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Rhön Rennsteig Weg RR - Wasserkuppe > Oberhof - Rhön

Long-Distance Hiking · Rhoen
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  • Spielplatz auf der Hohen Geba
    / Spielplatz auf der Hohen Geba
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Gipfelkreuz auf der Hohen Geba
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Schutzhütte auf der Hohen Geba
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Schafherde bei Rhönblick
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Berg Rhönblick
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Pflanze am Berg Rhönblick
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Berg Rhönblick
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Ehemalige Grenzanlage am Dreiländereck
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Frühlingslandschaft am Dreiländereck Hessen - Bayern - Thüringen
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Hochrhöner-Sitzbank am Steinkopf bei Kaltensundheim
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Alter Baum am Steinkopf bei Kaltensundheim
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Ausblick vom Ellenbogen
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Noahs Segel auf dem Ellenbogen
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
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Between the Wasserkuppe in the Rhön and the Rennsteig in the Thuringian Forest, we walk through the most diverse character landscapes of both low mountain ranges in the heart of Germany.
moderate
Distance 98.3 km
27:10 h
2,124 m
2,223 m
The hike begins on the Wasserkuppe, the highest mountain in the Rhön and known as an Eldorado for glider pilots and paragliders. We walk over the moor path in the Red Moor to the Heidelstein. From the Strinberg we enjoy the wide view. At the Schwarzen Moor we recommend a detour along the circular hiking trail (approx. 1 hour). After the memorial commemorating the reunification of Germany, we reach Frankenheim, the highest municipality in the Rhön. We continue to the Ellenbogen, the plateau of the Grasenberg and the Alten Mark, and at the latest when we are on the summit of the Geba, it is clear to everyone why the Rhön is also called the "land of open distances". In Utendorf you should definitely try the bread and onion cake from the stone oven. After the fantastic view at the summit of Dolmar, we hike through the vast forest areas of the Thuringian Forest, go up to the Hinteren Thalkopf and down to the village of Christes. The historic Christborn fountain and the basilica from 1443 make the Rhöndorf unique. Real highlights are the views from the Ruppberg and Gebrannten Stein until we finally reach the Rennsteig and the famous winter sports resort of Oberhof.

Author’s recommendation

Both the black and the red moor are home to a large number of rare animal and plant species. A specially set up boardwalk enables insights into the valuable habitat of the nature park.
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Author
Katharina Happel
Update: April 16, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
949 m
Lowest point
277 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Safety information

  • Crossing the B 284 between the Fuchssteinen and the Roten Moor,
  • crossing the ST2286 (Franzosenweg) between Heidelstein and the Schornhecke car park,
  • crossing the B 285 between Eisenacher Haus and Aschenhausen,
  • crossing the B19 to Walldorf

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

Wasserkuppe (927 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.497818, 9.933111
DMS
50°29'52.1"N 9°55'59.2"E
UTM
32U 566179 5594398
w3w 

Destination

Oberhof

Turn-by-turn directions

  • Wasserkuppe
  • Fuchssteine
  • Rotes Moor (Abstecher)
  • Heidelstein
  • Stirnberg
  • Schwarzes Moor (Abstecher)
  • Frankenheim
  • Aschenhausen
  • Hohe Geba
  • Stephershausen
  • Walldorf
  • Dolmar
  • Christes
  • Oberhof

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Gersfeld station, with line 90 of the LNG to the Wasserkuppe (only Sat, Sun and public holidays) 

https://www.lng-fulda.de/de/Fahrplan/

On-Call-Bus 37 to Wasserkuppe; Order at least 30 minutes before published collection time neccessary.

https://www.lng-fulda.de/de/Fahrplan/

Getting there

Wasserkuppe:
  • North or south via the A7; Leave the A7 at exit 92 (Fulda Mitte), follow the signs to Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe) and then to Wasserkuppe.
  • Coming from the west follow the A66; at Eichenzell change to the A7 towards Kassel (north); Leave the A7 at exit 92 (Fulda Mitte), then follow the B458 and L3068 to the Wasserkuppe.
  • Coming from the east, you can take the A4 to Erfurt and then continue on the A71 to Mellrichstadt. From there you can get to Ostheim - Oberelsbach - Bischofsheim a.d. Rhön and Gersfeld to the Wasserkuppe.

https://www.wasserkuppe.com/anfahrt-wasserkuppe.html

 

Oberhof:

  • From Gotha (A4): P + R Ohrdruf
  • From Meiningen / Suhl (A71): P + R Zella-Mehlis
  • From Schmalkalden: P + R Steinbach-Hallenberg

https://www.weltcup-oberhof.de/weltcup/vor-ort/anreise/

Parking

  • Wasserkuppe
  • Zella-Mehlis P + R possibility (Suhler Straße, 98544 Zella-Mehlis)
  • Free parking spaces in Oberhof in summer: parking lot Am Wadeberg, parking lot in Gründle, parking lot Am Kurpark
  • Paid parking spaces in Oberhof in summer: Grenzadler car park. Tambacher Straße car park to Grenzadler https://www.oberhof.de/Info-Service/Anreise-Parken/Parken-im-Sommer
  • Free parking spaces in Oberhof in winter: Am Wadeberg parking lot, Im Gründle parking lot, Am Kurpark parking lot
  • Paid parking spaces in Oberhof in winter: City parking lot Oberhof, parking lot Grenzadler, parking lot Tambacher Straße / Zum Grenzadler, parking lot Am Rondell, parking lot Zellaer Straße https://www.oberhof.de/Info-Service/Anreise-Parken/Winterparkplaetze

Coordinates

DD
50.497818, 9.933111
DMS
50°29'52.1"N 9°55'59.2"E
UTM
32U 566179 5594398
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte „Thüringische Rhön“, 2. Auflage, Maßstab 1:35.000

ISBN 978-3-86116-068-7, Dr. Barthel Verlag

 

Wanderkarte „Meiningen und Umgebung“, 2. Auflage, Maßstab 1:35.000

ISBN 978-3-89591-135-4 , Dr. Barthel Verlag

 

Wanderkarte „Suhl, Zella-Mehlis und Umgebung“, 2. Auflage, Maßstab 1:35.000

ISBN 978-3-89591-141-5 , Dr. Barthel Verlag

 

 

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Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device or map
  • Sufficient drinks and provisions (optional)
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • Camera to capture the beautiful views

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • 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

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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
98.3 km
Duration
27:10 h
Ascent
2,124 m
Descent
2,223 m
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