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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 5

Pfälzer Waldpfad Stage 5: Rodalben - Merzalben

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  • Sonniger pfälzer Waldpfad
    Sonniger pfälzer Waldpfad
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m 350 300 250 10 8 6 4 2 km PWV-Hilschberghaus Ortskern von Merzalben Saufelsen am Rodalber Felsenwanderweg
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.
moderate
Distance 10.4 km
4:35 h
239 m
280 m
353 m
258 m
From the starting point of the trail, the Hilschberghaus, the trail leads along a rocky path to the Hilschbergfelsen, the Saufelsen and the Vorderen  and Hinteren Rappenköpfen. Time after time, the forest contrasts with the landscape of the  Gräfensteiner region. During the warmer months, all shades of green compete with the golden-yellow fields and the bright blue of the sky. From the valley of Rodalben you pass the halfway point at Birkwieserhof and follow the curving path over the heights of the Langeberg. With each step the need to rush and hurry disappears as they pave the way for you to come to oneself again. You then cross the main road and aim for the end of this stage in  Merzalben. Here in the town centre you will find the "alte Kirche", whose outer wall holds the replica of a Marien grotto. Further accommodation is available in Rodalben and Hauenstein.

 

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.

Author’s recommendation

Teil-Abschnitte des Rodalber Felsenwanderwegs verlaufen auf dem Pfälzer Waldpfad. 2022 landete er bei der Wahl Deutschlands Schönster Wanderweg in der Kategorie Mehrtagestouren auf Platz 2.

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Tobias Kauf 
Update: August 29, 2022
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
353 m
Lowest point
258 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 4.61%Dirt road 4.04%Forested/wild trail 47.20%Path 37.71%Road 4.16%Unknown 2.20%
Asphalt
0.5 km
Dirt road
0.4 km
Forested/wild trail
4.9 km
Path
3.9 km
Road
0.4 km
Unknown
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Landgasthof Birkwieserhof

Safety information

In light of recent events:

Coronavirus Guide from the German Hiking Association

 

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.

 

NOTE:

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

Weitere Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten (mit Transfer) in Rodalben oder Hauenstein.

Markierungsregeln

Start

Rodalben (320 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.241309, 7.643828
DMS
49°14'28.7"N 7°38'37.8"E
UTM
32U 401287 5455166
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Destination

Merzalben

Turn-by-turn directions

Stealing a final view of Rodalben from the terrace of the Hilschberghaus (PWV, opening hours: Mon-Sat from 12pm/Sundays and holidays from 10am), we then continue on curving paths on the slopes above the town, until the descent into the Rodalbe Valley. We reach the farmstead of the old Birkwieserhof farm (1) by following the river through a small side valley. The last section of this stage brings us along more curving forest paths to Merzalben. We pass the church (2), which stands on the left of the main road, and arrive at our final destination at the Zimmerbergstraße junction.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train to Pirmasens or Münchweiler, then take the bus to Rodalben

Getting there

A6 to the Kaiserslautern-West exit, continue on the B270 to Donsieders / A62 to the Thaleischweiler-Fröschen exit, then continue to Rodalben

Parking

In Rodalben

Coordinates

DD
49.241309, 7.643828
DMS
49°14'28.7"N 7°38'37.8"E
UTM
32U 401287 5455166
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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 3 und 5, NaturNavi Gmbh, ISBN 978-3-96099-104-5 http://naturnavi.de

Equipment

We 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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Rating

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Christiane Brandt 
July 30, 2020 · Community
Wunderschöne Tour. Kleiner Wermutstropfen: es gibt lediglich kurz nach der PWV Hütte eine Sitzgelegenheit unter den Felsen, sonst bis Merzalben leider nichts. Ein wenig verwöhnt von den vorherigen Etappen ist es mir schmerzlich aufgefallen. Trotzdem ist der Weg traumhaft schön und Facettenreich. Zum öffentlichen Nahverkehr: Die QNV hat leider einige sehr unfreundliche Fahrer beschäftigt. Die Verbindungen sind in Merzalben eher schlecht, so dass man sich Alternativen überlegen sollte. Evtl. zu Fuß weiter nach Münchweiler. Wer mit Hund im Bus fahren möchte, unbedingt an Maulkorb denken, dieser wird ggf. bei besonders ängstlichen Fahrern unabhängig vom Hund verlangt. Wer keinen dabei hat wird dann laufen müssen ;-)
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When did you do this route? July 30, 2020
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Phil M.
June 12, 2019 · Community
Von Rodalben nach Merzalben ist wieder eine eher kurze Strecke, was Rob und mich dazu veranlasste, schlichtweg weiter zu laufen - bis nach Hermersbergerhof. Dort gibt es ein Gasthaus mit Übernachtungsmöglichkeit (frühzeitig buchen!). Die gesamte Strecke ist gezeichnet von deutlichen Höhenschwankungen. Für manch einen mögen daher die angesetzten 10,4 km schon genügen, je nach Kondition. Am eindrucksvollsten ist mir die absolut stille Lichtung am Anfang der Tour in Erinnerung, sowie der lange Abschnitt durch den Wald (diese Stille von jeglichem Verkehr!) und zu guter Letzt der süße, winzige Ort "Hermersbergerhof", wo wir übernachteten. Im angehängten Video siehst du die komplette Tour noch einmal.
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When did you do this route? August 11, 2016
Ein paar NÄCHTE im PFÄLZERWALD [Etappe 5 + 6] | Rodalben - Hermersbergerhof | Pfälzer Waldpfad
Video: Philmotiviert - Outdoor & Wandern

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
4:35 h
Ascent
239 m
Descent
280 m
Highest point
353 m
Lowest point
258 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Geological highlights

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