Hikers beware, the chances are you will fall in love with the Palatinate. All it takes is one short stroll through this marvelous mixture of forests and rolling hills and you’re going to want to come back. Lush beech forests, broken up only by delicate sandstone spires, conceal the remains of medieval castles that lie scattered around the area. For those who know how to enjoy themselves, quaint shops offer local wines and traditional, hearty fare at every turn. And in the evening, after a long day on the trail, there are plenty of gourmet restaurants to choose from—restaurants that pride themselves on their ecological and regional cuisine. Doesn’t that sound like a hiker’s dream?
Eight powerful castle ruins line up along the cross-border tour. Enigmatic stories and legends, mighty lookout cliffs, wild forest landscapes and romantic villages make every hiker's heart beat faster. From the start in the idyllic resort of Schönau, the path immediately leads steeply up the mountain to the bizarre "Schlüsselelfelsen" and on to the first namesake, the Wegelnburg, where you can expect a mighty 360 degree view.At the "Kaiser Wilhelm Stein" you cross the border to France and reach the castle ruins Hohenbourg. From the viewing platform you can already see two other destinations of the tour, the castle ruins Loewenstein and Fleckenstein. By the way, the devil himself is supposed to have built the fountain of the castle. After a descent to "Fleckensteiner Weiher" follows the ascent to the hidden castle ruins Froensbourg. Past the mysterious "Gypsy rock" you continue to the legendary Wasigenstein castle ruins.Along the Sauer and the Steinbach, the path leads on to the castle ruin Arnsbourg, which towers over the small village Obersteinbach. Passing the lookout cliffs "Wachtfelsen" and "Bayrischer Windstein", the hidden castle ruin Blumenstein appears on the way. Past the "Wengelsbacher Hals", the path leads down to the "Wengelsbachtal" and back to Schönau. Along the Sauer you can split the tour into two day tours.
The Palatinate Vineyard is pure Palatinate: alternately leads the 170-kilometer long path on dreamy paths through entertaining forest passages and sunlit sections in the Palatinate vineyard.Stage 1: from Bockenheim to Neuleiningen
The first stage of the Palatinate Weinsteig, the longest of the three Palatinate predicate hiking trails leads from the architecturally striking house of the German Wine Route in Bockenheim through the sun-drenched Palatinate Reebenmeer via Mertesheim and Grünstadter Berg to the picturesque castle village of Neuleiningen.Stage 2: From Neuleiningen to Bad Dürkheim
The second stage of the Pfälzer Weinsteig takes us from the pretty, 750-year-old wine and castle village of Neuleiningen to the spa town of Bad Dürkheim. In addition to the highest Bismarck tower in the Palatinate, we discover on the varied route also a Germanic cult place and a ring wall from the Celtic era.Stage 3: From Bad Dürkheim to Deidesheim
The third stage takes us from the picturesque Römerplatz in Bad Dürkheim over the Poppen and Burgtal to the promising Wachenburg ruins. Passing the heath holes, we descend to the small town of Deidesheim, a pearl of the German Wine Route.Stage 4: From Deidesheim to Neustadt a. d. wine Route
In the picturesque old town of Deidesheim we start the fourth stage and hike through vineyards, the Palatinate Forest and along idyllic streams to the summit of the Weinbiet. A varied, promising descent then brings us down to Neustadt an der Weinstraße, one of the largest wine-growing communities in Germany.Stage 5: From Neustadt a. d. Wine Route to St. Martin
Today we are facing the longest stage of the vineyard. Not only do we discover numerous interesting natural monuments such as the Gypsy Rock, the Hambacher Bergstein or the impressive Felsenmeer, but with the 673 m high Kalmit we climb the highest peak of the Palatinate Forest.
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Spectacular rocks, deeply cut valleys and above all: forest, as far as the eye can see! This awaits us on the 140 kilometer long Pfälzer Waldpfad.Stage 1: From Kaiserslautern to Finsterbrunnertal
From Kaiserslautern, the first stage of the Pfälzer Waldpfad takes us on a route of just under 16 km through beautiful forests to the promising Humberg tower and further into the valley of the Moosalbe, where we reach our destination at the Naturfreundehaus Finsterbrunnertal.Stage 2: From Finsterbrunnertal to Johanniskreuz
The second stage, with a length of 12 km, is the shortest of the Pfälzer Waldpfad. It leads us along the Moosalbe u.a. through the Karlstal gorge up to the 470 m high hamlet Johanniskreuz.Stage 3: From Johanniskreuz to Heltersberg
On the third stage of the Pfälzer Waldpfad we hike from Johanniskreuz through dense forests to Heltersberg. On the way we pass some stream valleys and idyllic little ponds.Stage 4: From Heltersberg to Rodalben
Passing the imposing Soul Rock, the fourth stage takes us to the remains of the Roman Heidelsburg, before we reach the place of pilgrimage Maria Rosenberg and finally our destination Rodalben.Stage 5: From Rodalben to Merzalben
From the Hilschberghaus, the fifth stage of the Pfälzer Waldpfad takes us a good 10 km past Rodalben to the Birkwieserhof and on to our destination Merzalben in the valley of the Merzalbe.Stage 6: From Merzalben to Hauenstein
On the sixth stage, at 23 km, not only the longest distance of all stages must be covered, but with the 607 m high Weißenberg also the highest point of the Pfälzer Waldpfad should be climbed. For this we are rewarded with breathtaking views.Stage 7: From Hauenstein to Dahn
The seventh stage takes us from the Schuhdorf Hauenstein to the "capital" of the Dahner Felsenland, which is known for its many red sandstone rock towers and walls. Shortly before the end of the stage lies with the Jungfernsprung one of the most famous rocks of the Palatinate on our route.Stage 8: From Dahn to Erlenbach
On the eighth stage from Dahn to Erlenbach we not only pass some impressive rock formations, but also the ruins of the castles Altdahn, Grafendahn, Tanstein and Drachenfels, built on red rock massifs.Stage 9: From Erlenbach to Schweigen-Rechtenbach
From Erlenbach, the last leg takes us past the mighty Berwartstein Castle to Schweigen, the southernmost town on the German Wine Route. We enter Alsace for a few kilometers and have a great view over the Rhine plain to the Black Forest.
The Pfälzer Höhenweg guarantees a lot of variety. And not only because it goes as high on the 114 kilometer long route as nowhere else in the Palatinate.Stage 1: From Winnweiler to Dannenfels
On the first stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg we follow the tracks of the mining industry. From Winnweiler, the 16-kilometer hike leads through the Imbach mountain experience world and past the Steinbach celtic garden to the climatic health resort of Dannenfels.Stage 2: From Dannenfels to the Bastenhaus
The second stage leads us high: From Dannenfels we walk on the 687 m high Donnersberg, the highest mountain in the Palatinate, and continue via Marienthal to the Bastenhaus.Stage 3: From the Bastenhaus to Rockenhausen
From the Bastenhaus it goes to the highest village of the Palatinate after Ruppertsecken, there you have beautiful views of the region. Then we hike down to our stage destination Rockenhausen.Stage 4: From Rockenhausen to ObermoschelVaried museums in Rockenhausen, remains of a Roman settlement and impressive castle ruins await us on the fourth stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg. About 19 km long we hike from Rockenhausen over the promising ridge to Obermoschel, the smallest town in the Palatinate.Stage 5: From Obermoschel to Meisenheim
At 12.5 km, the fifth stage is the shortest on the Palatine High Trail. From Obermoschel we walk over the Kahlforsthöhe to Callbach and on to the historic old town of Meisenheim.Stage 6: From Meisenheim to Lauterecken
14 km long, the sixth stage takes us from the romantic old town in Meisenheim, which enchants with picturesque half-timbered houses and historic buildings, on an old Roman road to Lauterecken.Stage 7: From Lauterecken to Wolfstein
The last stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg leads from Lauterecken via Lohnweiler through the shady forests of the Königsberg massif to Wolfstein. On the approximately 21 km long route we pass the romantic castle ruins old and new wolf stone.
Varied circular walk with impressive rock formations, caves, mixed forest passages and magnificent views - a nature experience of the highest class.If you are looking for a rendezvous with nature and want to escape the stress of everyday life, this is the place for you. In the middle of the Palatinate Forest Nature Park, the largest contiguous forest area in Germany, the rock trail, which is certified as "Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland", winds for about 45 km without significant inclines past countless, bizarre colorful sandstone formations around the locality of Rodalben.The clearly marked "F" circular route can also be hiked in stages, entries and exits are possible in several places. Rustic seating areas and cozy huts invite you to linger, rest and "let your mind wander". From the new hiking train station, you will pass the "Alte Bierkeller" and reach the "Old Castle" massif, which offers a first beautiful view. Hettersbachfelsen, Hornbergfelsen, Gypsy Rocks and Maibrunnenfelsen accompany the path of the hiker up to the Pulpit Rock, whose viewing platform offers an impressive panoramic view of the hilltop town. Past the pig rock, it goes through the Lindersbachtal up to Hilschberghaus. From here you can make a detour to Saufelsen or hike directly to the cow rock and put in the shelter of a rest.Afterwards you leave the Clauser valley and cross the stream of the Rodalbe to the Karl-May-Felsen. Further, the path meanders to the Bear Rock in the Langenbachtal, which encloses the largest natural red sandstone cave in the Palatinate and houses a spring with a waterfall - a natural temple of peace and relaxation. The culmination of the tour is the legendary Bruderfelsen, the landmark of the city.
On the 76 kilometers long Chapel Pilgrimage you will experience the special features of the Bad Bergzaberner Land. The sea of vine that captivates you, the Palatinate Forest that lets you rest and the chapels that invite you to reflect. A way to slow down. The nearly 76-kilometer hiking trail is recommended in 4 stages.From Bad Bergzabern to Klingenmünster you start in the Kurpark at the St. Jakobus-Pilger-Statue. Continue via Pleisweiler-Oberhofen with the Catholic Church to Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach to DionysiusKapelle. In Klingenmünster you reach a marked circular route as a detour to the monastery Klingemünster and to the memorial for euthanasia victims at the Palatine Clinic.Another stage from Klingenmünster to Vorderweidenthal leads via the Karlsplatzhütte to the Abtskopf and then on to the castle ruin Lindelbrunn to Vorderweidenthal. In between, a detour to the Peace Chapel in Birkenhördt is worthwhile.The stage from Vorderweidenthal to Schweigen Rechtenbach leads via Lauterschwan, the Seehof-Weiher and the Hirzeck-Haus through the Mundatwald to St. Germanshof to the Europadenkmal and then along the border over the Pauliner Schloss to the German Weintor.The last stage from Schweigen-Rechtenbach back to Bad Bergzabern goes over the ruins of Guttenberg, the Stäffelsberg tower, the Kolmerberg chapel, the fortified church in Dörrenbach and the Böhämmerhaus back to the spa gardens and the Südpfalz thermal bath.
The quality trail in the heart of the Palatinate highlands is great as a two- to three-day tour suitable. The trail leads through the hilly landscape of the Palatinate highlands, lined with magnificent panoramic views of the Hunsrück and the Palatinate. On the way, romantically located benches invite you to linger and marvel, so take your time.
The Holzlandweg leads as a circular walk through the dense Palatine Forest, past bizarre rock formations such as the Soul Rock, along bubbling streams and historic sites. The woodland communities Waldfischbach-Burgalben, Heltersberg, Schmalenberg and Geiselberg as well as the Moosalbtal community Steinalben are crossed.A highlight is certainly the mystical Heidelsburg from the Roman-Celtic period, which is reached after passing the Galgenfelsen and barley rocks. The trail is recommended for two daily stages and offers a flexible hiking experience, with stop-over and overnight accommodations along the way.
The second largest sacred building of the Palatinate, in Otterberg, the large "Menhir" Hinkelstein and one of the largest heath areas in south-west Germany, the "Mehlinger Heide", you will admire on this round trip, which is also to be hiked in two stages.
The Hinkelsteinweg as a circular path connects the network of trails in the peripheral areas of the biosphere reserve "Pfälzerwald" with the hiking area Donnersberg and the hiking trail "Pfälzer Höhenweg". Along the way there are the large menhir "Hinkelstein" and a variety of historical landmarks from the Otterberg monastery. The path leads along the edge of the nature reserve "Mehlinger Heide", one of the largest heathland areas in southern Germany. The trail is characterized by natural forest paths that invite you to dream, imposing views and a varied landscape. At the Drehenthalerhof (in both directions) it is possible to hike the Hinkelsteinweg in two stages.
With a bang it starts: Lichtenberg Castle, headquarters of the Counts of Veldenz, high above the small village Thallichtenberg is the starting point of the trail that leads to the Veldenzer castle in Lauterecken. The predicate trail is characterized by a natural silence that is rarely experienced.At least three days, the hiker should take time for this tour. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, the route takes you over five daily stages and experiences just under a week of pure hiking experience, as the Veldenz hiking trail runs along many paths and through a wide variety of landscapes.The natural paths give rise to an alpine-like feeling, especially in the nature reserve Mittagsfels. There spring flowers in the spring and the pasque and at the height is the view of the Glantal and the Prussian mountains unimaginably far. With castle Lichtenberg, the moated castle in Reipoltskirchen with sculpture trail and castle Veldenz in Lauterecken, the history and culture of the Palatine Bergland come alive again. And who knows, maybe you will also meet a few traveling musicians?
The cross-border long-distance hiking trail has everything to offer that makes the hiker's heart jump. You can discover amazing views as well as a variety of castles and castle ruins in Dahn Rockland and Alsace. A sea of red sandstone rocks line the path. In five stages, the little ghost guides hikers through the mystical world of the Palatinate Forest on the blue trail markers.In five stages, the little ghost guides hikers through the mystical world of the Palatinate Forest on the blue trail markers. Already the first stage from Dahn to Erfweiler impresses with magnificent views of imposing rocks and mighty castle ruins.No less impressive is the routing of the second leg to Bundenthal. With the castle ruins Drachenfels and the legendary castle Berwartstein this stage offers two unforgettable highlights.Not only because of their altitude, the third route to Schönau is often referred to as king stage. The sights, such as the Wegelnburg - the highest castle ruins of the Palatinate or the famous castle Fleckenstein in Alsace make this part of the hike to an unforgettable experience.Through idyllic meadow valleys and past romantic forest lakes, the fourth stage leads to Fischbach.The last stage on the rock country Sagenweg leads to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach. On the way lies the biosphere house with the adventurous treetop path. Direction Rumbach is crossed by a wooden bridge, the nature reserve Königsbruch. In Rumbach you should definitely visit the Christ Church with its medieval frescoes. Now there is only one last ascent to the Schützenfelsen before the fantastic stage hike ends at the new amusement park Spießwiesen in Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.
The premium hiking trail "Felsenland Sagenweg" leads on wonderful paths to 26 legendary sites and takes hikers back to times long past. Just under 86.4 kilometers, the trail leads through dark forest to striking rock towers with fantastic views and romantic castle ruins.