The Firnsbach is a small and rather short stream (3.2 kilometres long) that gathers its water in the Habichtswald and runs via river Bauna into the river Fulda. On its way it passes the nice restaurant Herbsthäuschen and the former mine Schlüsselstollen. Walking along the river through its valley is nice because of the basalt rocks around, the little waterfalls and several bridges you have to pass. It doesn’t have a long gorge but it is worth a visit and can be included in longer hikes.

People seem to most often start at the lower end in a village called Firnsbachtal belonging to Schauenburg, Germany. There is a parking area and when you have walked up (19 % inclination!) you can take different hiking paths through the forest. Nevertheless, you can also walk down along the river. A good idea is to go by bus from Druseltal (reachable by tramway 4) to Hohes Gras. You can then walk down through the skiing area and will easily find the Herbsthäuschen. The upper part of the Firnsbachtal is just a normal way along the river – the lower section (‘Unteres Firnsbachtal‘) is more interesting, the path more narrow and closer to nature.

Kassel / Schauenburg

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