A guide to volksmarching in the Kaiserslautern/Wiesbaden area
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Weekend of July 30-31
Seibersbach (55444) — This event is west of Bingen and adjacent to the scenic Hunsrück region. The town and its walk are easily reached. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 and 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Stromberg (46) to follow a minor road 4-5 miles in the direction of Rheinböllen, then pick up the road to Seibersbach.
Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus on Soonwaldstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: From previous events.
Weekend of Aug. 6-7
Ebernhahn/Westerwald (56424) — This event is northeast of Limburg and offers, besides the standard shorter routes, a 42-kilometer marathon as well as a challenging 70-kilometer route. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz. Exit at Ransbach-Baumbach (38) and follow IVV signs on minor roads for the few miles to the start.
Start: Rosenheckhalle at Dernbacher Straße 62A Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 12 km), 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (21 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) and 5 a.m. (bus to Fuchskaute for 6 a.m. start of 70 km) Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 12 and 21 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: 5-function pocketknife (short trails) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).
Weekend of Aug. 20-21
Tiefenbach/Hunsrück (55471) — Wanderers should enjoy this walk in the scenic Hunsrück area, and not just because a Saturday-afternoon beer wandering trail is offered. Tiefenbach is due west of Bingen and south of Simmern. The drive from Wiesbaden is about 45 minutes using Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) and use B50 toward Simmern. Exit at Riesweiler and use a minor road through that town to reach the start at Tiefenbach.
Start: Wildburghalle on Im Gründchen Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) and 4-5:30 p.m. (5 km Bier-Abendwanderung) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.
Weekend of Aug. 27-28
Mainz-Gonsenheim (55124) — This walk, with new trails requiring attention to the color markings, is easily reached via autobahn and is just north of Mainz. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 643 to cross the Schiersteiner Bridge and exit at Mainz-Gonsenheim. Follow IVV signs or tape leading to the start.
Start: Karl-Geib-Haus at Kapellenstraße 44 Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 km), 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km), and 8 a.m. to noon (15 km) Trail: Flat, mostly stroller-friendly trails, woods. Award: None.
Weekend of Sept. 3-4
Greifenstein-Beilstein (35753) — This event is west of Giessen and a bit distant for all but the most dedicated wanderers. Those seeking a challenge will find it here with a 42-km trail. From Giessen use B49 west to Biskirchen and a minor road north through Greifenstein to the start at Beilstein. When using Autobahn 45 take the Herborn-Süd (27) or Ehringshausen (28) exits to follow IVV signs to the start. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz. Use the Raststätte Limburg-West/B54/B49 exit, and take B49 toward Wetzlar. At Löhnberg, pick up a minor road to Niedershausen and Odersberg to reach Beilstein.
Start: Sportgelände Basalt-Arena on Sportplatzstraße Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 6 a.m. to noon (20 and 30 km), and 6-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: From previous events (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon).
Weekend of Sept. 10-11
Kümbdchen (55471) — This walk is in the Hunsrück region northwest of Bingen. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 and 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (35), use B50 toward Simmern, and pick up a minor road to Kümbdchen.
Start: Turnhalle at Am Sportplatz 1 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Somewhat hilly, woods and fields Award: Collapsible travel cup.
Weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Fulda (36043) — Three days of walking are offered this weekend near the former American base which now houses refugees. A wide variety of routes are being offered as well as International Marching League credit (requiring two days of walking) and EVG-D credit (an organization similar to the DVV-German Volkssport Association). Buffets will be offered Friday and Saturday nights. Bus transfers will incur a small fee. Participants will find the start off of B254 in the direction of Haimbach using IVV signs.
Start: Deutsch-Amerikanisches-Sportzentrum at the intersection of Washingtonallee and Black-Horse-Straße Friday: 2-5 p.m. (6 and 11 km) Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 11 km), 7:45-8:30 a.m. (21 km), and 6:15-7 a.m. (bus transfer for 42 km) Sunday: 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 11 km), 7:15-10 a.m. (21 km) and 7:15-8 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods and fields Award: None, patch and certificate (42 km) or medal (two-day participation).