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  • Die Geiersteine
    Die Geiersteine
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Short, varied and easy-to-walk premium tour.
moderate
Distance 5.4 km
2:00 h
163 m
193 m
396 m
211 m
The Geiersteine tour is a short, varied premium tour that impresses with its diversity and variety. On narrow paths and springy forest paths, you pass mighty sandstone formations such as the Hornstein (1.5 km). But also smaller, bizarre rock formations in bright red colors line the route. So you have enchanting and delightful views whether from the (2.5 km) "Geiersteinen" (3.2 km) "Runden Hut" or from the "Hornstein". Views of the Reichfest Trifels near Annweiler, to the wine region of the Southern Wine Route or the small villages of the Palatinate Forest such as Lug with its imposing Friedrichsfelsen, which is popularly known as "Luger Fritz". By the way: the silhouette of the Geiersteine in the direction of Wernersberg resembles the shape of a kite with a little imagination. The route leads over the districts of the two communities Lug and Wernersberg

Author’s recommendation

Backpack catering - Refreshment: Open Air Café, center of Lug, opening times:
Mon - Fri 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.,
Sat 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Also In the neighboring communities of Darstein, Hauenstein, Schwanheim, Wilgartswiesen and Wernersberg.

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Update: June 27, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
396 m
Lowest point
211 m
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Safety information

Despite the "non-running" marking of the premium hiking trails, we recommend that you always have an appropriate hiking map with you for safety reasons, so that you can quickly find a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or an emergency Leaves lying on the ground can cover bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. After a storm, trees can still topple or branches fall off. Especially in adverse weather conditions, natural paths can lead to muddy and slippery passages. You have to reckon with obstructions of this kind when you go on a hike. Not all rocks or chasms are secured with ropes or railings. Surefootedness is sometimes required. If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the path cannot be walked on, then you should bypass them.

Tips and hints

Tourist information center Palatinate Forest
shoe mile 1
76846 Hauenstein
www.urlaubsregion-hauenstein.de

 

Start

Start and finish: parking lot at the community hall in Lug, car navigation: Hauensteiner Straße, 76848 Lug (240 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.183274, 7.899824
DMS
49°10'59.8"N 7°53'59.4"E
UTM
32U 419826 5448412
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The Geiersteine Tour

An unforgettable adventure trail

What could be better after work than to quickly scramble up to the top of a rock formation, enjoy the evening sun and just relax? You need just over an hour from the village centre in Lug to the Geiersteinen which then allows an unforgettable view of the vastness of the Palatinate Forest. Although the Geiersteine Tour is, with its 5.4 kilometres, the shortest premium hike of the municipality of Hauenstein, shortly after the climb it is clear what it has to offer : views and distant views that you will not forget.

First of all it goes quite fast up the hillside,  steep indeed, but for hikers of all ages this can be coped with ease. After not even half an hour the first viewpoint is reached, the rock formation of the Hornstein - recognizable by a white cross on the summit. A narrow path then winds its way up to the ridge, from where one has a great view over Lug  and the surrounding hillsides. A few metres away there is a cosy sitting area which invites you to have a small breather.

From here you walk along the plateau of the western Heischberg towards the Geiersteine. As with all hillside trails, the vegetation here also has its own charm: fragrant pine trees, rustling leaves and treetops flooded in sunlight. The mighty rock monument "Luger Geierstein" that protrudes like a 45-meter high ramp out of the hillside, offers a unique panoramic view. Just because of this view, it is sometimes even worthwhile taking the Geiersteine Tour after a busy day in the office, especially since the climb is done fairly quickly. Sitting comfortably on a rock plate, you can here forget  the daily grind behind you and fill up with new energy. On a clear day, you can look down to the Südliche Weinstrasse. Easily visible to the east is the imperial castle of Trifels and then towards the south the hills of the Vogesen.

 

After a pleasant break on the rocky plateau, the path then leads  in the shade of deciduous trees back to an altitude of 400 metres, past bizarre rock formations towards the “Runder Hut”. There, too, are  seating facilities with a great view of the Trifels and the Wernersberg, down in the valley. To be able to look at the “Runder Hut” closer, one must scramble a few feet down. A wooden bench offers the last opportunity to have a rest at the foot of the rock before it goes back down to the village centre of Lug, the start of our hike.

In order to experience the views, you will have to climb a bit. For this reason, the Geiersteine Tour is not completely  hazard-free. Therefore, hikers afraid of heights or accompanied by children should not  scramble up all the way up to the summit. Even from a respectful distance you can admire the impressive mountain scenery.

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Public transport

By train to Wilgartswiesen station, then by taxi to Lug
(approx. 6 km, 10 minutes)

Getting there

Via the B10, exit Wilgartswiesen, then via Spirkelbach, there in the center of the village turn right to Lug; via Günter-Bauer-Straße, Hauensteiner Straße to the parking lot at the community hall.

Parking

Parking area town hall Lug.

Coordinates

DD
49.183274, 7.899824
DMS
49°10'59.8"N 7°53'59.4"E
UTM
32U 419826 5448412
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Hauenstein & Trifelsland 1: 25,000, Pietruska Verlag

Equipment

Sturdy walking shoes are essential.  This tour is well suited for children due to its short length and variety.

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Rating

4.5
(38)
Sandra Oefler
July 11, 2021 · Community
Oliver f. hat in seiner Bewertung alles auf dem Punkt gebracht! Wir sind die Tour auch aus dieser Richtung gestartet und nach dem knackigen Anstieg war es ein super rundweg mit vielen Highlights auf dieser kurzen Strecke!
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Photo: Sandra Oefler, Community
Photo: Sandra Oefler, Community
Oliver F
April 25, 2021 · Community
Wirklich schöne Tour mit tollen Aussichtspunkten. Wir sind den Weg gegen den Uhrzeigersinn gegangen, dadurch war der erste Kilometer hoch zum Hornfelsen etwas heftig im Anstieg. Hat man diesen Abschnitt erstmal geschafft und ist oben auf dem Kamm angekommen, ist der gesamte Rest der Tour aber sehr easy zu bewältigen. Auch mit Kindern gut machbar. Aufgrund des Zusammenkommens dreier Faktoren (super Frühlingswetter, Sonntag und Corona-Plandemie-bedingtes Fehlen von alternativen Freizeitmöglichkeiten) war der Weg aber auch extrem überlaufen. Gerade an den Aussichtspunkten waren geradezu ganze Armeen von Wanderern zugange. Daher empfehle ich, den Weg wenn möglich unter der Woche zu machen. Klare Empfehlung von mir.
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Rudolf Busse
April 03, 2021 · Community
Schöne Tour mit tollen Aussichten. Die Bewertung mit leicht erscheint mir nicht richtig. Der Anfang ist doch doch sehr anspruchsvoll und anstrengend. Für mich als etwas übergewichtiger Mensch war es sehr anstrengend. An den sonstigen Beschreibungen kann ich mich anschliessen
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.4 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
163 m
Descent
193 m
Highest point
396 m
Lowest point
211 m
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