Spessart is a highland area with a range of low wooded mountains, in the states of Bavaria and Hesse in Germany. It is bordered by the regions of Vogelsberg, Rhön and Odenwald. The region has about 1.35 million overnight stays and over 13 million day visitors per year. The highest elevation is the Geiersberg at 586 metres. Hiking is a major tourist attraction in the Spessart in the summer. In winter skiing was a major attraction in particular as the ski lifts are close to large cities, such as Frankfurt, Würzburg Darmstadt and Mainz. However, the number of days on which skiing is possible has decreased significantly due to climate change.
Adaptation to climate change in the tourism sector is addressed in the adaptation strategy of Hesse as a future issue. However, initially three local partners (Naturpark Hessischer Spessart, Naturpark Spessart in Bayern and the tourism organisation Spessart Mainland) and later when founded in 2016 the tourism organisation of Spessart (Spessart Tourismus und Marketing GmbH) have already taken measures towards adaptation within the last 15 years to deal with the observed changes. These measures where part of the overall strategic development plan of touristic activities in the region. The aim of the implemented measures is to establish the Spessart region as an all-year touristic site, with mountain biking and hiking as main activities. In order to reach this objectives new trails are developed, ski lifts are removed or used in summer and a specific communication strategy towards guests has been adopted.