The Schottenring (Zum Wikipedia-Eintrag) between Gießen and Fulda is one of the oldest motor sport race tracks in Germany. Opened in 1925 and unfortunately only regularly used until 1955 (with the exception of the war years), all that is left now is a scenic route for motorcycle and cars.
The tarmac is excellent, the route rich in variety. It starts with a beautiful view above the valley and the Hoherodskopf and descends down into jungle like forest. Since not only the Schottenring itself, but also the surrounding area is worth a drive, we put together a small tour.
So we are going from Schotten via the Schottenring up to the Hoherodskopf, and in the second part of our tour, back to Schotten and towards Gedern.
We start from Schotten with an ascent towards Götzen. Die route has longer straight lines wich change with long curves. Beautiful fields and a nice view over the surrounding landscape reward for the drive. Towards the end of the first half of the Schottenring you can find a small parking spot with a breathtaking view over the valley (Google Maps Link).
Following the higher first part of the Schottenring we go back down into the valley.
It almost feels as if we are driving through a small jungle.
The tarmac is excellent on all parts of the Schottenring.
You are usually never alone on the Schottenring, though traffic never gets crowded. Worth a visit: the bird park near the end of the Schottenring (Google Maps Link).
Right after the bird park we leave the Schottenring and head up to the Hoherodskopf.
We are almost at our destination of the first part of the tour – the Hoherodskopf. The whole area is perfect for walking and hiking. Small Tipp: The summer toboggan run at the top of the Hoherodskopf – while not very long, its fun factor and fair price make up for it.
Next Sunday (27th of May) we continue with the second part of our small tour – we head back down toward Schotten und then follow a beautiful road towards Gedern.
- Start: Schotten
- Destination: Hoherodskopf
- Route length: ca. 27 km
- Special: Perfect tarmac , long curves, beautiful view, rich in variety
Where to next?
- Down from the Hoherodskopf towards Busenborn and then Gedern. More next week in the second part of our tour!