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Winterwanderweg Poppenhausen bis Guckaisee - Rhön

Winter hiking · Rhön
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  • Guckaisee im Winter
    / Guckaisee im Winter
    Photo: Tourist Information Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe), CC BY-ND, Tourist Information Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe)
  • / Weg vom Heckenhöfchen
    Photo: Tourist Information Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe), CC BY-ND, Tourist Information Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe)
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Walking the Guckaisee in winter is a truly special experience. This hiking trail leads from Poppenhausen to the idyllic Guckaisee.
easy
Distance 3.6 km
1:05 h
193 m
1 m
The Guckaisee is the only lake in the Hessian Rhön that was created naturally. In summer it inspires as a natural bathing lake and attracts countless recreational athletes on their tours. In winter, the experience is rotated 180 degrees. Walkers can experience the lake in its hibernation.

The winter hiking trail leads hikers from Poppenhausen to the popular lake. On the 3.6 kilometers you walk through the wintry landscape of the Rhön. During this time of year, many animal species are also in their hibernation. The walk is characterized by silence and plenty of time for your own thoughts.

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Tourist Information Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe)
Update: October 13, 2021
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
684 m
Lowest point
491 m
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Safety information

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

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

Tips and hints

Start

Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe) (490 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.485964, 9.876754
DMS
50°29'09.5"N 9°52'36.3"E
UTM
32U 562198 5593031
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Destination

Guckaisee

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the circular path no. 1 in the direction of Guckaisee, then on the hiking path no. 8, past the Best Western Hotel "Rhön Garden", to the Heckenhöfchen and finally to the Guckaisee.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There are several bus stops in Poppenhausen. The following lines of LNG-Fulda stop at the Poppenhausen, Kirche bus stop:
  • Line 35: Wasserkuppe - Poppenhausen - Weyhers - Künzell - Fulda
  • Line 37: Poppenhausen - Gersfeld - Wasserkuppe - Wüstensachsen
  • Line 44: Dalherda - Schmalnau - Weyhers - Oberrod - Poppenhausen

From the bus stop you have to walk about 700 meters uphill to the entrance to the winter hiking trail.

Getting there

Arrival by car is possible via the A7 and A66.

Leave the A7 at exit 92 Fulda-Mitte and take the B458 in the direction of Hilders. When you reach the small village of Steinwand, turn right towards Poppenhausen.

Leave the A66 at exit 54 Eichenzell and then join the L3307 in the direction of Rönshausen / Poppenhausen. In Weyhers, turn right onto Fuldaer Straße and at the exit of the town turn left again onto Lüttertal street (L3307). On this one reaches Poppenhausen.

Parking

Poppenhausen

There is no parking space directly at the entrance in Poppenhausen. Parking in the town center is approx. 700 meters from the entry point | GoogleMaps (town center) | GoogleMaps (entry to the hiking trail)

Guckaisee

Parking lot at the Guckaisee | Google Maps

Coordinates

DD
50.485964, 9.876754
DMS
50°29'09.5"N 9°52'36.3"E
UTM
32U 562198 5593031
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Winter clothing
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device or map
  • Sufficient drinks and provisions

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.6 km
Duration
1:05 h
Ascent
193 m
Descent
1 m
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