The long-distance trail begins among the historic walls of the ruins of Neuleiningen Castle (1) and the parish church of St Nikolaus. Following the cobbled streets and stairways, lined with pretty timber-framed houses, we leave the town and walk down into the Neuleiningen Valley. Passing through sunny vineyards and a shady rest spot under a cherry tree (2), we eventually arrive at the small village of Battenberg. It is worth visiting the ruins of Battenberg Castle, with a lovely view across the Rhine plain, or taking the path to the 'Blitzröhren', an interesting geological feature.
We then walk past the last houses at the edge of the village and into the forest. The next few kilometres of the trail follow shady, gentle forest paths until it reaches the Lindemannsruhe foresters' lodge and restaurant (3). From here, it's not far to the imposing, 40m high Bismarck Tower (4) on the Peterskopf hill. Passing the Geier springs (5), we follow the forest paths downwards before a short ascent brings us to an old Germanic ritual site on the Teufelsstein mountain (Devil's Stone) (6) with a large boulder on top of it which carries the same name as the mountain. According to legend, the holes in the stone were made by the furious devil himself. Shortly after this we find a ring fort in the forest, the so-called Heidenmauer (Heathen Wall), which was built by the Celts in around 500 B.C.
Passing the Kaiser Wilhelm monument, with its magnificent view of the ruins of Limburg Abbey, the trail continues to the 'Kriemhildenstuhl' (7), the best preserved Roman quarry north of the Alps, with its ancient inscriptions. The fantastic view from the 100m x 200m rock platform reaches from the Rebenmeer wine-growing area and the Rhine plain to the Odenwald mountain range and the Black Forest. After a quick stop at another viewing point, the trail takes us down into the attractive spa town of Bad Dürkheim, which has the largest wine barrel in the world and the second longest graduation tower in Germany.