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Rockenhausen - city walk - experience history strolling

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Informative city walk with the opportunity to get to know numerous historical buildings and museums. The diverse gastronomy and retail along the way also deserve attention. Welcome to Rockenhausen!
Distance 1.5 km
1:00 h
12 m
12 m
205 m
193 m
Rockenhausen is a historic official residence with a special flair. Picturesquely situated in the valley of the Alsenz, the town looks back on a long history. Typical regional half-timbering and stonemasonry, art in public spaces, numerous museums, beautiful fountains and interesting people invite you to linger.

Although the town is not one of the art metropolises of the world, there is still a Picasso here: Daniel Henry Kahnweiler, the discoverer of the Cubists and a friend of Picasso's, often visited his grandparents in Rockenhausen as a child. That's why he bequeathed his German-language library, numerous posters from his gallery in Paris and two original Picasso lithographs to the town, which are on display in the Museum of Art.

Time also passes impressively here... Dare to take a look at the Museum of Time. Tower clocks fascinate young and old. Listen to the musical sequences of the carrillon (glockenspiel) on a bench in the castle park and discover the mice typical of Gernot Rumpf's sculptures at the Protestant church on the market square. Let yourself be surprised ...

Author’s recommendation

Also visit the city's museums: the Museum für Zeit, the Museum für Kunst and the Nordpfälzer Heimatmuseum (currently closed for renovation, expected to open at the end of 2022) are well worth a visit.
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Update: October 24, 2022
Highest point
Marktplatz, 205 m
Lowest point
193 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 49.96%Forested/wild trail 30.10%Path 19.93%
0.8 km
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
0.3 km
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Safety information

Especially in the fall, also be aware that the leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. After thunderstorms or rain storms, trees can still fall over or branches can fall down afterwards. Especially in adverse weather conditions, natural trails can be muddy and slippery. Not all rocks or precipices are secured with ropes or railings. In some places surefootedness is required. You must expect this type of trail impairment when you go on a hike. If you feel that certain sections of trail are not passable for you, you should avoid them.



We make every effort to announce on this platform any closures that occur due to forest work or hunting parties. Nevertheless, there are situations where trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you unexpectedly encounter a trail closure or detour, we ask that you follow the instructions for your own safety.

Tips and hints

The walk with one of our costumed guides offers more lively information. Grandpa Kahnweiler will guide you through Jewish Rockenhausen, but you will also be accompanied by Rocco, the French founder of the town.

For more information:

Culture & Tourism Office

06361/ 451-121


Entry possible anywhere in town - We recommend the parking lot at the (hiking) train station Rockenhausen. (197 m)
49.628162, 7.817788
49°37'41.4"N 7°49'04.0"E
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Exit possible anywhere in town - We recommend the parking lot at the (walking) train station Rockenhausen.

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our city tour at the train station in Rockenhausen. However, you can also start at any of the other stations.

The tour begins directly in front of the station building. We turn left and after a few metres, parallel to the tracks, we meet the former water tower of the Alsenztalbahn, built in 1871. Behind the floor-to-ceiling windows in the renovated sandstone façade swings a so-called Foucault pendulum, which could be inaugurated thanks to the voluntary commitment of the citizens. Although its famous model in Paris is larger, the Rockenhausen pendulum is an original and unique in a small German town. Display boards in front of the tower explain the significance of the pendulum.

We follow the paved footpath and cross a car park to a sandstone wall. A plaque there reminds us of the town's former synagogue. Inaugurated in August 1886, the synagogue's interior was destroyed in the Reichspogrom of 1938. Afterwards, the building was misused as an air-raid shelter. After the war, the building was used for various purposes until it was demolished in 1976. The Hanukkah chandelier from the synagogue is in the town's museum of local history. On the back of the wall, a memorial plaque commemorates the Jewish population from the villages of the former municipality of Rockenhausen who were victims of National Socialist tyranny.     

We continue past the memorial plaque in the direction of Bezirksamtsstraße 7. The large building on our left houses both the municipal and the association municipality town hall of the VG Nordpfälzer Land. It was built in 1900 as the Royal Bavarian District Office. It was opened on 1 December 1900 with "music, decoration, firecracker shooting and distribution of pretzels for the school youth" and was used as an administrative building throughout.  The red sandstone coat of arms is characteristic of the rich architectural decoration. If you want more information, you can find it at the tourist information office of the municipal administration there.

We cross Bezirksamtsstraße and stand in front of the Nordpfälzer Heimatmuseum. The collections of the North Palatinate History Society, founded in 1904, are displayed on two floors. The museum is currently closed for redesign (reopening expected in 2022).

We leave the entrance of the building on the left and enter the freely accessible outdoor area of the museum. The magnificent Roman fountain complex there, the Delphinbrunnen, was found not far from a Roman estate in the municipality of Katzenbach.  The excavation site of a Roman estate is also located there. Old boundary stones have been erected next to the fountain.

We leave the park by following the narrow footpath behind the local history museum. After a few steps, we turn right and cross the Alsenz over the so-called "Beamtensteg", which connects the castle park with the administrative buildings already seen.

We turn left and follow the Mühlweg. Shortly after the small playground, the round foundation of an ancient Roman family tomb can be seen on the left. It was discovered during construction work and indicates a mound-shaped burial complex based on the example of Siesbach in the Hunsrück.

In front of us are the castle and the castle park.  There is much to suggest that the complex was originally a moated castle and dates from the Renaissance period. During the French Revolution it came into private ownership and from 1956 was used by the town as a town hall, senior citizens' day centre, council hall and library. Since 2001, it has housed a hotel and restaurant.

If you cross Rognacplatz, you will see the carillon (tower carillon) with its numerous bells on the right-hand side of the rear gable wall of the "Museum für Zeit". Several times a day, the graceful sound of well-known melodies illuminates the city. In summer, carillon virtuosos play the unusual instrument several times a day.

We turn left in front of the instrument and cross the car park. On our left, not far away, we see the former Untermühle, first mentioned in 1574. The mill ceased to operate in 1963.  The former millrace is now built over. We turn right into Rognacallée and follow it to turn left at its end into Kreuznacher Straße.

Following the street to the right, we cross the street at the zebra crossing and stand in front of the Amtsgericht, which was built in 1900 in the style of the Bavarian Amtshäuser. In front of the building is a statue of the Franconian nobleman Rocco, to whom the town name Rockenhausen goes back.

If we cross the street again, after a few steps we are in front of the Catholic Church of St. Sebastian. After a fire destroyed the original Catholic church in the town centre (today an ice cream parlour at Schloßstraße 15, corner of Kreuznacher Straße).


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Public transport


Bahnhof Rockenhausen

Bahnlinie Kaiserslautern - Bingen - Koblenz

Getting there

A63 Abfahrt Winnweiler/Rockenhausen

B48 Ausfahrt Rockenhausen Stadtmitte


Parkplätze am Bahnhof oder Rognacplatz (max. 2 Std.)


49.628162, 7.817788
49°37'41.4"N 7°49'04.0"E
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Merian Pfalz, aktuelle Ausgab, April 2017

Author’s map recommendations

Stadtplan Rockenhausen, erhältlich bei der Tourist- Information


67806 Rockenhausen


For our hiking tours we recommend the following equipment as standard:
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Clothing adapted to the weather
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Sufficient supply of food and drinks, as there are not always refreshment stops or shopping facilities available or open.
  • Even though the trails are very well marked throughout, it is always recommended to carry a suitable hiking map for safety reasons, so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency, for example.

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1.5 km
1:00 h
12 m
12 m
Highest point
205 m
Lowest point
193 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Suitable for strollers


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