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Rathsweiler - St.Julian - Veldenz-Wanderweg - Stage 2 (Leading-Quality-Trail - Best of Europe)

Graded long-distance hiking trail • Palatinate
  • St. Julian Pferde
    / St. Julian Pferde
    Photo: Julia Bingeser / Jürgen Wachowski, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Leading Quality Trail
    / Leading Quality Trail
    Photo: Julia Bingeser / Jürgen Wachowski, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Mittagsfels
    / Mittagsfels
  • Ölmühle mit Mühlrad
    / Ölmühle mit Mühlrad
  • Eingang
    / Eingang
  • Ölmühle
    / Ölmühle
  • Historisches Schild
    / Historisches Schild
  • Gesamtbild
    / Gesamtbild
Map / Rathsweiler - St.Julian - Veldenz-Wanderweg - Stage 2 (Leading-Quality-Trail - Best of Europe)
0 150 300 450 600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 Naturschutzgebiet Mittagsfels Historische Ölmühle St. Julian

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The nature reserve "Mittagsfels" with its unusual flora (for example,   the pasque flower) and its fantastic panoramic views overlooks the Steinalptal near   Niederalben. Just to be up here is well worth doing the 2nd stage of the   Veldenz-Wanderweg. 

Another highlight of this tour is a visit to the historic oil mill of St. Julian, a true gem in the history of handicrafts – visits by appointment.


11.9 km
3:46 h
420 m
430 m
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The Veldenz-Wanderweg passes through the uneven landscape of the Palatinate highlands, lined with stunning panoramic views towards the Hunsrück and the Palatinate.

Along the way, romantically-situated benches invite you to sit down and enjoy the views.

Food and refreshments are available at the restaurant "Zum Steinalbtal" in Niederalben.


Author's recommendation

The Mittagsfels with fantastic   views is an insider’s tip - even if only to rest.

The oil mill should not be missed – appointments can be made by dialling 06387/8430 or User

Julia Bingeser / Juergen Wachowski

Updated: 2017-09-18

Difficulty difficult
386 m
186 m
Best time of year

With refreshment stops With refreshment stops
Quality route according to Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Public transport friendly
Stage tour
Nice views
Cultural/historical value
Geological highlights
Botanical highlights
Insider tip

Safety information

Partial results of the footpath across narrow paths and rocks. Good footwear is required. For prams areas in the nature reserves are not suitable!

Especially in the fall is also necessary to ensure that the leaves lying on the ground can conceal irregularities, roots, rocks or holes in the road. With paths impairments of this kind you can expect when you take a hike. Should you be of the opinion that these are not accessible to you in certain ways sections, then you should get round. Especially in adverse weather conditions, it may at natural ways to muddy and slippery passages come.



Hiking gear and sturdy shoes are required.

Walking sticks are recommended!



Glanstraße 17, 66887 Rathsweiler (193 m)
Geogr. 49.598112 N 7.458672 E
UTM 32U 388621 5495089


Hauptstraße 56, 66887 St. Julian

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the village centre of the small village of Rathsweiler, we take the marked trail going uphill   and soon turn right onto the main path. From here, you have already the first great views of the Glan valley. 

Now we dive into the dense forest of Rathsweiler, past   the entrance of a disused mine. It continues uphill along narrow, winding paths and after leaving the forest we have also left behind us Rathsweiler. Along the lush hillside meadows we can already see the Mittagsfels   but before we climb up to it, we descend into Niederalben, past the pottery belonging to   Doris Horbach. The Steinalp feeder river flows into the River Glan at Niederalben where it meanders idyllically through the valley . Passing horse paddocks we reach Niederalben and then, at the cemetery can take the climb up to the nature reserve of Mittagsfels.

Almost   Alpine in character the climb   is   long and strenuous so that you need correspondingly   sturdy shoes, but on the other hand, it is so exciting and varied in character that the effort needed to climb it is a minor matter. Rare plants and fascinating rock formations characterize the trail, as well as the    wide open views   into Steinalptal and Glantal - and all in a glorious silence. Having then reached the summit, a snack is an absolute must!

We continue walking along the ridge and then go up along the edge of a military training area along winding paths to arrive at St. Julian, the end of this 2nd stage.


Public transport:

This tour is conveniently accessible by public transport.

Take the train to or Kusel Lauterecken, from there can be reached with the Saarpfalzbus No. 270 both Rathsweiler and St. Julian.

Information and timetables:


Getting there:

From Kaiserslautern Coming on the A62, exit Kusel, then the B 420 to Rathsweiler or on the L 376 to Altenglan, then on the B 420.



Village center 66887 Rathsweiler, Glanstraße

Coordinates:     49° 35´ 54´´ N / 7° 27´ 33´´ E


Public parking in 66887 St. Julian, Steige 

Coordinates:   49° 36´ 31´´ N / 7° 30´ 41´´ E


Wohnmobilstellplatz at Ölmühle 66887 St. Julian, Mühlstraße 

Coordinates:   49° 36´ 25´´ N / 7° 30´ 46´´ E


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Official Handbook Prädikatsweg "Veldenz-Wanderweg" Available at: touristinformation@kv-kus

Author’s map recommendations

Topographic Map 1: 25.000 "Westpfalz Mitte"


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Difficulty difficult
Distance 11.9 km
Duration 3:46 h
Ascent 420 m
Descent 430 m


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