Three quality-approved hiking trails, which can be experienced on single and multi-day hikes, enrich the attractive hiking offering of the Palatinate: the Pfälzer Weinsteig (Palatine Wine Trail), the Pfälzer Waldpfad (Palatine Forest Trail) und the Pfälzer Höhenweg (Palatine Mountain Trail). Along mostly narrow trails, your hikes will take you through idyllic villages, past spectacular rock formations, or ancient castle ruins, and across working vineyards. Mountain inns and hiker-friendly hosts will add culinary fun to your hikes across the Palatinate.
This quality-approved hiking trail will literally take you through the ups and downs of the North Palatine highlands. Along its total length of 114 kilometres, the Pfälzer Höhenweg Trail awaits with 3,335 altitude metres in ascents and another 3,260 altitude metres of descents. Your reward: breathtaking panoramic views and a feeling of real accomplishment!
Looking out from the castle ruins of Alt- and Neuwolfstein, the viewing point Juche near Meisenheim, the ruins of Moschellansburg, or the ‚King‘s Chair‘ (Königstuhl) on Donnersberg, which - at 687 metres above sea level - is the highest point of the trail: The views are as numerous as they are heavenly!
Allow yourself to be enchanted by the town of Meisenheim, its romantic old town quarter, and its many half-timbered houses. A visit to the clock tower museum in Rockenhausen will let you forget about time.
For further information about the stages please visit the following webpage "Hiking on the Pfälzer Höhenweg trail".
Along about 143 kilometres of trail, past impressive rock formations, across deep valleys and wide, silent forest patches - you will experience nature in its most original form right here on the Pfälzer Waldpfad Trail. A challenging route awaits, but your reward is immediate: Stop at one of the Palatine cottages for some rest and a welcome refreshment, or simply take in the astounding views across the tree tops of the Palatine Forest.
The ICE train station in Kaiserslautern, which is also known as the Gateway to the Palatine Forest, marks the starting point of the hiking trail, making the Pfälzer Waldpfad the only quality-approved trail in Germany with a direct ICE rail connection. The first highlight of the trail is quickly reached at St. John‘s Cross (Johanniskreuz), where visitors can enjoy a tour of the Sustainability House.
Other interesting destinations include the pilgrimage church Maria Rosenberg in Waldfischbach-Burgalben, the town of Rodalben, and Gräfenstein Fortress near Merzalben. After having enjoyed the beautiful views from Luitpold Tower across the surrounding peaks, the Pfälzer Waldpfad Trail continues on to the shoe metropolis of Hauenstein. Hiking enthusiasts will then go on to explore the Dahn Rocklands with its fortress group Altdahn, the ruins of Dragon Rock (Drachenfels), and Berwartstein Castle. The Pfälzer Waldpfad Trail finally ends in Schweigen-Rechtenbach, the Gateway to Germany‘s Wine Route.
For further information about the stages please visit the following webpage "Hiking on the Pfälzer Waldpfad trail".
Wine and forest - these two are the elements for which the region is best known, and embody the peace and tranquillity of the Pfälzer Weinsteig Trail. Starting out from the narrow lanes of the medieval castle town Neuleiningen, the trail follows the outline of the northern Haardt Mountains to Bad Dürkheim, where the town‘s famous giant wine cask is a must-see. Romantic paths lead past an ocean of Palatine vines to Seebach Abbey and the ruins of Wachtenburg Fortress near Wachenheim. The trail continues on via Deidesheim and Neustadt an der Weinstrasse with its historical old quarter and impressive views of Hambach Castle.
Having completed the shady forest legs and sunny paths across Edenkoben Valley, the trail leads on to Villa Ludwigshöhe. Near Dernbach, it passes Neuscharfeneck Castle, the imperial fortress Trifels near Annweiler on Trifels, as well as the fortress ruins Anebos and Münz. Then the Pfälzer Weinsteig continues on towards Klingenmünster and Landeck Castle via Bad Bergzabern all the way to Schweigen-Rechtenbach, where it - just like the Pfälzer Waldpfad - ends, and opportunities are offered to continue on your hike across the region.
Castle ruins, wine villages, the 673-metre Kalmit peak, and impressive vistas across the vineyards in the Rhine Valley are just some of the many sights to take in on this route. And if all the hiking gives you a thirst, a little break at one of the top wineries along the way will definitely be worth your while!
For further information about the stages please visit the following webpage "Hiking on the Pfälzer Weinsteig trail".
Alongside the prize-winning long-distance hiking routes state above, many other shorter, circular and themed hiking routes in the Palatinate region offer hiking enjoyment for young and old alike. Discover the following hiking routes on the Palatinate Tourist Board (Pfalz.Touristik e.V.) website:
The hiking tour planner provides you with all the necessary information.