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  • Burghalder Felsen
    / Burghalder Felsen
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  • / Blick vom Hauensteiner Schusterpfad
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  • / Blick vom Hauensteiner Schusterpfad
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  • / Aussischt auf die umliegenden Berge
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  • / Burghalder
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  • / Die Dicke Eiche
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  • / Auf dem Premiumwanderweg
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  • / Beeindruckende Felsformation
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  • / Wanderheim Dicke Eiche
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  • / Felsentisch auf dem Schusterpfad
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  • / Burghalder Felsen
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  • / Hauensteiner Schusterpfad
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  • / Blick auf Hauenstein
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  • / Blick vom Premiumwanderweg über den Pfälzerwald
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  • / Der Premiumwanderweg
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  • / Das Wanderheim lädt zum Verweilen ein
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  • / Winterkirchel
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  • / Leiteraufstieg zum Hühnerstein
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  • / Blick vom Hühnerstein
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m 500 400 300 200 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Queichquelle Wasgaufreibad Hauenstein Winterkirchel (Winter church) Backelstein Paddelweiher-Hütte Das Grüne Haus Nedingfelsen

The premium hiking trail "Hauensteiner Schusterpfad" is circular route leading around the traditional shoe-making town of Hauenstein. Dense forests and red sandstone cliffs line this 15-kilometre trail. Numerous viewpoints allow spectacular views of the Southwest Palatinate region and the town of Hauenstein. Having finished the hike, it is well worth visiting the German Shoe Museum in Hauenstein or going for a shopping trip in the “shoe mile” and in the town centre.

 

moderate
Distance 15.2 km
5:00 h
404 m
390 m

A hike with a lot to see

An adventure for both young and old is the Hauensteiner Schusterpfad - one of seven premium hiking trails in the municipality of Hauenstein. Along easy-going paths this 15-kilometre-long circular route leads around the traditional shoe-making town of Hauenstein. Along the way, there are numerous viewpoints inviting you to have a short rest or snack.

 

The tour starts at the rocky gap next to the Penny supermarket in Hauenstein. From there, the climb begins up to the Felsentor, a distinctive rock formation below the Nedingfelsens. Once you have finished the steep path to Nedingfelsen, you will enjoy the first impressive panoramic view of Hauenstein and its hilly surroundings, a foretaste of the many other highlights of this tour. After a short breather on the spacious plateau of Nedingfelsens it goes back down into the valley, past the Karmelkloster through an idyllic meadow landscape before the next ascent awaits you. Winding paths lead up through the rocky landscape and through fragrant pine forests up to the mighty Kreuzelfelsen. Along the way, there is also a path branching off to Felsentisch where walkers have piled up small stone cairns, which are well worth   photographing. As soon as the cross on the summit of the Kreuzelfelsens becomes visible, you can imagine that you will be rewarded for making this strenuous climb   with a great view.

 

It is these outlooks and wide views that make each Premiumweg into a breathtaking experience. Also on the rocky massif "Kahler Felsen" there is a panoramic view of the hillside landscape that you will not forget. For this reason, many hikers like to linger here a while or explore the neighbouring rock formations and discover secluded resting areas. It is also advisable to rest here since the following path towards the Hühnerstein is no bed of roses.

 

What you should definitely not miss is a trip to Dörreinfelsen and the Fliehburg Backelstein. This early medieval wooden castle towers over a formidable hillside wall and rewards you for your walking stamina with a long-distance view. Once back on the trail, the highlight of this tour can be seen: the Hühnerstein. Perched like a giant mushroom on the hill ridge, the summit can be reached via a metal ladder which leads to the observation deck from where you can look in all directions - a breathtaking panorama.

 

After so many distant views and rocky adventures you will now enjoy a rest and snack at the Wanderheim Dicke Eiche belonging to the Pfälzerwaldverein. Now the following last five kilometres of this eventful hiking tour have something different to offer. Depending on whether other hikers are on the way, a bright sound of bell ringing can be heard from a distance. Situated in a forest glade there is   the   picturesque pilgrimage church "Winterkirchel" whose bell ropes can be operated by any visitor. Undoubtedly a surprise for everyone making this walk for the first time. From the Trifelsblick you can enjoy beautiful views once again before returning with many happy memories back to Hauenstein.

 

 

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Sonja Spiess
Update: August 27, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
441 m
Lowest point
222 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Ringhotel "Felsentor"
Zwickerstubb
Gaststätte SC Hauenstein
Paddelweiher-Hütte
Wanderheim "Dicke Eiche"
Landgasthof-Hotel Zum Ochsen

Safety information

Despite the well-signposted trail markers along the premium hiking trails, we recommend for security reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map so that, for example when a storm occurs, you can quickly either find shelter or get out of the woods.

 

Especially in the autumn it is also important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can conceal irregularities, such as roots, rocks or holes in the path. Following storms, trees can have been uprooted or have branches hanging down. Such path impairments have to be expected   when using such trails . Especially in adverse weather conditions, it may occur that the trails and paths turn into muddy and slippery passages. Path impairments of this kind have to be expected when you go out for a hike. Not all rocks or slopes are secured with ropes or railings and sure footedness is required. Should you be of the opinion that these are not accessible to you then you should try and get around them.

 

Start

A rocky gap at the Penny supermarket, car navigation: 76846 Hauenstein, Pirmasens Straße 1 (265 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.195979, 7.839493
DMS
49°11'45.5"N 7°50'22.2"E
UTM
32U 415451 5449890
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Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the rocky gap next to the Penny supermarket in Hauenstein. From there, the climb begins up to the Felsentor, a distinctive rock formation below the Nedingfelsens. Once you have finished the steep path to Nedingfelsen, you will enjoy the first impressive panoramic view of Hauenstein and its hilly surroundings, a foretaste of the many other highlights of this tour. After a short breather on the spacious plateau of Nedingfelsens it goes back down into the valley, past the Karmelkloster through an idyllic meadow landscape before the next ascent awaits you. Winding paths lead up through the rocky landscape and through fragrant pine forests up to the mighty Kreuzelfelsen. Along the way, there is also a path branching off to Felsentisch where walkers have piled up small stone cairns, which are well worth   photographing. As soon as the cross on the summit of the Kreuzelfelsens becomes visible, you can imagine that you will be rewarded for making this strenuous climb   with a great view.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You take the train to Hauenstein, follow the signs towards the town centre or to the Hauenstreiner Schusterpfad until you reach the Penny supermarket (1000 m). The stopping station,   Hauenstein Mitte, with a direct entry onto the Hauensteiner Schusterpfad.

 

Parking

Parking area at the Penny supermarket, car navigation: 76846 Hauenstein, Pirmasens Straße 1

Coordinates

DD
49.195979, 7.839493
DMS
49°11'45.5"N 7°50'22.2"E
UTM
32U 415451 5449890
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy footwear and all-weather clothing, sun and rain protection, and a sufficient quantity of food and drink, should no refreshment facilities or shopping possibilities exist or be open. Although the path is always very well marked, you should for safety reasons always have an appropriate hiking map with you.

 

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

4.4
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Stefan Altrichter 
October 23, 2021 · Community
Bin die Tour ab dem PennyParkplatz im Uhrzeigersinn gelaufen. Highlights waren somit bei mir alle in der ersten Hälfte der Tour. Ab der sehr empfehlenswerten PWV-Hütte Dicke Eiche gibt's zweidrei nette Ausblicke und man ist teilweise auf hübschen schmalen Pfaden unterwegs, aber das war es dann gefühlt auch schon. Schade eigentlich nach der grandiosen ersten Hälfte :-) Der Tag war trotzdem klasse, eine Wanderung besteht schließlich aus mehr als einer Aneinanderreihung von Highlights ;-)
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When did you do this route? October 23, 2021
Florian Florian
August 09, 2021 · Community
Sehr gut ausgeschildert. Viele Pausemöglichkeiten und dabei einzigartige Ausblicke in die Weite.
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Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land
March 22, 2021 · Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Sehr schöne Tour! Wir sind vom Parkplatz in der Landauer Straße aus gestartet und im Uhrzeigersinn gelaufen, so hatten wir erst ein Stückchen in Hauenstein, aber waren dann doch auch schnell bei den ersten Felsen und den ersten Highlights. Wir hatten traumhaftes Wetter und sind glücklicherweise nicht zu spät losgegangen, so war der Wald noch ziemlich leer und wir konnten auf dem Hühnerstein entspannt unser Frühstück genießen, ohne den Felsen für andere Besucher zu blockieren. Eine wahnsinnig tolle Aussicht - DAS Highlight der Tour für uns! Weiter ging es durch den Wald auf abwechslungsreichen Wegen vorbei am Winterkirchel wieder Richtung Hauenstein. Wir haben noch einen Schlenker über die Burgruine Falkenburg gemacht und hatten dann auf dem letzten Stück mit dem Nedingfelsen nochmal ein Highlight mit schöner Aussicht, bevor es wieder zurück zum Parkplatz ging. Wirklich eine sehenswerte Tour. Zur aktuellen Zeit würde ich empfehlen, nicht zu spät aufzubrechen. Nach der Mittagszeit hat sich der Wald merklich gefüllt und an den Felsen war dann schon deutlich mehr los.
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When did you do this route? February 21, 2021
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.2 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
404 m
Descent
390 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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