Take a hike

Your guide to volksmarching in and around the U.S. Army Garrisons Baumholder and Wiesbaden

By Donald Seltzer

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Volksmarch Editor

 

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Weekend of Sept. 27-28

 

Berschweiler bei Kirn (55608) -- This event is northeast of Idar-Oberstein. From the KMC, head north on B-270 to Idar-Oberstein, then connect with minor roads through Fischbach leading to the start at Berschweiler. From Baumholder, use secondary roads leading north to Idar-Oberstein, then connect with B-41 in the direction of Bad Kreuznach. Turn off to drive through Fischbach and continue on minor roads to Berschweiler and the start.

Start: Gasthaus Schmidthöfer at Rathausstr. 26 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7-11 a.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: None.

 

Folschviller, France (57730) -- This event is south of St. Avold and offers a variety of trails, to include a Saturday-only marathon. Volksmarchers will find the event easily reached via Autobahn 6. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken toward the border, continuing toward Metz as it becomes A320 in France. Use the Carling (39) exit, drive through St. Avold toward Altviller, and connect with D20 to bring you to Folschviller. Consider a visit to the American Military Cemetery at St. Avold before returning home.

Start: Centre Socio-Culturel et Sportif Marcel Martin Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km), 7 a.m. to noon (20 km), 7-10 a.m. (30 km) and 7-9 a.m. (42 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km), 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) and 7-10 a.m. (30 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon).

 

Greifenstein-Beilstein (35753) -- This event is west of Giessen and a bit distant for all but the most dedicated wanderers. Those seeking a serious challenge will find it here with 42-, 50- and 60-km trails. From Giessen use B-49 west to Biskirchen and an unnumbered 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/B-54/B-49 exit, and take B-49 toward Wetzlar. At Löhnberg, pick up a minor road to Niedershausen and Odersberg to reach Beilstein.

Start: Sportheim und Sportgelände on Sportplatzstraße Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), and 6:30-8 a.m. (50 and 60 km) Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), and 6:30-8 a.m. (50 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon and long-distance trails).

 

Siersburg-Saar (66780) -- This event is northwest of Saarlouis and just this side of the French border. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken and Saarlouis. Exit at Rehlingen (7) to use minor roads a short distance to reach Siersburg and the start.

Start: Niedtalhalle on Zur Niedtalhalle Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Vianden, Luxembourg (L-9425) -- This volksmarch is west of Bitburg and just across the border -- about a 35-minute drive or so from Bitburg and two hours from the KMC -- and offers a variety of trails. Vianden is home to the Musée Littéraire Victor Hugo, the French author who wrote the historical novel, Les Misérables. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-50 west to the border. At the town of Roth an der Our, turn off on N17 (Rue de la Fronti­ère, then Rue de la Gare) to cross the Our river into Luxembourg. Continue on N17 to the start at Vianden. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 toward Trier, and 64 toward Luxembourg. Exit at Trier (3) and take B-51 north to Newel, then a secondary road to Ralingen and B-418. Continue along the river to Echternacherbrück and the border. Use Bitburger Straße to cross the Sûre River into Luxembourg, then follow N10 and N17 to Vianden.

Start: Centre Culturel Larei Vianden at 39, Rue du Sanatorium Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 11 and 15 km) and 6 a.m. to noon (20, 25 and 30 km), Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of Oct. 3-5

 

Dachsenhausen (56340) -- Participants will be rewarded for the long drive with trails winding along the edge of the Naturpark Nassau southeast of Koblenz. From Wiesbaden, a scenic drive uses B-42 and B-260 toward Koblenz, then connects with B-274 to reach Bogel. Follow secondary roads to Ruppertshofen, Gemmerich and the start at Dachsenhausen.

Start: Bürgerhaus at Emser Straße 2a Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Mostly hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Fulda (36043) -- Three days of walking are offered this weekend near the former American kaserne. A wide variety of routes are being offered as well as International Marching League credit (which requires two days of walking). Once arriving in Fulda, participants will find the start off of B-254 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), 7:30-11 a.m. (21 km) and 7-8 a.m. (42 km; bus transfer to the start from 6:15-7 a.m.) 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 (6, 11 and 21 km), patch and certificate (42 km) or medal (two-day participation).

 

Morbach-Bischofsdhron (54497) -- This event is close to Idar-Oberstein and offers a variety of trail lengths as well as a marathon trail for challenge-seeking wanderers. From Baumholder, take minor roads west to Birkenfeld and connect with B-269. Drive north to Morbach and Bischofsdhron to reach the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 62 toward Trier. Exit at Birkenfeld (4) and use B-41 north toward Birkenfeld and B-269 to Morbach and Bischofsdhron.

Start: Gemeindehaus at Zur Rau 2 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Runkel/Lahn (65594) -- This Friday event, held annually on the German Reunification holiday, brings wanderers to the Limburg area for the “Germany Wanders – Germany Helps” campaign to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Research. The walk is north of Wiesbaden and east of Limburg. Use Autobahn 3 toward Köln. Exit at Limburg-Süd (43), use B-8 through Lindenholzhausen and Niederbrechen, then pick up a secondary road to reach the start at Runkel.

Start: Altstadt-Café Runkel at Burgstr. 2 Friday: 8 a.m. to noon (6 and 11 km) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: The satisfaction of knowing €0.95 of your start fee goes to the research.

 

Narbéfontaine, France (57220) -- This walk is west of Saarbrücken and midway between St. Avold (site of a beautiful American military cemetery) and Metz (very nice tourist attraction). From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken; it changes to A32 once across the border. Continue toward Metz where it picks up A4. Exit at Boulay (38), turn right at the end of the ramp onto D19, and turn right again at the first opportunity to do. Follow this minor road as it doubles back and parallels the A4 autobahn. Turn right at the end of this road, turn left at the end of this new road, and follow it into the town of Narbéfontaine. FFSP directional signs should be present to assist the driver.

Start: Foyer de Narbéfontaine Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wiesviller, France (57200) -- This walk is south of Saarbrücken and just on the other side of the border. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and toward Zweibrücken. Exit at Einöd (30) to use B-423 toward Sarreguemines. After crossing the border, connect with N62 toward Bitche to find a minor road to Wiesviller and the start.

Start: Salle polyvalente Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 8

 

Mainz-Gonsenheim (55124) -- This midweek walk is easily reached via autobahn and is just north of Mainz. More importantly, the event advertises new routes for the 6- and 10-km trails. (It’s been quite some time since the trails have been updated.) From Wiesbaden, use Schiersteiner Straße past the Esso and over the bridge to the Mainz-Gonsenheim exit. Follow IVV signs or trail-marking tape to reach the start. Start: Karl-Geib-Haus at Kapellenstraße 44 Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 km) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Flat, mostly stroller-friendly trails, woods; both routes advertised as new. Award: None.

 

Weekend of Oct. 11-12

 

Allenbach (55758) -- Just up the road from Idar-Oberstein and Neubrücke is the event at Allenbach. From Baumholder, take minor roads west to Birkenfeld and connect with B-269. Drive north toward Morbach and connect with B-422 to Allenbach and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 62 toward Trier. Exit at Birkenfeld (4) and use B-41 north toward Birkenfeld and B-269 toward Morbach, then B-422 to the start at Allenbach.

Start: Gemeindehaus on Hauptstraße Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: From previous events.

 

Fosses-la-Ville, Belgium (B-5070) -- This Belgian event is between Charleroi and Namur, a little more than a two-hour drive from Bitburg, and is included in this listing for one reason -- a 100km trail beginning Friday night. Extreme wanderers looking for a challenge will find it here. Participants are required to wear reflective clothing and have a flashlight. For the rest of us who make the drive, four other trails are available (of which one is 50 km). From Bitburg, use B-51 north to connect with Autobahn 60 toward Aachen. Continue on A27 after crossing into Belgium, using it to the end after Chaineux. Connect with A3 toward Liège, pick up A15 at Awans and follow it to Namur. Exit at Gembloux (12) and follow N4, N958, N90 and N922 to the start at Fosses-la-ville.

Start: Collège Saint André on rue Ste Bridide Friday: 9 p.m. (100 km) Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km), 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (25 km) and 6-9 a.m. (50 km) Trail: Paved country roads for first 65 km, then joined by 50 and 25 km routes by four abbeys Award: For the 100 km trail: T-shirt, luggage service, breakfast, fruits and sweets.

 

Heidelberg-Emmertsgrund (69126) -- This event is south of Heidelberg and east of the now-closed Patrick Henry Village. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 5 south to the Heidelberg-Schwetzingen exit (38), then follow signs toward Leimen. Turn off on a secondary road leading to Emmertsgrund. A shuttle service to the start hall is provided from the parking area. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim and Stuttgart, 656 toward Heidelberg, and 5 toward Basel. Exit at Heidelberg-Schwetzingen (38) and follow signs toward Leimen. Use a secondary road leading to Emmertsgrund and the parking area.

Start: Bürgerhaus with parking shuttle from Fabrik Heidelberger Leben AG at Forum 7 in HD-Emmertsgrund 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: Mostly flat, fields and some woods Award: None.

 

Houdemont (Habay), Belgium (B-6724) -- This Belgian event is west of both Luxembourg City and Arlon, Belgium, and is about a 75-minute drive from Bitburg. From Bitburg, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and connect with Autobahn 64 toward the Luxembourg border. Continue on A1 after crossing into Luxembourg, skirting around Luxembourg City to the south, then continuing on A6 to the Belgian border. Pick up A4 after crossing the border, exit at Habay (29) to use N87 toward Etalle. Connect with N837 and N897 to reach Houdemont (Habay) and the start.

Start: Salle du Soleil Levant Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Sticker.

 

Marpingen (66646) -- This Saarland event is easily reached by autobahn from the area's American communities. From Baumholder, head southwest on secondary roads through Friesen to reach B-41. Head south to Sankt Wendel, then pick up B-269 west to Alsweiler. A secondary road will lead to Marpingen and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 8 and 1 toward Saarbrücken and Trier, exit at Eppelborn exit (141), and follow minor roads to Marpingen.

Start: Schulzentrum on Marien Straße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Valmont, France (57730) -- This Sunday event is south of St. Avold. Volksmarchers will find the event easily reached via Autobahn 6. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken toward the border, continuing toward Metz as it becomes A320 in France. Use the Carling (39) exit, take D633 to St. Avold, then connect with D603 toward Trois Maisons, and pick up D910A south to Folschviller. From here, head back north on a minor road to the start at Valmont. Consider a visit to the American Military Cemetery in St. Avold -- you drive past it on D633 -- before returning home.

Start: Salle polyvalente Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7:30 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wiesbaden-Frauenstein (65201) -- With its location near the Wiesbaden Garrison’s Rheinblick Golf Course, consider tossing your clubs in the trunk and get some practice in at the driving range or putting green after walking the trails. From Wiesbaden, connect onto A-66 in the direction of Rüdesheim, then exit at Frauenstein (2). Follow IVV directional signs on the minor road leading to Frauenstein and the Alfred-Delp-Straße. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, 60 and 643 toward Wiesbaden, and 66 toward Rüdesheim. Exit at Frauenstein (2) and take a minor road to the start at Frauenstein.

Start: Alfred-Delp-Schule at Alfred-Delp-Str. 53 Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 8 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown but expect somewhat hilly, wooded areas and neighborhoods Award: None.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 15

 

Eguelshardt, France (57230) -- This midweek event is southeast of Bitche and offers a long, but fairly pleasant drive to France that avoids autobahns. From the KMC, take B-270 south through Pirmasens, Niedersimten, Obesimten, Trulben and Schweix. Continue into France on D86B to Bitche, then pickup D662 through Stockbronn to reach Eguelshardt.

Start: Salle socioculturelle Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of Oct. 18-19

 

Aarbergen-Daisbach (65326) -- This event is in the Naturpark Rhein-Taunus south of Limburg. Wanderers will enjoy the fall colors while completing one of a variety of trails. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 3 toward Limburg and exit at Bad Camberg (44). Follow secondary roads through the towns of Beuerbach, Ketternschwalbach and Panrod to reach the start in Daisbach.

Start: Haus der Vereine at Schulstraße 8 (parking at Am Volpertsberg 2) Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (11 km), 7 a.m. to noon (18 km) and 7-11 a.m. (26 km) Trail: Very hilly, woods Award: From previous events.

 

Hohenöllen/Pfalz (67744) -- Too distant for most readers, this event is closest to wanderers from Baumholder and the KMC. From Baumholder, head east toward Lauterecken using the unnumbered road bordering the training area to reach B-420 at Rathsweiler. Take B-420 to Lauterecken, then B-270 south to Heinzenhausen to pick up another secondary road a short distance to Hohenöllen. From the KMC, use B-420 north toward Lauterecken to Heinzenhausen and the minor road to the start.

Start: Radsporthalle at Am Heidchen 6 Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: None.

 

Morbach (54497) -- This event is northwest of Idar-Oberstein and within a reasonable distance from Baumholder. Morbach is on B-327 just north of the junction with B-269. Use B-422 from Idar-Oberstein to reach B-269. From Baumholder, connect with B-41/269 to head north on B-269 to reach Morbach. From the KMC, take Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 62 toward Trier. Exit at Birkenfeld (4) and use B-41 and B-269 north through Birkenfeld to Morbach and the start.

Start: Baldenauhalle on Jahnstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Neufgrange, France (57910) -- This French event is found due south of Saarbrücken and Sarreguemines. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 620 to Saarbrücken, then take the B-51 exit toward Sarreguemines. At Kleinblittersdorf (and just before Auersmacher), cross the Saar River into France and pick up N61 south to Hambach. Connect with D99 and D119A to reach Neufgrange.

Start: Salle des Sports at Rue du Stade 7 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Roussy-le-Village, France (57330) -- This Sunday event, roughly midway between Luxembourg City and Thionville, is about an hour’s drive from the Bitburg area and an hour and three-quarters from the KMC. The volksmarch includes 30- and 42-km trails for those seeking a challenge. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus. Take Autobahn 64 west to cross the Luxembourg border, then continue west on Autoroute A1 and south on A3. Exit at Dudelange (3) to pick up secondary roads CR161 and CR160 to the French border, then continue on D56 to Roussy-le-Village. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken, Saarlouis, Merzig and Perl. Continue across the Luxembourg border on Autoroute A13 and exit at Frisange (10). Pick up N3 toward Thionville and D653 to Roussy-le-Village and the start.

Start: Foyer Socioculturel Robert-Schuman Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km), 7-11 a.m. (30 km) and 7-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Tétange, Luxembourg (L-3786) -- This event is southwest of Luxembourg City with a drive of less than two hours from the KMC, and about an hour from Bitburg. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken, Saarlouis, Merzig and Perl. Continue across the border on Autoroute A13 west to the Kayl exit (7) and connect with CR165. At Kayl, pick up N33 to lead you to the start at Tétange. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus. Take Autobahn 64 to cross the Luxembourg border, then continue on Autoroutes 1, 3 and 13 west to the Kayl exit (7). Pick up CR165 to Kayl and N33 to Tétange.

Start: Centre Culturel Schungfabrik at 14 rue Pierre Schiltz Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Warsage, Belgium (B-4608) -- This Belgian event is north of both Malmedy and Verviers, and is about a 90-minute drive from Bitburg. The event offers five routes, to include a 32-km trail. The drive to Warsage takes you past the town of Francorchamps, home of the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack, billed as “the most beautiful circuit in the world” and home to this year’s Belgian F1 Grand Prix. You’ll also pass by Battice, where Belgian defenders held out for 12 days under fire from the German army at the Fort de Battice. From Bitburg, use B-51 north to connect with Autobahn 60 toward Aachen. Continue on A27 after crossing into Belgium, using it to the end after Chaineux. Pick up N3 and N627 through Battice to Berneau, then take N608 to the start at Warsage.

Start: Salle l’Alliance at 1 Rue des Combattants Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (4, 7 and 13 km), 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (21 km) and 6:30-11 a.m. (32 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Sticker.

 

Weekend of Oct. 25-26

 

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday -- and enjoy the extra hour of sleep!

 

Koenigsmacker, France (57970) -- This event is northeast of Thionville and roughly midway between Metz and Luxembourg City. It’s another long drive from the KMC at a little more than 90 minutes but, after exiting the autobahn at Perl, will wind alongside the Moselle River south toward Thionville. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken, Saarlouis and Merzig to the border at Perl. Use the Perl exit (2) to connect with B-419 south; this road changes to D654 after crossing the French border. Continue south along the Moselle to Basse-Ham, then turn onto D56 which leads to the start at Koenigsmacker. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem expect a drive of less than 90 minutes using B-51 south to Neuhaus, and then Autobahn 64 to the Luxembourg border. Continue on Autoroute A1 after crossing the border, bypass Luxembourg City to the south and pick up A3 toward Metz. Cross into France and continue on A31 to Illange and exit 37.2 toward Sarrelouis. Take D654 to Basse-Ham, then pick up D56 to reach the start.

Start: Salle Polyvalente Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Mersch, Luxembourg (L-7505) -- This event brings volksmarchers north of Luxembourg City. Expect about a two-hour drive from the KMC, and slightly less than an hour from the Bitburg area. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 to Trier, and 602 and 64 to the Luxembourg border. Continue on Autoroute A1 toward Luxembourg City, exit at Potaschbierg to take N1 and N14 through Biwer and Heffingen. Connect with CR119 at Larochette, pick up CR118 to Berschbach, and then use N7 and N8 to Mersch. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternach and the border. Once in Luxembourg, use N11 to Lauterborn and CR118 to Berschbach. Use N7 and N8 to reach the start at Mersch.

Start: Blannenheem at 47 rue de Luxembourg Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 and 15 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Montenau, Belgium (B-4770) -- This Belgian event is roughly midway between St. Vith and Malmedy, and is slightly less than an hour’s drive from Bitburg. From Bitburg, use B-51 north to connect with Autobahn 60 toward Aachen. Continue on A27 after crossing into Belgium and exit at Recht (13). Use N62 north toward Recht, then connect with N659 to Born, and pick up minor roads to the start at Montenau.

Start: Schützenhalle Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (3, 6, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Netphen-Deuz (57250) -- This event is east of Siegen and is a slightly more than 90 minute drive for Wiesbaden’s wanderers. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 to Limburg, exiting onto B-49/B-54. Take B-54 north to Haiger/Burbach and connect with A45 toward Siegen. Exit at Wilnsdorf (23) and use secondary roads to reach Deuz and the start.

Start: AWO-Behindertenwerkstatt at Weiherdamm 3 Sunday: 8 a.m. to noon (6, 10 and 16 km) Trail: Very hilly, woods Award: Bird feeder.

 

Reichstett, France (67116) -- This Saturday event -- billed as a Halloween March -- is north of Strasbourg and about a 1 hour 45 minute drive from the KMC. Besides the fun of a Halloween volksmarch in France, a visit to the pottery town of Soufflenheim, a look around the historic city of Strasbourg, or even a visit to the Cora supermarket in neighboring Mundolsheim should be added incentive to make the drive. From Kaiserslautern, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 61 towards Karlsruhe, and 65 toward Landau. Exit at Kandel-Süd (22), then use B-9 to cross the border and onto French Autoroute A35. Continue south to exit at Hoerdt (49) and use D37 to Reichstett.

Start: Salle des Fêtes Saturday: 3-8 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Winningen an der Mosel (56333) -- This event is listed for its challenges in the Koblenz area along the picturesque Mosel river. Participants will find, in addition to the standard distances, trails of 42 and 50 kilometers, plus a 25-km cycling route. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 north toward Koblenz, then exit at Koblenz-Metternich (38). Follow IVV signs on secondary roads to the start in Winningen. From the Bitburg/Spangdahlem area, head north on B-51 to Autobahn 60, then continue east toward Wittlich. Connect with A1 and A48 toward Koblenz. Pick up A61 toward Mainz and exit at Koblenz-Metternich (38). Follow minor roads and IVV signs to Winningen.

Start: August-Horch-Halle at intersection of Uhlenweg and Marktstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km, plus cycling), 7-9 a.m. (42 km) and 7-8 a.m. (50 km) Trail: Very hilly, woods Award: From previous events (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

 

Weekend of Nov. 1-2

 

Eschenburg-Eibelshausen (35713) -- This one-day event is located northwest of Giessen and slightly less than a 90–minute drive from Wiesbaden. The town of Eibelshausen is celebrating its 700th anniversary in 2014. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt, 5 toward Hannover, and 45 toward Giessen. Exit at Dillenburg (25) to connect with B-277 and B-253 through Frohnhausen to reach Eibelshausen.

Start: Bürgerhaus Eibelshausen at Jahnstraße 3 Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trail: Expected to be hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Weekend of Nov. 8-9

 

Boofzheim, France (67860) -- This event is south of Strasbourg and due west of the former Canadian airbase at Lahr, Germany. It’s way too far (easily 2.5 hours from Ramstein) but some of KMC’s volksmarchers will make a day out of it with visits to Strasbourg, Lahr, Baden-Baden, Bad Dürkheim, etc. From the KMC, use A-6 toward Mannheim, A-61 south toward Karlsruhe, and A-65 toward Landau. Exit at Kandel-Süd (22) to follow B-9 to the border and connect French Autoroute A35 toward Strasbourg. You’ll merge onto A4 briefly but continue southbound on A35 to use exit 6 toward Offenburg/Illkirch-Graffenstaden. Follow secondary roads past Fegersheim, Erstein, Gerstheim, and Obenheim to reach the start at Boofzheim.

Start: Salle des fêtes Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Neunkirchen-lès-Bouzonville, France (57320) -- This just-across-the-French-border volksmarch is northwest of Saarlouis. The drive from the KMC is about 70 minutes while it’s 90 minutes from Bitburg. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken and Saarlouis. Exit at Rehlingen (7) to use minor roads through Siersburg and Niedaltdorf to the French border. Once across the border, use D956 and D256D to Neunkirchen-lès-Bouzonville and the start. From Bitburg, take B-51 south to Neuhaus and connect with Autobahn 64 toward Trier. Cross the border into Luxembourg and continue on Autoroute 1 to the Mertert exit (14), then use N1 and N10 to cross the Mosel River into Wellen, Germany. Continue southward along the Moselle on B-419 to the French border where it becomes D654 in France. Pick up D956 at Sierck-les-Bains and continue on to the start at Neunkirchen-lès-Bouzonville.

Start: Salle des Fêtes du Foyer Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wimmenau, France (67290) -- Here’s a volksmarch that requires more than a bit of driving -- it's a little less than 90 minutes from the KMC -- but provides an opportunity to explore the sort-of-nearby town of Haguenau or the historic city of Strasbourg. The event is south of Zweibrücken and Bitche, France. From the KMC, use B-270 south toward Pirmasens, then use a minor road to connect with Autobahns 62 and 8 toward Pirmasens and Zweibrücken. Exit at Contwig (34) and use a secondary road past the airport and to the border. Continue on D35A after crossing into France, then continue south using D620, D662, D37, D12 and D919 to reach Wimmenau and the start.

Start: Salle polyvalente Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wormeldingen, Luxembourg (L-5482) -- This event brings volksmarchers to Luxembourg to wander along the Mosel River on that country’s border with Germany. It’s a 90-minute drive from the KMC, but only 45 minutes from Bitburg, but it’s pretty straightforward. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 8 past Merzig to Perl. Take the Perl exit (2) and pick up B-419 north to Wincheringen. Cross into Luxembourg on Bahnhofstraße, then follow IVV signs to the start. From Bitburg, head south to Neuhaus on B-51, then use A64 to the border, and continue on A1 in Luxembourg. Exit at Potaschbierg (13) to pickup N1, CR142 and 142A to Flaxweiler, then CR122A and CR146 to Wormeldingen and the start.

Start: Kulturzentrum at 94, Rue Principale Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of Nov. 15-16

 

Gottenhouse, France (67700) -- While distant, the drive is almost entirely on autobahns (albeit a toll road in France) and should be relatively painless to reach. Gottenhouse is immediately south of Saverne, and not too far from Strasbourg or Haguenau. A visit to those cities will add another reason to make the drive. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken and into France where it becomes A32. Connect with the A4 toll road toward Strasbourg and use the Saverne exit (45). Drive past Saverne on D1404, connect with D1004 at Heschfeld, and follow directional signs to the start at Gottenhouse.

Start: Salle des Fêtes Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of Nov. 22-23

 

Bettendorf, Luxembourg (L-9353) -- This event is southwest of Bitburg and about a 45-minute drive from that community. Participants will find a variety of trails, including 42 and 50 kilometers. From Bitburg, use B-257 to Echternacherbrück and the border. Cross the Sûre river into Luxembourg and connect with N10, following that as it parallels the river to Reisdorf. After crossing the river again, continue on D19 to the start at Bettendorf.

Start: Centre Culturel et Sportif on Rue Neuve Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km), 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 6:30-11 a.m. (30 km) and 6:30-9 a.m. (42 and 50 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

 

Weekend of Nov. 29-30

 

Ettelbruck, Luxembourg (L-9068) -- This event is southwest of Bitburg and about an hour’s drive from there. From Bitburg, use B-257 to Echternacherbrück and the border. Cross the Sûre river into Luxembourg and connect with N10, following that as it parallels the river to Reisdorf. After crossing the river again, continue on D19 to Diekirch and pick up D7 to Ettelbruck and the start.

Start: Lycée Technique d’Ettelbeck at 71, avenue Salentiny Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Ketsch (68775) -- This Sunday event is roughly midway between Speyer and Heidelberg -- both cities worth a visit themselves -- and about an hour’s drive from Wiesbaden as well as the KMC. From Kaiserslautern, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 61 towards Karlsruhe, and exit at Hockenheim (64) toward Ketsch. Take minor roads to the start at Ketsch. From Wiesbaden, take Mainzer Straße to Autobahn 671, 60, and 67 toward Darmstadt. Continue on A6 south toward Basel, then exit at Mannheim/Schwetzingen (28) in the direction of Mannheim-Rheinau. Connect with B-36 and exit toward Ketsch to use secondary roads to the start.

Start: Rheinhalle Sunday: 6:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 6:45 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Neustadt (Hessen) (35279) -- This Sunday walk is northeast of Giessen and requires about a 90-minute drive from Wiesbaden. Nikolaus, the German version of Santa, will visit the start hall after 11 a.m. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt, 5 toward Hannover, 45 toward Giessen, and 485 toward Marburg. From the end of A485, continue on B-3 past Marburg to connect with B-62 to Kirchhain and B-454 to Neustadt and the start.

Start: Haus der Begegnung at Querallee 11-13 Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 11 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: Cookbook.

 

Weekend of Dec. 6-7

 

Staudernheim (55568) -- This event, about a 50-minute drive from Baumholder, reminds wanderers that Christmas is fast approaching as it offers Nikolaus-Wanderung. From Baumholder, head to Idar-Oberstein to pick up B-41 toward Bad Kreuznach. At Bad Sobernheim, connect with a minor road to the start at Staudernheim.

Start: Turnhalle at the Sportplatz Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trail: Hills and fields Award: None.

 

Weekend of Dec. 13-14

 

Hamm, Luxembourg (L-9068) -- This event is at Hamm, a town on the eastern edge of Luxembourg city. It’s a 95-minute drive from the KMC and about 50 minutes from Bitburg. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken; 62, 1, and 602 to Trier; and 64 to the border. Continue on A1 in Luxembourg, then take exit 7 to pick up N2 and CR225 to the start. From Bitburg, use B-51 south to Neuhaus, then Autobahn 64 to the border, continuing on A1 once in Luxembourg. Take exit 7 to use N2 and CR225 to reach Hamm and the start.

Start: Hall omnisports Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of Dec. 20-21

 

Luxembourg-Limpertsberg, Luxembourg (L-1750) -- A few years ago, this event was recommended by volksmarching enthusiast Kay Garsnett who especially enjoys “…December volksmarches that combine St. Nick or Christmas celebrations.” Last year, this writer participated in the event and can second Kay’s thoughts. This Saturday-only walk has its trails passing by the town’s Christmas market. It’s a long drive from the KMC (about 90 minutes) but, if you’ve got the time and the weather is nice, should be a worthwhile trip. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken. At Kreuz Neunkirchen connect with A-8 toward Luxembourg and continue across the border where it becomes A13. At the Croix de Bettembourg interchange, take A3 toward Luxembourg. Just past the Croix de Gasperich, the autobahn ends at a roundabout; take the second exit onto B3. Use N3, N50, N57, Boulevard Royal, N52, Avenue Victor Hugo, Square Edouard Andre and Rue Jean-Baptiste Fresez. Watch for IVV signs leading to the start at Limpertsberg. From Bitburg, expect slightly less than an hour’s drive. Take B-257 south to Echternacherbrück and the border. Cross the Sûre river into Luxembourg and continue toward Luxembourg City using E29 and E421. Once in Luxembourg City, follow IVV signs to Limpertsberg.

Start: Hall Victor Hugo at 60 Avenue Victor Hugo Saturday: 1-5 p.m. (6 and 12 km) Trail: Hilly in places, passing by the Christmas Market Award: None.

 

Weekend of Dec. 27-28

 

Allendorf (56370) -- Expect a pretty walk in the Naturpark Rhein-Taunus northwest of Wiesbaden on this end-of-2014 walk. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Limburg, exit at Bad Camberg (44) 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 Sunday: 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.

 

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