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Familienwanderweg Geisböckchenweg - Geisa - Rhön

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  • Familienwanderweg Geisböckchenweg - Trettbecken in den Ulsterauen
    / Familienwanderweg Geisböckchenweg - Trettbecken in den Ulsterauen
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Familienwanderweg Geisböckchenweg
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Familienwanderweg Geisböckchenweg
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
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The entertaining and varied city path leads through the Ulsteraue with a connection to the historic city center. The city's heraldic animal can also be seen here: the Billy goat.
Distance 1.4 km
0:25 h
35 m
35 m
The attractive small town of Geisa is considered to be the economic, industrial and cultural center of the central Ulstertal. We start at the “Ulsteraue” leisure complex, where playgrounds, a large water playground, a Kneipp pool, various sports equipment and picnic benches offer a varied range of leisure activities for young and old. The entire area is suitable for strollers and buggies. From there it goes on a natural path up to the Gangolfiberg (difference in altitude: 290 m above sea level to 320 m above sea level). Then we reach a "green classroom" at the light grotto and the climbing course for children in the dark grotto. On the way back, a detour to the old town is very worthwhile. In addition to the market fountain, the parish church of St. Philip and St. James is a sightseeing highlight. Thanks to the carillon, a large, playable carillon at the church, children won't get bored here either. In need of a little more culture? How about the pharmacy and bakery museum or the ANNELIESE DESCHAUER gallery with the city museum? Then you can walk comfortably over the palace square ensemble and visit the Zentgericht and the well-preserved city wall with its defense towers.

Author’s recommendation

Leisure time on the Ulster with art enjoyment in the active city center of Geisa - fun for the whole family.
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Katharina Happel
Update: February 09, 2021
Highest point
314 m
Lowest point
279 m
Best time of year

Safety information

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.


Freizeitanlage "Ulsteraue" (293 m)
50.713052, 9.950727
50°42'47.0"N 9°57'02.6"E
32U 567122 5618347


Freizeitanlage "Ulsteraue"

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  • Length: 1.2 km
  • short and varied city path through the Ulsteraue with connection to the historic city center
  • Starting point: "Ulsteraue" leisure facility with playgrounds, a large water playground, Kneipp basin, sports equipment, picnic benches, this area is suitable for strollers and buggies
  • on the natural path to the Gangolfiberg (difference in altitude: 290 m above sea level to 320 m above sea level)
  • “Green classroom” (light grotto) and climbing course for children (dark grotto)
  • City parish church with carillon, market fountain, town hall,
  • pharmacy and bakery museum,
  • ANNELIESE-DESCHAUER gallery city museum, castle square ensemble,
  • district court and. well-preserved city wall with defense towers)


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


The hiking bus Rhönkurier of the VU Wartburgmobil runs the route from Eisenach to Tann all year round with line 110, as does the hiking bus to Point Alpha line 120 from Bad Salzungen, Geisa, Point Alpha and Hünfeld all year round and daily.


Für die Anreise mit dem Auto stehen öffentliche Parkplätze im Stadtbereich, Kulturhaus, Bahnhof, Rasdorferstraße und Löhersgasse zur Verfügung.


50.713052, 9.950727
50°42'47.0"N 9°57'02.6"E
32U 567122 5618347
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Große Radwander- und Wanderkarte Thüringische Rhön: Ausflüge zwischen Vacha, Bad Salzungen, dem Pleß, dem Geisaer Land, Wasungen und Fladungen in Franken, Verlag Dr. Barthel, Maßstab 1:35.000


  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • First aid kit
  • Sufficient drinks and provisions
  • Sun protection at high temperatures
  • GPS navigation device, map or smartphone with onboard map material

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
  • Blister kit
  • 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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1.4 km
0:25 h
35 m
35 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Suitable for strollers


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