The multi-award-winning Extratour Point-Alpha-Weg shows wonderful views over Geisa and the Ulstertal as well as moving looks back into the past.
Distance 14.7 km
We start the extratour at the “Haus auf der Grenze", which is part of the “Point-Alpha” border museum. The confrontations during the Cold War and the effects of the division of Germany are presented at this historic location. From there we walk down the Rasdorfer Berg and enjoy the view over Geisa and the wide Ulstertal. Our way leads through the small old town of Geisa - over the castle square, on the Gangolfsberg and through the castle garden. We leave Geisa via the so-called snake path, which ends in a narrow dirt path and winds up to the Bocksberg. With the view of Schleid we hike uphill, the short, crisp ascent and finally reach the climax of the tour: At the “Kreuz der Geiserämter” we particularly enjoy the mighty mountain panorama of the “Hessischen Kegelspiel”. Then we come to the so-called Ulsterblick, the most beautiful viewpoint of the Ulster Valley. Through a varied forest we finally come to the Wiesenfelder Grotto and are almost back at the starting point. The “Weg der Hoffnung” sculpture trail ends the route and may inspire one or the other to reflect.
A must-do is the "Point-Alpha" border museum. This was once the hottest spot in the Cold War. The confrontation between the two power blocs and the painful time of the division of Germany are presented in an informative and authentic manner.
The tourist routes of the Rhön are mostly used by other active people (hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists, walkers, riders, cross-country skiers, etc.).
We ask all active nature sports enthusiasts to show consideration for one another. The same applies of course to nature - it is worth protecting. In the Rhön, therefore, nature sports should only be practiced in daylight on designated paths and areas.
You can travel by train and bus from Hünfeld train station. From Monday to Saturday bus route 77 of the RMV and route 120 of the Wartburgmobil transport company go to the Point Alpha stop. From Geisa, Point Alpha can also be reached with line 120.
Alternatively, you can take the Rhönkurier, line 110 from Wartburgmobil, which goes to Geisa several times a day from Vacha and once a day from Eisenach. From the bus station it is a 850 m walk to the alternative entry point at Schlossplatz in Geisa.
With the car you drive on the Autobahn A7, exit Hünfeld / Schlitz or Autobahn A4, exit Friedewald and follow the brown signs to "Point Alpha".
Parkplatz Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Point Alpha, Platz der deutschen Einheit 1, 36419 Geisa | GoogleMaps