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  • Picturesque view over the Rhön Mountains
    Picturesque view over the Rhön Mountains Photo: Rasmus Schübel, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • View from the Soisberg into the Rhön Mountains in the south
    View from the Soisberg into the Rhön Mountains in the south Photo: Jörg. Braukmann, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • The Hessian Kegelspiel (up to 552.9 m) in the Soisberg Kuppen Rhön
    The Hessian Kegelspiel (up to 552.9 m) in the Soisberg Kuppen Rhön Photo: N8mahl, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • Southern mountains of the Brückenauer Kuppen Rhön: Dreistelzberg (left) and Mettermich (right) Photo: Kreuzschnabel, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
  • Rhön landscape near Tann (in June) – the land of the open faraway Photo: RudolfSimon, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons


The Rhön Mountains are a German low mountain range at the border triangle between Bavaria, Hesse and Thuringia. The Rhön is usually divided into the High Rhön with the Wasserkuppe, the highest peak of the mountain range, and the Kuppen Rhön, which also includes the Anterior Rhön and encloses the High Rhön. The Rhön is largely forested, but is nevertheless known for its forest-free mountain tops with their high moors and ideal take-off sites for gliders and paragliders.
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Attractions in the Rhoen region


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Mountainbiking · Thüringer Wald
Jakobsweg: Via Regia von Oberellen nach Fulda
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 87.3 km
Duration 7:45 h
Ascent 1,972 m
Descent 1,792 m

Teil einer Radreise auf dem Jakobsweg von Berlin nach Santiago de Compostela.

from Dirk Neubauer,   Community
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 20.4 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 667 m
Descent 600 m

Die zweite Etappe ist mit der Besteigung der Wasserkuppe und dem Aufstieg nach Birx recht anspruchsvoll.

from Andreas Skorka,
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3
Distance 20.3 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 211 m
Descent 540 m

Eine Tour, bei der es mehr bergab als bergauf geht, mit einem schönen Abstieg nach Bischofsheim.

from Andreas Skorka,
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 4
Distance 19 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 636 m
Descent 590 m

Highlight ist natürlich der Kreuzberg, der heilige Berg der Franken, zu dem man wallfahren kann, mit dem Auto hochfahren kann, der aber auch sehr ...

from Andreas Skorka,
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 5
Distance 10.8 km
Duration 3:10 h
Ascent 418 m
Descent 0 m

Eine kurze Wanderung nur mit den Highlights Rotes Moor und Wasserkuppe.

from Andreas Skorka,
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 1
Distance 16.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 601 m
Descent 289 m

Ein guter Einstieg in die Rhön, bei dem schon ein beachtlicher Höhenunterschied zurückgelegt wird.

from Andreas Skorka,
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 4.4 km
Duration 1:20 h
Ascent 159 m
Descent 159 m

Rundweg von Dreistelz bei Bad Brückenau über den Dreistelzkopf mit seinem herrlichen Aussichtsturm.

from Thomas Eisert,   Community
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The Rhön is located in the southeast of the East Hessian Highlands and thus belongs to the southernmost parts of the low mountain range. The mountain range of volcanic origin is bordered by the Fulda depression in the west, by the Fulda-Werra mountain range in the north and by the rivers Werra, Jüchse and Bibra in the south. A large part of the Rhön belongs to a biosphere area and the low mountain range is home to a high number of different biotopes and species.

The landscape is mainly characterized by forests, the wood-free mountain tops are adorned by high moors. Small lakes and brooks as well as the rivers Franconian Saale and Fulda can be found in the region. In the middle of it all there are rocks and block dumps, castles and palaces, fortified churches and medieval half-timbered houses.

The Rhön is a region of stories: Here you can discover the former inner-German border, follow in the footsteps of the Celts, experience geology, look at the stars and taste Franconian wines and Rhön beer.

Rhön Mountains

Natural highlights in the Rhön

A clear highlight of the Rhön is the Wasserkuppe, the highest mountain of the low mountain range and Hesse. Not only hikers come for the beautiful view, the Wasserkuppe is considered the "cradle of gliding". Numerous gliders and paragliders take off from the meadow hilltop. Also the Kreuzberg is visited with pleasure. With a monastery and the associated monastery brewery, the "holy mountain of the Franks" is the destination of numerous pilgrims. The Milseburg is called the "Pearl of the Rhön". The mountain surprises with a striking, rocky profile and is the highest peak of the so-called Kuppen Rhön.

In addition to mountain peaks, the Black and Red Moor are particularly popular nature excursion destinations. The two high moors impress with rare plants and animals, information centers, observation towers and moor nature trails. Especially hikers and in winter cross-country skiers are happy about the paths through the two impressive moors.

Active in the Rhön

Outdoor sportsmen and women are mostly on foot in the Rhön. The over 6000 km long and well signposted network of hiking trails attracts with highlights such as the "Hochrhöner" and the "Rhön-Höhen-Weg". The Hochrhöner stretches over 175 km from Bad Kissingen to Bad Salzungen and has several extra tours. The Rhön-Höhen-Weg leads from Burgsinn over the Kreuzberg to Bad Salzungen on the Werra and covers 137 km. Of course there are also many shorter tours in the low mountain range, which only wait for an ascent.

Those who arrive by bike can let off steam on 2500 km of paths and various mountain bike trails. It goes high into the mountains, relaxed by rivers and over well passable asphalt roads through the mountains. Besides the "Rhönradweg", the "BahnRadweg Hessen" is particularly popular, but there are also numerous other routes available for cyclists.

In winter, not only skiers are on the slopes of the ski resorts, but also cross-country skiers come to explore the extensive network of trails. Winter hikers get their money's worth and sledders or snowshoe hikers will also find the right route.

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Extratour Basaltweg - Wildflecken - Rhön by Lorenz
Yesterday · Community
Kann die schlechten Bewertungen hier absolut nicht nachvollziehen, die Runde hat mir sehr gut gefallen, besonders der sehr hohe Pfad-Anteil.
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When did you do this route? April 16, 2020
Extratour Der Hilderser - Hilders - Rhön by Celina
September 25, 2022 · Community
Schöne Tour mit tollen Aussichten und klasse Beschilderung
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When did you do this route? September 03, 2022
Guckaisee by Mario
September 24, 2022 · Community
Der Guckaisee ist relativ unspektakulär, ansonsten tolle Tour.
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When did you do this route? September 22, 2022
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