Taunus – Grosser Zacken

There is a hidden big boulder in the middle of the Taunus. Enjoy great views from its top and walk a short loop in the forest.

4 hours Views from the top of the rock
Hiking a 3.5 km loop Suitable for families and groups

1. How to get there

You want to get to Schnitten-Niederreifenberg, Rotes Kreuz.
Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Konstablerwache Take S5, direction Friedrichsdorf Bahnhof
1st Change: Oberursel, Bahnhog Take bus X26, direction Wiesbaden Platz der Deutschen Einheit
2nd Change: Königstein, Stadtmitte Take bus 57, direction Bad Homburg v.d.H. Bahnhof
Arrival: Schnitten-Niederreifenberg, Rotes Kreuz Start your hike here, check the map below.

OR:

Start: Konstablerwache Take S3, direction Bad Soden Bahnhof
Change: Bad Soden, Bahnhof Take bus 253, direction Königstein Stadtmitte
Change: Königstein, Kreisel Take bus 80, Schmitten Kirche
Arrival: Schnitten-Niederreifenberg, Rotes Kreuz Start your hike here, check the map below.
Bus stop

Good to know

Travel duration: approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes (one way)

2. Activity on site

Hike a 3.5 km loop

Explore the forest of the Taunus. First, you will pass a historic glass furnace site. Locals made glass here in the 15th century. When you see this guy, you know you are close to this destination.

Historic glass furnaces

Continuing your walk through the forest, you will have to go uphill for a bit. Make the detour to a hidden cave. It is worth it.

Finally you will arrive on top of a big boulder, the Grosser Zacken. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area from here.

Check the map below for details.

3. Map

4. Tips

Take your time – Lümmelfelsen

Locals call the top of the Grosser Zacken “Lümmelfelsen, which translates to slouch boulder. Definitely a good spot to rest for a while.

Interested in rock climbing?

Grosser Zacken has bolts. Check the topo here.

Hungry?

At the bus stop Rotes Kreuz is one building, this is a restaurant. Bon appetite.

Restaurant Rotes Kreuz

Explore Königstein

If you have more time to spare, then explore Königstein. They have a pretty neat city center and a castle.

Castle Königstein

5. How to get back

Just do your outbound journey reverse.

Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

6. Costs

Outbound journey: Adult – one way: € 8.5
Round trip: Adult – day pass: € 16.55
Group day pass (5 people): € 28.9

7. Highlights

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Historic glass furnaces - Explore this historic site in the middle of the forest.
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Sand dunes in Schwanheim

This hidden nature reserve is close to Frankfurt. Natural sand dunes are rare in Germany, and are special habitat for rare species.

4 hours Wodden plank path
A walk in a nature reserve Suitable for groups and families

1. How to get there

You want to get to Frankfurt, Alter Friedhof Schwanheim.
Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Konstablerwache Take tram 12, direction Rheinlandstraße
Change: Ferdinand-Dirichs-Weg Take bus 51, direction Industriepark Höchst
Arrival: Alter Friedhof Schwanheim From here it is a 5 minute walk, check the map.

OR:

Start: Konstablerwache Take S2, direction Niedernhausen Bahnhof
Change: Höchst Bahnhof Take bus 51, direction Trift-/Frauenhofstraße
Arrival: Alter Friedhof Schwanheim From here it is a 5 minute walk, check the map.

Good to know

Travel duration: approx. 50 minutes (one way)

2. Activity on site

Walk a 3 km loop

Hop off the bus and walk a loop in this hidden nature reserve. Check the map below for details.

Map of the sand dunes in Schwanheim

In the 20th century, they collected sand here. Sand dunes away form the sea are rare, and protected species live here. Don’t leave the paths!

3. Map

4. Tips

Bring a picnic

There are a bunch of benches close to the lake. Have a picnic here.

Inhale deeply

The air is fantastic here. It feels like being in a very southern country in the middle of the summer.

5. How to get back

Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Alter Friedhof Schwanheim Take bus 51, Industriepark Höchst Tor Ost
Change: Höchst Bahnhof Take S1, direction Offenbach
Arrival: Konstablerwache

6. Costs

Round trip: Adult – one way: € 2.75
Adult – day pass: € 5.35
Group day pass (5 people): € 11.30

7. Highlights

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Wooden plank path - It will lead you through the nature reserve.
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Taunus – Sandplacken to Ruppertshain

Stunning views of the Main valley on this full-day hike. This is a great hike for summer and winter for sporty individuals.

One day Great views from the Feldberg summit
Hiking, 12km Suited for sporty individuals

1. How to get there

You want to get to Schmitten-Arnoldshain Sandplacken.

Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Konstablerwache, Frankfurt S5, direction Bad Homburg v.d.H. Bahnhof
Change: Bad Homburg v.d.H. Bahnhof Bus 50, direction Weilrod-Rod a.d. Weil Schule
Arrival: Schmitten-Arnoldshain Sandplacken

There is an additional bus in the summer months on the weekend: Bus line 245 towards Weilburg. It will pop up in your RMV search.

Good to know

Travel duration: approx. 1 hour (one way)

2. Activity on site

Hiking – Summer and Winter

We made this trip during winter, but it is certainly great during summer as well.

It is a 12km trail, up and downhill. Start off following the signs to the Feldberg summit. Enjoy the view of the skyline of Frankfurt.

Then walk around the “Kleiner Feldberg”, following the red squirrel signage.

 

From there on, go downhill, enjoy the walk through the forest, all the way to Ruppertshain.

3. Map

4. Tips

Heads up

There is a ton of signs at the intersections of the forest paths. Make sure to check your location on the map frequently.

The right equipment

Make sure to wear good hiking boots. The snow will get into regular shoes, plus some parts of the path are quite steep and get slippery.

Make a shortcut

If 12 km is too long, you can hop on a bus at “Eselsheck”, this is waypoint 3 on the map. This way you’ll only walk 7,5 km. Take bus 57 or bus 60 to Königstein (Taunus) Bahnhof , from there take a regional train to Frankfurt main station.

Make a detour – Go tobogganing

Tobogganing down the Feldberg summit is a real winter adventure. Watch out for fast and fearless kids.

5. How to get back

From Kelkheim (Taunus)-Ruppertshain Zauberberg to Frankfurt main station.
Check the RMV website for up to date timetable.

Option 1

Start: Bust stop “Kelkheim (Taunus)-Ruppertshain Zauberberg” Take bus 805, direction Eppstein Bahnhof,
get off at the last stop
Change: Eppstein Bahnhof Take S2, direction Frankfurt main station
Arrival: Frankfurt main station

Option 2

Start: Bust stop “Kelkheim (Taunus)-Ruppertshain Zauberberg” Take bus 804, direction Sulzbach
Change: Kelkheim Bahnhof Take a regional train,  direction Frankfurt main station
Arrival: Frankfurt main station

6. Costs

Outward run (one way):
Frankfurt to Sandplacken
Adult – one way: € 8.50
Adult – day pass: € 16.55
Group day pass (5 people): € 28.90
Return (one way):
Ruppertshain to Frankfurt
Adult – one way: € 4.90

7. Highlights

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Feldberg summit - Make sure to sign the register book at the cross.
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Taunus – Feldberg summit

The Feldberg summit makes a great destination for a short trip to the Taunus. Great views from the top and so much fun tobogganing down the steep hill.

Half day Ski lift, tobogganing
Round trip hike, 5 km Family suited

1. How to get there

You want to get to Niederreifenberg, An der Weilquelle.
There are several options, but these are the fastest.

Start: Frankfurt, main station Take a regional train, direction Königstein (Taunus) Bahnhof
Change: Königstein (Taunus) Bahnhof
Bus 57, direction Bad Homburg v.d.H. Bahnhof

OR:

Bus 80, direction Schmitten
(this bus is a bit faster)

Arrival: Niederreifenberg, An der Weilquelle

Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Good to know

Timetable: Buses alternate and run hourly
Travel duration: approx. 1 hour (one way)

2. Activity on site

Hiking

It is a 5 km hike. You will pass the ski lift on the way to the summit of Feldberg. Simply follow the signs to the summit. Many paths lead there. If you don’t want to get lost, check your location on the map frequently.

Tobogganing

It is a tobogganing paradise. Make sure to bring your own toboggan. Many people make use of the snow in the Taunus, while there is no snow in the city. Watch out on the paths – the toboggans are literally everywhere.

3. Map

4. Tips

Check if the ski lift is running

It is the “ski lift at the youth hostel”, not the one at “Pechberg”. They don’t run it every winter. Check here (German only).

Proper hiking boots or even cleats

The paths get real slippery because of the many toboggans.

Sign the register book at the top of the Feldberg summit

It is hidden at the cross.

5. How to get back

Check the Deutsche Bahn website for up to date timetable.

Bus: Take bus 57 or 80 back to Königstein (Taunus) Bahnhof, then take a regional train.

6. Costs

Round trip: Adult – one way:    € 8.50
Adult – day pass:   € 16.55
Group day pass (5 people):  € 28.90

7. Highlights

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Feldberg summit - View from the top.
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