This Highlight is in a protected area
Please check local regulations for: Biosphärenreservat Pfälzerwald-Vosges du Nord
The Kleine Kalmit is the highest elevation in the Rheingraben with 271m and therefore offers a unique panoramic view of the Palatinate Forest, the German Wine Route and the holiday resort Ilbesheim. The name "Little Kalmit" comes from the Latin term calvus mons, which means bare mountain. It was created when the Rhine ditch was lowered 30 million years ago as a deposit of shell limestone. There is a chapel on the Kleine Kalmit, unfortunately the canopy was destroyed on October 31, 2019 with a wheel loader.
November 2, 2019
The beautiful Mater Dolorosa chapel on the small Kalmit and a wonderful view over the vast vineyard sea.
February 8, 2018
Easy climb and a magnificent view .... always nice there!
October 8, 2018
The increase is worthwhile. really great view and nice little chapel
January 1, 2019
The Kleine Kamit is a geological and botanical gem in which the rare pasque flower thrives particularly well, as do gentian, silver thistle and various types of orchids.
Thanks to its calcareous soil, the Kleine Kalmit also offers the best conditions for viticulture. The Burgundy vines in particular thrive here.
March 8, 2021
Do not crush the pasque band on the limestone floor, do not pick, do not dig out!
April 12, 2019
Great all-round view!
Right on the outskirts of Ilbesheim.
March 13, 2017
The Kleine Kalmit is located in the east of the Palatinate Forest Nature Park near the wine and holiday resort of Ilbesheim. The name "Little Kalmit" comes from the Latin term calvus mons, which means bare mountain. It was formed when the Rhine Graben was lowered 30 million years ago as a deposit of shell limestone.
The white-grey tertiary limestone is covered by a thin layer of humus. Among other things, the rare pasque flower and various types of orchids thrive here. In addition, the Little Kalmit offers a habitat for numerous rare species of spiders and butterflies. Due to this unique flora and fauna, the Little Kalmit was declared a nature reserve.
In the past, the Kleine Kalmit was considered a weather mountain and home of the weather witches. There were frequent processions up to the summit cross to ask for good weather. The Mater Dolorosa chapel was built in 1851 by a pastor from the neighboring parish of Arzheim to "console the poor souls".
March 30, 2021
The Mater Dolorosa Chapel is here on the Kalkberg. The Kleine Kamit has been declared a nature reserve because of its unique flora and fauna.
March 16, 2021
The small Kalmit is a nature reserve because of its geological peculiarity and the rare plants that occur there. Please stay on the paths and do not go the beaten track. Otherwise there will soon be nothing left of it.
March 24, 2021
Elevation of shell limestone, to the west you have a beautiful view of the Palatinate Forest and the Haardt, to the east of the Rhine plain.
The nature reserve may only be entered on the path. The pasque flowers have long since faded at the beginning of summer and we haven't discovered any orchids either. When the most sensitive plants bloom, then probably rather away.
There is a small chapel at the top of the hill, first built in 1851 and destroyed several times. The stained windows are seen from the inside with simple motifs of grapes, ears of corn and thorns. In the sanctuary there is a carved Pietà, a Mater Dolorosa, meaning Mary with her deceased son Jesus on her lap. If the chapel is open, it is worth a short visit.
June 22, 2022
All-round view, resting places on benches and meadows
February 27, 2021
Wayside cross, erected in 1885, destroyed in 1945, rebuilt in 1953
March 30, 2021
On the top of the Little Kalmit there is a small chapel, the Mater Dolorosa Chapel.
In 2019, the canopy of the chapel was severely damaged by vandalism with a stolen wheel loader and had to be demolished (wochenblatt-reporter.de/landau/c-blaulicht/mit-entwendetem-radlader-verwuestungstour-von-landau-nach -ilbesheim_a138007). However, it is now being rebuilt.
November 6, 2021
incredible view, an insider tip for the sunset
September 27, 2021
The path from the center of Ilbesheim up to Kleinen Kalmit is called "Affenschaukel", because "Affe" is the nickname for the residents of Ilbesheim.
The Ilbesheimer Kalmitfest takes place on the last weekend in July along the "monkey swing".
February 16, 2022
Wonderfully situated chapel, unfortunately closed
August 29, 2022
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