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Winterwanderweg - from Eisernen Kreuz to Kissinger Hütte - Sandberg/Wildflecken - Rhön

Winter hiking
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Winter wonderland feelings arise between the Kissinger Hütte and the Eisernes Kreuz hiking car park. Panoramic views, a snow-covered basalt lake and mulled wine to warm you up - this is what makes a winter excursion perfect.
moderate
Distance 1.8 km
0:30 h
86 m
11 m
829 m
744 m
The destination of this great winter hike is the popular destination of the Kissinger Hütte on the summit of the Feuerberg (832m). The hiking hut of the Rhön Club did not always have the shape it has today. In 1914 a simple refuge developed into today's hiker's hut. Today it is popular with visitors in both summer and winter.

Our tour starts below the Feuerberg at the Eisernes Kreuz hiking car park. The former basalt works in Stangenroth are in the immediate vicinity. After the closure of the plant, the quarry has meanwhile been filled with water. Today there is one of many basalt lakes in the Rhön, which originated in former quarries.

On the way to the Kissinger Hütte, we always hike slightly uphill on a section of the Kardinal-Döpfner-Weg to the treeless ridge of the Feuerberg. Cardinal Döpfner worked in Munich during his term of office in the 1960s and 1970s. On his days off, he liked to return to his Rhön homeland for hiking. The Rhön Club named a hiking trail in his honor, which Cardinal Döpfner liked to use.

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Author
Katharina Happel
Update: November 16, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
829 m
Lowest point
744 m
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Track types

Asphalt 9.01%Dirt road 15.25%Forested/wild trail 66.25%Path 9.45%
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0.2 km
Dirt road
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
1.2 km
Path
0.2 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.

Tips and hints

Start

Hiking car park "Eisernes Kreuz", Wildflecken-Oberbach (754 m)
Coordinates:
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50.328795, 9.932064
DMS
50°19'43.7"N 9°55'55.4"E
UTM
32U 566341 5575604
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Destination

Hiking hut Kissinger Hütte

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The tour is not accessible by public transport.

Getting there

It can be reached via the A7 motorway. Leave this at exit 95 Bad Brueckenau/Wildflecken and take the B286 in the direction of Bad Brueckenau/Jossa/Bischofsheim a. i.e. Rhön/Wildflecken. After approx. 2.5 km, turn right onto St 2289 in the direction of Bischofsheim a. i.e. R./Wild spots off. Follow this road for a good 5 km before turning left onto KG 45 to Oberbach. After approx. 550 m turn right onto KG 45 in the direction of the slope. After approx. 4.7 km the car park is on the left side of the road.

Parking

  • Wanderparkplatz Eisernes Kreuz, 97772 Wildlfecken | GoogleMaps

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Coordinates

DD
50.328795, 9.932064
DMS
50°19'43.7"N 9°55'55.4"E
UTM
32U 566341 5575604
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Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sun protection
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigator or map
  • Sufficient supplies of drinks and provisions
  • Camera to capture the beautiful views

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
1.8 km
Duration
0:30 h
Ascent
86 m
Descent
11 m
Highest point
829 m
Lowest point
744 m
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