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Hinkelsteinweg (Northern route)

Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Palatine Uplands and Donnersberg · open
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  • Markierung
    / Markierung
    Photo: Jürgen Wachowski, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Igelborner Hütte - PWV Winnweiler
    / Igelborner Hütte - PWV Winnweiler
  • Blick von der Igelborner Hütte zum Donnersberg
    / Blick von der Igelborner Hütte zum Donnersberg
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • Zwischen Igelborner Höhe und Höringen
    / Zwischen Igelborner Höhe und Höringen
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • Zwischen Igelborner Höhe und Höringen
    / Zwischen Igelborner Höhe und Höringen
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • Blick auf den Wingertweilerhof
    / Blick auf den Wingertweilerhof
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  • Höringen
    / Höringen
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  • / Zwischen Höringen und Menhir Hinkelstein
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Menhir Hinkelstein
    Photo: Sabine Sprinz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Menhir Hinkelstein
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Menir Hinkelstein
    Photo: Sabine Sprinz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Grenzstein mit Abtstab (Klosterwald Otterberg
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Lenhardt-Stein (ehem. Förster)
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Birotshof
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Landschaftsweiher gegenüber dem Birotshof
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Landschaftsweiher im Otterbachtal
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Naturbad
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Alte Schmiede Theis
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Alte Apotheke
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Kirchplatz (Einzug der Wallonen)
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Kirchplatz (Blick zur Abteikirche)
    Photo: Timo Volz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche
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  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche
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  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche
    Photo: Timo Volz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche
    Photo: Timo Volz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche
    Photo: Timo Volz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche
    Photo: Timo Volz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche (Innenraum)
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche (Orgel)
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  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche (Inneraum)
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  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche (Inneraum)
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche (Innenraum)
    Photo: Timo Volz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche (Rosette)
    Photo: Timo Volz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche (Kapitelsaal)
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Abteikirche (Bernhard von Clairvaux)
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Altes Stadthaus (Touristik)
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Altes Stadthaus (Touristik)
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Altstadt (Blaues Haus)
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Altstadt
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Altstadt
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Otterberg - Altstadt
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
0 150 300 450 600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Igelborner Hütte Menhir "Hinkelstein" Leopardensandstein

The "Hinkelstein" and a variety of other historical landmarks are situated on this trail passing, through   forests, meadows and country lanes, all left in a natural state. A certified Qualitätsweg with impressive views of the Donnersberg and the Nordpfälzer landscape.

The northern route begins and ends in Winnweiler:

Option 1: Access by the German Federal Railways - Bahnhof Winnweiler on feeder path to Igel Borner Cottage (Black Hinkelstein on a yellow background)

Option 2: Getting there by car - Parking below the Hedgehog Borner Cottage

 

open
moderate
18 km
6:00 h
263 m
355 m
The Hinkelsteinweg (trail marking: a black menhir on a white background) starts at the Wanderparkplatz of the Igelborner Hütte of the Pfälzerwald-Verein Winnweiler (opening times: Wed. from 11.30 hrs.Sat. from 14.00 hrs., Sundays and bank holidays from 10.00 hrs. and for groups of approx . 10 people, by appointment. There we follow the arrow signs pointing in the direction of Otterberg / Mehlinger Heide / Potzbach. Through an open deciduous forest and along the edge of a meadow, the trail leads towards Leithöfe where we have to cross the main road L390 before reaching the village. Along natural dirt roads with views of the open countryside, we pass through the valley floor of the two streams, Vorbach and Potzbach and reach, just after some horse paddocks, the small town of Potzbach. In summer   you can enjoy a refreshing stop at the Kneipp pool in the main street. The trail leads through the main street, past the Catholic Church until the end of the town, where we cross the road again and turn right towards the forest edge (attention: we follow the upper path!).

By looking over our shoulders, we have a fantastic view of the southwestern foothills of the Donnersberg   range with the fields and meadows at their foot A seating area invites you to linger there even longer.

Past a former small quarry where once the rare Leopard sandstone was mined, the path leads slightly uphill into the forest in the direction of   Kahlenberg. We follow the trail marker   and reach a turnoff at the Drehenthalerhof , where we follow the arrow sign "Verbindungsstück nach   Winnweiler". This shorter route through Drehenthalerhof is well-marked with a yellow menhir.

At the end of the village, we join up with the trail   marked with the black menhir. We keep right and follow the signs downhill to where the historic Spring Festival of the town of Ottersberg is celebrated and then on to the L387 main road that we have to cross at this point. Now we go back uphill and walk along a narrow path to Birotshof, where we find a small enchanted pond. Past a pavilion,   the trail leads you along a wide forest track   to the Lenhardt-Stein, a memorial for a former forester. After another 500 metres, we reach the menhir "Hinkelstein", which gave this trail its name.

Menhir is an originally Bretonic name for a monolith, several metres in height and meaning "long

Stone "(maen = stone, hir = long). In German-speaking countries, menhirs were given the popular common name of Hinkelstein. 

Until the French Revolution, the regions of   Falkenstein, Kurpfalz and Schallodenbach met at this point. Even today, the mighty Hinkelstein is where the three regions of   Otterberg, Höringen and Heiligenmoschel meet up. First mentioned in the year   891, by the Romans, the Hinkelstein is approx. 2.20 metres high and 1.50 metres wide and is flanked by two carved boundary stones. A seating area invites you to linger.

After a well-deserved rest at the Hinkelstein,   we continue our hike through the Otterberger forest. Along this section we also encounter a variety of historical landmarks from the times when there was a monastery in Otterberg. The regions around   Heidenkopf and Hinterwald always offer great views, for example of the idyllic Wackenborner Hof and the North Palatine highlands - a welcome change from the forest trail. Shortly after the so-called. Franzoseneck, we leave the trail and walk   through a meadow and along a farm road to Höringen. Downhill along the Bergstrasse, we then turn off left at the Hauptstrasse and after 200 metres arrive at the   Höringer Bauerncafe run by the Gebhardt family where we can look forward to home-made cakes or savoury treats (opening times: only for hiking groups after prior arrangement; tel. 06302-1231)..

After our snack, we are then ready for the final, steep trail up towards Igelborner Höhe. First, a short asphalted trail leads out of Höringen, past small allotments over to the edge of the forest. We continue to climb uphill until we reach Klapperborn, after about 2.5 kilometres. Our final stop here is at the Igelborner Hütte near Winnweiler, which is recommended for a light refreshment.

 

Following the yellow-white Hinkel Steinweg- trail markers, we reach the Winnweiler Bahnhof or the pedestrianized centre of Winnweiler. The local gastronomy here provides additional refreshment.

 

 

 

 

Author’s recommendation

A visit from Winnweiler worthwhile. 

Very beautiful passages for meditative walking in peace and tranquility of nature.

 

outdooractive.com User
Author
Jürgen Wachowski
Updated: August 12, 2019

Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
417 m
Lowest point
250 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Rest Stop

Cafe-Bistro "Zeitlos"
Gasthaus "Zur Krone"
Alte Apotheke
Igelborner Hütte
Naturschwimmbad

Safety information

In semi-natural paths may in adverse weather conditions occur slushy and slippery passages. 

We therefore recommend suitable footwear.

 

Equipment

Sturdy footwear required. Backpack Board recommended.

Tips, hints and links

Tourist Office Winnweiler

Jakobstraße 29, 67722 Winnweiler,

Tel.:  06302 / 602 0

Internet: www.winnweiler-vg.de,

E-Mail: info@winnweiler-vg.de

   

Tourist Information Otterbach-Otterberg

Hauptstraße 54, 67697 Otterberg,

Tel.:  06301 / 31 504

Internet: www.otterbach-otterberg.de,

E-Mail: tourist-info@otterbach-otterberg.de  

 

Start

67722 Winnweiler Igel Borner Cottage (Palatine Forest Club) or marked path to Winnweiler Bahnhof. (338 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
49.565556, 7.832066
UTM
32U 415546 5490984

Destination

67722 Winnweiler Igel Borner Cottage (Palatine Forest Club) or marked path to Winnweiler Bahnhof.

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting point is either directly at the Wanderparkplatz of the Igelborner Hütte in Winnweiler or via the marked connected path from Winnweiler Bahnhof:

Shuttle: Arriving at the train station, the route leads via a wooden bridge (Lorentz Steinbrückner-Weg) and then on your right hand across the parking lot and another wooden bridge into the Schloßstrasse, then turn right up to the junction, then turn left into Alsenzstraße and further to the left into the Schulstraße. This then leads uphill until you reach a roundabout and then continues straight on following the street, "Am Rauhen Weg" before turning left at the end of the paved road   towards the forest edge / Igel Borner Hütte. Here is the Wanderparkplatz, the official starting point of the main path.

Main path: Igelborner Hütte – main road L390 - Leithöfe - Potzbach – Leopardensandstein - Kahlenberg - Drehenthalerhof - connecting trail (highlighted in yellow) towards Winnweiler until you reach the   Drehenthalerhof – Frühlingsplatzfest - Birotshof - Weidensohl - Pavilion - Lichtenbruck - menhir "Hinkelstein" - Heidenkopf - Heiligenmoschel - Hinterwald - Franzoseneck - Northern Höringen - Bergstraße - Hauptstrasse - Bauerncafe - Klapperborn - Igelborner Hütte (and then possibly back to the Winnweiler Bahnhof)

 

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Winnweiler: train connection;

 

Getting there

About the A63 - exit Winnweiler; 

About the A6 - exit Enkenbach-Alsenborn, L 382 over Mehlingen, Baalborn, via the B 48 further Winnweiler;

 

Parking

Winnweiler

Parking at the station:                                      Coordinates:   49° 34´ 12´´ N / 7° 51´ 25´´ E 

Wanderparkplatz at “Igelborner Hütte“:      Coordinates:   49° 33´ 57´´ N / 7° 50´ 6´´ E

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Flyer " Hinkelsteinweg" - info@otterbach-otterberg.de; "Wandern im Pfälzer Bergland" - www.pfaelzerbergland.de; Hiking map of Pfalztouristik "Die Pfalz - Wanderkarte";

Author’s map recommendations

Topographic Map "Blatt 3 - Naturpark Pfälzerwald - Kaiserslautern und Umgebung"; "Wandern im Pfälzer Bergland" - www.pfaelzerbergland.de; Hiking map of Pfalztouristik "Die Pfalz - Wanderkarte";


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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
263 m
Descent
355 m
Public transport friendly Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights

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