From Kaiserslautern, the first stage of the Pfälzer Waldpfad trail brings us on a route about 16km long through pretty forests to the Humberg Tower, with its great views, and on into the Moosalbe Valley, where we reach our destination of the ‘Naturfreundehaus Finsterbrunnertal’ guest house and campsite.
Stage 2: Finsterbrunnertal to Johanniskreuz
At only 12km, the second stage is the shortest part of the Pfälzer Waldpfad trail. It brings us along the Moosalbe River through the Karlstal ravine and 470m up to the hamlet of Johanniskreuz.
Stage 3: Johanniskreuz to Heltersberg
The third stage of the Pfälzer Waldpfad trail takes us from Johanniskreuz to Heltersberg, through thick forest and river valleys with idyllic little lakes.
Stage 4: Heltersberg to Rodalben
The fourth stage of the trail leads us past the imposing Seelen rocks to the remains of a Roman castle named ‘Heidelsburg’, before bringing us to the place of pilgrimage at Maria Rosenberg and finally to the end point at Rodalben.
Stage 5: Rodalben to Merzalben
The fifth stage of the Pfälzer Waldpfad trail leads us from the Hilschberghaus rest stop past Rodalben and the Birkwieserhof farm for 10km before arriving at the end of the stage in Merzalben.
Stage 6: Merzalben to Hauenstein
The 23km long sixth stage of the trail is not only the longest section of the route, it also boasts the highest point of the trail with the 607m high Weißenberg and the breath-taking views from the top to reward you for your exertions.
Stage 7: Hauenstein to Dahn
The seventh stage of the trail brings us from the town of Hauenstein, famous for its shoe industry, to Dahn, the 'capital' of the Dahner Felsenland, known for its red sandstone rock formations. Just before the end of the route, we find the Jungfernsprung, one of the most famous rocks in the Palatinate.
Stage 8: Dahn to Erlenbach
On the eighth stage of the trail from Dahn to Erlenbach we pass some impressive rock formations and the ruined castles of Altdahn, Grafendahn, Tanstein and Drachenfels perching dramatically on the red sandstone massif.
Stage 9: Erlenbach to Schweigen-Rechtenbach
From Erlenbach, the last stage of the trail brings us past the impressive Berwartstein Castle to Schweigen, the most southerly town on the German Wine Route. We walk through Alsace (France) for a few kilometres and have a great view from the Rhine plain to the Black Forest.
UFFBASSE! - Campaign for being considerate of others in nature
- Always act in a proactive, friendly and considerate way towards everyone you encounter 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 take a rubbish bag with you when you go out and take your rubbish back home.
- Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. Other visitors and animals thank you.
- For your own safety, observe all road closures, including at weekends.
- Park only in designated parking areas. Leave space for emergency vehicles and agricultural machinery.
- Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.
Rest StopCafe Nicklis
Gaststätte Kaninchenzuchtverein P113
Landgasthof-Hotel "Zum Ochsen"
Dorfstübel am Schuhmuseum
German Wine Gate, Schweigen-Rechtenbach
Hotel Am Hirschhorn
Wanderheim "Dicke Eiche"
Safety informationIn light of recent events:
In autumn in particular, it is important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones and holes in the path. Trees can topple and branches can fall down after thunderstorms and rainstorms. Natural paths can become muddy and slippery, especially in poor weather conditions. Not all rocks and precipices are secured with ropes or railings. You need to be sure-footed in certain areas. Damage to paths of this kind is to be expected on hikes. If you feel that certain sections of the path are not passable for you, please avoid them.
We endeavour to announce all closures due to forest work or hunting parties on this platform. Nevertheless, sometimes there are situations where hiking trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you unexpectedly encounter a road closure or diversion, please follow the instructions for your own safety.
Tips and hints
Die Pfalz zählt zu den drei schönsten Wanderregionen im deutschsprachigen Raum: Das ist die Meinung der Leser des Fachmagazins trekking. Beim sogenannten trekking-Award 2021 standen alle Regionen (knapp 70), die 2020 in dem Magazin vorgestellt worden waren, zur Wahl, darunter die Pfalz. 6500 Leser stimmten ab und wählten die Pfalz in der Kategorie "Die schönsten Wanderregionen in Deutschland/Österreich/Schweiz" auf den dritten Platz. Damit konnte sich die Pfalz vor namenhaften Konkurrenten wie Berchtesgadener Alpen (Platz 4) oder Tannheimer Tal (Platz 5) platzieren.
Getting thereA63 or A6 to Mainz-Kaiserslautern junction or Kaiserslautern-West exit
ParkingAt Kaiserslautern central station
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentWe recommend the following equipment as standard for our hiking tours:
- Sturdy shoes
- Clothing suitable for the weather
- Sun and rain protection
- Sufficient quantity of food and drink, as refreshment stops or shopping facilities are not always available or open.
- Although the paths are very well marked throughout, for safety reasons it is always advisable to carry a suitable hiking map so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency.
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