A black axe on a yellow background marks the tour through parts of the Ganerben forest district, which gives the trail its name, and which has been certified as a premium circular hiking trail by the German Hiking Institute since August 2019.
At a total of 15 points along the trail, we have provided you with information on the natural monuments and interesting facts about the Palatinate Forest as video and audio sequences. You can walk the route using the route description (here the links to the information on youtube are marked as "station") or you can use the official and free tour planner app of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
And this is how it works on site: Start or install the tour planner app, activate the GPS function of your smartphone, select the tour, click on "open in app" and select the map view. Now you can start the tour and always play the audio and video files at one of the symbols visible on the map. So you don't need to look at your smartphone all the time and can consciously experience the Ganerbenweg with your head held high.
To get you in the mood, we show you here in the video what all awaits you on the Ganerbenweg (Station 1).
Much of the past has been preserved on the Ganerbenweg, including old boundary stones, legendary rock formations and, at 36m, the highest of the many towers erected in honour of Bismarck in Rhineland-Palatinate, whose viewing platform has the Dt. Weinstraße, the Rhine Valley and the green expanse of the Palatinate Forest at its feet.
The Lindemannsruhe Hikers' Car Park is the starting, middle and end point of the Ganerben Trail. It leads along natural forest paths, i.e. narrow paths, first roughly northwards past the Kanapée, the Suppenschüssel and the Krumholzerstuhl to the Pfälzerwaldverein hut at the mystical Ungeheuersee and then, on a section identical to the long-distance hiking trail Pfälzer Weinsteig, back to the vicinity of the Lindemannsruhe, in order to open up the Heidenfels, the Gayersbrunnen and the Bismarck Tower in a second curve to the south of the Lindemannsruhe.
After the tour on the Ganerbenweg, it is worth visiting the wine villages of the Freinsheim holiday region with its diverse gastronomy and dozens of self-marketing wineries.
If you enjoy the interactive guided tour with audio and video information, we recommend the similarly designed .
Rest stopsGanerbenweg - Station 6 + 7 - Ungeheuersee
Ganerbenweg - Station 14 - Bismarckturm
Ganerbenweg - Station 15 - Tourende am Forsthaus Lindemannsruhe
Safety informationWatch out for roots, rocks and stones so that you don't lose your footing. After rainy days and especially in spring, autumn and winter, the paths can be wet and therefore slippery.
Tips and hints
According to Old German inheritance law, a Ganerbschaft was the joint family property, mainly land, which the heirs could only dispose of jointly. In Old High German, "Gan" meant "gemein(sam)". The term "ganerbe" was already used by Wolfram von Eschenbach in his verse novel Parzival around 1200. However, the legal form of "Ganerbschaft" seems to go back even further. There is actual historical evidence of ganerbschaften from the 13th century onwards, a well-known example being Eltz Castle on the Moselle.
The forest estates of the local communities of the Freinsheim municipality (except Erpolzheim) were combined with the forest of the town of Bad Dürkheim and the Leininger School Forest Foundation of Grünstadt in 2007 to form the Ganerben forest district. The approx. 2,400 ha of forest area have since been managed jointly by the Ganerben Forest Association.
The Ganerben Trail itself as well as the audio-visual content were created through a project of the LAG Rhein-Haardt and were funded within the framework of the EULLE development programme with the participation of the European Union and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, represented by the Ministry of Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture of Rhineland-Palatinate.
From Bad Dürkheim:
At the "Wurstmarktkreisel" direction Leistadt. Before entering Leistadt, take the 3rd exit at the roundabout towards Höningen on the L518 to the Lindemannsruhe car park.
From the Dt. Weinstraße (B 271):
In the centre of Kallstadt at the church in the direction of Leistadt. At the roundabout at the entrance to Leistadt, take the 2nd exit towards Höningen on the L518 to the Lindemannsruhe car park.
ParkingLindemannsruhe Hikers' Car Park
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EquipmentPlease make sure you wear good shoes, as the trail runs almost exclusively on unpaved forest ground.
Weather at the route's trailhead
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