Promoting Soft Tourism in the Rhön

In the heart of Germany, the Rhön is one of Central Europe’s most renowned areas for natural beauty and recreation. Centred by a mountainous plateau with peaks that offer panoramic views over one of Germany’s most charming landscapes, the Rhön hosts four main rivers and is one of the most water-abundant regions in Germany. In 1991, the Rhön was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The Rhön tourism association is committed to protecting the Rhön’s biodiversity by promoting “soft tourism” such as hiking, which is the most nature-friendly way of moving through the landscape, and of experiencing nature without harming it. Next to the Hoch-Rhöner Premium Trail, which stretches for 180 km over the Rhön mountains, the region also boats another 25 circular trails as well as countless other attractive footpaths. The Rhön is also a prized location for health and wellbeing tourism, the region hosting eight spa towns that offer visitors diverse vitality and beauty treatments