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Pfälzer Weinsteig Stage 3: Bad Dürkheim - Deidesheim

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  • Bad Dürkheim, Römerplatz, Haus der guten Weine
    / Bad Dürkheim, Römerplatz, Haus der guten Weine
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  • / Flaggenturm Bad Dürkheim
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  • / Straus-Platz oberhalb Mundhardter Hof bei Bad Dürkheim
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  • / Straus-Platz mit Rastmöglichkeit
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  • / Herrlicher Ausblick vom Straus-Platz auf die Rheinebene und das Rebmeer
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  • / Naturnahe Pfade auf dem Weg nach Wachenheim
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  • / Idyllisches Poppental
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  • / Mediteranes Flair auf dem Weinsteig Richtung Wachtenburg bei Wachenheim
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  • / Aufstieg zur Wachtenburg
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  • / Die Wachtenburg
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  • / Ausblick Wachtenburg bei Wachenheim
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  • / Wachtenburg mit Ausblick umgeben von Weinreben
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  • / Rastmöglichkeit bei der Burg Wachtenburg mit herrlichem Ausblick
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  • / Wegweiser Wachtenburg
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  • / Kurz vor Heidenlöcher oberhalb Deidesheim
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  • / Wie ein verwunschener Wald
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  • / Nahe Heidenlöcher
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  • / Heidenlöcher
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  • / Ausblick Michaelskapelle bei Deidesheim
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  • / Ausblick Michaelskapelle
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  • / Deidesheimer Weinlage
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  • / Abstieg Richtung Deidesheim
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  • / Kirche Deidesheim
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  • / Kirche in Deidesheim
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  • / Rathaus Deidesheim
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  • / Gastronomie Deidesheim
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  • / Gastronomie Deidesheim
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m 400 300 200 100 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Deidesheim: Heidenlöcher bei Deidesheim Deidesheim: Historisches Rathaus Bahnhof Bad Dürkheim Burgruine Wachtenburg Flaggenturm
The third stage of the trail leads us from the picturesque Römerplatz square in Bad Dürkheim through Poppen Valley and Burg Valley to the ruins of Wachten Castle, with its amazing views. Passing the Heidenlöcher (Heathen Holes) castle ruins, we descend to the small town of Deidesheim, one of the jewels of the German Wine Route.
moderate
14.9 km
4:30 h
500 m
511 m
The third stage takes us next to Bad Durkheim, Deidesheim and further sites of interest - the valleys of Poppental and Burgtal, the ruins of the Wachtenburg and the Heidenlöcher. Following the red-white trail marker from the Römerplatz in Bad Durkheim, we go out of the town and up to the Flaggenturm which offers a spectacular view over a  sea of vines. From the Flaggenturm there is a detour possible to the monastery church of Seebach or to the Klosterruine Limburg. Chestnut trees, pine and oak trees line the road into  the Poppental and up to the ruins of the Wachtenburg. In addition to a refreshment at the castle tavern, the Wachtenburg offers a view over the sparkling wine town of Wachenheim. Next, the path leads to the stone witnesses of a refuge fort, the Heidenlöchern. The descent to the Michaelskapelle allows a wide view over the vineyards around the town of Deidesheim which is well known for its excellent restaurants and wineries.

Author’s recommendation

Wer gerne etwas länger wandern möchte macht ab dem Start in Bad Dürkheim noch den Abstecher (über Weinsteig Zuweg) hinauf zur Klosterruine Limburg. Die Tour wird dadurch 6 Km länger und führt in Höhe Flaggenturm wieder auf die Hauptroute zurück. 
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Author
Tobias Kauf
Updated: April 28, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Experience
Landscape
Highest point
386 m
Lowest point
117 m
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Rest Stop

Burgschänke Wachtenburg
Mundhardter Hof

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

Start

Bad Dürkheim, Römerplatz (134 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.460663, 8.167333
DMS
49°27'38.4"N 8°10'02.4"E
UTM
32U 439660 5479000
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Destination

Deidesheim, market square

Turn-by-turn directions

From Römerplatz square (1) we walk through Bad Dürkheim to the Flaggenturm Tower, which offers a panoramic view of the Rebenmeer wine-growing area, the Rhine plain and the Palatinate Forest. It's worth taking a short detour to the abbey (2) and to the exclusive district of Seebach. The trail continues through chestnut trees and later through the heat-loving pine and oak forests down to a shady picnic spot (3) by the river.

We continue on the path over a wooded ridge, before reaching the idyllic Burg Valley. The trail goes past the campsite to the ruins of Wachten Castle (4), the 'Palatinate's balcony'. Here we can have something to eat and drink in the castle restaurant and enjoy the magnificent view of the town of Wachenheim, known for its wine and sparkling wine, and the Rhine plain. We then return to the woods and follow the slope upwards for some time before reaching a stone gate that marks the entrance of the Heidenlöcher (Heathen Holes) (5), the remains of a stronghold dating from the Carolingian era.

At the other side of the ruins, a steep path brings us down to the Michael Chapel (6), with its view towards the east of Deidesheim and its vineyards. Walking through sun-drenched vineyards, we finally reach our destination of Deidesheim. This climactic spa town will surely impress you with its own characteristic wine bars and wineries, as well as its romantic historical town centre.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Train to Bad Dürkheim or Deidesheim

Getting there

A650 and B37 to Bad Dürkheim

Parking

Free car parks at Wurstmarktplatz market square

Coordinates

DD
49.460663, 8.167333
DMS
49°27'38.4"N 8°10'02.4"E
UTM
32U 439660 5479000
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 Conrad-Stein-Verlag: Pfälzer Weinsteig (Autorin: Anne Bärbel Engelhart). 192 Seiten mit 17 Karten, 61 Farbabblidungen und 10 Höhenprofilen. ISBN 978-3-86686-380-4

Author’s map recommendations

Public Press Wanderkarte Pfälzer Weinsteig im Maßstab 1:25.000, deutsch, Leporello Falzung mit 17 Teilkarten, GPS-genau, elf redaktionelle Seiten mit Ausflugszielen und Einkehrtipps. Weitere Hauptwanderwege enthalten. ISBN 978-3-89920-677-7, Preis: 11,99€. Direkt hier bestellen

Equipment

Provisions, sturdy shoes and (if necessary) waterproof clothing

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Reviews

4.0
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Ner Can
March 17, 2019 · Community
Schöne Wege, teilweise Einöde aber die Schönheiten überwiegen. Sehr gutes Wanderschuhwerk von Vorteil.
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Completed this Route on March 17, 2019
Josef K.
September 11, 2017 · Community
Auch wir liefen diese schöne Tour rückwärts. Start bei uns war der Bahnhof Deidesheim, Ziel der Wurstmarkt in DÜW.
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Completed this Route on September 10, 2017
Sabine Fischer Salm 
April 14, 2017 · Community
Man muss gutes Schuhwerk und eine gute Kondition haben. Am anstrengendsten fanden wir die Etappe vom Campingplatz Wachenheim nach Düw. Wir sind die Etappe "rückwärts" gegangen
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Michaelskapelke über Deidesheim
Photo: Sabine Fischer Salm, Community
Wegmarkierung zur Wachtenburg
Photo: Sabine Fischer Salm, Community
Freitag, 14. April 2017, 21:29 Uhr
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Die Wachtenburg vom Weinsteig aus
Photo: Sabine Fischer Salm, Community
Strauss-Platz über DÜW
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Flaggenturm über DÜW
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Michaelskapelke über Deidesheim
Wegmarkierung zur Wachtenburg
Freitag, 14. April 2017, 21:29 Uhr
Die Wachtenburg vom Weinsteig aus
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.9 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
500 m
Descent
511 m
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