Take a Hike: A Guide to Volksmarching in Your Area

by Donald Seltzer
Contributing writer

Volksmarching Notes
» Interested in volksmarching but not sure how things work? Send an e-mail to volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Getting started.”

» The calendar for volksmarching in Germany, Terminliste 2012, is now available for €2.50 in the start hall at most events. This useful booklet lists dates, locations, points of contact and other information for each of the scheduled events in Germany. Also provided is an extensive list of permanent trails. Look for the international edition of the IVV calendar to be available soon.

» Readers participating in French volksmarch events are reminded to bring their passports in case of a border check.

» Readers are asked to pick up extra event brochures and to mail them via MPS to
Donald Seltzer, CMR 467 Box 5533, APO AE 09096.

» The postal code is included in the listings below for those readers using navigation devices to reach an event.

» Thanks go out to Christopher and Ann McGorrian, Richard and Donna Glenn, and Pat Patterson for sending brochures that help keep readers informed of upcoming events.

Saturday and Sunday
Ebernhahn/Westerwald (56424) — This event is northeast of Limburg. In past years, the 5 km trail ran through the festively lit streets of Ebernhahn. Use autobahn A3’s Montabaur or Ransbach-Baumbach exits. IVV signs will direct drivers on secondary roads for the few miles to the start.
Start: Rosenheckhalle on Dernbacher Straße
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 8 a.m. to noon (20 km)
Trail: Hilly, mostly woods
Award: From previous events

Hüttigweiler (66557) — This event is southwest of Baumholder and north of Saarbrücken in the Saarland area. From the Kaiserslautern/Ramstein area, use autobahns A6 and A8 toward Saarlouis and A1 toward Trier. Exit at Illingen and take secondary roads through Hosterhof to reach Hüttigweiler.
Start: Illtalhalle on Pfarrstraße
Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km)
Trails: Unknown
Award: Ceramic Santa-themed plate

Münchwald (55595) — This event offers walking trails in the area roughly between Idar-Oberstein and Bad Kreuznach. From either of those communities use B-41 and head to Waldböckelheim (west of Bad Kreuznach). Pick up a secondary road heading north through Bockenau, Allenfeld and Spall to reach Münchwald. IVV directional signs will be available from the Autobahn 61 exits of Rheinböllen and Waldlaubersheim.
Start: Hubertushalle
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. (6 and 10 km)
Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods
Award: None

Weekend of Dec. 10 and 11
Antrifttal-Ruhlkirchen (36326) — This event is northeast of Giessen and northwest of Fulda and offers torch wandering. Use autobahn A5 from Giessen, exit at Alsfeld-Ost, then take B-62 to Angenrod. Pick up a secondary road to Seibelsdorf and Ruhlkirchen.
Start: Fest- und Sporthalle at Weihersweg 24
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 4 to
6 p.m. (6 and 10 km torch wandering)
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and
8 a.m. to noon (21 km)
Trail: Hilly, woods
Award: From previous events.

Bockenau (55595) — This event is just down the road from Bad Kreuznach, and former residents may want to use this as a reason to visit their one-time host city. The trail ends at the town’s Christmas market. From Wiesbaden/Mainz take autobahns A60 and A61 toward Bad Kreuznach, then connect with B-41 toward Kirn and a secondary road at Waldböckelheim that leads to the start at Bockenau.
Start: Bockenauer-Schweiz-Halle, Waldböckel-heimer Straße
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km)
Trail: Somewhat hilly, fields and woods
Award: From previous events

Metz, France (F-57050) — A hugely popular Saturday only evening walk offers wanderers a tour of this historic city with many of its monuments and buildings illuminated. The trail also passes through a Christmas market. Go early to avoid crowds or later to enjoy the lights. West of Saarbrücken, this walk is easily reached via autobahn. Use German autobahn A6 past Kaiserslautern, Ramstein and Landstuhl toward Saarbrücken; cross the border into France where the autobahn becomes A-4/E-50. As you approach Metz, follow signs toward Stade Saint-Symphorien and watch carefully for “Metz Illuminée” directional signs.
Start: Complexe Sportif on Boulevard Saint Symphorien
Saturday: 3 to 8:30 p.m. (10 km)
Trail: Flat, city streets
Award: None
Note: The highway between Metz and Germany’s border is a toll road. An Esso station is located at a rest stop on the eastbound side of A6 near Homburg/Saar (just past exit 9).

Weekend of Dec. 17 and 18
Dörrebach (55444) — Enjoy this walk in the Soonwald forests west of Bingen. From points east take autobahns A60 and A61 past Bingen. Exit at Stromberg to follow secondary roads and IVV signs to Dörrebach.
Start: Schloßberghalle at An der Kipp 3
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km)
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km)
Trail: Hilly, mostly woods
Award: None

Monday, Dec. 26
Siersthal, France (57410) — Here’s a French event southeast of Saarbrücken being held the day after Christmas. From the KMC, use autobahn A6 to Neunkirchen and A8 toward Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim and use B-424 south toward the border where it becomes D35A in France. Just before reaching Bitche, take the secondary roads D35/D662 to the start at Siersthal.
Start: Salle Polyvalente
Monday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km)
Trail: Unknown
Award: None

Friday, Dec. 30
Allendorf (56370) — Expect a pretty walk in the Naturpark Rhein-Taunus northwest of Wiesbaden. Use autobahn A3 toward Limburg, exit at Bad Camberg and follow a secondary road to Beuerbach, Ketternschwalbach and Panrod. Change roads to head toward Burgschwalbach and Zollhaus and connect with B-274 to reach the start.
Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus at Hauptstraße 67
Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 km)
Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods
Award: From previous events

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1
Nieder-Wiesen (55234) — This New Year’s Day event is a perfect way for volksmarchers to welcome in 2012. The event is south-southeast of Bad Kreuznach and accessible to Wiesbaden’s wanderers via autobahn A63 south of Mainz. Pick up A-63 southbound from Mainz in the direction of Alzey, then exit at Erbes-Büdesheim. Follow secondary roads through Erbes-Büdesheim and Nack to reach the start.
Start: Gemeindezentrum
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km)
Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods
Award: Model forklift

Weekend of Jan. 7 and 8
Bretzenheim/Nahe (55559) — This event is just up the road from Bad Kreuznach in the direction of Bingen. From Bad Kreuznach take B-48 north to Bretzenheim. From points east take autobahn A60 toward Bingen, continuing at its end on a two-lane road to Gensingen. Follow IVV directional signs to Langenlonsheim and Bretzenheim.
Start: FSV-Sporthalle am Sportplatz on Schloßgarten Straße
Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 km)
Trail: Somewhat hilly, vineyards
Award: From previous events
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