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Pfälzer Höhenweg Stage 2: Dannenfels - Bastenhaus

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  • Blick von der Ruine Falkenstein
    / Blick von der Ruine Falkenstein
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Der Adlerbogen oberhalb Dannenfels
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Ausblick vom Königsstuhl
    Photo: Markus Balkow, Outdoor Wandern
  • / Der Königsstuhl
    Photo: Markus Balkow, Outdoor Wandern
  • / Die Keltenhütte auf dem Donnersberg
    Photo: Markus Balkow, Outdoor Wandern
  • / Aussichtsterrasse des Falkensteiner Hofs
    Photo: Markus Balkow, Outdoor Wandern
  • / Vom Königsstuhl, dem höchsten Punkt in der Pfalz, bietet sich ein herrlicher Ausblick.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Die Keltenhütte auf dem Donnersberg lädt zum Verweilen ein.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Imposant ragt die Burgruine Falkenstein über dem kleinen Ort auf.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Hoch ragt der Sendemast auf dem Donnersberg auf.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Die alten Mauerreste der Brugruine Falkenstein sind ein begehrtes Fotomotiv.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Idyllische Wanderwege führen über den Donnersberg.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Die Burgruine Falkenstein wird als Freilichttheater genutzt.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Keltischer Ringwall
  • / Keltenwall
  • / Besonders im Sommer ist der Luftkurort Dannenfels ein beliebtes Ausflugsziel.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Die Keltenmauer ist Zeugnis der früheren Besiedelung auf dem Donnersberg.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
m 700 600 500 400 300 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Ludwigsturm Donnersberg Königsstuhl "Burgstubb" an der Burgruine Burgruine Falkenstein
The second stage brings us higher – from Dannenfels we climb the 687m high Donnersberg, the highest mountain of the Palatinate, and continue to Marienthal and the Bastenhaus Hotel-Restaurant.
Distance 15.2 km
4:05 h
474 m
431 m
Uphill it's all along sweeping forest paths, past the lookout points of Moltkefels and Hirtenfels to the more than 2000 years old Celtic circular hillfort. A little later you will see the 27 metre high Ludwigsturm with views down into the Rhine valley and even the skyline of Frankfurt, when the weather allows. Snacks and refreshments are available at the Waldhaus or Keltenhütte. We continue to the highest point of the Palatinate: the Königsstuhl with great views over the Donnersberg region before continuing through the dense forest and descending into the picturesque village of Falkenstein. Built on a volcanic vent built and perched high above the houses are the ruins of Falkenstein, which is the scene of many artistic events today. In Falkenstein there are several opportunities to rest and refresh oneself. With rustling leaves under your shoes, the way now leads along the foot of the Donnersberg

Author’s recommendation

  • Unbedingt den Ludwigsturm besteigen. Falls (unter der Woche) geschlossen, kann man den Schlüssel am Waldhaus holen.
  • Auf dem Donnersberg einen Abstecher zur rekonstruierten keltischen Ringwallmauer machen
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Tobias Kauf
Updated: April 19, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
674 m
Lowest point
385 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

"Burgstubb" an der Burgruine
Blockhütte Marienthal

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 and hints




Hikers' car park near the Kastanienhof guest house in Dannenfels (417 m)
49.624171, 7.944558
49°37'27.0"N 7°56'40.4"E
32U 423772 5497380


Hikers' car park at the Bastenhaus hotel

Turn-by-turn directions

The second stage of our hike begins in the health resort town of Dannenfels and brings us on a steep ascent to the Donnersberg. We hike along idyllic woodland paths, past the Moltkefels and Hirtenfels viewing points, up to the remains of a Celtic ring fort (1), which was built on the Donnersberg in 150 B.C. Enjoy the view from the nearby 27m high Ludwig tower (2). In good conditions, you can see right across the Rhine plain to Frankfurt from the top of the tower. Take a break in the Waldhaus (3) or Keltenhütte (4) café-restaurants.

Continue to the King's Chair (5), the highest point in the Palatinate, and enjoy a magnificent view over the forested plateau and the Donnersberg region. We then begin the steep descent through thick forest to the picturesque village of Falkenstein. The imposing ruins of Falkenstein Castle (6), which are also used as an open air theatre, overshadow the houses. Here at the foot of the Donnersberg, along pretty paths at the forest edge, we reach our destination of the Bastenhaus Hotel-Restaurant. Enjoy a good meal on the terrace of this traditional hotel as well as the stunning view of the highest mountain in the Palatinate.


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Public transport

Train to Rockenhausen, onwards by bus or taxi (Tel. +49 (0)6352 / 750404) to Dannenfels

Getting there

A63 to the Göllheim exit, then continue on the L397 to Dannenfels


In Dannenfels


49.624171, 7.944558
49°37'27.0"N 7°56'40.4"E
32U 423772 5497380
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Bergverlag : Die Pfälzer Weitwanderwege Pfälzer Höhenweg, Pfälzer Waldpfad, Pfälzer Weinsteig. In 30 Tagen durch die Pfalz (Autor: Jürgen Plogmann). 140 Seiten mit 60 Farbabbildungen, 30 Höhenprofile, 30 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, eine Übersichtskarte. ISBN 978-3-7633-4401-7


Author’s map recommendations

  • Public Press Wanderkarte Pfälzer Höhenweg im Maßstab 1:25.000, deutsch, Leporello Falzung mit 14 Teilkarten, GPS-genau, fünf redaktionelle Seiten mit Ausflugszielen und Einkehrtipps. Weitere Hauptwanderwege enthalten. Preis: 9,99€. Direkt hier bestellen.
  • Wanderkarte Pfälzerwald 2, NaturNavi Gmbh, ISBN 978-3-96099-104-5



Provisions, sturdy shoes and (if necessary) waterproof clothing

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Jens Korn
November 30, 2020 · Community
When did you do this route? November 28, 2020
Detlev D
May 11, 2018 · Community
Schön und richtig „pfälzisch“ ist der Weg bis zum Ludwigsturm bzw. Keltenhütte. Danach kommen meistens lange und eher eintönige Ziehwege bis Falkenstein. Leider waren wir an einem Freitag unterwegs und alle Einkehrmöglichkeiten waren geschlossen. Geöffnet nur Sa und So. Das war etwas enttäuschend.
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15.2 km
4:05 h
474 m
431 m
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