Abtsrodaer Kuppe: basalt dome in the northwest
The striking basalt peak of the Abtsrodaer Kuppe (904.8m) rises on the north-western slope of the Wasserkuppe. Here the characteristic bowl-shaped layering of the basalt is still clearly visible. The elevation also known as “Abtsroder Kuppe” is, like the horse’s head to the southwest, very popular not only as a photo motif and vantage point to the north. Model pilots also use the up winds when the wind blows around the north, which sometimes keep their models in the air for hours.
A part of the Fulda-Werra watershed runs over the Abtsrodaer Kuppe. The water of the flowing waters, which run from the crest towards the west, reaches the Weser through the streams Haardt and Lütter as well as the river Fulda. The water running from the north reaches the Weser through the streams Schlichtwasser, Brandbach and Ulster as well as the river Werra. (Source: Wikipedia)
Easy to reach
The rugged cliffs can be easily reached on foot in a few minutes’ walk from the summer toboggan run. The path leads above the Märchenwiesenhütte to the right first across the parking lot.
Continue straight on along the meadow path until the path branches off to the right to the somewhat lower-lying summit.
Due to the rocky underground and the steep mountain sides, sturdy shoes and sure-footedness are required in the summit area!
The paragliding launch site “Abtsrodaer Kuppe” is located between the basalt peak and the Märchenwiesen forest. Here paragliders and hang-gliders take off all year round with north/northeast winds for flights up the slopes, into the thermals or down into the valley.
Northwestern foothills of the Wasserkuppe