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Extratour Vorderrhönweg - Wasungen - Rhön

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  • Oepfershausen
    / Oepfershausen
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Kunststation Oepfershausen
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Rastmöglichkeit über Hümpfershausen
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Hutebuche bei der Hümpfershäuser Hütte
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Hümpfershäuser Hütte
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Kletterturm bei der Hümpfershäuser Hütte
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
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Old hut beeches on spacious mountain meadows and extensive limestone grasslands - the Vorderrhönweg leads through a lesser-known but exceptional cultural landscape in the Rhön.
moderate
Distance 14 km
4:00 h
353 m
353 m
From Hümpfershausen we hike over the Gotteskopf to the Hümpfershausen hut. Ancient, impressive beeches frame the sweeping panorama of the Thuringian Forest on the horizon. We walk over the Hahnberg through natural deciduous forests and wide meadows to the Amönenhof. Let's take a little time for a little detour to the clock tower! The time was not invented here, but was measured with tower clocks up to 200 years old. Then we come to the village of Oepfershausen, where an art station combines creativity and nature. An extensive creative program is offered here in spacious workshops. In addition, the so-called "Black Castle" from the 18th century, formerly part of the Aueroch's Castle, has been extensively restored and reconstructed. We continue through the idyllic village of Friedelshausen with its old lime tree. We walk over Glasberg through a picture book landscape with impressive limestone grasslands. The latter is the result of centuries-old grazing with sheep and goats and is home to silver thistles. These habitats are important across Europe and can only be preserved with great effort. On narrow paths we get back to the starting point in Hümpfershausen.

Author’s recommendation

A detour to the Turmuhrenklause is definitely worth the time. A selection of historical tower clocks is shown here. The art station in Oepfershausen is also a great workshop for creative people of all ages.
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Katharina Happel
Update: September 09, 2021
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Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
674 m
Lowest point
437 m
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Safety information

  • Crossing the K83 (between Kaltenlengsfeld and Oepfershausen)
  • Crossing the L2618 (Friedelshausen)

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

Trail

Further links:

Start

Wasungen-Hümpfershausen (444 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.666116, 10.224360
DMS
50°39'58.0"N 10°13'27.7"E
UTM
32U 586526 5613411
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Destination

Wasungen-Hümpfershausen

Turn-by-turn directions

  • Hümpfershausen (village)
  • Hümpfershäuser Hütte (hiking hut)
  • Zigeunerecke
  • Hahnberg (mountain)
  • Amöndenhof 
  • Oepfershausen (village)
  • Friedelshausen (village)
  • Hümpfershausen (village)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Meiningen main station, you can take bus line 412 (or bus line 414) from MBB Hümpfershausen (not daily) or Monday to Friday Oepfershausen, Unterdorf bus stop.

Getting there

  • Follow A71 and B19 to Neutor in Wasungen, take K2523, Hauptstraße and K2523 to Kümpelsgasse in Hümpfershausen
  • Follow A4 and B62 to Lengsfelder Str. In Dorndorf, follow Lengsfelder Str., Take L1022 to Dermbacher Str./B285 in Urnshausen, turn left onto Dermbacher Str./B285, Rosatal-Radweg, take L1026 and L2618 to Kümpelsgasse in Hümpfershausen
  • Take A7, L3471, K45, B27, ... and L2618 to Sinnershäuser Str. In Hümpfershausen, follow Sinnershäuser Str., Drive to Kümpelsgasse

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Coordinates

DD
50.666116, 10.224360
DMS
50°39'58.0"N 10°13'27.7"E
UTM
32U 586526 5613411
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Dehler Verlag – Hochrhöner Extratouren | ISBN: 978-3-00-023493-4

Author’s map recommendations

  • Kompass Kartenverlag - Wanderkarte Rhön | ISBN-10: 3990446045 | ISBN-13: 978-3990446041

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Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device, smartphone with onboard maps or maps
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • Sufficient drinks and provisions

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • 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
  • 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
moderate
Distance
14 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
353 m
Descent
353 m
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