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Brunnenweg - predicate hiking trail from Esthal

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  • Brunnen am Dorfplatz Esthal
    Brunnen am Dorfplatz Esthal
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The 15 km long Brunnenweg leads around Esthal near Lambrecht (Palatinate) - with its many different wells that used to be used mainly as cattle watering and washing wells.
Distance 15.1 km
5:00 h
391 m
391 m
388 m
256 m
The Brunnenweg, is divided into two sections and is marked with its own hiking sign. The starting point of the hike is the village square in Esthal.

The 15 km long Brunnenweg leads around Esthal near Lambrecht (Palatinate) - with its many historic wells, which used to be mainly used as cattle watering places and washing wells. Immerse yourself in the Palatinate Forest and enjoy the fresh spring water from the Goldbrunnen - or linger over a picnic, at the 250-year-old Straufelsbrunnen. This was still used by the "Eschdler" citizens until the 1950s. Enjoy Palatinate hospitality in the idyllically situated Wolfsschluchthütte.


UFFBASSE! - Campaign for considerate coexistence in nature

  • Always behave in a forward-looking, friendly and considerate manner towards everyone you meet 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 bring a rubbish bag for the road and take rubbish home with you.Please keep your dog on a lead at all times. Other visitors and animals will thank you.
  • For your own safety, observe all trail closures.Park only in designated parking areas.
  • Leave space for emergency vehicles and agricultural machinery.Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.

Author’s recommendation

There is an exciting letterbox about the fountains in Esthal. More information is available at
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Heike Zinsmeister
Update: October 05, 2022
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Highest point
388 m
Lowest point
256 m
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Rest stops

Kloster Esthal
Kloster Café Esthal
Gaststätte "Sportheim ASV Esthal"
Wolfsschluchthütte - PWV Esthal

Safety information

In general:

Especially in autumn, also be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. After thunderstorms or rainstorms, trees can still fall over or branches can fall down afterwards. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths. Not all rocks or precipices are secured with ropes or railings. Surefootedness is required in places. You have to expect this type of path impairment when you undertake a hike. If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, you should avoid them.


We endeavour to announce on this platform any closures that occur due to forestry work or hunting parties. Nevertheless, there are situations where trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you unexpectedly encounter a trail closure or diversion, please follow the instructions for your own safety.

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Municipality of Lambrecht (Palatinate)

Sommerbergstraße 3

67466 Lambrecht

Tel: 0 63 25 / 1 81 - 110

Fax: 0 63 25 / 1 81 - 4110


Village square in Esthal (361 m)
49.377156, 7.985585
49°22'37.8"N 7°59'08.1"E
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Village square Esthal

Turn-by-turn directions

The Brunnenweg, divided into two sections, has its own hiking sign. The start of each loop is at the village square in Esthal near the church. 1.

1. we walk past the community centre in the direction of Entengasse. Immediately after the sandstone house, a meadow path leads past orchards into the valley to the Straufelsbrunnen fountain. A refreshment before continuing on the path up to the Aschberg is very good for you. At the end of the ascent, the path leads to the right along the Rosenkranzpfad. At the end of the Rosenkranzpfad, turn left past the Waldfesthalle and the Esthal monastery to Tannenstraße. Here a short meadow path leads back into the forest and down the hill to the K23. Cross this carefully and continue into the Hengstental valley with its newly constructed fountain. Above the Hengstental, the path continues to the Wögelsbrunnen.

Leave the fountain in the direction of the road and walk down the steps at the sports centre to the path on the opposite side. Follow this path to the right and past meadows. Soon you will see the drinking fountain on the right below the road.

Shortly afterwards, walk back through the village to the village square.

2. the second loop leads down the mountain road and immediately after the last houses turn right along the meadow path to the Nebelsbrunnen. From here the path continues left through the Nebelstal valley until it branches off to the right at the start of the forest towards the Römerbrunnen fountain. Once at the Römerbrunnen, we descend into the valley of the Breitenbach to the Goldbrunnen. This is a spring where the water presses through the sand from below. As a result, the surface is quite calm, although the spring supplies a lot of water. From here, take the path uphill on the opposite side of the valley to the Erntsiegelbrunnen (harvest seal well). On the way there, it is worth taking a short detour to the viewpoint on Esthal (Esthaler Blick). After the Erntsiegelbrunnen (harvest seal fountain), the trail leads back to the village via the Wolfsschluchthütte, which invites you to take a break at weekends and on Wednesdays, and the Schelmenteichbrunnen (pond fountain).


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Public transport


Take the S-Bahn to Lambrecht (Pfalz), then bus line 517 to Esthal Dorfplatz.

Getting there

Coming from Neustadt an der Weinstraße (A65): Exit Neustadt/Weinstr. Nord, then follow the B39 to Lambrecht (Pfalz). After Lambrecht, turn left towards Elmsteiner Tal, Frankeneck, onto the L499. After Frankeneck, turn right towards Esthal on the K23. Follow the K23 to the village square in Esthal.

Coming from Kaiserslautern (A6): Take the Enkenbach-Alsenborn exit, then follow the signs to Fischbach/Bad Dürkheim. Follow the B48 until the turn-off to Bad Dürkheim. Then continue on the B37 towards Bad Dürkheim / Neustadt a. d. Weinstr., in Frankenstein follow the B39 until shortly before Lambrecht (Pfalz). Then turn right towards Elmsteiner Tal, Frankeneck (L499). After Frankeneck, turn right towards Esthal (K23). Stay on the K23 until you reach Esthal. The village square is in the centre of the village.


At the village square in Esthal and after 2 p.m. car park at the community centre


49.377156, 7.985585
49°22'37.8"N 7°59'08.1"E
32U 426365 5469878
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Pietruska Verlag - Lambrecht & Neustadt a.d.W. - ISBN 978-3-945138-07-6

Available from:

  • Verbandsgemeinde Lambrecht (Pfalz), Sommerbergstr. 3, 67466 Lambrecht (Pfalz), 06325-181110, ,
  • Visitor Information Centre "Flößerei u. Trift", Bahnhofstr. 60, 67471 Elmstein, 06328-234,,


For our hiking tours we recommend the following equipment as standard:
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Clothing suitable for the weather
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Sufficient supplies of food and drinks, as there are not always refreshment stops or shops available or open everywhere.
  • Even though the paths are very well marked throughout, it is always advisable to carry a suitable hiking map for safety reasons, so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency, for example.

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Timo Cyriax
June 15, 2021 · Community
Ganz netter Weg vorbei an mehreren Brunnen und auch hübsch durch den Wald. Geeignet auch für eine Trailrunning-Runde. Allerdings etwas arm an Highlights und ohne Ausblicke.
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When did you do this route? June 12, 2021
Cpt. Cheesycrust
May 07, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? May 02, 2021
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Euphemia Anna
April 02, 2021 · Community
10 Brunnen - 2 halbe Rundwege - 1 schöne Pfälzerwald-Hütte: Rundweg mit zwei Teilabschnitten (östlich/westlich), die separat gelaufen werden können (Empfehlung). Tolle Waldpfade - ausgezeichnete Beschilderung - wunderschöne (renovierte) Brunnen (oftmals früher als Viehtränke oder Waschanlage in Benutzung) - abwechslungsreiche Tourführung und das schöne Dorf Esthal! Wer viele Ausblicke erwartet, sollte wissen, dass ein Brunnenweg naturgemäß unten an den Bächen verläuft. Das ist hier bei den meisten Brunnen der Fall. Dafür sind die Aus- und Weitblicke oben beim Kloster Esthal umso schöner.
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When did you do this route? March 30, 2021
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15.1 km
5:00 h
391 m
391 m
Highest point
388 m
Lowest point
256 m
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