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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 6

Pfälzer Weinsteig Stage 6: St. Martin - Burrweiler

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  • Pfälzer Weinsteig Etappe 6
    Pfälzer Weinsteig Etappe 6
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m 500 400 300 200 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km St. Martin Friedensdenkmal Burgruine Rietburg Dichterhain St. Anna- Hütte Hilschweiher
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
5:15 h
669 m
656 m
480 m
223 m
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.


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.
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Tobias Kauf 
Update: June 22, 2022
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
480 m
Lowest point
223 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

St. Anna- Hütte
Burgruine Rietburg
Waldgaststätte am Friedensdenkmal
Waldgaststätte Zur Siegfriedschmiede
Höhengaststätte Rietburg

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.


Church in St. Martin's historical town centre (227 m)
49.300003, 8.102404
49°18'00.0"N 8°06'08.7"E
32U 434743 5461194


Burrweiler town centre

Turn-by-turn directions

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.


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Public transport

By train to Maikammer-Kirrweiler, then by bus to St. Martin

Getting there

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


49.300003, 8.102404
49°18'00.0"N 8°06'08.7"E
32U 434743 5461194
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.

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Monika Becht
May 12, 2022 · Community
Die ersten "meter" kosten Kraft.... danach wird man für alles belohnt... letztendlich dann mit einer Tour im Sessellift :-) herrlich !!
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Sabine Fischer Salm 
May 23, 2020 · Community
Sehr schön, aber gleich zu Beginn sehr anstrengend
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When did you do this route? May 23, 2020
Michael T
April 26, 2017 · Community
Schöne Wanderung mit vielen Einkehrmöglichkeiten. Am Anfang schattig im Wald und zwischendurch im Bereich der Grotte am Hang mit wunderbarer Aussicht. Die Strecke hoch zur Sankt-Anna-Hütte ist wenig attraktiv. Dafür ist die Hütte und die Aussicht bemerkenswert.
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When did you do this route? April 09, 2017

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16.8 km
5:15 h
669 m
656 m
Highest point
480 m
Lowest point
223 m
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