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Winterwanderweg 1 Schornhecke - Oberelsbach - Rhön

Winter hiking
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This winter hiking trail leads in the direction of Heidelstein in the largest non-Alpine nature reserve in Bavaria, the Langen Rhön.
easy
Distance 2.1 km
0:35 h
49 m
49 m
875 m
826 m
The enjoyable winter hiking trail is suitable for an entertaining trip to the snow-covered Rhön. Starting from the Schornhecke car park, we walk in the direction of Heidelstein and enjoy the view of the snow-covered Wasserkuppe and the characteristic landscape that gives the Rhön its nickname - the land of the open distances. It continues through the winter landscape back to the starting point.

If you haven't had enough of the fantastically snowy backdrop of the Rhön, you can continue on the adjoining winter hiking trail opposite the street at the Schornhecke.

If the hiking weather is good at the weekend, the Schornhecke information mobile is open at the local car park. There you can find interesting brochures on the Rhön biosphere reserve.

Author’s recommendation

Not far from the Schornhecke is the Rote Moor with other winter sports facilities.
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Author
Biosphärenzentrum Rhön "Haus der Langen Rhön", NBR e.V.
Update: December 01, 2022
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
875 m
Lowest point
826 m
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Safety information

Starting from the Schornhecke car park, the road must be crossed.

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.

Tips and hints

The snow hotline provides information about the winter conditions in the Rhön.

Start

Parking lot Schornhecke (825 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.468867, 10.023965
DMS
50°28'07.9"N 10°01'26.3"E
UTM
32U 572667 5591264
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Destination

Parking lot Schornhecke

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The winter hiking trail cannot be reached by public transport.

Getting there

To reach the entry point at the Schornhecke, drive on 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 onto the NES16 in the direction of Sondernau/Oberelsbach and follow the road in the direction of Oberelsbach. From there, continue in the direction of Ehrenberg on the Franzosenweg. After about 9 km you will see the Schornhecke car park on the right-hand side.

Parking

Parking lot Schornhecke (approximatly 40 slots, free) | GoogleMaps

Coordinates

DD
50.468867, 10.023965
DMS
50°28'07.9"N 10°01'26.3"E
UTM
32U 572667 5591264
w3w 
///heist.mellows.enjoyable
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Dehler Verlag - Wintersport Rhön. Langlaufloipen, Winterwanderwege, Schneeschuhwege, Skilifte, Rodelbahnen, Skowkiting, Snowtubing. ISBN-10: 3-9815570-0-8

Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sun protection
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device or map
  • Sufficient reserves of drinks and provisions

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.1 km
Duration
0:35 h
Ascent
49 m
Descent
49 m
Highest point
875 m
Lowest point
826 m
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