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Kastanienweg am Donnersberg

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Follow the traces of the past on this varied circular hike and experience the fantastic landscape around the highest mountain in the Palatinate.
Distance 14.8 km
4:10 h
404 m
404 m
674 m
385 m
This hike impresses with breathtaking views. With the Königsstuhl, the Keltenwall, the Ludwigsturm and the Adlerbogen at the Moltkefels, all major highlights on the Donnersberg are included.


UFFBASSE! - Campaign for a considerate coexistence in nature

  • Always behave with foresight, kindness and consideration towards everyone you meet on the way.
  • Pay attention to nature, don't destroy plants and always stay on the trails. Try to avoid excessive noise and leave the forest before dusk.
  • Remember a trash bag for the road and take litter back home.
  • Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. Other visitors and animals will thank you.
  • For your own safety, obey all trail closures, even on weekends.
  • Park only in designated parking areas. Leave room for emergency vehicles and farm equipment.
  • Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.

Author’s recommendation

Climb the Ludwigsturm and enjoy the unique view.

End the hike with a piece of cake and a cup of coffee in the Café Geg'nüber.

Highest point
674 m
Lowest point
385 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 1.96%Dirt road 30.51%Forested/wild trail 52.13%Path 11.07%Road 4.31%
0.3 km
Dirt road
4.5 km
Forested/wild trail
7.7 km
1.6 km
0.6 km
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Rest stops

Hotel Restaurant Bastenhaus
Landgasthof Pfalzblick
Café Geg'nüber
Hotel-Restaurant Landhotel Berg

Safety information

Especially in autumn, it is also important to be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. After thunderstorms or rainstorms, trees can still fall or branches can fall down afterwards. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths. Not all rocks or precipices are secured with ropes or railings. Surefootedness is required in places. You have to expect this type of path impairment when you undertake a hike. If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, you should avoid them.



We endeavour to announce on this platform any closures that occur due to forestry work or hunting parties. Nevertheless, there are situations where trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you unexpectedly encounter a trail closure or diversion, please follow the instructions for your own safety.

Tips and hints

Donnersberg-Touristik-Verband (Tel. 06352 / 1712)

Tourist-Information Dannenfels (06357 / 1614)


Dannenfels, Haus des Gastes, Oberstr. 14 (404 m)
49.626240, 7.943244
49°37'34.5"N 7°56'35.7"E
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Dannenfels, Haus des Gastes, Oberstr. 14

Turn-by-turn directions

The circular trail is marked throughout with the number four.

In Dannenfels, follow the Donnersbergstraße until you reach the sign indicating the end of the village. Approx. 50 metres after the town sign, turn right onto the path marked "Pfälzer Höhenweg". Continue to the Kutscherweg and past the Tannenfels ruins to the Gerharshütte (Bastenhaus). Via the Mordkammerhof farm and the Mordkammertal valley, continue to the Krummkehr (feeding place) and the Hühnerberg. Then to the Königsstuhl, to the Ludwigsturm and past the Gethsemani monastery back to Dannenfels.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Mit der Bahn nach Rockenhausen, weiter mit dem Bus oder dem Anruf-Linien-Taxi (06302 / 750404)

Zur Fahrplanauskunft

Getting there

A63 bis Ausfahrt Göllheim, weiter über L397 nach Dannenfels.


Wanderparkplatz Geißberg (Donnersberger Straße, unterhalb Kloster Gethsemani, 3 Minuten Gehzeit zum Haus des Gastes)

Für weitere Parkmöglichkeiten folgen Sie bitte dem Parkleitsystem in Dannenfels.


49.626240, 7.943244
49°37'34.5"N 7°56'35.7"E
32U 423680 5497612
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Topographische Karte Naturpark Pfälzerwald - Der Donnersberg 1:25 000 Wanderkarte Der Donnersberg 1:20 000


For our hiking tours we recommend the following equipment as standard:
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Clothing suitable for the weather
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Sufficient supplies of food and drinks, as there are not always refreshment stops or shops available or open everywhere.
  • Even though the paths are very well marked throughout, it is always advisable to carry a suitable hiking map for safety reasons, so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency, for example.

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Nicole Te
December 17, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? December 17, 2021
Photo: Nicole Te, Community
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Georg Hilger
August 05, 2021 · Community
Landschaftlich sicher sehr schön aber so laut wie auf dem Hockenheimring, besonders der Abschnitt zwischen Dannenfels und Marienthal und dort in der Nähe des Bastenhauses war der Motoradlärm unerträglich. Einfach nur Schade.
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When did you do this route? May 09, 2021
Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land
June 06, 2021 · Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Eine schöne Tour! Auch wenn wir gerne schmale Pfade laufen, haben uns die breiteren Wege beim Aufstieg nicht gestört. Bis hoch auf den Donnersberg haben wir auch nur wenige Menschen getroffen, voller wurde es dann erst Richtung Adlerbogen. Die Aussicht dort ist wirklich sehr schön, vor allem mit dem strahlenden Gelb der Rapsfelder. Wir haben die Tour mit dem "Weg Ruine Wildenstein" Weg Ruine Wildenstein kombiniert (nach dem Adlerbogen) und hatten dort dann auch noch sehr schöne Pfade und wenig Verkehr und kamen auf ca. 21km - würden wir auch als Erweiterung so weiterempfehlen!
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When did you do this route? May 02, 2021
Photo: Nicola Hoffelder - Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
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14.8 km
4:10 h
404 m
404 m
Highest point
674 m
Lowest point
385 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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