- A pilgrimage is more than just walking: It is a path inwards – to oneself. We will immerse ourselves in the charming landscape of the Southern Wine Route and the Palatinate Forest. The chapel pilgrimage trail touches on churches and chapels that invite you in to experience tranquillity and reflection and crosses charming landscapes between deep forests and a sea of vines! We will enjoy wonderful views, delight in castles and towers, right into nearby France (Alsace). Father Unkrich, the initiator of this path of mindfulness, sees this as liberation for the pilgrim, who is brought back to themselves. "Just enjoy the silence, smell the forest and, through this, discover your own oasis! If nothing else works – then walk!".
Rest stopsEvangelische Kirche
Safety informationThe following generally applies:
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.
Tips and hints
From the south: A65 Karlsruhe - Ludwigshafen - exit coming from Karlsruhe: Kandel-Nord - Bad Bergzabern, continue on the B427 to Bad Bergzabern. From the north: A65 Ludwigshafen - Karlsruhe, exit coming from Ludwigshafen: Landau-Süd - Bad Bergzabern, continue on the B38 to Bad Bergzabern.
You can reach Bad Bergzabern via Karlsruhe main station or Neustadt/Weinstraße. There you connect to the regular Rhineland-Palatinate train or the long-distance train service. Coming from Saarbrücken, choose the connection Saarbrücken-Zweibrücken-Landau/Pfalz. After changing trains in Landau, you reach Winden on the Neustadt-Karlsruhe line, the starting station on the line to Bad Bergzabern. On all of these routes, trains run at regular Rhineland-Palatinate intervals, i.e. at least every hour on all days of the week. Due to the affiliation to the Karlsruhe Transport Association as well as the Rhine-Neckar Transport Association, there are also inexpensive ticket offers that enable hassle-free transport by local bus and train. For more information on the timetable for your journey, please call Deutsche Bahn AG on +49 (0)1805 996633. The service number of the Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund +49 (0)721 61007-5885 and the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar GmbH +49 (0)180 219449 can also be used to find out about local tariff offers. Use the Deutsche Bahn AG luggage service.
ParkingWestern exit of the spa gardens, Kneippstraße
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EquipmentWe 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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