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Familienwanderweg Guck- und Putschelweg - Schleid - Rhön

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  • Auf der Wanderung bei Kranlucken
    / Auf der Wanderung bei Kranlucken
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Wanderweg bei Kranlucken
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Schutzhütte bei Kranlucken
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
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A lot of fun for the little ones, because the name says it all: "Guck- und Putschelweg" is Rhöner Platt and means something like “look and play with water-trail”.
Distance 5.4 km
1:33 h
132 m
132 m
With a wonderful panoramic view of the Rhön, we experience the element of water in a completely new way on the “Entdeckersteg” on the Kohlbach in Kranlucken. The footbridge leads to a natural brook island and the water playground in Zitters. Here you can relax, play and "putscheln"! We walk on natural, winding paths through characteristic Rhön beech forests and along species-rich orchards and lime meadows. Kranlucken is very typical for the Rhön with the baroque church and the half-timbered ensemble. The playground, which thanks to "Experience Kohlbach" also has access to water, and the listening point at the tourist information center are even more interesting for children. It gets really exciting at the stations of the Kohlbachtaler Sagenweg. They tell - also in Braille - the three legends “The Shepherd and the Wolf”, “Fireman” and “The Witch of Kranlucken”. In front of Zitters there is a beautiful forest crossroad. If you walk another two minutes, you will reach a beautiful Lady Chapel. Need a break? There are rest huts along the way - seating areas, some with sun sails and loungers.

Author’s recommendation

To make the "putscheln" fun for the whole family, waterproof children's clothing should not be forgotten.
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Katharina Happel
Update: February 09, 2021
Highest point
486 m
Lowest point
354 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.


Kranlucken (354 m)
50.698654, 9.991587
50°41'55.2"N 9°59'29.7"E
32U 570028 5616783



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  • Length: 4.5 km

Seeing, playing & learning - The motto of the family hiking trail is Rhöner Platt: "Look" (look) and "Putscheln" (play with water).

  • Magnificent panoramic view of the Rhön - the land of open distances.
  • Experience it Together with children, the element WATER on the "Entdeckersteg" on the Kohlbach in Kranlucken, a footbridge to a natural brook island and through a "water playground" in Zitters, which invites you to "putscheln", play and relax
  • Paths through typical Rhön beech forests along species-rich orchards and limestone meadows.


  • Baroque church with typical village linden tree and fountain, miniature church, witch's fountain and half-timbered ensemble as well as a tourist station with audio station, relief and hiking board, playground and access to the water under the motto "Experience Kohlbach" in Kranlucken
  • Rest stations
  • three stations of the Kohlbachtaler Sagenweg: "Witch of Kranlucken", "Feuermann" and "The Shepherd and the Wolf" (5 minutes away from the path), which are also described in Braille (Braille) Minutes away from the path)
  • forest crossroad and neo-gothic church outside and in Zitters
  • lady chapel (2 minutes off the trail)


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The hiking bus line 110 of the VU Wartburgmobil from Eisenach to Tann runs daily to Schleid. From Schleid to the entry point in Kranlucken, an additional approx. 3 km walk must be overcome. From Geisa you can also take line 113 directly to Kranlucken on weekdays.


For those arriving by car, parking is available in the center of Kranlucken and Zitters.


50.698654, 9.991587
50°41'55.2"N 9°59'29.7"E
32U 570028 5616783
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • „Kirchen, Kreuze und Bildstöcke im Geisaer Amt“, Imhof-Verlag
  • „Vergessene Höfe und Dörfer im Geisaer Amt“, Herausgeber Heimat- und Geschichtsverein Geisaer Amt e.V.
  • Festschrift „1.500 Jahre Zitters“, erhältlich Henkel Sanitär Geisa

Author’s map recommendations

  • Flyer „Guck- und Putschelweg“
  • Flyer „Kohlbachtaler Sagenweg“



  • 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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5.4 km
1:33 h
132 m
132 m
Circular route Scenic Family-friendly


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