Land of wide open spaces - Where tradition is cultivated
Woodcarving has a long tradition in the Rhön UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Centuries ago, it was already possible to improve a meagre income during the cold winter months. Originating with pipe bowls and furniture, true works of art such as figures of saints, masks and reliefs were later created. These made the woodcarvers famous far beyond the borders of the Rhön.
Shaping the landscape
The awe-inspiring cultural landscape of the Rhön has been shaped by man over the centuries. Grazing with goats and sheep, which are part of regional value chains, still plays an important role today. Meat and wool products are marketed directly under the label of the Rhön umbrella brand. Particularly popular are the Rhön sheep, a popular figure and mascot of the Rhön UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Legacy of the volcanoes
The chimneys of long extinct volcanoes still dominate the landscape of the hilltops. Columns of basalt tower up to form fascinating rock formations. The volcanic rock is surrounded by deposits of the primeval oceans that have left behind shell limestone and red sandstone.
Silver thistle, lady's slipper and cowslip are the trademarks of the calcareous grasslands. They represent a colourful diversity of butterflies, bees and bumblebees. Juniper figures conjure up fairy-tale images – like a painted landscape.
Red Kite - King of the Skies
This characteristic bird of the Rhön sails weightlessly in the sky. The striking bird of prey dominates the Rhön skies and is a familiar sight in the summer months. This is how the red kite loves it - off to the Rhön Cube!
On the way ...
... to wide open places
The HOCHRHÖNER®, starting in Bad Salzungen, promises premium hiking! Along the way, you can enjoy regional specialities in farm shops, and numerous huts invite you to stop for a bite to eat.
... on the Green Belt
Its blossoms are colourful and it is full of life. Nevertheless, the Green Belt reminds us of the time when the Iron Curtain divided Europe into East and West - and the Rhön is no exception.
... under a starry sky
The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is one of the first international star parks in Germany. Experience unique natural night landscapes with a spectacular starry sky!
Mehr Infos: www.biosphaerenreservat-rhoen.de