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.
Hiking: Rhön Panorama
Bischofsheim is considered the gateway to the Rhön mountains and has a charming old town surrounded by pastoral woodlands. This hike takes you around the town with vistas of the Rhön landscape. Along the way, you will see a castle ruin, an ancient monastery, and several ancient groves of trees.
Hiking: Bad Kissingen and the Saale Valley
Bad Kissingen is one of the great spa towns in Europe, and this hike is all about exploring the town's history and its spas. The hike starts in the city center and follows the Saale back in time.
Hiking: Timeless Villages of the Upper Fulda
The Fulda valley between Kassel and Fulda City is a remarkably beautiful landscape. However, much of it has been set aside for industrial or residential development. Between Bad Hersfeld and Fulda, though, the river valley is largely rural and forested in character with only small villages in between. This hike takes you through some of the timeless towns that once separated the Prince-Abbots of Fulda and the Prince-Abbots of Hersfeld.