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Kuckucksbähnelweg - Prädikatswanderweg ( predicate hiking trail)

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  • Kuckucksbähnel am Kuckucksbahnhof
    Kuckucksbähnel am Kuckucksbahnhof
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The Kuckucksbähnelweg starts in Elmstein at the Kuckucksbahnhof, leads towards Iggelbach and back to Elmstein. 
Distance 13.2 km
4:05 h
393 m
393 m
463 m
219 m
The trail leads from Elmstein railway station via the castle ruins, past the starting point of the "Trifterlebnispfad" to the district of Iggelbach and back to Elmstein via the Kurzeneckkopf. A varied hike awaits you, not only in combination with a ride on the historic steam train Kuckucksbähnel.

UFFBASSE! - Campaign for considerate coexistence in nature

  • Always act with foresight, kindness and consideration towards everyone you meet along the way.
  • Respect nature, do not destroy plants and always stay on the paths.
  • Try to avoid excessive noise and leave the forest before dusk.
  • Remember to bring a rubbish bag for the road and take rubbish home with you.
  • Please keep your dog on a lead at all times. Other visitors and animals will thank you.
  • For your own safety, observe all road closures.Park only in designated parking areas.Leave space for emergency vehicles and agricultural machinery.Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.

Author’s recommendation

Worthwhile views of the municipality of Elmstein, from various vantage points (Elmstein castle ruins, Ehrenfelsen, Schützen-Hecke picnic area).  
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Heike Zinsmeister
Update: August 11, 2022
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
463 m
Lowest point
219 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Zur Schwarzen Katz
Sportheim u. Gaststätte Iggelbach
Zur Waldtante
Minigolf- und Pit-Pat-Anlage

Safety information

In general:

Especially in autumn, also 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 over 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

There is a refreshment stop in Iggelbach. Please note the opening hours.

More information at:


Elmstein Kuckucksbahnhof (Cuckoo Station) (222 m)
49.350426, 7.936951
49°21'01.5"N 7°56'13.0"E
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Elmstein Kuckucksbahnhof (Cuckoo Station)

Turn-by-turn directions

We follow the hiking markings with the cuckoo train on them. Start at the Kuckucksbahnhof (cuckoo train station) in Elmstein.

The trail first leads us along Bahnhofstraße, past the museum "Alte Samenklenge, Haus der Forst- und Waldwirtschaft" up to the Elmstein castle ruins, above the village of Elmstein. The view to the opposite pavilion on the Rehfelsen and over Elmstein is impressive.

Continue on to the "Alte Schmelz" rest area and the "Trifterlebnis Legelbach" starting point. We keep to the left and cross the country road. Once on the other side of the road, we cross the small footbridge and keep left again (we pass information board 1 of the Trifterlebnispfad). We continue along the Speyerbach stream - after about 400m we turn right, where the path leads us over the Ehrenfelsen to another viewpoint. Here you can now see the ruins of Elmstein Castle from a distance. We continue to follow the hiking markings of the Kuckucksbähnelweg.

Now it is time to enjoy the atmosphere of the mixed forest and to climb up the mountain, first moderately, then a little steeper. Once you reach the top, the mirabelle plum bench in an open forest meadow invites you to take a rest before the trail continues to the Stamminger Brunnen fountain and Iggelbach. Once you arrive in Iggelbach, there are opportunities to stop for a bite to eat.

Before crossing the car park, you can take a short detour to the memorial.

After the car park, a path leads a little higher up to the Kurzeneckkopf with its phenomenal view of the Palatinate Forest and Iggelbach. The path meanders further along the Kurzeneckkopf and later along a path to the "knight's stone" "Treffnix". Here, too, hikers can take a rest. After the rest, the trail goes downhill again towards the starting point, but not without admiring and enjoying the "high beech" natural monument, a collection of stones and the Heinrich-Weintz lime tree.

If you want to take another break, you can do so at the Kobel bench shortly before the path rejoins the road from Elmstein.

Back at the "Flößerei und Trift" (rafting and drifting) visitor information centre (station), the old steam locomotive may already be puffing and waiting for the journey home or the car parked in the immediate vicinity.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Take the S-Bahn to Lambrecht (Pfalz) and then line 517 from Lambrecht to Elmstein.

Rhine-Neckar public transport network

Special trips with the Kuckucksbähnel from Neustadt main station

Timetable Cuckoo Train

Getting there

Coming from Neustadt (A65), follow the B39 to Lambrecht (Pfalz), then after Lambrecht, turn onto the L499 towards Elmsteiner Tal. Follow the L499 to Elmstein. In Elmstein, parking is available at Bahnhofstraße 60, next to the Visitor Information Centre.

From Kaiserslautern (A6): Leave the A6 at Enkenbach-Alsenborn and follow the B48 towards Fischbach, then turn onto the B37 towards Frankenstein. In Frankenstein, continue on the B39 towards Lambrecht (Pfalz). Shortly before Lambrecht, enter the Elmsteiner Tal (L499). Follow the L499 to Elmstein. In Elmstein, parking is available at Bahnhofstraße 60, next to the Visitor Information Centre.

Or coming from the A6, drive towards Fischbach - then after Hochspeyer follow the B48 to Johanniskreuz - in Johanniskreuz turn left towards Neustadt an der Weinstraße - Elmsteiner Tal. Follow the L499 to Elmstein. Then turn off in the centre of the village towards Iggelbach and follow the signs to Kuckucksbahnhof.

(Bahnhofstraße 60, 67471 Elmstein)


Parking is available at the Kuckucksbahnhof (cuckoo station) 


49.350426, 7.936951
49°21'01.5"N 7°56'13.0"E
32U 422793 5466955
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Pietruska Verlag - Lambrecht & Neustadt a.d.W. - ISBN 978-3-945138-07-06

Available from:

  • Verbandsgemeinde Lambrecht (Pfalz), Sommerbergstr. 3, 67466 Lambrecht (Pfalz), 06325-181110, ,
  • Visitor Information Centre "Flößerei u. Trift", Bahnhofstr. 60, 67471 Elmstein, 06328-234,, 


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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Cpt. Cheesycrust
June 27, 2022 · Community
Der Weg hat 2-3 schöne Aussichtspunkte, aber ansonsten wandert man meist auf breiten Waldwirtschaftwegen. An stellen wo das nicht der Fall ist also z.b dem nördlichen Teil der Wanderung beginnt der Pfad schon zu zu gewuchert und Teils läuft man durch hohes Gras oder Brombeerhecken. ( Ja, das nennt sich Natur ich weiss, aber bei einem als "Qualitätsweg" ausgezeichneten Wanderweg sollte das eben nicht der Fall sein )
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When did you do this route? June 26, 2022
Euphemia Anna
April 30, 2021 · Community
Besonders empfehlenswert auf diesem neuen Prädikatswanderweg sind die zahlreichen sehr schönen Rastmöglichkeiten, die meisten sogar mit tollem Weitblick (besonders genialer Ausblick vom Kurzeneck-Felsplateau)! Schöne Aussichtspunkte (ohne Rast) finden sich ebenfalls auf dem Weg zur Burgruine Elmstein und vom Ehrenfelsen. Außerdem gibt es zahlreiche schöne Waldpfade (Legelbachtal - Ehrenfelsen sowie Kurzeneck - Treffnix - Elmstein), während die Passage Ziplinepark - Iggelbach geschottert bzw. grob asphaltiert ist. Der Ortskern von Elmstein und das kleine Dorf Iggelbach sind ebenfalls unbedingt einen Ausflug wert!
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When did you do this route? April 29, 2021
Klaus Willer
March 02, 2021 · Community
Super schöner u abwechslungsreicher Weg mit viel Weitsicht
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13.2 km
4:05 h
393 m
393 m
Highest point
463 m
Lowest point
219 m
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