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Pfälzer Weinsteig Stage 5: Neustadt an der Weinstraße - St. Martin

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  • Kirche Neustadt
    / Kirche Neustadt
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  • / Logo für Rücksicht und Naturschutz
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  • / Altstadt Neustadt
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  • / Aufstieg zum Zigeunerfelsen mit Blick auf die Wolfsburg
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  • / Verschlungene Pfade am Zigeunerfelsen
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  • / Zigeunerfelsen
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  • / Aussicht Nollenkopf
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  • / Ausblick von der Hohen Loog
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  • / Felsenmeer bei der Kalmit
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
  • / Am "kleinen Felsenmeer"
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  • / Pfälzer Weinsteig Etappe 5
    Video: Südliche Weinstrasse e.V. - Pfalz
  • / Hambacher Schloss
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  • / Knorrige Kiefern und Heidelbeeren
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  • / Typische Pfade am Weinsteig
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
  • / Ausblick vom Kalmitgipfel
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  • / St. Martin
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m 800 600 400 200 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Kalmit St. Martin Hambacher Bergstein Kalmithaus Felsenmeer Hambacher Schloss Zigeunerfels
Today the longest stage of the Weinsteig trail lies before us. Along the way we will discover many interesting natural monuments like the Zigeunerfelsen rock, the Hambacher Bergstein mountain and the impressive block field. We will also climb the 673m high Kalmit, the highest peak in the Palatinate Forest.
Distance 19.8 km
6:45 h
786 m
700 m
673 m
140 m
No journey is too long! The longest stage of the Pfälzer Weinsteig will bring you closer to the sky, whilst standing firmly on the ground and becoming more aware  of the wonders of nature. From the market square in Neustadt you hike uphill to the Hambacher Höhe and the Nollensattel to then reach  the natural monument of Zigeunerfelsen with its observation deck. You continue uphill towards the Nollenkopf and pass the Speierheld Unterstandshütte and the natural monument Hambach Bergstein. From the Sühnekreuz it is now only a few steps to  Hambach Castle which you should definitely not miss visiting. Over the Sommerberg it goes uphill to the Hohe-Loog-Haus that serves  snacks with a view of the southern Palatinate. Equally promising is the highest point of the Palatinate Forest, the Kalmit, overlooking the Rhine valley 500 m below. Again you can enjoy a refreshment at the Kalmithaus. You now see an ocean of stones under the trees – an ocean of stones? This natural monument, the Felsenmeer, is bound to fascinate you before the path leads down the Totenkopfstrasse through the valley leading to St. Martin.


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

Geschichtsinteressierte sollten sich die Dauerausstellung "Hinauf, hinauf zum Schloss!" im Hambacher Schloss nicht entgehen lassen.
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Tobias Kauf 
Update: March 09, 2022
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
Kalmit, 673 m
Lowest point
140 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Hambach Castle
Restaurant 1832
Hohe-Loog-Haus / Hambach

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.



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.


Neustadt an der Weinstraße, market square (140 m)
49.350118, 8.137087
49°21'00.4"N 8°08'13.5"E
32U 437328 5466736


Church in St. Martin's historical town centre

Turn-by-turn directions

We start in the lively market square in Neustadt, making our way through the pedestrian zone and eventually beginning the ascent to the Nollensattel. From here, we follow an easy path on the slope through the chestnut trees, before a path begins the steep ascent past moss-covered rocks in the forest to the Zigeunerfelsen rock (1). The path continues upwards to the 490m high Nollenkopf (2) and along the ridge past the Speierheld hikers' hut (3) to the Hambacher Bergstein natural monument. From here, we hike on pretty paths to the stone cross and then towards Hambach Castle, which is always worth a visit.

We walk clockwise around the Sommerberg mountain to reach the Hohe-Loog-Haus (PWV) restaurant (4) where we can enjoy a meal and the view from the terrace over the southern Palatinate, stretching as far as Kraichgau and the Black Forest. Refreshed and ready to continue, we make the gradual ascent to the Kalmit (5). At the top of the highest peak in the Palatinate, we can enjoy fantastic views of the Rhine plain 500m below and, on Wednesdays and weekends, the hospitality of the Ludwigshafen hikers' hut (PWV).

South west of the Kalmit, on the Hüttenberg mountain, lies another highlight of our route – the imposing block field (6). From here, the trail leads us through the charming pine forests down to the Totenkopfstraße on the eastern edge of St. Martin, picturesquely situated at the end of the Kropsbach Valley. Passing the Bellachini lake (7), it's not far to the idyllic, heritage-protected historical town centre.


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Public transport


Train to Neustadt an der Weinstraße

Getting there

A65 to the Neustadt/Weinstraße-Süd exit, then continue on the B39 to Neustadt


In Neustadt an der Weinstraße


49.350118, 8.137087
49°21'00.4"N 8°08'13.5"E
32U 437328 5466736
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.
  • Wanderkarte Pfälzerwald 6, NaturNavi Gmbh, ISBN 978-3-96099-104-5


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.

Questions and answers

Question from Carolin Wilhelm · June 14, 2020 · Community
Wir würden die Route sehr gerne wandern, haben aber nicht so viel Zeit. Gibt es eine Möglichkeit, die Tour sinnvoll abzukürzen, ohne das schönste zu verpassen, um eine Tour von ca. 4-5 Stunden zu haben?
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Answered by Andreas Rongstock · June 14, 2020 · Community
Am Besten beim Hambacher Schloss, dem Higlight der Tour, beginnen.
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Monika Becht
May 12, 2022 · Community
Anstrengend aber so schön !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sabine Fischer Salm 
May 13, 2020 · Community
Mein eigener Steinturm🥰
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Julia Lier
September 17, 2019 · Community
Eine abwechslungsreiche Etappe mit vielen schönen Ausblicken in die Rheinebene und auf den Pfälzer Wald. Man kann das Auto unten am Kloster in der Waldstrasse in Neustadt parken. Wer den Hambacher Schloss separat besichtigen will, kann den Weg um etwa 2,5 km über den Sühnekreuz abkürzen. Der Aufstieg zum Kalmitgipfel, gerade die letzten 500 m, war ziemlich schweißtreibend, dafür wird man mit fantastischen Ausblicken bis in den Odenwald belohnt. In dem pittoresken Dorf St. Martin kommt man auf den Wanderweg Deutsche Weinstrasse und wandert durch Weinberge zurück nach Neustadt. Die Gesamtstrecke der Rundtour beträgt etwa 25 km. Auf der Strecke zwischen St. Martin und Neustadt (6km Länge) befinden sich zahlreiche Einkehrmöglichkeiten
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When did you do this route? September 17, 2019
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19.8 km
6:45 h
786 m
700 m
Highest point
673 m
Lowest point
140 m
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