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Rhön

Explore the Rhön

The mountain ranges of the Rhön region are located in the heart of Germany, touching the states of Bavaria, Hesse and Thuringia. On the ridges of the low mountain range a harsh wind is blowing and it is much colder than in the valley. The highest point of the mountain range is the Wasserkuppe with 950 meters. The unwooded hillsides are a perfect place for gliders and paragliders. Visitors can learn lots of interesting facts about this sport at the Gliding Museum. You also find numerous health resorts in the Rhön, for example Bad Brückenau with its three mineral springs. Historic spa houses are characteristic for the village, built by the Bavarian King Ludwig I. from Bavaria. In the Local Museum you can get an idea of farming life in the mountain area Rhön.

The town of Bad Kissingen is surrounded by the wooden mountain ranges of the Rhön. At the Bavarian State Spa you find saline springs that contain high level of iron and are used for drinking- and bathing therapies. At the spring hall in the gardens you can enjoy a sip of the healing water. At the casino in the Luitpoldpark tourists can try their luck. In the town of Aschau the Graf-Luxburg-Museum offers an extraordinary collection of art work. Discover the viniculture of the Rhön in the town of Hammelburg. South of the town runs the Bocksbeutel-Road. Since the 8th century Hammelburg is home town of winegrowing. Cozy wine taverns invite you to try some precious drops.

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Places of interest in the Rhön region

Hiking in the Rhön region
The Rhön region has an extraordinary biotopes - and biological variety what makes it a perfect place for hiking in nature. The highest mountain of the region, the Wasserkuppe, attracts visitors not only by the great view, but also by a huge variety of leisure activities. On the watery mountain you find a gliding-center, a gliding museum, a summer-toboggan, ski-lifts, restaurants and souvenir shops. Beside the Wasserkuppe, the Kreuzberg is a popular tourist destination. The monastery Kreuzberg and the Kreuzberg-jump count over 500.000 visitors per year. Another great place for hiking is the Steinkopf, a volcanic mountain with rare animals and plants that can be discovered by walking the forest- and hiking paths. Part of the biosphere reserve Rhön are also the two wetlands Black Moor and Red Moor. The Black Moor in Bavaria measures a size of 66 hectares and is the largest Moor in the Rhön. The Red Moor is located in the state of Hesse and measures 55 hectares. Both moors can be discovered by a guided tour and are accessible for wheelchairs as well. You also find parking spaces, kiosks and sanitary facilities. Another place of interest in the Rhön region is the Smell-Forest in Bad Kissingen. In 2001, 50 different species of smelling trees and bushes have been planted here. Depending on the time of the year, visitors can discover the forest by enjoying all kind of smells.

Important buildings in the Rhön region
During a holiday in the Rhön you can visit numerous castles, palaces and ruins. A very famous sight in the Bavarian part of the Rhön is the monastery Kreuzberg, located on the same-named mountain. Along the western side of the mountain you find the typical Franciscan monastery complex, built in the late 17th century. More than 500.000 visitors are climbing up to the monastery every year, including many pilgrims. The most famous ruin the Rhön is the castle Landeck in the Hersfeld-Rotenburg region. A huge ring-wall reminds of the castle, built in 1234, which had supposedly been destroyed during the Peasant’s Revolve. In contrast to the castle Landeck, the glorious castle Bieberstein is still well preserved. The Baroque castle, built from 1710 until 1730, is located on the Kugelberg mountain and houses the sixth-form of the Hermann-Lietz School today. A romantic first-class hotel can be found in the castle Landsberg in Meiningen. The former summer palace of the dukes of Saxony-Meiningen was built from 1836 until 1840, following the example of British palaces in neo-Gothic style. The castle Fürsteneck is used as adult education center and academy for job-related and artistic-cultural trainings today. In the 13th century the castle had been constructed with basalt and sandstone as a border fortification on the small high-plateau Wittfeld. In the castle Fasanerie in Eichenzell visitors find a museum with an important collection of antique pieces and porcelain. The Baroque castle was built in the 18th century under the name Adolphseck Castle and has been reconstructed constantly during the years. More than 40 further castles and palaces can be discovered in the Rhön region.

Culture and leisure activities in the Rhön region
In the Rhön history comes alive and fun is guaranteed. No matter if you travel with the family or if you are on a cultural trip with friends – you will definitely find what you are looking for. One of the interesting places is the Point Alpha between the town of Geisa in Thuringia and Rasdorf in Hesse. The memorial- and meeting place has once been one of the four US observation platforms at the German border. A trip into the past can also be made at the Goldsmith-House in Hanau. The German Goldsmith-House gives the visitors an idea of the 400-year-long tradition of Goldsmith-handcraft in Hanau and is also location for many jewelry presentations. Engines, aggregates and board-accessory can be discovered at the Airplane-Museum in Gelnhausen. The private Aircraft-Technology museum exhibits more than 3.200 aviation pieces. A fascinating exhibition can also be found at the Fire Service Museum in Fulda. The German Fire Museum tells the story of fire fighting from Medieval times until today. Children will love the Toy-World in Bad Kissingen. This independent permanent exhibition in the museum Obere Saline shows toys and picture books from all over the world and informs visitors about toy-manufacturing in Bad Kissingen. Only a few kilometers away, the Wildpark Klaushof invites you for a walk through the 30-hectar-big areal. The park is open all-year and is a great venue for the whole family. You can discover red-deer, beaver, lynxes and 40 other species. Beside an exciting walk on the wheelchair-friendly loop path, visitors can use the playground and the petting enclosure.