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
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.
To make the "putscheln" fun for the whole family, waterproof children's clothing should not be forgotten.
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)
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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
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
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.
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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“
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
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
First aid kit
Bivy / survival bag
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Emergency contact details
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.