes of both low mountain ranges in the heart of Germany.
Distance 98.5 km
Highest point949 m
Lowest point277 m
The hike begins on the Wasserkuppe, the highest mountain in the Rhön and known as an Eldorado for glider pilots and paragliders. We walk over the moor path in the Red Moor to the Heidelstein. From the Strinberg we enjoy the wide view. At the Schwarzen Moor we recommend a detour along the circular hiking trail (approx. 1 hour). After the memorial commemorating the reunification of Germany, we reach Frankenheim, the highest municipality in the Rhön. We continue to the Ellenbogen, the plateau of the Grasenberg and the Alten Mark, and at the latest when we are on the summit of the Geba, it is clear to everyone why the Rhön is also called the "land of open distances". In Utendorf you should definitely try the bread and onion cake from the stone oven. After the fantastic view at the summit of Dolmar, we hike through the vast forest areas of the Thuringian Forest, go up to the Hinteren Thalkopf and down to the village of Christes. The historic Christborn fountain and the basilica from 1443 make the Rhöndorf unique. Real highlights are the views from the Ruppberg and Gebrannten Stein until we finally reach the Rennsteig and the famous winter sports resort of Oberhof.
Both the black and the red moor are home to a large number of rare animal and plant species. A specially set up boardwalk enables insights into the valuable habitat of the nature park.
Crossing the B 284 between the Fuchssteinen and the Roten Moor,
crossing the ST2286 (Franzosenweg) between Heidelstein and the Schornhecke car park,
crossing the B 285 between Eisenacher Haus and Aschenhausen,
crossing the B19 to Walldorf
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
Dieser Wanderweg führt durch die Biosphärenreservate und Naturparke Rhön sowie Thüringer Wald und berührt dabei verschiedene Schutzgebiete. Bitte helfen Sie mit, diese wertvollen Lebensräume zu erhalten, indem Sie die dortigen Hinweise beachten.
Gersfeld station, with line 90 of the LNG to the Wasserkuppe (only Sat, Sun and public holidays)
On-Call-Bus 37 to Wasserkuppe; Order at least 30 minutes before published collection time neccessary.
North or south via the A7; Leave the A7 at exit 92 (Fulda Mitte), follow the signs to Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe) and then to Wasserkuppe.
Coming from the west follow the A66; at Eichenzell change to the A7 towards Kassel (north); Leave the A7 at exit 92 (Fulda Mitte), then follow the B458 and L3068 to the Wasserkuppe.
Coming from the east, you can take the A4 to Erfurt and then continue on the A71 to Mellrichstadt. From there you can get to Ostheim - Oberelsbach - Bischofsheim a.d. Rhön and Gersfeld to the Wasserkuppe.