"Mountain Biking in a German National Park" Rhön Sports & Outdoors Tip by Weissdorn
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The pictograph in the picture is the symbol for mountain bike trails. The Rhoen is a UNESCO biological reservation, or in other words, a wildlife sanctuary. In order that it remains this way for the generations to come, you should stick to marked trails. Anywhere where you see a sign with an eagle on it, and the word "Naturschutzgebiet", means basically "DO NOT ENTER", because this is an area where endangered plants or animals live. Likewise, you cannot do random downhill runs through the trees and bushes, and bushwhacker rides. If other German bikers see you doing this, you will probably get yelled at.
The Rhoen is also shared by other sport enthusiasts, such as hikers, Nordic walkers, riders, and hunters. If you wonder why the hikers / walkers always give mountain bikers dirty looks, it's probably because of the number of times they've been nearly run over by reckless mountain bikers who got caught up in the thrill of their downhill runs. Please be on the alert of hikers and walkers. Many German hiking enthusiasts like to wear clothing that blends in with the scenery; in shades of green and brown, which makes them hard to spot. Hunters represent an entirely different danger for bikers, so it is also not recommended to cut through open fields. Not just because it's trespassing on private property - you might accidentally get shot by a hunter. The best advice simply is: stay on the trails, control your downhill speed, and keep your hand on the brakes when going downhill.
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