When coloured leaves cover the ground and fresh dew blankets the meadows, it's time to put on your waterproof hiking boots. Just a short train ride from Frankfurt, you'll find beautiful forests and vineyards. The hilly landscape on both sides of the Rhine is a versatile hiking paradise. We have put together three multi-day hikes for your long weekend that will take you to the most beautiful regions south of Frankfurt.
Whether you prefer to hike through the natural forests of the Pfaelzer Wald, through picturesque vineyards or to medieval castles on the Bergstrasse is entirely up to you. Especially in late summer and autumn, when the leaves of the trees and vines gradually change colour, these hikes are an absolute dream. In the Pfalz you can taste delicious wines or hike through dense woods along streams with an abundance of plants and wildlife. The multi-facetted landscape with its numerous castles along the famous Bergstraße also has its charms. And best of all: the starting and finishing points of all hikes can be easily reached by train from Frankfurt.
In this Collection, you will find three hikes which will guide you through these fantastic landscapes, showing you their most beautiful side. The "Pleasure Weekend in the Pfaelzer Vineyards" route takes you from Bockenheim, which marks the northernmost point of the German Wine Route, to Bad Duerkheim. You will experience a journey back in time on the "2-day tour along the South Hessian Bergstrasse" between Heppenheim and Zwingenberg: Along the old trade route, the Bergstrasse, you will explore enchanted castle ruins and medieval towns. Pure nature is the motto of the "3-day tour through the picturesque Pfaelzer Wald". The route from Kaiserslautern to Waldfischbach is characterised by clear streams, rocky gorges and dense forests.
And, if you can't get enough of our exciting tours, you can combine the two hikes "Pleasure Weekend in the Pfaelzer Vineyards" and "3-Day Tour through the Picturesque Pfaelzer Wald". Bad Dürkheim, the destination of the two-day hike, is only a fifty-minute train ride away from Kaiserslautern. You can use these tours as building blocks to put together exactly the right adventure for you. There are no limits to your wanderlust.
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This multi-faceted tour takes you through the dreamlike wine region of the Palatinate in two days. In autumn, the vines are hard on the sticks and the leaves begin to change color. You start in Bockenheim, which marks the northernmost point of the German Wine Route. In the hilly landscape, which lies west of the Rhine plain, you can enjoy not only great views but also noble drops. On the way to Bad Dürkheim we take you to extraordinary places like the castle Battenberg or a Roman winery.The beautiful wine hike starts at the station Bockenheim-Kindenheim. Depending on the train connection, one and a half to two hours can be deducted for the journey from Frankfurt (bahn.de and vrn.de/index.html). From the station, walk west. The first stop you can insert in the imposing house of the German Wine Route. Here you can find a lot of information about the region and a nice restaurant.Through a sea of colorful leaves and grapes you follow the trail through the countryside. In doing so, you will pass by the so-called trulli, which in former times served as protection for the workers. Originally the round stone buildings come from Puglia in Italy, also a beautiful wine region.On your way south you will pass the wine hiking hut Asselheim, which is farmed on weekends and public holidays. Here you can enjoy the fantastic panorama with a glass of wine in your hand.Up and down the hill you wander through the beautiful cultural landscape up to Battenberg Castle. The imposing ruin sits enthroned on a rock and the view into the wide Rhine plain is unique. In the leafy courtyard lurid paths invite for a walk and parts of the castle ruins, such as the lookout tower, are accessible. In the garden of the rustic Burgschänke you can take a break.The last part of this stage you walk in the midst of the grapevines to Herxheim on the mountain. In the quiet place you can end the day with a glass of wine.
From Herxheim am Berg you start going south. Hilly vineyards and ripe grapes accompany you on your way today. At this stage, you will first wander the plains without climbing steep slopes before climbing the 493-meter-high Peterskopf. Your destination is the spa town of Bad Dürkheim, from where you can start your journey home.The first highlight of this stage awaits you after about two kilometers. The Freinberger Oschelskopf is a striking stone sculpture, which is a popular destination of the locals.Continue through the romantic landscape of the Lainingerland along the German Wine Route. At Kallstadt, you pass an interesting archaeological site: The Roman winery Weilberg invites you to a journey through time. The remains of the stately villa were uncovered in 1981 and are well worth a visit.From the vineyards it goes into the forest. Curved trails lead you past ancient trees and moss-covered rocks. Before you climb the Peterskopf, you can take a break at the hut on the Weilach. It is farmed on weekends and holidays, otherwise you can rest on the benches in the garden.At the top of the Peterskopf, the impressive Bismarck tower awaits you. The 36-meter high tower is made of red sandstone and was built in honor of Otto von Bismarck. From the viewing platform, a breathtaking view of the Palatinate Forest and the Rhine plain opens up to Mannheim.From Peterskopf you can reach down quiet forest paths down to Bad Dürkheim. Before you reach the train station, you have the opportunity to visit the beautiful spa park. On the one and a half hour drive back to Frankfurt, you can once again review your varied hike.
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This multi-day hike is not only characterized by stately castles and medieval towns, but also by the impressive expanses of the Odenwald. A perfect combination of history and nature. Partly we lead you on the well-known Burgensteig mountain road through the natural forests, partly to less known corners in this region.In two days you will be hiking from Heppenheim via Bensheim to Zwingenberg. The historic cities with their half-timbered houses are each a highlight in their own right. The journey by train from Frankfurt to Heppenheim takes three quarters of an hour. More information about the train connections can be found at: bahn.deYou start at the station Heppenheim and walk through the picturesque streets of the city. At the market square you can expect artful half-timbered houses, the impressive town hall and many nice cafes. The richness of the former merchants who settled hundreds of years along the mountain road is reflected in the magnificent facades.From the market square you climb the 295 meter high Schlossberg, on which stands the striking Starkenburg. The facility was built to protect the Lorsch Monastery and the trade route on the mountain road. In the 20th century, large parts of the castle were restored and restored. On the Starkenburg you can visit the castle courtyard, the keep and parts of the defensive wall.After visiting Starkenburg Castle, continue through forests and meadows uphill. Again and again you come to glades and beautiful vantage points. After seven kilometers you will reach Ober-Hambach, a picturesque plain of old farms and wide fields.On quiet forest paths, you hike to the west and climb to the Hemsberg, on whose summit a beautiful tower stands. On Sundays and public holidays, the tower is open and you can enjoy the fantastic view from the platform. In the small, adjoining cafe is worth a break.Then you follow the path down to the Meerbach Valley to climb up to the Blue Turret. Although the tower looks ancient, it was built in 1910 as part of an English landscape garden. Today you will find a barbecue and a playground here.
After this last stage highlight, we will lead you down to Bensheim, where there are numerous accommodation options.
On the second day you have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Bensheim. The market square is the center of the city and is framed by traditional half-timbered houses. Nearby you can visit the Church of St.Georg and the Red Tower.You leave Bensheim heading north and wander up the slope of the Kirchberg to Schönberg Castle. Parts of the castle were already built in the 13th century. Especially beautiful is the courtyard with the round tower and the detailed painting on the windows.The further hiking trail leads you through colorful mixed forest along the state park Fürstenlager. At high cities, you cross the Mühltalstraße and then wander up to the impressive Auerbach Castle. As you walk through the ruins, you can imagine the splendor of bygone days. A special highlight are the well-preserved towers, from which you have a wonderful view of the Odenwald, the Rhine plain and the Melibokus. The castle tavern invites you to take a break with regional delicacies.After you have explored the castle ruins extensively, we lead you to the Melibokus. The highest mountain at 517 meters on the South Hessian mountain road is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. Here you can enjoy the great view and watch the paragliders take off in good weather.From the highest point of your multi-day hike, it goes down to the next medieval complex, the castle Alsbach. Here you can explore the ancient walls, bridges and towers. The interesting herb garden in the castle courtyard is also worth a visit.About curved forest roads you get to Zwingenberg. From there train station you can start the journey home to Frankfurt, which takes about three quarters of an hour.
This exciting tour is characterized by natural forests, clear streams and rocky gorges. On the first day we lead you from Kaiserslautern over the castle Hohenecken to the romantic nature friend house Finsterbrunnertal, before it continues on the second stage through primeval valleys to the nature friend house Heltersberg. On the third day you walk past streams and fountains to Waldfischbach, from where you can start the journey home.This three-day hike starts at Kaiserslautern station. The journey from Frankfurt takes one and a half hours. More information about the train connections can be found at: bahn.deYou leave Kaiserslautern to the south and soon enter the peaceful Palatine Forest. Following the hiking trail, you will reach the 200-year-old Bremerhof. The sunny beer garden is the ideal place for a break.After a little refreshment in the Bremerhof, you continue on trails through rustic forest. Fresh air and the chirping of birds accompanies you. The path snakes up to the ruins of Hohenecken Castle. From the hill you have a great view of the surroundings. The old walls radiate a mystical atmosphere of bygone days and it is worth exploring.
Then you hike through the hilly landscape to Gelterswoog. At the contemplative reservoir you can cool your feet and rest on the sunbathing lawn. Under the tall trees there is always a shady spot.Following the rails of the regional train, you come to the long-drawn Walzweiher. You walk along the shore of the water for a while before you reach the idyllic Hammertal.The last two kilometers you will be accompanied by the Moosalbe. The stream has formed an idyllic valley here, which is characterized by its biodiversity. Directly on the Moosalbe is the impressive Naturfreundehaus Finsterbrunnertal, your today's stage destination. In the sunny garden you can enjoy regional delicacies and end the day
After the night in the Naturfreundehaus Finsterbrunnertal, the second stage begins with a wonderful rest at the edge of the forest. You continue hiking along the Moosalbe, through dense green and accompanied by the splashing of the water. Here, nature may still be as it really is.At the Wilensteiner mill you cross the stream and climb up to Wilenstein Castle. Parts of the formerly powerful complex from the 12th century are still well preserved and can be visited. Since the 1960s, there is even a country school home in the restored upper castle.Over bridges and stream crossings it goes on into the nature reserve Karlstal. This section of the Moosalbe is considered particularly idyllic and original. Large ferns and juicy mosses grow along the way. You can also discover massive rock formations and smaller caves in the gorge.At Oberhammer is a small lake, where the small roadhouse on the Way of St. James invites you to take a break. The element of water accompanies you further and you reach the Plickersweiher. Here you leave the valley of the Moosalbe and penetrate deeper into the forest. You cross the quiet Schauertal and follow the forest path uphill.The cozy Naturfreundehaus Heltersberg is your destination today. The house stands on a meadow in the middle of the forest and is known for its delicious food. On the rustic benches on the terrace you can relax and look forward to the next stage.
Rested, you leave the Naturfreundehaus Heltersberg on the third day and follow the course of the Hundsbächls. You walk along the so-called Brunnenwanderweg, which leads past a multitude of lovingly revitalized fountains. So you can take a break at the mill well and refresh yourself on the clear water.After four kilometers you reach the Hundsweiestersägemühle. Here you can make a detour to the beautiful Clausensee in Schwarzbachtal. Then you keep right and climb the serpentines to the Soul Rock. The path leads below the approximately 800 meter long rock wall. The huge layers of rock are really impressive.Through the Wolfsschlucht you come to the course of the Dinkelsbach. The path leads directly to the Schwarzbachtal and then up to the remains of the Heidelsburg. From the Roman fortifications only remains of walls are left. But the overgrown ruin in the middle of the dense forest surrounds a very special atmosphere.On a beautiful path wander through the hilly landscape of the Palatinate Forest to the outskirts of Waldfischbach-Burgalben. The last part of the third stage we lead you through the streets of the tranquil village to the station. During the two-hour return to Frankfurt, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery again.