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On this tour you will experience three different natural spaces: the Kinzig valley, the Spessart and the Sinntal.
The start is in the spa town of Bad Soden-Salmünster heading east.
You will now accompany the Kinzig to Sterbfritz.
The tour initially runs along the Hessian long-distance cycle route R 3.
It passes the Kinzig reservoir and perhaps offers a first rest or a small boat tour.
Then you will reach the Brüder Grimm town of Steinau on the street, where you can follow in the footsteps of the brothers whose family lived in the Amtshaus.
Or you can admire the mighty Renaissance castle in the centre.
From Steinau it is approx.
7 km to the centre of Schlüchtern, with its charming alleys, picturesque corners and historic buildings.
In Schlüchtern you leave the R3 at the roundabout.
After crossing the zebra crossing, turn left after 20 m at the Napoleon tower next to the Kinzig bridge into the Mauerwiesen park.
Now it goes about 200 m along the Kinzig with a view of the three towers of the city before you cross them.
Along the Bornwiesenweg (left) and the Alte Ahlersbacher Straße (uphill) turn left into the Huhnweg to Herolz.
In Herolz follow the Riedweg, cross the Ahlensbacher Straße and drive along the Sannerzer Straße until it branches off.
Then turn into Engelsweg at the Lotichshaus.
Passing the Heeghöfen and the Gerlings- and Steinmühle you reach Vollmerz.
Turn right at the main road Vollmerz-Sannerz and follow this road for 1.5 km (L 3207) until it meets the L 3180, on which you turn left into Lindenstraße.
Now you have reached Sannerz.
From here follow the cycle path to Sterbfritz.
In Sterbfritz you follow the signs to the Kinzigquelle and from the sports field you continue on the cycle path in the direction of Mottgers.
In the centre of Mottgers you meet the marked Hessian R 2, and drive along the narrow Sinn for about 4 km.
Here a wonderful view opens to the landmark of the municipality Sinntal, the castle Schwarzenfels.
An ascent to the castle is rewarded with a magnificent view over the Sinntal and the nearby Rhön.
Then the R 2 turns left and leads through Zeitlofs in Bavaria before returning to Hesse along the railway to Altengronau.
The old Hutten Castle with its mighty stone walls dominates the entrance to the Sinntal district.
From Altengronau it is only about 4 km to the finish at Dittbrunner Hof.
From there you can continue the tour through the Sinntal valley to Gemünden (approx.
23 km) to the Main cycle path.