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Circular trail through wine and forest: Freinsheim - Berntal - Leistadt - Lindemannsruhe - Bismarck Tower - Weilach - Kallstadt

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  • Hist. Rathaus Freinsheim
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    Photo: Touristinformation Freinsheim, Archiv Urlaubsregion Freinsheim
m 600 500 400 300 200 100 20 15 10 5 km Pfälzerwaldhütte "In der Weilach" Bismarckturm Naturschutzgebiet Berntal-Felsenberg Römisches Kelterhaus

Short description:
Circular walk from Freinsheim through the vineyards and the Felsenberg/Berntal nature reserve into the Palatinate Forest to the Lindemannsruhe forester's lodge, the Bismarck Tower and the Weilach. Return to Freinsheim from Leistadt through the vineyards again, past the Roman Weilberg vineyard, via Kallstadt and the natural monument Hahnenplatz.

Distance 24.8 km
6:30 h
434 m
434 m
482 m
111 m

Challenging, scenically very varied tour with some ascents in the forest area from Leistadt.The trail leads over the Oschelskopf vineyard and then past the imposing cliff edge in the Berntal nature reserve. In the forest, it leads over various natural monuments such as the old Krummholzer Stuhl quarry, the Suppenschüssel, the Leininger Grenzstein, the Kanapee, the Teufelsbank and the Teufelsmauer to the Lindemannsruhe and the Bismarck Tower. The return route continues to Leistadt through the forest and via the Roman vineyard on the Weilberg to Kallstadt. On the way back to Freinsheim you pass the Hahnenplatz with its old chestnut trees.
The tour is not separately signposted.

Author’s recommendation

Refreshment stops:
Forsthaus Lindemannsruhe, Tel. 06322-6208292 o. 0174-9175633.
Indoor and outdoor seating.
Opening hours: see homepage

Pfälzerwaldvereinhütte "In der Weilach" Tel. 06322-65278, 400 m from the forester's lodge on the Weilach.
Indoor and outdoor seating.
Opening hours: see homepage

Bismarck Tower:
April - October on weekends and public holidays and Wednesdays from 10 am - 6 pm (staffed).
November - March on Sundays 10 am - 6 pm.
The tower opening times coincide with the opening times

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Tourist-Information Freinsheim
Update: January 17, 2022
Highest point
482 m
Lowest point
111 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 12.27%Dirt road 25.60%Forested/wild trail 29.95%Path 27.18%Road 4.71%Unknown 0.26%
3 km
Dirt road
6.3 km
Forested/wild trail
7.4 km
6.7 km
1.2 km
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Forsthaus Lindemannsruhe - Waldgaststätte
Pfälzerwaldhütte "In der Weilach"

Safety information

The trail leads for the most part on unpaved forest ground. Watch out for roots, rocks and stones so that you don't lose your footing.In the vineyards, the route runs on farm tracks. Please give priority to agricultural traffic. Due to agricultural use, the paths may be dirty. After rainy days and especially in spring, autumn and winter, the paths can be wet and therefore slippery.

Tips and hints

During and after the hike, the varied gastronomy in Kallstadt and Freinsheim is open to you for refreshments.


Tourist Information i-Punkt Freinsheim at the Historic Town Hall (113 m)
49.506976, 8.212706
49°30'25.1"N 8°12'45.7"E
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Tourist Information i-Punkt Freinsheim at the Historic Town Hall

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike starts at the Tourist Information i-Punkt Freinsheim at the hist. Town Hall in Freinsheim. You walk along the main road via Bahnhofstraße and Herxheimer Straße straight ahead into Holzweg. Cross the railway embankment and turn right after approx. 300m at the large meadow. You pass the Oschelskopf sculpture and follow the asphalt path down the hill. Keep to the right at the group of benches by the meadow. After approx. 400m, go right over the small bridge and then to the Weinstraße, which you cross (note: no crossing aid). From here, continue left and then on the unpaved path to the right, always straight ahead through the Berntal nature reserve to the Weidenhof car park at the northern end of Leistadt. Cross the road and follow the signs for the "Sieben Waldwunder" hiking trail. Steadily climbing slightly, you pass the Laura hut. A few 100 metres after the Laura hut, turn left into the hollow path, then left again after the steps, to the Krummholzer Stuhl and the soup bowl. You are now on the Ganerbenweg (marking: black axe on yellow ground). After about 200 m, the path branches off sharply to the left. You will come to the Leininger border stone and the Teufelsmauer (Devil's Wall). On this section you can also make a detour to the canapé and the devil's bench. Continue on the Ganerbenweg to the Lindemannsruhe forester's lodge with refreshments and to the Bismarck Tower.100 metres after the Bismarck Tower, leave the Ganerbenweg to the left and follow the signs to "Pfalz Pfade Weilach". (Marking: Bismarck Tower) to the PWV hut "In der Weilach" and to the car park at the forester's lodge. At the Weilach forester's lodge, cross the K3 heading east. After a few metres, turn left into the forest path. Follow the marking 1 on the trees, then continue to follow the white arrow markings on the trees. At the grounds of the dog sports club, turn right along the unpaved path to the Dt. Weinstraße hiking trail. Follow this to the right in a southerly direction until you reach the Annaberg hotel/restaurant. Turn left here, cross the road and take the first unpaved path on the right and the second on the left. Pass the Römerkelter and after 100 metres turn left uphill to the Roman Weilberg vineyard. At the junction in front of the winery, turn right towards Kallstadt, following the almond path markings. The Riesling path (blue post with yellow wine glass) takes you past the Kallstadter See lake, along Backhausgasse to Leistadter Straße. At the Heinz winery, turn right. You cross the Platz der 100 Weine and come to the tourist information i-Punkt Kallstadt. Here you cross Weinstraße and turn left into Neugasse, and after 30 metres immediately turn left again into Schlittweg (no street sign). At the end of this road, turn left and immediately right again into the unpaved path. After about 700 metres, turn left and then right again in quick succession. You are now walking directly towards the Hahnenplatz (natural monument with old chestnut trees) and towards Freinsheim. Via the railway station, Bahnhofstraße, Denkmalstraße and Haintorstraße, you come to the old town of Freinsheim and reach the starting point via Breite Straße.


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Public transport


Freinsheim railway station, regular connections from the Rhine-Neckar triangle, from the direction of Neustadt/Weinstraße and Bad Dürkheim as well as from Grünstadt.
Timetable information:

Getting there

From the north:
A6 motorway (Mannheim/Kaiserslautern, Grünstadt exit) towards Bad Dürkheim, on B271 (German Wine Route) via Herxheim am Berg to Freinsheim.

From the south:
Motorway A61 at the Ludwigshafen junction onto the A650 towards Bad Dürkheim. At the end of the extension, go straight on in the direction of Gewerbegebiet Trift/Grünstadt. At the 2nd traffic light, turn right towards Ungstein. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit towards Freinsheim.


Car park at the railway station (Am Güterbahnhof) or car park in Großkarlbacher Straße. Footpath to the Tourist Information i-Punkt Freinsheim in the hist. Town Hall on the market square, approx. 10 or 5 minutes' walk.


49.506976, 8.212706
49°30'25.1"N 8°12'45.7"E
32U 443002 5484114
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Please make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather and wear good shoes. Walking sticks are recommended.

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24.8 km
6:30 h
434 m
434 m
Highest point
482 m
Lowest point
111 m
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