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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 4

Pfälzer Waldpfad Stage 4: Heltersberg - Rodalben

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    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Idyllische Wiesen im Schwarzbachtal
    Photo: Dieter F. Hartwig
  • / Sonniger pfälzer Waldpfad
    Photo: Dieter F. Hartwig
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    Photo: Tobias Kauf, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / An der Wappenschmiede
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  • / Blick auf das geistliche Zentrum Maria Rosenberg
    Photo: Dieter F. Hartwig
  • / Lindersbachfelsen
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  • / Galgenfels
    Photo: Touristikbüro Holzland / Sickinger Höhe
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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.
moderate
Distance 17.9 km
3:45 h
471 m
585 m
From Heltersberg you go under the shelter of the trees and reach on the back of the ridge  the legendary Seelenfelsen which is dotted with weathered patches, notches and overhangs. The path winds its way up to the Drei-Sommer-Berg to the remains of the Heidelburg,  considered to be one of the best preserved Roman hillside fortifications in Germany. Along the Schwarzbach valley you pass a former Wappenschmiede (blacksmith’s shop) before the pilgrimage town of Maria Rosenberg with its sanctuary and Mariengrotte comes into view. At lunch time the town also offers the possibility to stop and refresh. The way up now separates you from Donsieders and the monolith on the high plateau of Orleberg. Over  meadows, fields and forest you will soon reach the Hilschberghaus in Rodalben, one of the Palatinate Forest huts that offer overnight accommodation
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Tobias Kauf 
Update: April 19, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
441 m
Lowest point
251 m
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Rest Stop

PWV-Hilschberghaus

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.

Start

Heltersberg (434 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.306191, 7.716450
DMS
49°18'22.3"N 7°42'59.2"E
UTM
32U 406695 5462287
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Destination

Rodalben

Turn-by-turn directions

The fourth stage of our hike takes us out of Heltersberg and across the fields past Weststrichhof into the forest. From there, we have a fairly long hike over the hill before reaching the impressive Seelen rocks (1) high over the Schwarzbach Valley. We follow the trail past these rocks into a small side valley and then up to the remains of a Roman castle named ‘Heidelsburg’ (2), which once served as a defence against Germanic invasions. The trail then leads us through the Schwarzbach valley to a former smithy. We leave the valley here and hike over the hill through meadows and fields to the place of pilgrimage at Maria Rosenberg (3), with its pilgrim church and Virgin Mary grotto.

A short ascent from here brings us to Donsieders. Leaving the church of this small hamlet behind us, we follow the Höhgasse out of the hamlet and continue uphill to the Orleberg plateau. Here you can admire an imposing red sandstone monolith (4), surrounded by fields and accompanied by a plaque with a poem about the legend of Donsieders. The trail continues through the forest past some distinctive rock features to the outskirts of Rodalben, where we arrive at the Hilschberghaus rest stop. This hut, managed by the PWV (Pfälzerwaldverein - local association), is open from 12pm Monday - Saturday and from 10am on Sundays and holidays.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train to Kaiserslautern, then take the bus via Geiselberg to Heltersberg or take the train to Waldfischbach-Burgalben, then onwards by bus to Heltersberg

Getting there

A6 to the Kaiserslautern-West exit, continue on the B270 to Heltersberg

Parking

In Heltersberg

Coordinates

DD
49.306191, 7.716450
DMS
49°18'22.3"N 7°42'59.2"E
UTM
32U 406695 5462287
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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 22 Teilkarten, GPS-genau, sechs redaktionelle Seiten mit Ausflugszielen und Einkehrtipps. Weitere Hauptwanderwege enthalten. Preis: 11,99 €. Direkt hier bestellen.

  • Wanderkarte Pfälzerwald 5, NaturNavi Gmbh, ISBN 978-3-96099-104-5 http://naturnavi.de

Equipment

Provisions, sturdy shoes and (if necessary) waterproof clothing

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Rating

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Phil M.
June 12, 2019 · Community
Heltersberg ist ein süßes kleines Dorf, leider jedoch völlig ausgestorben. Hier lassen sich die Nahrungsvorräte weder bei einem Bäcker, noch Supermarkt (oder vergleichbares) auffüllen. Da ich das ahnte, deckte ich mich bereits in Trippstadt ausreichend ein. Die nächste Destination der Felsformation war eindrucksvoll und die Wege schnuckelig! Im Wallfahrtsort Maria Rosenberg ließ sich nachmittags Kaffee und Kuchen erfragen (vielleicht war es jedoch eine Sonderveranstaltung an dem Tag). In jedem Fall ein sehenswertes Kloster! Abschließend in Rodalben gibt es "Da Roberto" - einen köstlichen und bezahlbaren Italiener. Auch das Eis im Ortszentrum (Italiener) war köstlich - wie mein Wanderfreund Rob berichtete. Wir hatten eine gute Zeit auf dieser Etappe. Im Anhang findest du das dazu passende Video.
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Henrike Bläsig 
May 07, 2017 · Community
Diese Etappe hat mir nicht so gut gefallen. Vielleicht bin ich auch schon zu verwöhnt (Rodalben Felsenweg - ein Traum). Es geht zT länger über große Wege/Schotterautobahnen. Der Pfad im Schwarzbachtal ist schön, leider stört der Verkehrslärm der in unmittelbarer Nähe verlaufenden Straße sehr. Die Seelenfelsen sind sehenswert.
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M S
April 03, 2017 · Community
Es ist nicht wahr, dass es in Heltersberg keine Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten gibt. Es gibt dort sehr viele Privatzimmer, die vermietet werden. Man darf halt nicht nur auf diversen Buchungsportalen oder Google Maps schauen, sondern eben auf altmodischem Wege zur Touristeninformation laufen (geht übrigens auch online). In der Tat gibt es eigentlich in fast jedem noch so kleinen Dorf im Pfälzer Wald Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten.
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When did you do this route? April 01, 2017
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.9 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
471 m
Descent
585 m
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