In the heart of the Rhön region
The Rhön region: a natural, low mountain range with a genuine character, marked by bare basalt summits, large plateaus and far-reaching moorland. To lovers of nature, the “land of open spaces" offers unmatched vistas, a flora and fauna hard to find elsewhere. In 1991, the UNESCO recognized the Rhön region as a biosphere reserve, an honor only bestowed on very special and unique natural and cultural landscapes.
Bischofsheim an der Rhön (347 - 928 m (1138 - 3044 ft)), an officially recognized resort, a cittaslow member and priced as "place of culinary highlights", is situated amidst this wonderful landscape, at the base of the Kreuzberg, the “sacred mountain of the Franconians”, with its parts of town Frankenheim, Haselbach, Oberweißenbrunn, Unterweißenbrunn and Wegfurt: the ideal vantage point if you wish to explore the Rhön region and always worth a day trip.
Kreuzberg, the sacred mountain of the Franconians
The formidable Kreuzberg peak rises above Bischofsheim. The Kreuzberg looks back on a century-old tradition as a place of pilgrimage, giving it the byname of “the sacred mountain of the Franconians”. But not only pilgrims, also many hikers, vacationers and excursionists feel and follow the magic attraction of the Kreuzberg. From the top, you have a vast view of Franconia, the surrounding Rhön mountains all the way to the Thuringian Forest and the Spessart. The monastery was completed in 1692. Since 1731, they have had their own brewery. This is where the famous Kreuzberg beer is brewed. Pilgrims and visitors meet in the monastery’s restaurant for hearty home-style cooking in a traditional, rustic atmosphere and are spoilt with lavish hospitality. A stop in the monastery’s taproom is an absolute must for everyone visiting the Rhön region. Another attraction the Kreuzberg offers is the "Brother Francis House”, where a permanent exhibition is dedicated to Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Order.
Hiking on the premium hike trail “Hochrhöner”
There are almost no limits when it comes to hiking. The region around Bischofsheim alone boasts approximately 170 kilometers (105 miles) of marked hiking trails, the entire Rhön region has about 5,000 (3106 miles) to offer. Go on long-distance hikes or circular hikes with different lengths and different levels of difficulty, and hike to popular destinations. We would be pleased to send you our hiking recommendations. In 2006, the new premium hiking trail, the so-called “Hochrhöner” opened to the public, giving hiking in the Rhön region a whole new quality. It is certified with the German Hiking Seal of Approval. The route in the Bischofsheim region is one of the most beautiful sections of the Höchrhöner. Kreuzberg, Arnsberg, Himmeldunkberg and the Hochrhön region welcome you to go on extensive hikes and to enjoy the view of the land of open spaces. The Kreuzberg tour and the Höchrhön tour, both certified, are two more premium hiking trails we offer. Bischofsheim, not only situated directly near the Hochrhöner trail, but also right in the middle of “Hiking World no. 1”, is the perfect vantage point to start exploring the Rhön region!
Experience nature and the landscape on your mountain bike
The mountain bike trail network (approx. 1,000 km (621 miles)) of the Rhön region, which is clearly marked with self-explanatory signs, connects the highest peaks (Wasserkuppe: 950 m (3117 ft), Kreuzberg: 928 m (3044 ft)) and the most popular excursion destinations. Here, you can experience nature and the landscape on your mountain bike. The mountain bike center Bischofsheim an der Rhön - which is a three-time official stopover for the CRAFT BIKE TRANS GERMANY and the first host of the mountain bike event RhönBikeKing - has many different tour recommendations, available as GPS tracks, as well. We offer simple entry-level tours, some of medium difficulty all the way to difficult tours across the highest peaks of the Rhön mountains. The handy little cards include a general map and an elevation profile, but they also provide information on sights and landmarks as well as refreshment stops along the paths. In 2013 a flow trail was established in addition.
Historic flair and lots of wood
The layout of the historic district of Bischofsheim is circular, in the form of the so-called "Fränkischer Rundling". The ongoing boundary disputes between the abbots of Fulda and the bishops of Würzburg were probably the main reason why Bischofsheim was fortified. Take a leisurely walk on the historic district circuit or the wooden sculpture walkabout and explore romantic and nostalgic spots, along the historic town wall for example, and go on an art-historical discovery tour. Bischofsheim’s landmark, the so-called “Zentturm”, the late Romanesque town tower built in the 13th century, the historic bursary and the oldest wood carving school in Germany as well as numerous wood carvings everywhere are also treats this very special town has to offer.
Visit Bischofsheim and experience Rhön hospitality!
Available sports and leisure activities and facilities: Hiking, mountain biking, cycling, Nordic walking, ballooning, rollerblading, miniature golf; a heated open-air pool, an indoor pool with a sauna, the Brother Francis House, a water playground with a Kneipp water-treading basin in the creek, a sound walkabout with bridges and wells, a flow trail, a tree-climbing and theme park, 25 km (15 miles) of winter hiking trails, 70 km (43 miles) of cross-country ski tracks, 7 ski lifts, a sledding hill, a modern ski-jump facility (equipped with mats for year-round service).
Highlights of the year
Shrove Tuesday event, culinary weeks, hiking and nature-exploration weeks, the MISSIO Camp, town festival, village fairs, events organized by different associations, country fair and winter events.
For further information please contact:
97653 Bischofsheim a.d. Rhön