Herxheim am Berg - Berntal Bild 4
Photo: Eric Hass
The tour leads from Kallstadt through the vineyards towards Leistadt. Afterwards, the trail follows the same route as the Bad Dürkheim hiking trail "Rocks, Fruits and Fossils", first through the Palatinate Forest, through Leistadt and then through the Berntal nature reserve. You cross the valley incision with its limestone rocks, rich flora and fauna and reach the starting point in Kallstadt via the Rieslingweg.
Distance 9.7 km
Highest point330 m
Lowest point149 m
On this tour, which is particularly suitable for families, you walk from Kallstadt through the vineyards to Leistadt in the Palatinate Forest. A special feature is the "Rotsteig" weekend house area, with little paradises in the form of cottages with pretty gardens. Continue on to the Berntal nature reserve, above which rises a rocky band of limestone, formed millions of years ago when the region was covered by tropical seas with coral reefs. The hollows used to serve bears as shelters, hence the name "Berntal". Here, amid idyllic vineyards, old fruit trees and lush vegetation, there are many rare inhabitants (rare birds such as the cirl bunting, woodlark and wheatear and a great variety of insects) to discover. Please do not leave the paths. After the Berntal, enjoy the view over the Rhine plain and walk along the Riesling hiking trail (blue stele with a wine glass logo) towards Kallstadt. From Leistadt to the end of the Berntal, the trail logo with the rock deposited in the gallery applies.
The Berntal nature reserve is an event in every season, with its rich flora and fauna. After the hike, the varied Kallstadt gastronomy is open to you for a stop. You can also start the tour via the Felsenbergweg from Herxheim am Berg.
The route runs partly on so-called farm tracks. These are used for agricultural purposes and are used by tractors and harvesters all year round. We would like to point out that the use of the paths is at your own risk and ask for mutual consideration in the interest of all. The farm tracks may be soiled by agricultural traffic. After rainy days and especially in winter, the paths can be wet and slippery. The paths in the forest run on unpaved forest soil. Watch out for roots, rocks and stones so that you do not lose your footing.On this hiking tour you will walk through the Felsenberg-Berntal nature reserve. Please do not leave the signposted hiking trail. Dogs must be kept on a leash! Please do not take any plants, animals or fruit with you. Please dispose of any rubbish at home or at the nearest rubbish bin.
From the I-Punkt Kallstadt, cross the "Platz der 100 Weine". Keep to the right and walk along Leistadter Straße until you reach the traffic lights at the end of the village. Cross the traffic lights and walk along the natural path to the left of the K4 in the direction of Leistadt (west). At the level of the rainwater retention basin on the opposite side of the road, cross the K4 and keep left towards Leistadt. At the entrance to Leistadt, continue along the road "Am Hügel" until you reach the main road. Cross the main road, turn left into "In den Weiden" and then immediately right into "In der Nonnenhecke". You come to the vineyards to the west of Leistadt. Shortly afterwards, walk through the forest into the Rotsteig weekend house area. Go straight on here and after the area turn right to reach the village of Leistadt via the "Rotsteigweg". You cross Leistadt via Waldstraße, cross the main road and enter Freinsheimer Straße. Keep slightly to the left and enter the Berntal valley.Cross the valley, go over the small bridge, along the narrow path, up the stairs and come to the Riesling hiking trail (logo: blue stele with wine glass). Follow this to the left to Kallstadt and reach your starting point, the Platz der 100 Weine/Tourist Information Kallstadt.
all notes on protected areas
Bus line 453 from Bad Dürkheim or Grünstadt, stop Kallstadt/Kirche timetable information: www.vrn.de
From the north: A6 motorway (Mannheim/Kaiserslautern, Grünstadt exit) towards Bad Dürkheim, on B271 (German Wine Route) via Herxheim am Berg to Kallstadt.
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 3rd exit towards Ungstein/Grünstadt. After 50m, turn right towards Kallstadt (B271).
Parking on the "Platz der 100 Weine" in the centre of town between the church and the tourist information office (parking time limit with parking disc from 12 noon for 3h) or parking at the cemetery (at the level of the winegrowers' cooperative, turn from Weinstraße into Friedhofstraße, parking possible without time limit).
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