Kurpfalz Park to Eckkopfturm hike in Rhineland Pfalz biosphere reserve

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view from Stabenbergwarte forest in germany
Even in the dead of winter the views are great, but Mondays tend to be the day everything is closed so bring your own lunch. If you want to go inside the Kurpfalz park directly, go between April and November and yes, you can bring your dog inside.

Located about 30 min from Neustadt Germany, this Kurpfalz park to Eckkopfturm hike allows you to bring your leashed dog into a park to get close to real wolves. After that, the loop hits 3 forest hütten and 2 tower views overlooking the Rhine plain.

Author’s tl;dr: This longish loop starts at the Kurpfalz Park in Wachenheim and heads up some serious elevation to the Eckkopfturm (tower), goes through the Pfälzerwald Biosphere Reserve and finishes with a lovely deep valley with multiple hutten serving Pfälzisch specialties and drinks.

Dog friendly (but if you add on Kurpfalz Park make sure your dog isn’t reactive).

10.9 miles and if that’s too long, I’d walk from the Park to the Eckkopfturm and back for some expansive views (4 miles total, 550 ft elevation).

If you want to make a weekend out of it, the best place to stay is the Talmuhle Hotel located directly on trail near Gimmeldingen.

The Kurpfalz Park in Rhineland Pfalz has wolves, an alpine coaster and birds of prey show. We didn’t visit because my dog is reactive, but it would be nice to add this walk through the animal park to the beginning or end of your hike.

  • What I really loved were the views over the Rhine Plain that were peekaboo from many parts of trail and the twisty pine forest.
  • What I thought was rough was the total lack of anything open on a Monday and a long winter pause (most things open in April).

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Kurpfalz Park to Eckkopfturm Hike Overview

✨Wild Animal Park- Biosphere Hike

  • Location: Wachenheim Germany, Haardt Mountains Pfälzerwald
  • When to Hike: Year Round – But Animal Park open April-Nov
  • Distance: 10.9 mile loop
  • Up/down: 1300 feet
  • Time: 4:30 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Points of Interest: Kurpfalz Park, Eckkopfturm, Stabenbergwarte, Pfalzer Weinsteig, Looganlage Hütte, Forsthaus Benjental, Mill, Forsthaus Silbertal
  • Transport: Parking is here at Kurpfalz Park, The closest train is Mussbach (you’ll have to join trail in different part of loop)
  • Stay: Talmuhle Hotel right on the Pfalzer Weinstrasse Section of the Trail
The signage on this trail is Average. You’ll Mostly Follow a Red Triangle or Weinsteig sign, but it switches a bit.
Trail Sign Rating = 3+/5

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I’m glad I hiked the direction I did, clockwise. It’s all flat or gentle uphill the last half.

My dog Ruby and I hiked it on a grey day in February and the mud wasn’t too bad.

This area is along the Weinstrasse front range – and has a similiar feel as the Kalmit Summit hike, but a little less views and more low lying stream walking.

Kurpfalz Park Parking Lot – Eckkopfturm (1:30)

eckkopfturm tower in german forest
I’m so sad it’s closed in winter during the week, i really wanted to go up there to get good views.

The trail is soft and leaf carpeted directly from the many parking lots near the Kurpfalz park. Parking is free, but I imagine it gets busy in summer. You’ll follow a red triangle over the top of red/white equals sign.

The signs are striking against the white birch trees and pines it’s painted on.

The signs have the name “Eckkopf” written with arrows.

It’s pretty much uphill.

Eckkopfturm – Stabenbergwarte (2:30)

biosphere reserve kernzone stabenberg germany
Enjoy the biosphere reserve. it’s really nice.

It was locked when I went, but in season (weekends only in winter) you can grab a drink and climb the tower for what are likely great views of the Rhine plain overlooking Dedesheim. We are north of the Kalmit high point, but it’s still quite high here.

Look at deidesheim.de for opening times.

hutte in german forest
Classic pfalzisch hutte. perfect place for a stop for food, though you aren’t supposed to sleep here. I think wild camping here would work just fine.

After that backtrack and bit and now get on the trail toward the “weissenstich” and it’s a white dot painted on the trees. It’s forested soft jeep tracks and peekaboo views of the plain.

You’ll walk into the Biosphere Pfalzerwald Kernzone Stabenberg and arrive at a stone tower.

Stabenbergwarte – Looganlange – Silbertalhütte – Parking (4:30)

hutte in german forest
The signage on trail markers often avoids N, S, W, E and just remarks which hutte is next. What’s wrong with cardinal directions?

Continuing, when you reach the Sangerklause hutte stay straight on path no. 5.

A fab view is atop the Stabenbergwarte stone tower, take your time here it’s the best view of entire hike.

pine trees in germany forest
Somebody please tell me why the trees in the Haardt mountains grow this way on western slopes???

It’s a LONG downhill through a crazy squiggly pine tree forest with now rocky paths, instead of the usual soft sandstone.

You’ll descend into a very long valley toward Gimmeldingen. Here you’ll jump on the Pfalzerweinsteig, the famous long distance thru hike in this area. There’s a lovely hotel here at the base of the mountain called Talmuhle.

From here, you’ll make a very sharp right to return toward the Kurpfalz park via the Looganlage Hutte (closed on Monday and Tuesday) and the Forsthaus Benjental (closed).

brook over green moss boulders
The trail wasn’t too muddy even on a warm February day.

From here it’s all flat or slightly uphill on soft, sometimes muddy trails next to a babbling brook, ancient grist mill ruins and fun bridges criss crossing the stream all the way to the Silbertal Hutte (closed x and y).

You’ll recognize the road you drove in on and follow a side trail back to the car.

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How to get there

By Car

Driving is the easiest way to get to this hike.

Reaching Kurpfalz Park by car is a straightforward journey, with the park conveniently situated between Wachenheim and Lambrecht in Germany.

Drivers should navigate towards the Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine Route), taking the exit for Wachenheim if approaching from the north, or the exit for Lambrecht if coming from the south.

From these points, clear signage will guide you through the scenic wine country directly to one of the three large car parks designated for Kurpfalz Park visitors.

By Train

If you want to take a train the closest train station is Mussbach.

You’ll simply join this loop trail at Gimmeldingen on the southern tip.

Where to Stay

Bed and Breakfast on the Trail

Nestled in the charming wine town of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in the Gimmeldingen neighborhood, Die Talmühle presents a delightful respite for hikers exploring the verdant trails of the region.

This bed and breakfast, set amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Rhineland-Palatinate, is a stone’s throw away from the lush vineyards and the Palatinate Forest, offering ample opportunities for adventure and discovery.

After a day of trekking through the scenic countryside, guests can relax in the comfort of Die Talmühle’s inviting rooms, rejuvenate with a stroll through its garden, and enjoy a restful night’s sleep to the calming sounds of nature, all while looking forward to another day of exploration in this hiker’s paradise.

Things to Know About Kurpfalz Park

kurpfalz park in germany
I want to go visit the wolves, but not with my barking doodle.

Wolves, Falcons and an Alpine Slide

Adventure awaits at Kurpfalzpark, sprawling over 700,000 square meters nestled between Wachenheim and Lambrecht, open from early April until November.

It’s a place where families can marvel at the diverse local wildlife, from the stealthy wild boar to the elusive lynx, and from the majestic moufflon to the graceful fallow deer.

The highlight of the park is the wolf enclosure, offering a thrilling glimpse into the lives of these noble creatures, especially during the exhilarating feeding demonstrations.

Sky predators take center stage in the summer with a spectacular falconry display, where visitors can witness the awe-inspiring free flight of birds of prey and even participate in the show.

Beyond the wildlife, Kurpfalzpark boasts a bounty of fun with a variety of rides, playgrounds for boundless play, and plenty of dining options including snack bars, picnic spots, and the cozy Forsthaus Rotsteig restaurant for a relaxing feast. Ample parking ensures a hassle-free visit for those driving in.

You will also like my related hiking guide: The Bad Urach Waterfall hike near Stuttgart offers wine tastings and excellent food at the huts along trail. It’s also got it’s own train stop.

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Food and Hutten on the Kurpfalz Park to Eckkopfturm hike

You’ve got your choices on this trail of multiple huts or you can dip in the Gimmeldingen….there’s places for wine tastings, hotels and restaurants here not far from the southern tip of the trail.

Alten Jadhaus Looganlage

looganlage hutte germany
Super adorbs. Coming back when they are open, the menu is different each day.
  • Guests can now reach the location by car or hiking.
  • Access is only possible from Gimmeldingen.
  • Reservation is encouraged.
  • Contact number: 06321 / 66 0 47.
  • Hütten-WhatsApp available.
  • Opening hours:
  • Monday and Tuesday: Closed.
  • Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • Kitchen hours:
  • Open until 4:00 PM.

I stopped here for my own Aldi lunch and it was peaceful.

Forsthaus Silbertal

sibertal hutte germany with cute dog
Also another cute place to eat, not on a Monday. What’s with Mondays? they are the Wurst.

This is a very nice forest hutte located not far from the parking.

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., days off are Monday and Friday. Open on public holidays.

They will accept your table reservation by telephone on 06325/8492 .

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Author profile: Morgan Fielder is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and passionate hiker who believes in exploring the world on foot with good food. Follow her journey as she shares science-based hiking tips and advocates for sustainable tourism.