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Winterwanderweg Gangolfsberg - Oberelsbach - Rhön

Winter hiking
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This winter hiking trail runs largely through the wonderfully snow-covered Rhön Forest.
moderate
Distance 8.5 km
2:25 h
246 m
246 m
718 m
574 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.

Author’s recommendation

The rare wildcat is native to the Gangolfsberg. There is a lot to discover about the shy animal on the information boards.
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Author
Biosphärenzentrum Rhön "Haus der Langen Rhön", NBR e.V.
Update: November 29, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Experience
Landscape
Highest point
718 m
Lowest point
574 m
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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 Schweinfurter Haus (574 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.464572, 10.095825
DMS
50°27'52.5"N 10°05'45.0"E
UTM
32U 577774 5590859
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Destination

Hiking car park Schweinfurter Haus

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 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.

Parking

Hiking car park am Gangolfsberg/Schweinfurter Haus (free; approximatly 8 slots) | GoogleMaps

Coordinates

DD
50.464572, 10.095825
DMS
50°27'52.5"N 10°05'45.0"E
UTM
32U 577774 5590859
w3w 
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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
moderate
Distance
8.5 km
Duration
2:25 h
Ascent
246 m
Descent
246 m
Highest point
718 m
Lowest point
574 m
Out and back Refreshment stops available

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