Nature & Outdoor Activities

UNESCO Rhön Biosphere Reserve

Rhön UNESCO-Biosphere Reserve: view from Mount Wasserkuppe (950m) to Milseburg ©Biosphärenreservat und Naturpark Hessische Rhön

The stunning highland landscape of the Rhön Mountains lies at the heart of Germany, boasting diverse scenery and offering visitors the chance to go gliding, get stuck into water sports and visit a dark sky park.

Known as the "land of endless horizons", the natural paradise in the area where Bavaria, Hesse and Thuringia meet has no end of routes for keen hikers and cyclists to check out, taking in orchards, fields and happily grazing Rhön sheep. Keen gliders head up Mount Wasserkuppe, Hesse's highest mountain and the birthplace of gliding activities, whilst kayaking fans can admire the scenery from flowing rivers untouched by human influences. Star spotters and astronomy fans will be in their element here too, as the Rhön conditions are perfect for a clear view up into space.

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