Exploring the Best Day Hikes in Europe: The Breitenwald Fels Loop on the German Camino de Santiago
Good hard uphill, quiet and gorgeous rock formations aplenty.
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The Breitenwald Fels hike loop is empowered by a quick train ride so you don't have to go out and back to enjoy some solitude and gorgeous scenery most people just pass by.
This is part 3 of our ongoing German Camino de Santiago Blog series, an exploration of outdoor culture and accessible Nature experiences empowered by the enchanting Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path that spans most of Europe.
If kid’s activities are your jam, this might be a bit tough unless you are carrying them. Not at all stroller friendly, this hike challenges both in distance and it's 600 ft up and 600 ft down. Check out this Camino de Santiago blog post with a gentle hike to enjoy with the little ones.
Rock climbers love visiting this hiking spot thanks to bouldering opportunities and solitude. Runners and hikers love the soft covered trails. Dreamers and spiritual types love the ancient trees and long walk along the Camino de Santiago and people you meet along the Way.
Check out the mushrooms in the Fall!
Grab a drink or pasta at the family owned Salvatore's, a classic place I love eating and hanging out while watching the kids play tennis in Landstuhl. Try the lasagna, yum....
The trails are hard in the beginning and then become mostly flat with plenty of gorgeous rock formations and ancient trees to ponder.
If you are looking for a unique hike near the Kaiserslautern or Ramstein area, that has plenty of solitude, check out the Breitenwald Fels Loop Hike.
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Getting to the Breitenwald Fels Loop Hike
Take either entrance into Landstuhl from the A62 or from the A6, either direction is simple and easy to the trailhead. If coming from A6 or the village center of Landstuhl drive west on the Saarbruckerstrasse. If coming from A62 and anywhere north or west of Landstuhl, take the main (only) road towards Landstuhl center and you'll see a massive shopping area on the left. Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout and turn right to park in the Toom/Kaufland parking lot.
It's free and abundant so park on the Toom Parking lot that is marked well with signs. https://goo.gl/maps/uVe2ztbtnWJvwzVWA
It’s an 8 min drive from Ramstein Air Base, 17 minutes from K-town and 30 minutes from Baumholder by car to this parking lot.
The closest station is Landstuhl bahnhof. This is actually a perfect hike to do if you do not have a car. Just start and end the hike at Landstuhl train station.
Breitenwald Fels Loop Trail Map: Camino de Santiago Map Route
Here is the Breitenwald Fels Loop Trail Hiking Guide on the Camino de Santiago Map Route
Red marks interesting places, blue transportation points of interest.
Hiking Guide Breitenwald Fels Loop
Trail Name: German Camino de Santiago: Breitenwald Fels Loop Landstuhl and Hauptstuhl
Breitenwald Fels Loop Trail Hiking Guide: Camino de Santiago in Germany
Location: Landstuhl and Hauptstuhl, Germany
Type of Hike: Loop with train
Distance: 9.6 miles (3.4 miles train)
Elevation: 600 ft gain 600 down
Duration: Approx. 2.25 - 2.75 hours
Start/end point: Parking lot Toom https://goo.gl/maps/uQktrjf27Xm4j91H7
Camino de Santiago: Yes entirely, with exception of a train ride to make it a loop.
Breitenwald Fels Loop Trail Guide on Google:
Komoot App with GPS Tracking: Komoot allows one free region so you don’t have to subscribe to use this. It's an easy to use app for hiking.
Use my "tour" that I personally created to have this particular hike on your phone. Even without a good mobile signal, you can use your phone's GPS and follow the red dot.
Don't get lost! Or maybe get lost a little ;-)
On a mission to hike the Camino de Santiago in the Kmc section by section and create fun day loops.
Tips for Hiking the Breitenwald Fels Loop on the Camino de Santiago
Park at the Toom parking lot as it's free and many spots. Cross the main road (illegally, no zebra here) and walk about 100 meters toward the tennis club and take your first left up a dirt path. From here it's a gorgeous single track steeply uphill on the Camino de Santiago but the signs are pretty sparse, some yellow arrows painted on trees.
In October, tons of mushrooms are to be found after some rain.
You’ll have to zig zag a bit to find the single track, but it’s there...usually about 20-30 ft from where it’ll pop onto a wider bike path. You’ll cross the cleared gas line with some zigzag single track.
Enjoy a mini canyon with nice red fels (german rock formations) and a cute stream you’ll cross right before a clearing with many teepees made by kids.
You’ll pop out of single track right in front of the American army military base. Watch out for cars, they never expect you. Turn Right and cross the bridge over the autobahn and follow actual Camino de Santigo signs through the Reha Zentrum parking lot.
Cute cute school with great playgrounds, veer right around school to end of parking lot and you’ll see real signs for the camino into forest in single track.
Pop out onto a very wide cleared gas line...directly across you’ll enter forest again with sign that looks scary but it’s not. It’s a pre, pre army training area sign for the Breitenwald range. Don’t be worried if you hear gunfire. The range is close, but not exactly there.
Pop out of forest and this is the sucky part...you’ll have to walk alongside a busy narrow German windy road until you reach the Mammut trees.
These are ancient trees imported from America. Very cool history and you’ll want to check out the placards and have a weinshorle or beer sitting under them. I met 2 cool German dudes here that were walking 10 days on the Camino who said this section was incredible compared to other German parts.