This winter hiking trail runs largely through the wonderfully snow-covered Rhön Forest.
Distance 8.5 km
Highest point718 m
Lowest point574 m
We start our tour on Gangolfsberg and hike along the edge of the snow-covered natural forest reserve in the direction of Ilmenberg. Surrounded by dense winter forest, the path leads us to the Thüringer Hütte. Particularly interesting: the winter hiking trail runs from there partly parallel to the Franziskusweg. It continues past the abandoned village of Altenfeld to the Rhön Park Hotel. To get to our starting point, we return on the snow-covered path.
There are places to stop and warm up in the Schweinfurter Haus and the Thüringer Hütte.
The rare wildcat is native to the Gangolfsberg. There is a lot to discover about the shy animal on the information boards.
Biosphärenzentrum Rhön "Haus der Langen Rhön", NBR e.V.
Update: November 29, 2022
Best time of year
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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.
The winter hiking trail cannot be reached by public transport.
To reach the entry point at the Schweinfurter Haus, 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 to Oberelsbach and then to Ursprung. From Ursprung the path leads in the direction of the Hochrhön. After a few kilometers, follow the signs to the left into the forest to the parking lot at the Schweinfurter Haus.
Hiking car park am Gangolfsberg/Schweinfurter Haus (free; approximatly 8 slots) | GoogleMaps