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Hinkelsteinweg - complete tour

5 Long Distance Hiking • Palatine Uplands and Donnersberg
  • Abteikirche Otterberg
    / Abteikirche Otterberg
    Photo: Jürgen Wachowski , Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Mehlinger Heide 1
    / Mehlinger Heide 1
  • Geologischer Aufschluss
    / Geologischer Aufschluss
  • Hinkelsteinweg bei Potzbach
    / Hinkelsteinweg bei Potzbach
  • Blick auf Donnersbergmassiv von Igelborner Hütte
    / Blick auf Donnersbergmassiv von Igelborner Hütte
  • Blick auf die hügelige Landschaft bei Höringen
    / Blick auf die hügelige Landschaft bei Höringen
    Photo: Tourismusbüro VG Winnweiler, Tourismusbüro VG Winnweiler
  • Menhir
    / Menhir "Hinkelstein"
    Photo: Tourismusbüro VG Otterberg, Tourismusbüro VG Otterberg
  • Menhir
    / Menhir "Hinkelstein"
    Photo: Tourist-Info Otterberg, Tourist-info Otterberg
  • Mehlinger Heide 2
    / Mehlinger Heide 2
Map / Hinkelsteinweg - complete tour
0 150 300 450 600 m km 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Abteikirche Otterberg Mehlinger Heide Lanzenbrunnerweiher Leopardensandstein Blick zum Donnersberg Menhir "Hinkelstein"
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The Hinkelsteinweg is a circular trail connecting the path network in the peripheral areas of the biosphere reserve "Pfälzerwald" with the hiking area of the Donnersberg and the predicate trail "Pfälzer Höhenweg". Along the route there are a large number of menhirs as well as historical boundary stones dating back to the times of the Otterberg Monastery. The trail leads past the edge of the nature reserve "Mehlinger Heide ', one of the largest heathlands in southern Germany. The trail takes you along unspoilt forest trails which invite you to dream as if you were in a different world, impressive views and a varied landscape.

From the Drehenthalerhof (from both directions), it is possible to hike along the Hinkelsteinweg in two stages (20 km and 23 km).

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medium
40.5 km
10:45 h
655 m
655 m
The Hinkelsteinweg starts at the Abbey Church in Otterberg, which, after the Speyer Cathedral, is the largest church in the Palatinate. We follow the trail markers (gray menhir stones on a white background) through the historic old town, past beautiful, half-timbered houses. Having reached the town walls, we turn left and then again immediately right and, after a short distance along the Lauterstraße, head left into the Bachstade. Following the trail, we reach a paved road after the Kneippanlage, on which we turn to the right. Continuously uphill, the trail leads along the Johann-Roos-Straße and then to the Rotenberg where we turn left in the forest. We follow the trail marker "black menhir on a white background" over the Pfifferlingsberg and past the "Mehlinger Heide", one of the largest heathlands in southern Germany. And well worth a visit especially in August, when the heather is in full bloom. A sign takes you to the entrance.

Through the forest we follow the path and reach the idyllic Weinbrunnerhof. After a short stretch on the paved road, we turn right onto a natural forest path which, at the upper end, gives us our first views of the Palatinate highlands. We cross the L 382 and wander on natural pathways to the Lanzenbrunner Weiher, a gem of the Otterberger forest. We now walk through the valley of the Grafenthaler brook, past the Husarenbrunnen, until we reach the signpost at the Drehenthalerhof. Here it is possible to shorten the trail and take the loop trail back to Otterberg.

We follow the trail markers on the Kahlenberg to a small quarry where the rare Leopard sandstone used to be extracted. A magnificent view for Donnersberg awaits us on the hill in front of Potzbach. We walk through Potzbach, open landscapes then accompany us past the Leithöfen and reach again a deciduous forest which accompanies us until we reach the "Igelborner Hütte" - a forest tavern run by the Pfälzerwald-Verein Ortsgruppe Winnweiler (opening times: Wed from 11:30 hrs.; Sat from 14:00 hrs.; Sundays / holidays from 10:00 hrs.; For groups of 10 people or more, following reservation). From here it is possible to connect to the "Pfälzer Höhenweg" at the Winnweiler Bahnhof. You should follow the trail marker "black menhir on a yellow background ''.

The path now leads downhill to Höringen where the Bauerncafe Gebhardt (opening times: only for (hiking) groups by appointment, Tel. 06302-1231) invites you to stay longer than planned with its delicious food . We then go uphill, over the Hauptstrasse, Bergstrasse and a meadow path before we are rewarded for our efforts with a magnificent view over to the Donnersberg , the highest hill in the Palatinate, with its 687 metres.

On the following stage of the Hinkelsteinweg we encounter a variety of landmarks, which, if they could talk, would tell you more about the history of the Otterberg Monastery. The crozier is still recognizable on many of the surrounding stones. Now we reach the menhir "Hinkelstein", which gives the trail its name.

Menhir was originally a Breton name meaning long stone for a stone monolith set up vertically and several metres in height
(maen = stone, hir = long). In German-speaking countries menhirs have been called “Hinkelstein” since the Middle Ages.

At the menir "Hinkelstein" the regimes of the Falkenstein, Kurpfalz and Schallodenbach met up with each other until the French Revolution. Even today, the massive “Hinkelstein” is the border stone where the municipalities of Otterberg, Höringen and Heiligenmoschel meet. The Hinkelstein was first mentioned in the year 891 by the Romans and is still about 2.20 metres high and 1.50 metres wide and is flanked by two carved boundary stones. A seating area invites you to rest .

Further along on our way, we pass the Lenhardt-Stein, a memorial stone for a former ranger, turn off at the pavilion and walk downhill to Birotshof, where we will find an enchanted pond. Further down we cross the L 387 and get to the festival site of the historic Spring Festival (held in years with an odd number) of the town of Otterberg. Now we go uphill again to the Drehenthalerhof where there is a shortcut towards Winnweiler.

Down through the Scheid-Wald, we walk through the flood plains of the Otterbach to the town of Otterberg, with its beautifully-situated natural swimming pool. Further along the flood plains we come to the Johannis parking lot. We cross the parking lot and the Johannisstrasse, go through the “Loch" (a passage between the houses at the Gaststätte Kraus) into the old town of Otterberg and back to the starting point of this circular route, the abbey church.

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the abbey church and the historic old town of Otterberg is well worthwhile.

Beautiful trails suitable for meditative walking in the peace and quiet of nature.

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Jürgen Wachowski / Sabine Sprinz

Updated: 2018-08-02

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417 m
245 m
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Start

The church square in front of the abbey church in 69697 Otterberg or 67722 Winnweiler Igelborner Hütte (Pfälzerwald-Verein) or the access path to the Winnweiler Bahnhof (249 m)
Coordinates:
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49.503078 N 7.772892 E
UTM
32U 411154 5484106

Destination

The church square in front of the abbey church in 69697 Otterberg or 67722 Winnweiler Igelborner Hütte (Pfälzerwald-Verein) or the access path to the Winnweiler Bahnhof

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Book recommendation by the author

www.hinkelsteinweg.de ;

Kostenlose Broschüre/Flyer "Hinkelsteinweg"   -  tourist-info@otterbach-otterberg.de ;

Ab 1. April 2017:  KOMPASS-Wanderführer - "Nordpfälzer Bergland und Rheinhessen" ;

Tourist-Information Otterbach-Otterberg ;

www.pfaelzerbergland.de ;

 

Author’s map recommendations

Topografische Karte, Naturpark Pfälzerwald, Blatt 3: Kaiserslautern und Umgebung ;

Kostenlose Übersichtskarte "Wandern im Pfälzer Bergland"   - touristinformation@kv-kus.de ;

Tourist-Information Otterbach-Otterberg ;

www.pfaelzerbergland.de ;

Kostenlose Wanderkarte der Pfalztouristik "Die Pfalz - Wanderkarte";

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Michael Wendland
2017-08-27
Ich mache das kurz und schiesse mich den schlechten Bewertungen von Hr. Frisch und Hr. Jung an. Ich habe nach 42,5 Kilomtern nicht mal eine Ahnung was hier ein Prädikat ausmachen könnte, hier scheint sich irgendjemand gedacht zu haben: "Wir brauchen einen Wandermarathon" und dann hat er ihn in irgendeine Kartensoftware eingehämmert bis es passt. Wenigstens Otterberg war schön und das Kneippbecken, was für mich auf halber Strecke lag, eine Entspannung. Das Allerschlimmste waren die qäulenden Schotterwege, ich habe ja hochwertige Trekkingschuhe, hier braucht es wohl aber echte Wanderstiefel, die waren mir bei 30 Grad nur nicht möglich. Klares Fazit, zum wandern nie wieder hierher und keinerlei Empfehlung von mir - eher wäre ich geneigt vor der Strecke zu warnen.
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2015-10-17
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Johannes G. Jung
2015-08-23
Ich bin den Hinkelsteinweg in 2 Etappen gelaufen. Die Süd-Runde am 1.8.2015 ab Mehlinger-Heide gegen den Uhrzeiger. Abgesehen von verschiedenen "Schlenkern" die anscheinend eingebaut wurden um "Strecke" zu machen hätte man die Wegführung besser nicht über den Weinbrunnerhof machen sollen, denn den Anblick des verwahrlosten Gehöfts kann man sich echt ersparen. Besondere Highlights gibt's an der Strecke eigentlich nicht, sieht man mal von Otterberg, mit seiner schönen Kirche ab. Sinnvoll wäre die Einbindung der Mehlinger-Heide in die Runde; das kann man ja selbst machen wenn man eine gute Karte hat. Ich gebe diesem Abschnitt die Note 3-4 und für mögliche Wanderer den Rat: muss nicht sein ! Es gibt viel schönere Touren. Am 22.8.2015 folgte die Nord-Runde ab Drehentahlerhof gegen den Uhrzeiger. Was ist hier "Prädikat"? Nur die Markierung, die ist vortrefflich. Die Wegeführung und die Wegestruktur sind so schlecht, dass sie nur die Note 6 bekommen, und das auch nur, weil es keine 7 gibt! Elend breite Waldwege, meist gesplittet und knochenhart, auch mal mit grobem Schotter bedeckt auf dem verdammt schlecht zu laufen ist, Holzabfuhr-Schneisen eben, kilometerlange Strecken, rechts nichts, links nichts. Besonders schlimm ist es hinter Höringen auf dem Weg zum Hinkelstein und noch etwas weiter. So eine Wegführung und Wegoberfläche verdient auf keinen Fall den Zusatz "Prädikat". Auch hier der gute Rat: Wegbleiben lohnt! Ich kann mich zu 100% dem Kommentar von Herrn Thomas Frisch vom 2.1.2015 anschließen.
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Distance
40.5 km
Duration
10:45 h
Ascent
655 m
Descent
655 m
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  • 2 Stages
Hiking Trail · Palatine Uplands and Donnersberg

Hinkelsteinweg - Etappe 1 (Otterberg-Winnweiler)

Hiking Trail Blick auf Donnersbergmassiv von Igelborner Hütte
2016-07-13
medium Stage 1 open
22.7 km
7:00 h
411 m
316 m
by Jürgen Wachowski,  Pfalz Touristik e.V.
Hiking Trail · Palatine Uplands and Donnersberg

Hinkelsteinweg (Northern route)

Hiking Trail Blick auf Donnersbergmassiv von Igelborner Hütte
2016-07-13
medium Stage 2 open
18 km
6:00 h
263 m
355 m
by Jürgen Wachowski,  Pfalz Touristik e.V.
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