Leaving the picturesque town of St. Martin, we take the attractive paths and trails along the edge of the Haardt Hills to Burrweiler. Some of the highlights along the way include the idyllically situated Hilschweiher lake, Villa Ludwigshöhe, a Virgin Mary grotto and the great views from the St Anna Chapel and St Anna House.
Distance 16.8 km
Again, the Pfälzer Weinsteig offers a compelling range of attractions. Who can say no to the idyllic trails and paths along the Haardtrand or to the Schloss Villa Ludwigshöhe? Starting in the historic centre of St. Martin, the trail leads to the impressive Bellachini fountain, which invites you to stop for a refreshment. We now climb up to the natural monument Schwalbenfelsen and follow a stony ode to poets, the Dichterhain, and the Kreuzweg at the St. Ottilia chapel. From there, it is well worth taking a detour to the Kropsburgschänke. Lined with blueberry bushes, the path then leads into the valley of Edenkoben. Accompanied by the murmuring of the brook you will arrive at the Hilschweiher. The route continues towards the Rietburg chair lift and the Villa Ludwigshöhe, the former summer residence of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. From the Mariengrotte at Weyher the trail takes you past the forest tavern of Sankt Anna and the Sankt Anna chapel both of which offer a magnificent view towards the Odenwald,before you arrive at Burrweiler.
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.
Church in St. Martin's historical town centre (227 m)
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Burrweiler town centre
The sixth stage of the trail begins in the historical town centre of St. Martin (1). We begin by walking to the western end of the town, where we pass the Bellachini fountain (2), then through the woods to the Schalbenfelsen rock and on to the Dichterhain monument, which commemorates three local poets. We then walk up a gentle slope to bring us to the St Ottilia Chapel (3) and continue through forests where you can pick some wild blueberries, and down to the Edenkoben Valley.
An educational trail (4) brings us along the crystal clear, rippling river to the idyllic Hilschweiher lake (5) and waterfall. Another ascent through the shady forest brings us past the Rietburg chair lift to Villa Ludwigshöhe (6), the former summer residence of King Louis I of Bavaria. Above the sun-drenched vineyards we reach the Virgin Mary grotto (7), built by Weyher in 1904, and continue on to the Buschmühle restaurant in the Modenbach Valley. The ascent to the St Anna hikers' hut (PWV) (8) begins here on easy forest paths. The hut is open on Wednesdays and weekends for hungry and thirsty hikers. Near the hut, the St Anna Chapel sits on an offshoot of the Teufelsberg mountain and looks over Burrweiler. The view from the chapel is just as impressive as its location. A crossroads brings us down to the wine-producing village of Burrweiler, the final destination of today's hike.
all notes on protected areas
By train to Maikammer-Kirrweiler, then by bus to St. Martin
A65 to the Edenkoben exit, continue on the K6, L516 and L515 to Maikammer; from here take the K32 to St. Martin
In St. Martin
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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.