Rimbach Steig - Hiking Trail - Palatinate

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Rimbach Steig

19 Hiking Trail • Palatinate
  • Markierungszeichen Rimbach Steig
    / Markierungszeichen Rimbach Steig
    Photo: Sonja Spiess, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • Panoramabild  vom Höckerstein auf Schwanheim
    / Panoramabild vom Höckerstein auf Schwanheim
    Photo: Lorenz Steigner, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • Blick vom Hühnerstein
    / Blick vom Hühnerstein
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
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    Photo: Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Aufstieg Hüherstein
    / Aufstieg Hüherstein
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Blick vom Hühnerstein
    / Blick vom Hühnerstein
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Streuobstwiesen bei Darstein
    / Streuobstwiesen bei Darstein
    Photo: Sonja Spiess, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • Hahnenfelsen
    / Hahnenfelsen
    Photo: Lorenz Steigner, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • Blick vom Nesselberg in Rimbachtal
    / Blick vom Nesselberg in Rimbachtal
    Photo: Lorenz Steigner, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
Map / Rimbach Steig
0 150 300 450 600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Immersberg Häuselstein Lourdesgrotte Schwanheim Nesselberg Hühnerstein Haselstein

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The Rimbach Steig is a challenging trail. It leads along a range of hills around the two villages of   Darstein and Schwanheim and winds through the valley that connects the two villages. The trail has a total length of 17 km. The total walking time is about 7 hours.


16.6 km
7:00 h
764 m
764 m
Rimbach Steig


A challenging trail with many highlights


Romantic meadows, uplifting vistas and impressive rock formations can be seen along   the almost 17 kilometre long premium trail "Palatinate Rimbach-Steig" around the idyllic Rimbachtal with its two villages Schwanheim and Darstein. In total, over 800 vertical metres have to be climbed – a real challenge, even for hikers with a good condition.


No matter from where you start the tour, it's first up the hillside. The extremely steep slopes leave no doubt that the 800 metres will have to be achieved without detours and you quickly realize that the grading of the Rimberg-Steig is correctly classified as "severe". But as soon as one has reached the first hilltop ridge and the first viewpoint, the entire beauty of this premium trail unfolds itself - winding paths along high-altitude trails and mighty rock formations with unforgettable wide views. For this reason, it's always worthwhile to climb the arduous path leading from hilltop to hilltop because you will be rewarded each time anew with a great sight.


One of the most spectacular stops on this tour is certainly the Hühnerstein (456 m), the boundary stone between the districts of Hauenstein and Schwanheim. A steel ladder helps you to climb up to the viewing platform, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the entire region. A compass rose mounted at the top also helps you with your geographical orientation whilst at the foot of the Hühnerstein a wooden bench offers you the opportunity for a short break.


Of course, the almost 17-kilometre-long circular route has many more attractive places to offer. On the ridge of the Nesselberg, for example, you should definitely plan a stopover. Up there you will be undisturbed and can simply enjoy the peace and quiet. The ridge walk between the Hühnerstein and Kesselberg is like being in a dream. We pass mighty rock formations and every now and then have a view between the trees of the surrounding hillside.


At the Häuselstein, a seating area invites for a short rest and/or snack. A little further on, a narrow soft path leads to a hidden rocky platform on which you can enjoy another rest. From Immersberg, Hockköpfel and Hockerstein there await fantastic wide views far into the Vorderpfalz that must be seen. These rocks summit should therefore also be on the sight-seeing list. Since hiking is bound to make you hungry, a visit to the Wasgauhütte is a must. What could be better than after a hard tour in friendly company than to enjoy the culinary specialties of the region?


A contrast to the high altitude paths are the stages down in the valley that lead through idyllic meadows. Depending from where you started, they form the beginning or end of an eventful hiking tour on the Pfälzer Rimbach-Steig.


Author's recommendation

For break visit the Wasgauhütte in Schwanheim.
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Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
Updated: 2018-01-23

Premium route awarded the Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
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Safety information

Despite the well-signposted trail markers along the premium hiking trails, we recommend for security reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map so that, for example when a storm occurs, you can quickly either find shelter or get out of the woods.


Especially in the autumn it is also important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can conceal irregularities, such as roots, rocks or holes in the path. Following storms, trees can have been uprooted or have branches hanging down. Such path impairments have to be expected   when using such trails . Especially in adverse weather conditions, it may occur that the trails and paths turn into muddy and slippery passages. Path impairments of this kind have to be expected when you go out for a hike. Not all rocks or slopes are secured with ropes or railings and sure footedness is required. Should you be of the opinion that these are not accessible to you then you should try and get around them.



Sturdy footwear and all-weather clothing, sun and rain protection, and a sufficient quantity of food and drink, should no refreshment facilities or shopping possibilities exist or be open. Although the path is always very well marked, you should for safety reasons always have an appropriate hiking map with you.



parking area in Darstein (281 m)
49.155666 N 7.883669 E
32U 418604 5445360



Turn-by-turn directions




Public transport

take the train to railway station Annweiler am Trifels (and then by bus line 525 to Darstein or Schwanheim)

or to railway station Wilgartswiesen.

Getting there

B 10 (Landau/Pirmasens) exit Annweiler-West, follow the road towards Annweiler-Sarnstall, turn to Lug, Darstein and Schwanheim.



Parking area in Darstein at the village exit towards Vorderweidenthal (playground).

Parking area in Schwanheim at the village exit towards Darstein (cemetery).


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Hauenstein & Trifelsland 1:25.000, Pietruska Verlag

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Martin Oswald
Tolle Tour. Leider ist die Markierung ein wenig verwirrend, da an es viel Abzweige gibt die dem Weg folgen. Mussten des öfteren suchen und zurückgehen. Das tut dem Spaß aber keinen Abbruch, Auch nicht die anstrengenden Steigungen.Alles in Allem - tolle Wanderung - Kerwe in Schwanheim zum Abschluß - ein gelungener Tag!
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Wolfgang Haug
Super Tour. Oft auf steilen Pfaden, dann entlang gewaltiger Felsen mit herrlichen Blicken über das Land. Dann wieder gemütlich auf breiten Wegen. Bevor es aber droht, langweilig zu werden, kommt schon das nächste Highlight. Trittsicher sollte man auf jeden Fall sein!

Thomas Dilschneider
Ich habe den Steig bereits zum dritten Mal gemacht. Unvergleichlich im Frühjahr, Sommer und Herbst. Nur der Winter fehlt mir noch. Die Tour ist anstrengend, Trittsicherheit wird voraus gesetzt und entsprechendes Schuhwerk sollte obligatorisch sein. Die Markierung ist ohne Fehl und Tadel. Dafür wird man mit tollen Ausblicken belohnt. Unbedingt machen!!!
Photo: Thomas Dilschneider, Community
Photo: Thomas Dilschneider, Community
Photo: Thomas Dilschneider, Community
Photo: Thomas Dilschneider, Community


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16.6 km
7:00 h
764 m
764 m
Round tour Nice views With refreshment stops Geological highlights Insider tip Summit tour

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