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  • Erlebnis Leininger Klosterweg - Eine Wanderung zu mir selbst
    Erlebnis Leininger Klosterweg - Eine Wanderung zu mir selbst
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On the 15 km long path, which connects the two former monastery villages of Hertlingshausen and Höningen, evidence of monastic relics can be found.
Distance 15 km
4:20 h
426 m
426 m
477 m
253 m
The starting point of the Leininger Klosterweg is the Naturfreundehaus in Hertlingshausen, which can also be used as an excursion restaurant or conference centre. The old sow's hut, which we pass, used to be a refuge and shelter for hunters and forest workers. The border between the Freinsheim and Grünstadt-Land municipalities runs above the Kieskautberg.Below the Leuchtenberg is the Schlüsselstein, which marks the boundary of the Höningen monastery property to the Ganerbenwald. Höningen was first mentioned in a document in 1143. Höningen Monastery and St. Jacob's Church, which is the oldest Romanesque building in the Palatinate and older than the monastery, used to be the cultural heart of Altleiningen.The Neuhof farmstead has existed since the 11th century and used to belong to the Höningen monastery.
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Highest point
477 m
Lowest point
253 m
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Rest stops

Landgasthaus "Klosterschänke"
"Zum Jagdschloss"

Safety information

Especially in autumn, you should also be aware that the leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. You have to expect this kind of path obstruction when you go on a hike. If you think that certain sections of the path are not passable for you, you should avoid them. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths.

Tips and hints

Tourist Info in the Old Town Hall Grünstadt
Main Street 84
67269 Grünstadt
Tel: 06359/9297 234
Fax: 06359 9297 227

Tourist Information Association of LeiningerlandHouse of the German Wine Route
Wine Route 91 b
67278 Bockenheim
Tel: 0 63 59/80 01-3002


Friends-of-Nature House Rahnenhof (295 m)
49.490216, 8.021159
49°29'24.8"N 8°01'16.2"E
32U 429110 5482413
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Friends-of-Nature House Rahnenhof

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Premium hiking with audio and video information

At a total of 9 points along the trail, we have provided you with interesting information about the places and sights. 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 Rheinland-Pfalz erleben app .

And this is how it works on site: Start or install the Rhineland-Palatinate 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 hike with your head up. To get you in the mood, we show you here in the video what all awaits you on the Leiningen Monastery Trail (Station 1).

The starting point of the Leiningen Monastery Trail is the Rahnenhof in Hertlingshausen (station), the excursion pub and conference centre of the Friends of Nature. We always follow the yellow markings with a stylised monastery: along quiet paths that make up a large part of the trail, we reach the Alte Sauhäuschen (station). The shelter hut at a small forest spring originally served as a shelter for forest workers and hunters. Now we go up to the Kieskautberg (station), the highest point of the hike. The mountain is 461 m high and lies two kilometres south of Carlsberg in the east of the Diemerstein Forest, as a section of the northern Palatinate Forest is called. On the further way we circle the Steinkopf; from here there is a beautiful view of the elevations of Mönchskappe, Ameisen-Kopf or Rahnfels.Past the Schlüsselstein (station) and the Leuchtenberg we then head towards Höningen. The Schlüsselstein (the Petrus key as a sign of the clergy)marks the border of the monastery property to the former Ganerbenwald (cooperative property of several villages from the Rhine plain). Höningen (stop) (refreshment stop) with its former monastery and St. Jacob's Church (oldest Romanesque building in the Palatinate; restored medieval paintings) used to be the cultural heart of Altleiningen. At the Neuhöfer spring (station), the monastery trail crosses the Altleiningen forest nature trail. Many stations explain tree species, grasses and shrubs, native birds, mushrooms and various game species. We leave the Palatinate Forest, walk past the former Neuhof monastery estate (station) (today a "Demeter" farm and market garden with shop), continue through the Eckbach valley to the monastery village of Hertlingshausen (station) and from there back to the starting point of the tour (refreshment stop) or back to the bus stop.

Refreshment stops:
Naturfreundehaus Rahnenhof (open daily throughout)
Klosterschänke Höningen (open throughout, closed on Mon and Thurs)
Zum Jagdschloss (open daily, closed on Tues)

(Author: Lutz Fütterling)

Public transport


By train to Grünstadt, continue with bus 454 to Hertlingshausen (from here 20-minute walk to NFH Rahnenhof) or Höningen (follow timetable)

By road

From the west and east:
Via the A6 in the direction of Grünstadt, exit Wattenheim, Carlsberg.

From the south:
From Ludwigshafen via A65 in the direction of Bad Dürkheim. Exit Gewerbegebiet. Go straight ahead at the traffic lights. At the next traffic lights, turn right towards Ungstein. Continue to the roundabout. Take the 3rd exit here. After approx. 100m, cross the Dt. Weinstraße and turn right towards Kallstadt, then continue towards Herxheim/Bg. In Herxheim/Bg. turn left at the traffic lights towards Weisenheim/Bg. Follow the Weisenheim/Bg. bypass to Bobenheim/Bg. , Neuleiningen. Via L517, L520, Talstr. and L520 to Dorfstr. in Carlsberg. Continue via Klosterstr. to Hintergasse.


Car park Naturfreundehaus Rahnenhof Hertlingshauen 


49.490216, 8.021159
49°29'24.8"N 8°01'16.2"E
32U 429110 5482413
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Sturdy shoes, clothing suitable for the weather, sun and rain protection, as well as sufficient supplies of food and drinks, as there are not refreshment stops or shopping facilities available or open everywhere. Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons. 

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Tina K
May 19, 2023 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour mit Einkehr in der Klosterschänke in Heringen. beides sehr zu empfehlen. Auch einen Besuch wert ist der Dorfladen dort. Einziges Manko, die schlechte Wegmarkierung, die unbedingt mal neu überpinselt bzw. freigeschnitten werden sollte.
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Steffen Leuschner
October 22, 2022 · Community
entsprach genau den Erwartungen
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Route done on October 22, 2022
Michael Werner 
March 12, 2022 · Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass der Weg nach Höningen noch einmal so an Fahrt aufnimmt. Eine ganz andere Szenerie. Toll! Krönender Abschluss natürlich die Waffel mit Puderzucker im Naturfreundehaus Rahnenhof. :-)
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Route done on March 10, 2022
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15 km
4:20 h
426 m
426 m
Highest point
477 m
Lowest point
253 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest

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