On the first stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg trail we are in former mining territory. The 16km long trail takes us from Winnweiler to the former mining village of Imsbach, the Celtic gardens at Steinbach and finally to the health resort town of Dannenfels.
Stage 2: Dannenfels to Bastenhaus
The second stage brings us higher – from Dannenfels we climb the 687m high Donnersberg, the highest mountain in the Palatinate, and continue via Marienthal to the Bastenhaus Hotel-Restaurant.
Stage 3: Bastenhaus to Rockenhausen
From the Bastenhaus hotel we continue on to the highest village in the Palatinate, Ruppertsecken, where there is a wonderful view of the region. We then descend to our end destination of Rockenhausen.
Stage 4: Rockenhausen to Obermoschel
A selection of museums in Rockenhausen, the remains of a Roman settlement and impressive castle ruins await us on the fourth stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg trail. Around 19km of walking will take us from Rockenhausen across the hills to Obermoschel, the smallest city in the Palatinate.
Stage 5: Obermoschel to Meisenheim
At only 12.5km, the fifth stage is the shortest section of the Pfälzer Höhenweg trail. From Obermoschel we hike over the Kahlforst hill to Callbach and on to the historical old city of Meisenheim.
Stage 6: Meisenheim to Lauterecken
The sixth stage of the trail is 14km long and brings us from the enchanting old town centre, with its timbered houses and historical buildings, onto an old Roman road towards Lauterecken.
Stage 7: Lauterecken to Wolfstein
The last stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg leads from Lauterecken via Lohnweiler through the shady forests of the Königsberg massif to Wolfstein. The 21km route includes the romantic castle ruins at Altwolfstein and Neuwolfstein.
UFFBASSE! - Campaign for being considerate of others in nature
- Always act in a proactive, friendly and considerate way towards everyone you encounter along the way.
- Respect nature, do not destroy plants and always stay on the paths. Try to avoid excessive noise and leave the forest before dusk.
- Remember to take a rubbish bag with you when you go out and take your rubbish back home.
- Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. Other visitors and animals thank you.
- For your own safety, observe all road closures, including at weekends.
- Park only in designated parking areas. Leave space for emergency vehicles and agricultural machinery.
- Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.
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Safety informationIn light of recent events:
In autumn in particular, it is important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones and holes in the path. Trees can topple and branches can fall down after thunderstorms and rainstorms. Natural paths can become muddy and slippery, especially in poor weather conditions. Not all rocks and precipices are secured with ropes or railings. You need to be sure-footed in certain areas. Damage to paths of this kind is to be expected on hikes. If you feel that certain sections of the path are not passable for you, please avoid them.
We endeavour to announce all closures due to forest work or hunting parties on this platform. Nevertheless, sometimes there are situations where hiking trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you unexpectedly encounter a road closure or diversion, please follow the instructions for your own safety.
Tips and hints
Getting thereA63 to the Winnweiler exit, then continue on the B48 to Winnweiler
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EquipmentWe recommend the following equipment as standard for our hiking tours:
- Sturdy shoes
- Clothing suitable for the weather
- Sun and rain protection
- Sufficient quantity of food and drink, as refreshment stops or shopping facilities are not always available or open.
- Although the paths are very well marked throughout, for safety reasons it is always advisable to carry a suitable hiking map so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency.
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