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Thematic Trail recommended route Stage 2

Palatinate Almond Trail Section 02 Kleinkarlbach to Bad Dürkheim

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The 2nd stage of the Palatinate Almond Trail leads from Kleinkarlbach via Bobenheim am Berg, Weisenheim am Berg, Herxheim am Berg and Kallstadt to Bad Dürkheim. 
Distance 12.8 km
3:20 h
70 m
145 m
238 m
115 m
Continue from Kleinkarlbach through the vineyards and Bobenheim to Weisenheim am Berg. In a side street, the former synagogue in late Baroque style (used by the Jewish community 1832-1909), can be visited by appointment. In Herxheim am Berg, it is worth taking a detour to the castle garden near the church of St. Jakob: a view over the sea of blossoms of the more than 1,000 almond trees on the plantation of the Mandelhof in Freinsheim.

The tour continues along the wine road to Kallstadt and through the famous "Saumagen" vineyard to the Roman Weilberg vineyard and wine press house near Ungstein. Here you can take a look at the wine-growing past of the Palatinate and (weather permitting) the Black Forest.

A new highlight is being created on the Michaelsberg below the Michaels Chapel: the Almond Terrace, a flowering meadow with a grove of different varieties of almond trees. Almond tree sponsorships are possible here.

From here, the trail goes downhill to Bad Dürkheim to the stage destination at Wurstmarktplatz.

The almond path leads directly past the most beautiful almond trees. Those who prefer to enjoy the sea of blossoms from above, far from the roads, are on the right path on the German Wine Route hiking trail.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the view from the Herxheim a. B. castle garden and at the finish take a look at two landmarks of the spa town: Gradierbau and Riesenfass.
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Update: April 14, 2023
Highest point
238 m
Lowest point
115 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 9.08%Dirt road 42.60%Forested/wild trail 18.87%Path 2.09%Road 24.42%Unknown 2.91%
1.2 km
Dirt road
5.4 km
Forested/wild trail
2.4 km
0.3 km
3.1 km
0.4 km
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Rest stops

Exquisite - Restaurant
Charme du Sud - Café/Bistro
Café Solo
Hof 54 - Hofausschank & Weinstube
Honigsack - Restaurant
Alex Weinlounge
Weinkabinett Fleischmann - Weinstube
Winzerstuben Weick - Restaurant
Kallstadter Weinhäusel
Kallstadter Hof - Restaurant
Giant barrel Bad Dürkheim

Safety information

The vineyards are partly cultivated with large equipment (harvesters, narrow-track tractors, etc.). There are many blind spots here for vehicle drivers where they cannot see hikers and other pedestrians as well as cyclists. Please be aware of machine noise and behave with appropriate caution and consideration.

Tips and hints

Would you like to find out more about the Palatinate Almond Trail and the surroundings of the individual tours?

Then you will find all the information about the Almond Trail, arrangements and overnight stays on the website: and on the Facebook page:

Furthermore, if you have any questions about this stage of the Almond Trail, please do not hesitate to contact these tourist information offices:

Deutsche Weinstraße e.V. Mittelhaardt - Phone: 06321/912333
Leinigerland e.V. - Phone: 06359/8001820
Freinsheim Holiday Region - Phone: 06353/989294
Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim - Phone: 06322/935140


Exit of Kleinkarlbach (car park at the cemetery) (190 m)
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Wurstmarktparkplatz Bad Dürkheim

Turn-by-turn directions

The second stage begins at the end of Kleinkarlbach at the cemetery. The route leads on a roadside cycle and hiking path parallel to the L717 below Battenberg and the castle of the same name for a good 2 km straight ahead to Bobenheim am Berg and through the town, past the Catholic Church, on to Weisenheim am Berg. At the entrance to Weisenheim, the Bobenheimer Straße leads into the village. This is also the highest point of the stage - from here it is almost all downhill.

Continue left into the main street and across the village square directly through the town with its many places to stop for refreshments. At the end of the village, cross the bypass and follow the L522/Herxheimer Straße for about 1 km. The path leads off to the left, a little way through the "Mandelgarten" vineyard and then in a curve to Herxheim am Berg. In the village, it is worth taking a detour to the castle garden next to the church of St. Jakob. From there, you have a wonderful view of the Rhine plain all the way to the Odenwald and Germany's first almond orchard in the neighbouring village of Freinsheim with well over 1,000 almond trees.

Along the wine road, the almond path leads to the southern exit of Herxheim and further on, below the winegrowers' cooperative, up a hill offset to the right and then in a narrow curve - past the Herxheim karst cave - down again. Past the entrance to the Berntal/Felsenberg nature reserve, the trail runs parallel to the wine road next to old and new almond trees in the direction of Kallstadt.

The wine road leads into the village. In front of the church in the centre of the village is the i-Punkt Kallstadt, the village's tourist information centre at the Platz der 100 Weine, the central festival and car park. The Mandelpfad now turns right slightly uphill into Leistadter Straße and at the end of the village left into Backhausgasse. After a good 200m, turn right into the well-known Kallstadt vineyard "Saumagen", after another 100m turn left towards the south, past the small Kallstadt lake and then immediately left and right again. Slightly uphill, the Mandelpfad continues southwards and on the hilltop gives a view of Bad Dürkheim. After a few metres, you reach the Roman villa on the Weilberg.

From the villa, the trail heads west past the Roman wine press house and then south past three small vantage points with benches and the old execution site. The highlight along the way is a vineyard wall over 100 metres long crowned by several veteran almond trees. In the south, the shortest route leads to the town via the Michaelskapelle chapel. Arriving at the Weinstraße, the Wurstmarktplatz, where the largest wine festival in the world - the Wurstmarkt - is celebrated every year in September, is opposite. Here at the square with the graduation building on the left and the giant barrel on the right is the end of the stage. Take a detour to the Gradierbau, one of the longest in Germany, and get a taste of the famous "sea breeze of the Palatinate". Enjoy the view of the spa gardens, town and vineyards from the 666m-long walkway.

Public transport


The route network and bus and train departure times can be found at or by calling 01805 8764636.

The nearest bus stop to the tour start: Bus stop Kleinkarlbach, Abzw. Battenberg.

The nearest bus stop to the tour destination: Bad Dürkheim train station

By road

Directions to Kleinkarlbach:

Coming from motorway A6:
- Take the B271 exit in the direction of Bad Dürkheim/Deutsche Weinstraße.
- Leave B271 to the left in the direction of Altleiningen/Kleinkarlbach
- Pass the entrance to Kleinkarlbach and follow the main road

For the car park at the primary school, turn right into Neuer Weg.

For the car park at the village community centre, turn right into Werner-Spieß-Straße and right into Bachweg.

Alternative parking: At the end of the village, turn left onto the L517 and follow it for approx. 600m and turn right to the Krumbachtal hikers' car park.


Directions to Bad Dürkheim:

Coming from motorway A65 (south):
- Take exit B271 direction Deidesheim/Bad Dürkheim
- Leave B271 to the right in the direction of Bad Dürkheim Stadtmitte (town centre)
- turn left at the crossroads and then enter Bad Dürkheim

At the entrance to the town, on the left-hand side, you will find the large free Wurstmarktplatz car park.

Coming from the A650 motorway (north/east)
- continue on B37
- enter Bad Dürkheim

At the entrance to the town on the left-hand side is the large free Wurstmarktplatz car park.

Coming from the A6 motorway (west)
- Take exit B271 in the direction of Bad Dürkheim/Deutsche Weinstraße
- in Kallstadt leave B271 to the right (Leistadter Straße)
- at the roundabout take the L517 towards Bad Dürkheim

 At the entrance to the town, on the opposite side to you, you will find the large free Wurstmarktplatz car park.


- Parking spaces at the village hall and at the primary school.
- Alternative parking: Krumbachtal hikers' car park 

Bad Dürkheim:
- Wurstmarkt car park at the Salinen in Bad Dürkheim


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49°32'12.1"N 8°09'05.4"E
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

"On the Palatinate Almond Trail", detailed map with lots of info on the Palatinate Almond Weeks and calendar of events, approx. 1:125,000 - Available at all tourist offices along the German Wine Route or order free online HERE (only in German)!


We recommend for your hiking tour

- weatherproof clothing

- sturdy shoes, preferably hiking boots

- sufficient provisions for the day (food & drink)  


(These are only recommendations, please check the weather in advance!)

Questions and answers

Question from Erika Suesselbeck · March 06, 2022 · Community
Ist die Etappe 2 Fahrradtauglich?
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Hallo Erika, der größte Teil der Etappe führt über asphaltierte Wirtschaftswege, bzw. durch die Ortschaften auf der Straße, nur kurze Strecken über Naturwege. Von daher dürfte das mit dem Fahrrad gut machbar sein. Viel Spaß!
Question from Jürgen Laubscher · February 25, 2020 · Community
Warum sind in der Karte zu Etappe 2 die Ortsnamen Bobenheim am Berg, Kallstadt und Herxheim am Berg nicht eingetragen?
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12.8 km
3:20 h
70 m
145 m
Highest point
238 m
Lowest point
115 m
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