On the seventh stage of the Weinsteig trail, we can discover three more hikers' huts run by the Pfälzerwald-Verein (PWV, a local association), all in idyllic settings. In addition, walking around the Orensberg mountain gives us one of the most beautiful views of the Palatinate Forest and the Rhine plain.
Distance 17.3 km
Long distance and panoramic views, a ruined castle and the rustic forest huts of the Pfälzerwald-Verein - these sights you will get to know during the 17-km tour of discovery. Following the red-yellow marked trail it goes first uphill to the St. Anna_Kapelle, from there the red-white grapes trail marker leads along the slopes of the Teufelsberg to the Trifelsblick-Hütte. From the terrace, the views are towards the south with the former imperial castle Trifels, the wooded summit of the Wasgau and the Vosges. The Ramberger Waldhaus lends itself to make a stop before scouting the ruins of Neuscharfeneck with its walk-in tunnels and chambers. A few minutes later the trail continues along a tree-lined path to the Landauer Hütte where the outdoor seating under trees invites you, yet again, to have a break. Shortly before the stage destination, the Pfälzer Weinsteig invites you to make a round tour of Orensfelsen. Its viewing platform with a 270 ° panorama does not allow you to rest your eyes. Past the Landauer Hütte and the restaurant Dembacher Haus, the trail leads on to Dernbach.
Unbedingt die Runde um den Orensfelden mitnehmen
Die Ruine Neuscharfenecke ist derzeit geschlossen.
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.
Burrweiler town center (253 m)
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Dernbach town center
From Burrweiler, we take the crossroads which we passed the day before and return to the St Anna hikers' hut (PWV) (1). The trail then continues along the slope of the Teufelsberg mountain to the Trifelsblick hikers' hut (PWV) (2), which lies at 550m. Here we can enjoy the wonderful view from the terrace, which also gives the hut its name. The view reaches from Trifels Castle to the Wasgau mountain range and to the Vosges.
Easy paths bring us through pretty forests along the Teufelsberg and Roßberg mountains to the next rest stop, the Ramberger Waldhaus (PWV) (3), where we can pause for a snack or a piece of cake to give us strength for the rest of our hike. The attractive forest path eventually brings us to the imposing ruins of Neuscharfeneck Castle (4), which was destroyed during the Thirty Years' War. From the castle it's not far to the Landauer hikers' hut (PWV) (5) in its idyllic woodland setting, where there are plenty of places to sit outside in the shade.
We can also satisfy our hunger and quench our thirst here before taking on the circuit around the Orensberg mountain. The unparalleled 270° panoramic view from the large platform of the Orensfelsen rock (6) is worth the effort of the ascent. We then descend past the Landauer hut (PWV) and the Dernbacher Haus restaurant (7), with its great views, to the small village of Dernbach.
all notes on protected areas
Train to Knöringen-Essingen, from there take the bus to Burrweiler
A65 to the Edenkoben exit, continue via Edesheim and Hainfeld to Burrweiler
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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.