The Red Moor is an ancient wetland in the highlands of the Rhön. Though much of it was drained or harvested for peat, today, it is a nice glimpse of the primeval landscapes of Europe. Including ancient deep ponds or "eyes of the moor," which served as cult sites for worship through to the end of the middle ages.
Hike: Vogelsberg Moor
The Vogelsberg is a region in Upper Hessen known for its rolling and forested landscape. Much like the Odenwald and Westerwald, it's a mixture of small villages, forests, and agricultural land. This hike takes you up through this landscape to a highland moor, an ancient wetland with a unique natural landscape.
Hessian Potato Salad
This is a simple variant of the typical German mayonnaise-based potato salad. This particular recipe comes from Upper Hessen.
Hiking: Source of the Fulda
The town of Gersfeld is the only real convenient gateway to the Rhön as it has one of the region's few train stations. There are several interesting destinations near Gersfeld, including the Red Moor and the Source of the Fulda River. However, these don't appear on this hike as we are focused on traveling down the charmingly pastoral Fulda valley as it slowly becomes a river. Along the way, there are vistas of the rolling Rhön highlands and the ruins of the ancient Ebersberg Castle.
Hiking: The Volcanic Rhön
Much of central Germany is covered in traces of ancient volcanic activity. The Rhön mountains are no exception, and the Milseburg is a volcanic peak with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. This hike is a loop trail from the nearest major settlement with a bus stop, but it can conceivably start anywhere.