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Mountainbike Rundweg 10 Kreuzbergmarathon - Bad Bocklet - Rhön

Mountainbiking · Rhön
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  • Mountain biking in the Rhön
    Mountain biking in the Rhön
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
The Kreuzbergmarathon runs through the Black Mountains, visits numerous mountain huts, leads to the Kreuzberg and accompanies rustic river valleys - the perfect tour for explorers.
Distance 81.3 km
9:05 h
1,541 m
1,541 m
927 m
206 m
The start of this round trip is in Geroda. You can quickly reach the "Black Mountains", the southernmost ridge of the Rhön and one of the largest nature reserves in Bavaria with the three mountain and hiking huts "Berghaus Rhön", "Würzburger Haus" and the "Kissinger Hütte". At the "Berghaus Rhön" it is worth taking a look into the "inkwell", a former basalt quarry, which has filled with water. Today the basalt lake is a popular destination. A short time later you reach a second, water-filled quarry. The basalt rock face that can be admired there is one of the highest and steepest in the entire Rhön.

A beautiful forest path leads to the "Feuerberg" (832m) with the "Kissinger Hütte". A unique panoramic view opens up here. In front of one of the Kreuzberg, which is the next summit on the program. To the left of this, when visibility is good, you can see the Wasserkuppe, at 950 meters the highest mountain in the Rhön. Right past the Kreuzberg, the view sometimes extends to the two Gleichberge mountains in Thuringia, 50 kilometers away.

The monastery on the mountain has been around for several hundred years. The local brewery, gastronomy and the crucifixion group are the attraction for numerous guests.

Now the track leads past the Gemündener Hütte and the Neustädter Haus. The village of Schmalwasser is reached via the hamlet of Kilianshof and Sandberg. On the right side of the brook of the same name, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful brook valleys in Bavaria, you get to Bad Bocklet, even if the smallest state bath in Bavaria is not directly on the route. Bad Bocklet is connected to the MTB route via a short feeder road and can therefore also serve as a very good starting point for the tour. Following the Franconian Saale, you reach Aschach. Aschach is known for its castle. The castle houses a few museums and also a restaurant with a terrace directly overlooking the castle park.

The mountain bike circular route continues on a beautiful single trail to the Klaushof wildlife park. The last section of the route takes us via the Thulba Valley and the town of Oehrberg - with a natural bathing area - back to the starting point in Geroda.

Author’s recommendation

On this tour you should stop at at least one of the mountain huts along the way.
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Katharina Happel
Update: May 02, 2023
Highest point
Kreuzberg, 927 m
Lowest point
206 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 8.14%Dirt road 42.90%Forested/wild trail 27.16%Path 15.41%Road 6.37%
6.6 km
Dirt road
34.9 km
Forested/wild trail
22.1 km
12.5 km
5.2 km
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Safety information

The tourist paths of the Rhön are mostly used by other active people (hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists, walkers, horse riders, cross-country skiers, etc.).

We ask all active nature sports enthusiasts to show consideration for one another. Of course, the same applies to nature - it is worth protecting. In the Rhön, nature sports should therefore only be practiced in daylight on designated paths and areas.

  • In the Rhön, the paths are shared. With mutual consideration, nobody has to get angry.
  • Trails and paths are the best. Across the meadow - don`t do it!
  • Take the memory with you and your garbage!
  • Never drive faster than you can stop.
  • At night (and in winter) the forest belongs to the animals.

We recommend that you only ride the mountain bike trails in the summer season (May-October).

Tips and hints


Bad Bocklet (211 m)
50.261751, 10.073640
50°15'42.3"N 10°04'25.1"E
32U 576525 5568285


Bad Bocklet

Public transport

Please find out before you travel by public transport whether it allows you to take bicycles with you. The bus routes in the Bad Kissingen district (primarily on weekdays):
  • Route 8142: Bad Kissingen - Bad Bocklet - Burkardroth - Bad Neustadt
  • Route 8143: Aschach - Bad Bocklet - Münnerstadt
  • Bäderlandbus line 8230: Bad Brückenau - Bad Bocklet - Bad Kissingen - Bad Neustadt - Bad Königshofen
  • Kreuzbergshuttle line 8240: Hammelburg - Oberthulba - Bad Kissingen - Bad Bocklet - Burkardroth - Langenleiten - Kreuzberg

By road

Bad Bocklet can be easily reached by car via the surrounding motorways:

On the A7 motorway, take exit 95 Bad Brückenau/Wildflecken if you are approaching Bad Bocklet from the north. After the exit, drive onto the B286 in the direction of Geroda/Bad Kissingen. Turn right towards Stralsbach and follow the signs via Aschach to Bad Bocklet.

If you are coming from the south via the A7 in the Rhön, use exit 97 Hammelburg. Here you turn onto the B287 and drive on this to Bad Kissingen. In Bad Kissingen, follow the signs to Bad Bocklet. The spa town is accessible via the St2292.

Bad Bocklet can also be reached via the A71. Here you use the exit 26 Münnerstadt. Bad Bocklet can be reached via Münnerstadt or Nüdlingen.


Parking at the Bad Bocklet spa park, Aschacher Straße, 97708 Bad Bocklet | GoogleMaps


50.261751, 10.073640
50°15'42.3"N 10°04'25.1"E
32U 576525 5568285
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • PUBLICPRESS: Mountainbikekarte Rhön 1 : 50 000, ISBN 978-3899204551
  • KOMPASS Verlag: Fahrradkarte Rhön, Fulda 1 : 70 000, ISBN 978-3990448199 


There are numerous recommendations for the right equipment on a mountain bike tour. We recommend that you take a look at the BIKE BOOKLET. This was written for you by mountain bikers and subject matter experts. Among other things, the following is recommended for the equipment:
  • Helmet / gloves / (sun) glasses
  • Matching backpack with rain cover
  • tools and spare parts
  • Warming / cooling clothing
  • First aid kit
  • Orientation aids such as a map or navigation system
  • Security (mobile phone, money, ID card, debit card, sunscreen)
  • provisions

Now you know where to look for more details.

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81.3 km
9:05 h
1,541 m
1,541 m
Highest point
927 m
Lowest point
206 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights


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