Attractive recreational areas in the vicinity of the spa town of Bad Kissingen
Rhön and Franconian parts of the Saale - delightful day trips
Besides the various offers of the spa town of Bad Kissingen, two beautiful recreational areas outside of the town are the destination of many day trippers. The Rhön and Frankonian parts of the Saale offer visitors fresh air and impressive natural surroundings to enjoy. Numerous sights can be discovered during hiking, jogging, Nordic walking, as well as cycling or climbing. Where necessary, there are opportunities for golfing, horse riding or sailing and canoeing. Alternatively, it is also possible to go skiing in winter. Impressive hills, romantic valleys and a diverse flora and fauna offer scenic beauty and tranquillity. Lovers of nature, those seeking recreation and holidaymakers with sporting ambitions will get their money's worth at the two recreational areas.
Romantic river loops, fascinating castles and green hills - the Franconian part of the SaaleThe Saale is a visual highlight with a fascinating blend of forests, hills and valleys. Along the pronounced meanders of the river, visitors who love nature are on their way on foot, on their bikes or by water. Past castles and cultivated vineyards, you will discover rare flowers and hidden waterfalls. Signposted paths ensure good orientation. Special parts of the countryside area allow for canoeing or boat trips on the Saale. If you wish to experience the attractive river up close, you can try your luck with wakeboarding and waterskiing. Around Hammelburg, the oldest Franconian wine town, ten selected Nordic walking trails are available to beginners and advanced skiers.
Ideal growing conditions for the excellent Franconian wineThe favourable climatic conditions, as well as the mineral composition of the fertile soil, offer optimal conditions for cultivating wine. The character and quality of Franconian wine are internationally known and appreciated. Inviting wine bars win you over with their cosy atmosphere. The traditional wine festivals are also visited by many guests. Wine tasting usually takes place with a small number of people with expert explanations of a winemaker in a cosy atmosphere. Interested parties can also take part in wine tours. Viticulture is considered a cultural cornerstone in this region.
An outstanding low mountain range with exclusive flora and fauna - The Rhön biosphere reserveThe low mountain range bordering Bad Kissingen offers a considerable number of sights, attractive landscapes as well as rare animals and plants. The varieties black grouse and silver thistle are among the endangered species that are protected. The Rhön has more than 6,000 kilometres of signposted hiking trails with interesting nature trails and circular routes. The long-distance hiking trail "Der Hochrhöner" takes you from Bad Kissingen to Bad Salzungen. Accentuated basalt formations, upland moors and biotopes as well as impressive hedgerow landscapes and nard grass meadows contribute to the picturesque, originally preserved natural surroundings. The UNESCO biosphere reserve has numerous viewpoints that offer impressive visibility. Regional attractions include:
- The Kreuzberg Abbey near Bischofsheim
- The Wasserkuppe
- The black moor near Fladungen
- The Elbersburg Castle ruin
- The protected areas Lange Rhön and Schwarze Berge