Really loved that beautiful lake just 2 min away from burgwallbach. is in the middle of trees and a lot of people are going there at weekends. Burgwallbach is in the middle of germany. it is easy to get there by plane and then going by train. There are a lot of tourists all year and in the winter month it is possible to go skiing in the rhoen. for ex. kreuzberg or wasserkuppe.
The Peace Trail(Friedensweg) is a 40km hiking and biking trail along the border between Bavaria and Thueringen. The trail begins in the village of Birx and ends by the Golden Brige, on the former B19 border crossing by Henneberg/Eussenhausen. The trail is meant to be an edcational trip; it follows the trace of the old German/German border, passing the remains cold war installations and the sites of villages that were destroyed by the GDR govenment. The trail also passes through nearby villages along the way, to show how the border affected locals in the area. Signs along the way tell of events that happened along the former border. Most towns have restaurants, so finding food and drink is easy along the way. The "F" symbol along the trail is a combination of the Golden Bridge and the Cross of Peace, the reason for it's strange shape.
The idyllic castle is located on top of a steep cliff of the Saale River right on the southeast corner of the Aschach Shire. It’s not only worth visiting because it’s picturesque and well-preserved, but it also has three museums in it. There is plenty of parking nearby, which is only a few meters from the main entrance.
There are 3 museums in the castle, which are well worth seeing, and are open every day except for Mondays, from May until the end of September from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.; and in October only until 5 p.m.
(If Monday is a holidy, the museums will be open and closed on the following day)
If you call ahead, you can arrange a guided tour.
The Black Moor is around 60 hectares in size and is nearly 6.5 m deep with quagmire (peat) in the middle. Fortunately, it was never used as a harvesting pit. Peat moss is excellent for gardens, and you can even use it a fuel for making a fire. It was declared a national park on January 6, 1939.
The only disturbance in the moor is the planked viewing platform for visitors that goes around the moor, but this has disturbed it much. Take a walk around the moor, and you will discover the complex and unusual flora and fauna of central Germany. This is where plants like the Venus Flytrap are native. There are billboards which explain about the things you will see. It is extremely important that you stay on the planked path, though. First of all, in order not to disturb nature; secondly, the moor is like quick-sand and you could “drown” by sinking in it; and last but not least, the moor is one of Germany’s last refuges for the Cross (Black) Adder snake, a poisonous (but not deadly) snake, the will only bite if it feels threatened.
The moor also contains more rare animals and plants, such as the Birch Hen, the Dew Drop plant (similar to the Venus Flytrap), or sharp Wool Grass, whose blossom looks like bushy wool.
The Kaskadenschlucht is a small valley of sandstone fillled with beech trees and has a small creek running through it. There is a hiking trail in the valley which leads directly to the Rote Moor. The sides of the valley are heavily eroded in places, filling the creek with fallen trees. The fallen trees and rocks in the creek make for a wonderful natural show of light and sound. After a heavy rainfall or snow melt, more water comes from the sides of the valley, which can make the hike up the trail quite an experience. The Kaskandenschlucht is easily included in any day trip around the Wasserkuppe and the Rote Moor, and should not be missed. There is also a circular hiking trip starting at the parking lot near Sandberg that is 7.5 km long.
The Pferdskopf(Horse Head) is a rather strange mountain located approx. 2km west of the Wasserkuppe. The mountain doesn't resemble a horse's head as the name implies, it looks more like a pyramid on the side of the Wasserkuppe. It's covered with unusual rock formations, giving away it's volcanic past, and the west side has a wonderful view of the Rhön. The mountain is a must-see when visiting the Wasserkuppe, not only for the geology, but also for the spectacular view to the west of the Rhön. I've heard that when the weather is right, even Frankfurt is visible from here!
At 814m, the Ellenbogen is one of the highest mountains in the Thüringer Rhön. It is the northernmost mountain of the High Rhön plateau. From the top, there is a great view north into the Ulster valley and the Thüringer forest. There are two places to eat on the Ellenbogen, the Rhönhaus and the Eisenacher Haus. The Rhönhaus is a small, quiet place to eat with a small zoo full of local animals(the kids love it!). The Eisenacher Haus is a rather large restaurant and hotel near the top of the mountain. Reminders of the Ellenbogens' hard past are everywhere. Piles of basalt rock remain from when prisoners of war were used to clean the fields of stone for farming. The East German government used the Ellenbogen as a listening post during the Cold war, and the mountain was off-limits. Now, a 4km nature trail circles the intact ecosystem of the Ellenbogen.
The Bauersberg trail is less known hiking trail on the southern edge of the High Rhön plateau. The trail which is approx. 10km long, passes through several different types of normal Rhön landscapes. It starts of near an abandoned brown coal shaft, of which 20 meters are open to walk through. From there it goes above an active quarry and through terrain called "pingen," an unusual terrain caused by shallow mine shafts collapsing over the years. The trail passes through open Rhön meadowland, before heading down into a basalt filled valley near the Holzberg hunter's lodge. The trail continues past the Teufelsmuhle waterfall, going through a thick beech forest before circling around towards the Rothsee and the startpoint. This is a good trail for the hiker to see several of the typical Rhön landscapes all on one trail.
The Schwarze moor is probably one of the most well known sights in the Rhön. It's the largest of the four remaining high-altitude moors in the Rhön. Suprisingly, the moor was declared a nature preserve in 1939, so peat was never harvested here, sparing it the damage the other Rhön moors suffered. The only way to see the moor is to walk along the wooden walkway that runs along the edge of the moor. Leaving the walkway is not only illegal, but very dangerous. The moor is interesting all year round, but foggy weather is the best. Walking along the walkway in the fog, It's easy to see where the idea of the legend of the Schwarze moor's lost village came from(see my General Tips to read about the legend).
located in the Hessische Rhön, the Ebersburg castle is considered one of the best castle ruins in the area. Nobody is sure when the castle was built, but it was destroyed for the first time in 1271 by the Fulda army. In 1396, it was rebuilt, and in 1664 it was abandoned and fell into ruin. In 1852, a renovation project began to stabilize the ruins, which are visible today. The towers are still standing, with a good view of the Fulda area and the Wasserkuppe.
The Hohe Geba is a large, plateau like mountain on the northeastern edge of the Rhön. it stands alone, providing a great view of the entire Rhön. In 1961, the Soviet army set up a radar station atop the Hohe Geba, and the mountain was off limits until 1991. Nowadays, the Rhönklub is transforming the area into the Rhön garden, a botanical model of the Rhön. Inside the restaurant is a small, one room museum with relics from the Soviet occupation.
The Rote Moor is another example of the how the Rhön's appearance has been shaped by both man and nature. The peat of the moor was harvested from the end of the 19th century until 1984, when the moor was declared a nature preserve. The area was dammed off to hold in the water to speed recovery of the moor, and created a nice lake in the process. The moor has a 1.2 km boardwalk which goes through a forest of Carpathian Birch trees. Visiting when it's foggy is a must! The complete Rote Moor trail is 10.5km long and encircles the entire moor and the nearby Mathesberg, an 832m high basalt mountain. Specatacular views of the Rhön are along all parts of the trail. Behind the parking lot are the ruins of a village called Mohrdorf. The town was destroyed in 1634 by Croatian armies during the thirty years war. The village well is still visible today along with the remains of several building foundations.
The town of Frankenheim in Thüringen has found a good use for the former Iron Curtain. Most of the former inter-german border has been declared a nature preserve. In Frankenheim, the patrol road that ran along the border is now the "barefeet trail." The trail is approx. 2km long, and is has several different materials for the hiker to "experience the Rhön without shoes." The trail is also located in one of the highest parts of the Rhön, on a nice day the view is spectacular, with one being able to see along the entire Streutal all the way to Mellrichstadt. At the end of the trail, there is a place to wash your feet before putting your shoes back on.
Located in the Thüringer Rhön is the village of Helmershausen. The highlight of the town is the unusually large church, unnofically dubbed "The Cathedral of the Rhön" by the locals. The current church was built in 1736 on the walls of the original church from 1432, has a capacity of approx. 1000 people! Because the church was located behind the iron curtain, very little maintenance was done due to lack of funding. A renovation project as been ongoing for sevaral years now. The exterior is finished, and the work continues on the interior. Even with the construction equipment, the interior is impressive. The entire town, with it's three castles (large houses, actually) is worth a visit. Currently, most of the town is under renovation, including an accurate rebuilding of the original wall around the church.
The Gangolfsberg is an extinct volcano in the Bavarian Rhoen. The Gangolfsberg has several basalt rock formations that make it unique. The rock was formed in six-sided pillar shapes that are standing in some places, and in other places looked lik they've been stacked like firewood. Humans have also used the Gangolfsberg since prehistoric times. There were fortifications, a church, and rock quarries. The mountain now a "prehistoric forest for the future," and is left undisturbed. The trail over and around the mountain takes about two hours.