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The Rothaarsteig runs for a length of 151 kilometers through Germany.
The difficulty of the trail is rated as easy and it usually takes 8 days to walk the Rothaarsteig.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.
The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!
On the trail you are self-sufficient.
But at irregular intervals (at least every few days) there is the possibility to buy food.
This needs to be planned accordingly and it can only be recommended to contact the aid stations and check the opening hours.
You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp, in guesthouses/hotels along the way and on campsites.
Wild camping on the trail is a gray area As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!
Campfires are currently prohibited. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.
Facts about Rothaarsteig
- in a tent/tarp
- in guesthouses/hotels along the way
- on campsites
The best time to hike the Rothaarsteig is:
Arrival to the Rothaarsteig
You will arrive via Frankfurt am Main Airport.
You can get to Starting point via Bus / Zug. Duration approx. 4 hours.
Departure from the Rothaarsteig
Departure is via Frankfurt am Main Airport.
You can get to the airport per Bus / Zug. Takes about 2 hours.
Useful links to the Rothaarsteig
- Official website of the trail
- The following websites offer you further information: Link 1 Link 2
- You can find a PDF with further information here:
Our recommendation for hiking maps and hiking guides to the Rothaarsteig
Map and elevation profile of the Rothaarsteig
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