The Rhön region and its natural surroundings
The Rhön region consists largely of rock formations of variegated sandstone, shell limestone and, in places, also Keuper claystone. In the Middle and late Triassic epochs, they were breached by phonolithic and basaltic volcanic funnels and partially coated by basaltic eruptions.
The characteristic peaks in the region around Rasdorf were formed over millions of years, of which the neighboring Hessian Kegelspiel (game of cones) group of peaks is a striking example. On its precipitation-rich, harsh plateaus, the Rhön is primarily borne by pastures and meadows mowed once annually. Red and Black marshes have settled on the almost impermeable basalt ground, along with dwarf shrub pastures, mat grass fields, blueberries, cranberries and juniper bushes.
The “Rock formations and the development of the landscape” circular route provides insights into 200 million years of geological history.
The hiker can acquaint him or herself with elements of the cultural landscape at the Rasdorf landscape and information center, under the title “An intact landscape is not only green”.
Apart from its unique vegetation, in the Rhön region it is not uncommon to catch a glimpse of a kingfisher or white-throated dipper. This natural refuge is home to around 20,000 animal species. From here, boundary paths and nature trails give you hiking access to a uniquely beautiful natural habitat.
The city of Geisa
Geisa is not only the "Point Alpha City" but, given its almost 1200 year history, is replete with numerous historical structures and picturesque nooks. The city of Geisa is situated right in the heart of Germany, in the magnificent landscape of the Thuringian Rhön. Our homeland, the historical “Geisaer Amt”, is a region with huge potential, both in terms of the economy and tourism.
Due to its age, history, monuments and the layout of the village itself, Rasdorf is undoubtedly the most interesting among all the villages of the former Bishopric of Fulda. The parish church, erected in 1274 as an abbey church, is graced by columns and capitals that make it one of the most valuable village churches of the Fulda diocese.
Rasdorf possesses one of the largest surviving fortress graveyards (protection for man and beast in times of war) as well as the largest village green in Hesse. In addition to the Maria Ehrenberg in the Rhön region, the pilgrimage chapel on the Gehilfersberg was the most significant of its kind in the Fulda countryside. From the base of the Gehilfersberg, visitors have a wonderful panoramic view of the mountains of the Thuringian Rhön.
Apart from the cultural historical places of interest, Rasdorf has a modern, well-equipped, youth camping site and the Landscape Information Center “Hessisches Kegelspiel” in the oldest building of the town, the 400 year old former canon’s house. Among other things, it presents the natural topographic foundations of the region, such as its geology and soil science, and is complemented by a rock garden as well as themed trails for hikers (mentioned in “The Rhön and its natural surroundings”).