The Hinkelsteinweg is a circular trail connecting the path network in the peripheral areas of the biosphere reserve "Pfälzerwald" with the hiking area of the Donnersberg and the predicate trail "Pfälzer Höhenweg". Along the route there are a large number of menhirs as well as historical boundary stones dating back to the times of the Otterberg Monastery. The trail leads past the edge of the nature reserve "Mehlinger Heide ', one of the largest heathlands in southern Germany. The trail takes you along unspoilt forest trails which invite you to dream as if you were in a different world, impressive views and a varied landscape.
From the Drehenthalerhof (from both directions), it is possible to hike along the Hinkelsteinweg in two stages (20 km and 23 km).
Distance 41.6 km
Mighty rocks, flowering heathlands and an exciting history. The Hinkelsteinweg connects the trail network in the border area of the "Biosphere Reserve Palatinate Forest" with the Donnersberg and the Pfälzer Hohenweg. Starting point of this nearly 40 km long tour is the Otterberger abbey church. Through the historic old town and along the city walls, the trail, marked with black menhir, leads up through the woods to the Pfifferlingsberg and edges on the Mehlinger Heide, one of the largest heathlands in southern Germany. On idyllic forest trails you hike through the Weinbrunnerhof to the Lanzenbrunner Weiher, a gem in the Otterberger forest. Passing the Drehenthalerhof and over the Kahlenberg the trail then leads you to a small quarry where the rare Leopard sandstone was once won. A magnificent view over to the Donnersberg can be had from the hill in front of Potzbach. Wandering through an idyllic deciduous forest, you will soon reach the Igelborner Hütte with its view of the Donnersberg. Now going downhill, you will encounter some historical boundary stones dating back to the times of the Otterberger Monastery and reach the imposing Menhir Hinkelstein, the namesake of this trail. Through the Scheid- Wald, past a natural swimming pool, the path leads back to the historic town of Otterberg. Via the Drehenthalerhof it is possible to shorten the trail to a day trip. In Winnweiler there is a connection to the Pfälzer Höhenweg.
A visit to the abbey church and the historic old town of Otterberg is well worthwhile.
Beautiful trails suitable for meditative walking in the peace and quiet of nature.
AuthorJürgen Wachowski / Sabine Sprinz
Update: April 20, 2021
32U 411153 5484095
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
Book recommendations for this region:
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
- 2 Stages
Duration : h
Highest point m
Lowest point m
Push the arrows to change the view