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  • Hockerstein
    / Hockerstein
    Photo: D. Trauthwein, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Ausblick vom Rimbach-Steig
    Photo: Stephanie Ser, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Nesselberg
    Photo: D. Trauthwein, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Blick um Darstein
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  • / Rastplatz auf dem Premiumweg
    Photo: Manfred Seibel, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Panoramablick über den Pfälzerwald
    Photo: Stephanie Ser, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Einkehrmöglichkeit PWV Wasgauhütte Schwanheim
    Photo: Stephanie Ser, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
m 500 400 300 200 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Lourdesgrotte Schwanheim Kochelstein Häuselstein Hühnerstein Haselstein Nesselberg

The Rimbach Steig is a challenging trail. It leads along a range of hills around the two villages of   Darstein and Schwanheim and winds through the valley that connects the two villages. The trail has a total length of 17 km. The total walking time is about 7 hours.

 

difficult
16.7 km
7:00 h
672 m
672 m

A challenging trail with many highlights

Romantic meadows, uplifting vistas and impressive rock formations can be seen along   the almost 17 kilometre long premium trail "Palatinate Rimbach-Steig" around the idyllic Rimbachtal with its two villages Schwanheim and Darstein. In total, over 800 vertical metres have to be climbed – a real challenge, even for hikers with a good condition.

No matter from where you start the tour, it's first up the hillside. The extremely steep slopes leave no doubt that the 800 metres will have to be achieved without detours and you quickly realize that the grading of the Rimberg-Steig is correctly classified as "severe". But as soon as one has reached the first hilltop ridge and the first viewpoint, the entire beauty of this premium trail unfolds itself - winding paths along high-altitude trails and mighty rock formations with unforgettable wide views.

Author’s recommendation

For break visit the Wasgauhütte in Schwanheim.
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Updated: July 26, 2019
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
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Highest point
463 m
Lowest point
222 m
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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.

 

Tips, hints and links

Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald

Urlaubsregion Hauenstein

Schuhmeile 1

76846 Hauenstein

Urlaubsregion Hauenstein

Tel. 06392-92 333 80

Wanderblogger Markus Balkow berichtet vom Rimbach-Steig, mit tollen Bildern, mehr dazu unter "Schöne Aussicht"

Start

parking area in Darstein (281 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.155666, 7.883669
DMS
49°09'20.4"N 7°53'01.2"E
UTM
32U 418604 5445360
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Destination

Darstein/Schwanheim

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A challenging trail with many highlights

Romantic meadows, uplifting vistas and impressive rock formations can be seen along   the almost 17 kilometre long premium trail "Palatinate Rimbach-Steig" around the idyllic Rimbachtal with its two villages Schwanheim and Darstein. In total, over 800 vertical metres have to be climbed – a real challenge, even for hikers with a good condition.

No matter from where you start the tour, it's first up the hillside. The extremely steep slopes leave no doubt that the 800 metres will have to be achieved without detours and you quickly realize that the grading of the Rimberg-Steig is correctly classified as "severe". But as soon as one has reached the first hilltop ridge and the first viewpoint, the entire beauty of this premium trail unfolds itself - winding paths along high-altitude trails and mighty rock formations with unforgettable wide views. For this reason, it's always worthwhile to climb the arduous path leading from hilltop to hilltop because you will be rewarded each time anew with a great sight.

 

One of the most spectacular stops on this tour is certainly the Hühnerstein (456 m), the boundary stone between the districts of Hauenstein and Schwanheim. A steel ladder helps you to climb up to the viewing platform, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the entire region. A compass rose mounted at the top also helps you with your geographical orientation whilst at the foot of the Hühnerstein a wooden bench offers you the opportunity for a short break.

Of course, the almost 17-kilometre-long circular route has many more attractive places to offer. On the ridge of the Nesselberg, for example, you should definitely plan a stopover. Up there you will be undisturbed and can simply enjoy the peace and quiet. The ridge walk between the Hühnerstein and Kesselberg is like being in a dream. We pass mighty rock formations and every now and then have a view between the trees of the surrounding hillside.

 

At the Häuselstein, a seating area invites for a short rest and/or snack. A little further on, a narrow soft path leads to a hidden rocky platform on which you can enjoy another rest. From Immersberg, Hockköpfel and Hockerstein there await fantastic wide views far into the Vorderpfalz that must be seen. These rocks summit should therefore also be on the sight-seeing list. Since hiking is bound to make you hungry, a visit to the Wasgauhütte is a must. What could be better than after a hard tour in friendly company than to enjoy the culinary specialties of the region?

A contrast to the high altitude paths are the stages down in the valley that lead through idyllic meadows. Depending from where you started, they form the beginning or end of an eventful hiking tour on the Pfälzer Rimbach-Steig.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

take the train to railway station Annweiler am Trifels (and then by bus line 525 to Darstein or Schwanheim)

or to railway station Wilgartswiesen.

Getting there

B 10 (Landau/Pirmasens) exit Annweiler-West, follow the road towards Annweiler-Sarnstall, turn to Lug, Darstein and Schwanheim.

 

Parking

Parking area in Darstein at the village exit towards Vorderweidenthal (playground).

Parking area in Schwanheim at the village exit towards Darstein (cemetery).

 

Coordinates

DD
49.155666, 7.883669
DMS
49°09'20.4"N 7°53'01.2"E
UTM
32U 418604 5445360
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Hauenstein & Trifelsland 1:25.000, Pietruska Verlag

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.

 


Questions & Answers

Question about Isabelle Boberg · September 11, 2020 · Community
Muss man die Leiter begehen können um diese Route fortsetzen zu können? Oder ist das ein zuweg zu einer Plattform?
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Answer by Thomas Dilschneider · September 11, 2020 · Community
Die Leiter führt auf den Hühnerstein und bietet eine tolle Aussicht in den Wasgau. Der Aufstieg ist sicher und ist gut begehbar. Wer allerdings Höhenangst hat, muss auch nicht hinauf. Der Rimbachsteig hält noch viele weitere tolle Aussichtspunkte bereit. Viel SPASS und liebe Grüße, Thomas
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Michael Thomann
November 08, 2020 · Community
Das hat Spaß gemacht. Auch wenn im Moment leider keine Einkehr möglich ist, ist dies eine sehr schöne Herbsttour. Wir haben alle Aussichtspunkte mitgenommen und kamen so auf 20 km mit 900 Höhenmetern. Man sollte also etwas Kondition mitbringen. Die Tour habe ich etwas verändert, so das der Hühnerstein zum Schluss dran war und wir sogar etwas Sonnenuntergang allein genießen konnten. Wer es auch so macht, sollte allerdings die Stirnlampe nicht vergessen und keine Angst vor Wildschweinen haben. Diese haben wir kurz vor Schwanheim gesehen.
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Completed this Route on November 07, 2020
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Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Photo: Michael Thomann, Community
Isabelle Boberg
September 13, 2020 · Community
Super Tour, km Angaben tendieren eher zu 16-18km. Wenn man die Aussichtspunkte anläuft. Super mit Hunden zu laufen. Auf dem Aussichtsplattform müssen die Hunde halt ohne Höhenangst sein. Viele schmale Wege.. fast nur im Wald. Wenn man trinken mit nimmt passt das. Beim Washauhäusl kann man ne Wanderer Mahlzeit einnehmen. Für Vegetarier oder Veganer gibts nicht so ne gute Auswahl. Müsste man evtl nachfragen.
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Gerhard Koch
August 30, 2020 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour, vom kleinen Parkplatz am Ortsausgang von Darstein gegen den Uhrzeigersinn gelaufen .Mit den Ausgeschilderten Aussichtspunkten laut Gps 18,7km .Mein Hund(11) und ich (67) brauchten dazu 4:30 Gehzeit, plus 30 min. Pause .Schwierig fand ich nur den Aussichtspunkt Höckerstein und ein kurzes Stück beim Nesselstein, ansonsten lies sich die Stecke gut gehen.
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Completed this Route on August 29, 2020
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Difficulty
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Distance
16.7 km
Duration
7:00h
Ascent
672 m
Descent
672 m
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