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Extratour Point Alpha Weg - Geisa - Rhön

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  • Point Alpha Grenzmauer Berlin
    / Point Alpha Grenzmauer Berlin
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Weg der Hoffnung - Point Alpha
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Ehemalige Grenzanlage - Point Alpha
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Ehemaliger Grenzturm bei Point Alpha
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Schleidsbergblick
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Ulsterauen Geisa
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Schlossensemble Geisa
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
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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
4:15 h
299 m
299 m
424 m
277 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

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.
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Katharina Happel
Update: December 13, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
424 m
Lowest point
277 m
Best time of year

Safety information

  • Crossing the L2603 at Wiesenfeld
  • Crossing the L1026 at Geisa

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.

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Further information


Haus auf der Grenze, Geisa (412 m)
50.719442, 9.928332
50°43'10.0"N 9°55'42.0"E
32U 565532 5619037


Haus auf der Grenze, Geisa

Turn-by-turn directions

  • "Haus auf der Grenze" (building)
  • Rasdorfer Berg (mountain)
  • Geisa (town)
  • Bocksberg (mountain)
  • Wiesenfeld (village)
  • "Weg der Hoffnung" (trail)
  • "Haus auf der Grenze" (building)


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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. 

Getting there

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


50.719442, 9.928332
50°43'10.0"N 9°55'42.0"E
32U 565532 5619037
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Dehler Verlag – Hochrhöner Extratouren | ISBN: 978-3-00-023493-4

Author’s map recommendations

  • Kompass Kartenverlag - Wanderkarte Rhön | ISBN-10: 3990446045 | ISBN-13: 978-3990446041


  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rainwear
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device, smartphone with onboard maps or maps
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • enough water and food

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Simon Büttner 
September 27, 2021 · Thüringen entdecken
Abwechslungsreicher Weg mit schönen Aussichten und Grenzgeschichte. Für die Ausstellung im Haus auf der Grenze darf man schon 2 Stunden einplanen.
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When did you do this route? September 10, 2021
Photo: Simon Büttner, Thüringen entdecken

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14.7 km
4:15 h
299 m
299 m
Highest point
424 m
Lowest point
277 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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