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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour

Kusel - Preußensteig

· 5 reviews · Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Kusel · open
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    Photo: Jürgen Wachowski, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Burg Lichtenberg
    / Burg Lichtenberg
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, Fotograf: Hans Schenkel
  • Burg Lichtenberg
    / Burg Lichtenberg
    Photo: Claudia Sonnenberg, VG Kusel
  • Das Veldenztor in Thallichtenberg
    / Das Veldenztor in Thallichtenberg
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • Burg Lichtenberg von der Höhe über Ruthweiler
    / Burg Lichtenberg von der Höhe über Ruthweiler
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • Abstieg nach Diedelkopf
    / Abstieg nach Diedelkopf
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Blick auf Kusel
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Starttafel Diedelkopf
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Grenzstein im Holzbachtal
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Weg durch das Holzbachtal
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Grenzstein Königreich Bayern
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Preussensteig - Natur geniessen
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Blick vom Herzerberg
    Photo: VG Kusel, VG Kusel
  • / Blick vom Herzerberg
    Photo: VG Kusel, VG Kusel
  • / Blick vom Herzerberg
    Photo: VG Kusel, VG Kusel
  • / Blick vom Herzerberg
    Photo: Claudia Sonnenberg, VG Kusel
  • / "Winter"blick vom Herzerberg
    Photo: Claudia Sonnenberg, VG Kusel
  • / Aussicht vom Herzerberg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Aussicht vom Herzerberg genießen!
    Photo: Ina Sonnenberg, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Aussicht vom Herzerberg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Rastbank am Preußensteig
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Blick auf Burg Lichtenberg und Thallichtenberg
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Burg Lichtenberg rückt näher
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Preussensteig - Natur pur
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Grenzstein vor den Preußischen Bergen
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Preussensteig - gegenüber Burg Lichtenberg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Preussensteig - Natur pur
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Preussensteig - herrliche Landschaft
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Preussensteig - gegenüber Burg Lichtenberg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Preussensteig - unberührte Landschaft
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
150 300 450 600 750 m km 5 10 15 20 25 Drachenflugrampe Herzerberg Ehemaliger Steinbruch Pfeffelbach Naturschutzgebiet Steinberg

High up, along idyllic grasslands and forest paths, you are on the Preußensteig , which offers fantastic views along the former Prussian-Bavarian border. There are many historical boundary stones and the highest mountain in the Kusel district, the Herzerberg, is also a good place for watching hang-gliders .

open
difficult
26 km
7:33 h
747 m
747 m

History meets outstanding views. The Preußensteig trail is a beautiful and varied hiking trail with many fantastic views and with Castle Lichtenberg and the countless border stones, a great historical encounter. A lot of nature, a great and varied landscape and challenging climbs - the Preußensteig has a lot to offer.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to leave  enough time to visit Burg Lichtenberg. With a length of 400 metres it is the longest ruined castle in Germany and offers a great view from the castle keep. (Free admission all year)

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Author

Juergen Wachowski

claudia.sonnenberg
Updated: August 14, 2019

Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
574 m
Lowest point
236 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Burgblick
Jugendherberge Thallichtenberg
Burgrestaurant
Gaststätte "Hubehaus"

Safety information

Good footwear is required. The trail is not accessible all year round, since there are some steep sections, which are slippery in wet weather.

Particularly in the autumn, it is also important to ensure that the leaves lying on the ground can obscure unevenness, roots, stones or holes in the path.

You will have to reckon with this kind of activity if you are going on a hike.

If you are of the opinion that these are not accessible for you, you should avoid them.

Equipment

Hiking gear and solid footwear are required. Please bring your own meals. Only between Lichtenberg and Kusel can be visited on the way. Hiking sticks are recommended!

Tips, hints and links

Tourist-Information Pfälzer Bergland "hin & weg" Bahnhofstraße 67, 66869 Kusel Tel:  06381/ 424 270, Fax: 06381/ 424 280 eMail: touristinformation@kv-kus.de Opening hours: Mo - Fr: 7.30 - 16 Uhr Sa + So: 9 -14 Uhr

www.preussensteig.de

www.pfaelzerbergland.de

www.veldenzwanderweg.de

www.burglichtenberg.d e

 Film Drachenflieger Herzerberg

Start

Lichtenberg Castle, Burgstraße 12, 66871 Thallichtenberg (380 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
49.557165, 7.358968
UTM
32U 381317 5490689

Destination

Lichtenberg Castle, Burgstraße 12, 66871 Thallichtenberg

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts at the first highlight: a visit of the Lichtenberg Castle (which is well worth a visit by itself). In the castle you can find the Musikantenland-Museum, the Pfalzmuseum für Naturkunde (Zweigstelle Burg Lichtenberg) and the Urweltmuseum Geoskop. Furthermore a very modern youth hostel as well as the Burgrestaurant. In the castle you can celebrate both a civil and church marriage or just celebrate a special event. There is also a research workshop, special exhibitions, music events and much more...

But - we want to go on hiking. From the castle, the trail leads along the first part together with the Veldenz hiking trail through the Veldenztor in the direction of Kusel. If you would like to read a brief overview, on the Veldenztor you will find a signboard with the trail route and lots of interesting information. Already on the first trail section there are a number of great views - the view back to Lichtenberg Castle and forward to the district town of Kusel and the "Hunchback Countryside" behind it. We descend into Kusel-Diedelkopf, not forgetting for later on that in Kusel, there is a Stadt- und Heimatmuseum with the Fritz-Wunderlich-Zimmer and a brewery, a hotel, many restaurants and restaurants, as well as the tourist information Pfälzer Bergland "to and fro".

In Diedelkopf you walk past the bathing and leisure park of Kusel in the protected landscape  area of Holzbachtal. The trail leads along the former border and is lined with a large number of border stones. The engraved initials "KB" and "KP" show where you would have been in earlier times, either in the Kingdom of Bavaria or the Kingdom of Prussia. The old massive stone boundary stones accompany you for a number of miles.

Behind the Holzbachtal you go uphill for the first time, past meadows and pastures, sometimes through open landscapes, sometimes through a forest grove. At the Ehweiler height, you can enjoy the first wide outlook point. We continue to walk, climb further uphill and enjoy the natural silence and the great views.

Following the border, we now go downhill a little and cross the motorway. If you now look carefully, you will see that here the boundary stones have completely different markings: "A" and "P" together with year dates since the trail also marks the border between the local communities of Albessen and Pfeffelbach.

Through forest groves and past one-time quarries, the trail now goes up and down, towards Reichweiler and Pfeffelbach.

Not on the official hiking trail, but worth a little detour is the nature reserve of Steinberg, which extends idyllically around an old quarry with a small pond. Soon the path leaves the forest and the view opens up onto Reichweiler and the silhouette of the Prussian hillside behind it. Again and again, the direction of hiking changes and thus also the views of the Pfälzer Bergland.

Before  crossing the Fritz-Wunderlich-hiking trail at Pfeffelbach, you will discover the castle of Lichtenberg on the horizon. For the rest of the walk, the castle will be seen again and again, as you now approach it step by step.

At Pfeffelbach, the Preußensteig crosses the main road and you start the climb up to the  Prussian hillside. From the bottom of the climb you will see the flag flowing in the wind at the Drachenrampe at the Herzerberg. Here we go! For this is not only the highest point of the trail, but the Herzerberg is also the highest hillside summit mountain in the district of Kusel. Here the gigantic view repays you for the strenuous ascent. A great place for a break, enough benches are available for you to enjoy a snack and, if the weather situation is suitable, the hang-gliders will be on their way.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train, every hour from Kaiserslautern to Kusel. Here you have the possibility to walk along the Fritz-Wunderlich-Weg (signposting from the train station) and enter Diedelkopf to start the Preußensteig trail. Alternatively, the "Burgenbus" bus (bus 297) runs between Kusel and Lichtenberg Castle, which is also well-suited to return to the railway station after finishing the walk at Lichtenberg Castle

Information: www.vrn.de .

Getting there

Take the A62 motorway to the Konken / Kusel exit, then further in the direction of Kusel and take the B 420 to Kusel / Diedelkopf; here turn left onto the L 176 via Ruthweiler to Thallichtenberg.

Parking

Parking lots near Burg Lichtenberg (also mobile home parking), 66871 Thallichtenberg, Burgstraße 12

Coordinates:    49° 33´ 24´´ N / 7° 21´ 29´´ E

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Free flyer - touristinformation@kv-kus.de  ; 

From 1. April 2017:  KOMPASS- Hiking guide - "Nordpfälzer Bergland und Rheinhessen" ;

Tourist-Information Verbandsgemeinde Kusel ;

www.pfaelzerbergland.de  ;

Author’s map recommendations

Topographic map 1 : 25:000 "Westpfalz Mitte" (Pfälzer Bergland mit Westpfälzischer Moorniederung)" ;

Free flyer - touristinformation@kv-kus.de www.pfaelzerbergland.de  ;

Free map "Wandern im Pfälzer Bergland"  - touristinformation@kv-kus.de  ;

Tourist-Information Verbandsgemeinde Kusel ;

www.pfaelzerbergland.de  ;

"Wander Karte Pfalz" - Pfalztouristik;


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Reviews

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Gunter Zwipf
May 28, 2018 · Community
Eigentlich weit weg von einem Premiumweg, was die Wege Qualität angeht. Grund: Pfadanteil liegt unter einem Prozent .... mehr breite Waldwege, zum Teil geht es durch hohes Gras und auch Wald. Ich würde sagen dieser ist eher für Biker aller Art geeignet .. Bisherige Wege einfach neu aber gut zu markieren reicht einfach nicht. Zudem lagen teil noch Bäume über dem Weg. Der Schlangenbrunnen befindet sich in einem schlechten weil ungepflegten Zustand ... Fazit: nur für Radler und reine Landschaftsliebhaber geeignet.
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Ernst Brill
April 28, 2018 · Community
Die Beschilderung ist zum Teil sehr gut, an anderen Abschnitten aber wiederum sehr mangelhaft. Das trifft auch auf den Weg selbst zu. Der Abstieg nach dem Startplatz der Paragleiter ist sehr steil und extrem schlecht. Ohne eine gute Kondition und gebirgstauglichen Schuhen ist das nicht zu machen. Ruheplätze sind absolute Raritäten. Eine Einkehr nach der Wanderung im Burgrestaurant entschädigt dann wieder für die Mühsal.
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Philipp Wehmann
July 10, 2017 · Community
Schöne lange Wanderung mit einem grandiosen Ausblick über das Kuseler Land. Gut beschildert. Empfehlung : Start am Hallenbad Kusel, so dass man an der Burg Thalichtenberg einkehren und die letzten Kilometer bergab laufen kann.
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Distance
26 km
Duration
7:33 h
Ascent
747 m
Descent
747 m
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