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  • Kapellenpilgerweg mit Burgruine Lindelbrunn
    Kapellenpilgerweg mit Burgruine Lindelbrunn
    Photo: Tourismusverein SÜW Bad Bergzabern e.V., Dominik Ketz
m 600 500 400 300 200 100 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 km St. Dionysius-Kapelle Deutsches Weintor Burg Landeck Hirzeckhaus Kurpark
"The opportunity to enjoy a magnificent landscape in the peace and quiet, to leave everyday life and all creature comforts behind, to travel with only the essentials on your back and to immerse yourself in the simplicity and mindfulness of being".

- 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!".

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Distance 77.5 km
23:15 h
2,072 m
2,072 m
512 m
167 m
Along the 76-kilometre long Kapellen Pilgerweg, you will  experience the special characteristics of the countryside around  Bad Bergzabern. The veritable sea of vineyards, the peace and quiet of the Palatinate Forest and the numerous churches and chapels as a place of reflection - one way of slowing down  everyday life. We recommend splitting the trail into four stages.  From Bad Bergzabern to Klingenmünster you should start in the park at the St. Jakobus-Pilger-Statue then onto Pleisweiler-Oberhofen , Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach and the Dionysiuskapelle.  In Klingenmünster you can follow a  marked trail to its monastery  and  the memorial for victims of euthanasia at the Pfalzklinikum. Another stage leads from Klingenmünster to Vorderweidenthal via the Karlsplatzhütte to the Abtskopf and then continues to the ruined castle of  Lindelbrunn and then on to  Vorderweidenthal. On the way it is worthwhile visiting the Friedenskapelle in Birkenhördt. The stage from Vorderweidenthal to SchweigenRechtenbach goes through Lauterschwan, the Seehof-Weiher, the Hirzeck-Haus and the Mundat Forest to St. Germanshof, with its Europadenkmal and then along the border past the Pauliner Schloss to the Deutsches Weintor. The final  stage from Schweigen-Rechtenbach back to Bad Bergzabern leads past the Ruine Guttenberg, the Stäffelsberg-Turm, the KolmerbergKapelle, the fortified church in Dörrenbach and past the Böhämmerhaus back into the park and to the Südpfalz Therme.
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Update: June 30, 2022
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Highest point
512 m
Lowest point
167 m
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Asphalt 1.82%Dirt road 13.28%Forested/wild trail 57.49%Path 18.80%Road 8.59%
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1.4 km
Dirt road
10.3 km
Forested/wild trail
44.5 km
Path
14.6 km
Road
6.7 km
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Rest stops

Evangelische Kirche

Safety information

The 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.

NOTE:

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

Start

Kurpark Bad Bergzabern (185 m)
Coordinates:
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49.098810, 7.984918
DMS
49°05'55.7"N 7°59'05.7"E
UTM
32U 425901 5438936
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Destination

Rundwanderweg, verschiedene Touren

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 1 Bad Bergzabern - Klingenmünster

The trail leads from Bad Bergzabern to Klingenmünster and starts in the spa park at the St. Jakobus-Pilger-Statue.  When walking through the park, it is well worthwhile to visit the Taufkirche of the Hlg. Edith-Stein – the St. Martin Kirche - past the evangelische Marktkirche on the way to imposing Bergkirche. From the Bergkirche you take a path upwards to the monastery of the Kloster Liebfrauenberg and having enjoyed the magnificent panorama views soon arrive in Pleisweiler-Oberhofen. On the hill above Gleiszellen you see the Dionysius-Kapelle and continue the way to Klingenmünster. There you can take a detour to Klosteranlage Klingenmünster. After that there is a short climb to the Euthanasie-Denkmal at the Pfalz-Klinikum and from there the marked path to the Nikolauskapelle.

 

Stage 2 Klingenmünster - Vorderweidenthal

From the Nikolaus kapelle we can see the Burg Landeck, which is accessible via a well-made path. Following this, we then leave the vineyards, and walk through the diversity of the Palatinate Forest. Having climbed up the 487 m high Abtskopf, we can stop at the forest tavern of the Karlsplatz. Between the Abtskopf and the ruins of the Lindelbrunn, a detour to the "Friedenskapelle", situated above Birkenhördt, is imperative. The Waldgasthaus Cramer forest tavern now invites you to have a rest and perhaps enjoy something to eat and drink (overnight accommodation also available). From here, you can have a walk up to the ruins of the Lindelbrunn, past the ev. Jugendhaus, and enjoy a panoramic view of a special nature.

 

Stage 3 Vorderweidenthal - Schweigen-Rechtenbach

In Vorderweidenthal the former St. Gallus Church should be visited. From there you make a pilgrimage through Erlenbachtal towards Oberschlettenbach and discover the fire station, which used to be a church. From this place of tranquility, you continue on towards Lauterschwan alongside the Potzbach. In Lauterschwan you will find the St. Michaelskapelle. Below the castle of Bewartstein that can be seen from afar, you can each refresh yourself in the waters of the Seehofweiher. The trail then continues along the well-marked route into the Palatinate Forest and up to the 400 m high Breitenberg. At the Hirzeckhaus and past the Bobenthaler Kopf we reach the former monastery of St. Paul Weißenburg, the St. Germanshof. This trail also leads on towards the Pauliner Schloss with the view extending to the Deutsche Weintor, the southern-most starting point of the German Wine Street.

 

Stage 4 Schweigen-Rechtenbach - Bad Bergzabern

From Schweigen, we go along the edge of the Haardt back into the Palatinate Forest and on to Staufer castle of Burg Guttenberg. Only the keep remains in these ruins and from the highest point of the trail, you can look over the Mundatwald and over the Rhine valley. Great views are also to be enjoyed from the Stäffelsbergturm on your way to the Kolmerbergkapelle. The chapel is a popular place of pilgrimage and the former hermits apartments now serve as a place to stay for groups. In Dörrenbach there is the fortified church of St. Martin, a dual church dating back to  1684/85. The oldest part, the lower choir, dates back to the period around 1300. In Bad Bergzabern there are three churches - the Market Church, Bergkirche and St. Martin's Church, where Edith Stein was canonized.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By bus and train to Bad Bergzabern, from there take line 543 towards Wissembourg, Rötzweg stop.

Getting there

Car:

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.

Train:

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.

Parking

Western exit of the spa gardens, Kneippstraße

Coordinates

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49.098810, 7.984918
DMS
49°05'55.7"N 7°59'05.7"E
UTM
32U 425901 5438936
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte des Bad Bergzaberner Landes Pietruska Verlag Erscheinungsdatum:2016 ISBN: 9783934895942 Sprache: Deutsch Preis: 6,90 Euro

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Equipment

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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Gerd Kube
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Distance
77.5 km
Duration
23:15 h
Ascent
2,072 m
Descent
2,072 m
Highest point
512 m
Lowest point
167 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest

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  • 4 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1 Open
Distance 12.9 km
Duration 3:47 h
Ascent 348 m
Descent 365 m

Today's stage takes you from Bad Bergzabern via Pleisweiler-Oberhofen, Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach to Klingenmünster.

from Tourismusverein SÜW Bad Bergzabern e.V.,   Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2 Open
Distance 21 km
Duration 6:08 h
Ascent 683 m
Descent 632 m

Stage 1 Today's stage takes you from Bad Bergzabern via Pleisweiler-Oberhofen, Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach to Klingenmünster.

from Tourismusverein SÜW Bad Bergzabern e.V.,   Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 3 Open
Distance 27.9 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 483 m
Descent 486 m

Today's tour takes you from Vorderweidenthal via Oberschlettenbach, Erlenbach and St. Germanshof to the French Wissembourg and then back across the ...

from Tourismusverein SÜW Bad Bergzabern e.V.,   Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4 Open
Distance 15.9 km
Duration 4:59 h
Ascent 649 m
Descent 670 m

Today's stage takes you from Schweigen-Rechtenbach via the Guttenberg ruins and the Sleeping Beauty village of Dörrenbach to the spa town of Bad ...

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