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Pfälzer Höhenweg Stage 4: Rockenhausen - Obermoschel

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  • Kurz vor dem Ziel, der Blick auf Obermoschel
    / Kurz vor dem Ziel, der Blick auf Obermoschel
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Weinberge finden sich entlang des Pfälzer Höhenweges bei Obermoschel.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Hoch oben über dem Städtchen thront die Ruine Moschellandsburg.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Von Stahlberg reicht der Blick weit über die Felderlandschaft.
    Photo: Sandra Fischer, Outdooractive Editors
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A selection of museums in Rockenhausen, the remains of a Roman settlement and impressive castle ruins await us on the fourth stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg trail. Around 19km of walking will take us from Rockenhausen across the hills to Obermoschel, the smallest city in the Palatinate.
moderate
19.6 km
5:55 h
575 m
598 m
The hill range track leads to the Roman "Villa Rustica" at Katzenbach. It is one of the most important testimonies of the Roman West Palatinate. The Donnersberg on the right takes us to the back of the Stahlberg where information boards tell the tale of times when prospecting for silver was commonplace. In the village of Stahlberg, you can stop for a refreshment. The tour then continues to the North, where a side-trip to the ruins of Randeck near  Mannenweiler-Cölln invites you to enjoy the views over the Alsenz Valley and the Donnersberg. The vineyards along the rivers of Moschel and Alsenz escort you to the ruins Moschellandsburg. First mentioned in documents dating back to round 1130 the castle destroyed by flames in the late 16th century. The gate tower and impressive walls are witness to its former impregnability. A few steps then lead down into the valley to our day’s destination of Obermoschel.

Author’s recommendation

 

Besichtigung der Museen in Rockenhausen:

- Museum für Zeit
- Kahnweilerhaus
- Museum Pachen - Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts
- Nordpfälzer Heimatmuseum

 Die Öffnungszeiten der Museen finden Sie hier.

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Tobias Kauf
Updated: April 19, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
487 m
Lowest point
169 m
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Rest Stop

Gasthaus Maurer
Hühnerhaus
Zum Blauen Löwen

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

www.obermoschel.de

www.rockenhausen.de

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

 

Start

Rognacplatz, Rockenhausen (193 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.629755, 7.818146
DMS
49°37'47.1"N 7°49'05.3"E
UTM
32U 414652 5498137
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Destination

Obermoschel historical town centre

Turn-by-turn directions

The fourth stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg trail begins in Rockenhausen, where there are four interesting museums to visit. After a short walk we reach the remains of a Roman settlement 'Villa Rustica' (1) nearby Katzenbach, which is one of the most complex excavation sites in the Western Palatinate region. A curving path brings us to the 489m high Stahlberg (2), with its information boards to tell us about the mining that once took place here. You can end your hike here if you wish (accommodation or bus connections are available).

Leaving the Stahlberg, we take the easy trail through forest and fields towards Obermoschel. The ruins of Randeck Castle (4), which rise above Mannweiler-Cölln, are worth a detour and offer a great view of Rockenhausen, the Alsen Valley and the Donnersberg. The trail then takes us past the wine-growing areas of Moschel and Alsenz to the romantic ruins of Moschelland Castle (5), which sits on the peak of Landsberg mountain. The castle has been in existence since 1130 and was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1689, with only an imposing tower and some of the walls remaining today. Just below the castle is the castle hotel where we can stop for a rest and enjoy the view. From here, it's not too far to our final destination of the picturesque old town of Obermoschel.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train to Rockenhausen

Getting there

A6 to the Enkenbach-Alsenborn exit, continue on the B48 to Rockenhausen

Parking

On Brühlgasse or at the train station in Rockenhausen

Coordinates

DD
49.629755, 7.818146
DMS
49°37'47.1"N 7°49'05.3"E
UTM
32U 414652 5498137
w3w 
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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 http://naturnavi.de

Equipment

Provisions, sturdy shoes and (if necessary) waterproof clothing

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4.2
(4)
Jens Korn
December 22, 2020 · Community
Completed this Route on December 22, 2020
Anja Ulrich
May 31, 2020 · Community
Das erste viertel der Tour besticht mit dauerhaft grandiosem Weitblick. Das nächste viertel auf Forstwegen durch den Wald bietet Abwechslung und lässt die Seele baumeln.... Die zweite Hälfte macht weiterhin dem Höhenweg seinem Namen Ehre. Wunderschöne Etappe. Für uns die zweite Etappe, da wir gestern mit Etappe 3 gestartet sind. Endstation für uns morgen in Meisenheim Dort haben wir das Auto stehen, von wo wir uns gestern per Taxi nach Bastenhaus haben bringen lassen.
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Anja Ulrich
May 31, 2020 · Community
Das erste viertel der Tour besticht mit dauerhaft grandiosem Weitblick. Das nächste viertel auf Forstwegen durch den Wald bietet Abwechslung und lässt die Seele baumeln.... Die zweite Hälfte macht weiterhin dem Höhenweg seinem Namen Ehre. Wunderschöne Etappe. Für uns die zweite Etappe, da wir gestern mit Etappe 3 gestartet sind. Endstation für uns morgen in Meisenheim Dort haben wir das Auto stehen, von wo wir uns gestern per Taxi nach Bastenhaus haben bringen lassen.
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Sonntag, 31. Mai 2020 19:51:56
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Sonntag, 31. Mai 2020 19:52:27
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Sonntag, 31. Mai 2020 19:52:47
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
19.6 km
Duration
5:55 h
Ascent
575 m
Descent
598 m
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