Fulda Off The Beaten Path

  • Point Alpha - don't get too close!
    Point Alpha - don't get too close!
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  • Replica of the Soviet border crossing
    Replica of the Soviet border crossing
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  • Point Alpha Display
    Point Alpha Display
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    Point Alpha - Bringing the Cold War to Life

    by TomInGermany Written May 13, 2012

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    Point Alpha - don't get too close!
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    I grew up during the Cold War and watched as the “The Wall” was torn down but I never really understood how it affected the German people. Visiting Point Alpha, a former US Army observation point along the old East German Border and wondering around the two museums, gave me a little more insight to life in Europe during this timeframe. Point Alpha was at a critical location along the border with a high probability that any major war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact would start right here. The reason was the Fulda Gap and it’s gentile geography that would allow Soviet mechanized forces an easy route to Frankfurt which was key to America’s defense of Germany.

    The former site of the US observation is now a memorial to this period in Germany’s history and part of a larger complex that includes the “House on the Border” exhibition and the border patrol path and border reconstruction. If you are into hiking, (the area is beautiful) there is a 14.6 km circular trail that takes you along the border as well as into the small town of Geisa, a town that was under constant surveillance from the US observation tower.

    The entry fee to US Base is 4 Euro but worth the cost. They have a nice display showing the history of the cold war, some permanent displays of US military equipment, and the ability to climb up the observation tower. Most of the signs are in German and English. The “House on the Border” is free and contains a good display of life along the border. Too bad it is all in German. There is free parking at the site.

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    Visit the villages

    by fairy_dust Written Aug 30, 2006

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    If you're looking for a nice side-trip to a quiet place away from the city, there are many little villages close to Fulda, such as Steinhaus and Margretenhaun. These are charming little storybook villages with white houses, winding roads, a stone church, and surrounded with farmland and open spaces. Driving is the best way to get there, and you can probably explore an entire village or two in a day or so.

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    Fürsteneck

    by IceBear7 Updated Apr 7, 2005

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    Franzosengrab

    The category "off the beaten path" was invented for a place like Fürsteneck. Just a couple of houses, a pub and nothing else. Nowadays. Years and years ago there were some French guys passing by. Napolenon's soldiers on their way back from Leipzig after the battle of nations (see my Leipzig page for more info). Some of the soldiers froze to death here in Fürsteneck and people from the village erected a headstone on the site, known as the "Franzosengrab" (Frenchmen's grave) today.

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    Florenberg

    by IceBear7 Updated Nov 15, 2004

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    A little mountain a few kilometers away from the city center - you can drive up there, have some great traditional food in the restaurant and a wonderful view over the whole city and over to the Rhön mountains. And you only meet locals!

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    Milseberg

    by bilgeez Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Crucifixion scene at Milseberg

    Milseberg is a popular place for locals to go hiking, spend Sunday afternoon, and talk to the cows they meet along the way. (Well, at least I did!) There are several hiking trails on Milseberg, mostly kept up by the Rhoenklub, a nature, culture and ecology group from Huenfeld/Fulda, where one of my cousins is a member and past officer of the club. (Have to put those plugs in for the family!) Milseberg is also the highest point in Hesse, about 300 meters or 1000 feet above sea level. On top, is a crucifixion scene. At Easter time, there are services here on Good Friday (Karfreitag). There are beautiful vistas here as well, and one can see Wasserkuppe, to the north, from here.
    I don't know the exact directions here, I know it is not far from Wasserkuppe, after I contact my cousin, I will add that information. It is a great place to picnic and relax in nature! There is also a restaurant near the top that has food and beverages (beer, too, of course!). Nothing fancy, but one can get cake, ice cream, or pretzels, or Schnitte, or Wurstteller mit Kraut here.

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    Gliders and ski runs and a spy station, oh my!

    by bilgeez Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Overlooking the Rhoen

    Wasserkuppe is in the Rhoen Highlands just east of Fulda. At this location is an old spy station from the Cold War days. Since the old East German border is literally at the bottom of the hill, NATO spied on the Warsaw Pact from this point. Nowadays the area is home to a glider field, ski, toboggan and bobsled runs. If one wishes to try a glider flight, one can do so here. There are beautiful vistas of the area. If I recall correctly, there was a flight training school here for the Luftwaffe and there is a memorial to those who lost their lives in training accidents here. That is why the glider park is here.
    To get to Wasserkuppe, take the B458 highway east from Fulda, to the L3330 road, south to Wasserkuppe (Poppenhausen).

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    A Jewel of Half-Timbered Construction

    by Weissdorn Written Sep 24, 2002

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    Prime Example of Half-Timbered Construction

    The old Rathaus (city hall) is an impressive half-timbered building, which unfortunately is not really still in it's original state inside (it's apartments and a store for buying glasses today). Only the exterior has been kept like it was. It the 16th century this was the residence of the city hall and the municipal militia arms storage center. They used this building for this purpos until 1782, when the city fathers moved their offices to the Chancellor Palace (next to the Vicor's Church (Stadtpfarrkirche) and now today it's located in the City Palace.

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    Monument at Wasserkuppe

    by bilgeez Written Nov 6, 2004

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    Wasserkuppe Monument

    The photo depicted here is to memorialize those who were killed in flight training at the airfield here. The airfield is now a glider park where one can take a glider ride over the Rhoen.

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    Distant View of Wasserkuppe

    by bilgeez Written Oct 29, 2004

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    Wasserkuppe from Milseberg

    This is the view of Wasserkuppe from Milseberg, the weather wasn' t the best that day, (oh well!) But one can see the geodesic dome spy stations located there.

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