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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Volksmarching notes

F The Wiesbaden International Wandering Club’s first-ever volksmarch event is about a month away -- Saturday, Sept. 6. You can volunteer to help with the event by signing up online at www.wiwc-volksmarching.de. Of course, you can support this club’s first event by participating in the walk at Delkenheim, too.

 

F If anyone found a single walking boot at the Ramstein Roadrunners’ May 3-4 event at Ramstein-Miesenbach, please contact me at the e-mail address. The owner’s other foot misses it!

 

F Got a comment? Found something you’d like to correct? Want to change ‘unknown’ to a useful trail description? Write me at volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Feedback.”

 

F Interested in volksmarching but not sure how things work? Send an email message to volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Getting Started HU.”

 

F Many thanks to readers Pat and Cheryl Patterson, and Barbara MacDonald for providing event brochures.

 

F You, too, can help out by picking up event brochures and mailing them via no-cost MPS to Donald Seltzer, PSC 2 Box 10684, APO AE 09012. (Note this is a new mailing address.)

 

F The postal code is included in the listings for readers using navigation devices. Autobahn exit numbers are being added for those without such devices.

 

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Weekend of Aug. 2-3

 

Ebernhahn/Westerwald (56424) -- This event is northeast of Limburg and offers, besides the standard shorter routes, a 42-kilometer marathon as well as a 50-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 on Dernbacher Straße Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) and 6-8 a.m. (50 km) Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) and 6-8 a.m. (50 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: Small ceramic figurines (short trails) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

 

Ettelbruck/Deich, Luxembourg (L-9012) -- This event is north of Luxembourg City. Expect an hour’s drive from Bitburg, and an hour more than that from the KMC. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-50 west to Roth an der Our and the Luxembourg border. Pick up N17 and N10 to cross the border and the Our River. Head south to Bettel and connect with a minor road to Fouhren, then use N17 south to Diekirch. Continue on N7 to the start at Ettelbruck. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 toward Trier, and 64 toward Luxembourg. Cross the border and continue on Autoroute A1, then exit at Potaschbierg (13) to use N1 and N14 toward Diekirch. At Stegen, pick up CR347 to Schieren, and then N7 north to Ettelbruck and the start.

Start: Hall Omnisports du Deich Frankie Hansen on rue du Deich Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Hottenbach (55758) -- This walk is north of Idar-Oberstein and should offer wanderers a scenic trail in a very pretty area. From Baumholder, head toward Neubrücke to pick up B-41 north to Idar-Oberstein to connect with B-422. Briefly continue north on B-422 to Tiefenstein and then take minor roads through Herborn, Mörschied and Weiden in order to reach the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 to the Birkenfeld exit (4), then take B-41 north to B-422 at Idar-Oberstein. Use B-422 to Tiefenstein and then use minor roads through Herborn, Mörschied and Weiden to reach Hottenbach.

Start: Sportplatz Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: Mounted gemstone.

 

Neustadt (Hessen) (32579) -- This Sunday walk is northeast of Giessen and requires a bit of a drive, about 90 minutes from Wiesbaden, in fact. 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: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: Cookbook.

 

Sulzbach (Hühnerfeld) (66280) -- Although the event brochure prominently displays the name Hühnerfeld, wanderers will find the start to be just northeast of Saarbrücken in the town of Sulzbach. KMC-area volksmarchers will easily reach this walk via autobahn in about 45 minutes. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken and exit at St. Ingbert-West. Follow IVV signs to the start.

Start: Gemeinschaftsschule at Parkstraße 10 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to noon (6, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of Aug. 9-10

 

Heffingen, Luxembourg (L-7651) -- This event is about a 1 hour 40 minute drive from Kaiserslautern and an hour less from Bitburg. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternacherbruck and the border. Pick up N11 (E29) in Luxembourg and continue on it to Graulinster. Pick up N14 and use it to reach Heffingen. 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 (13), and connect with N1 and N14 through Biwer. Continue on N14 (with a short jog onto N11) to the start at Heffingen.

Start: Kultur- und Sportzentrum on Stenkel Str. Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Konz-Krettnach (54329) -- This walk is due south of Trier with a drive that’s a bit under 90 minutes from Kaiserslautern, an hour from Baumholder, and 40 minutes from Bitburg. Its proximity to Trier makes a visit to that historic city very convenient. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62, 1 and 602 to Trier. At the end of A602, continue on B-49, B-51, and B-268 to Konz and follow IVV signs to the start at Krettnach. From Baumholder, head to Freisen to pick up with A62 toward Trier. Connect with Autobahns 1 and 602 to Trier, then use B-49, B-51, and B-268 to reach Krettnach. From Bitburg, take B-51 south past Trier, connect with B-268 to Konz, and use minor roads and IVV signs to Krettnach.

Start: Bürgerhaus at Hauptstraße 10 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) and 7-11 a.m. (30 km) Trail: Flat (5 km) or hilly with scenic views, woods and fields Award: None.

 

Miesau (66892) -- Just west of Landstuhl and home to an Army depot, this walk is easily reached via the autobahn. Pretty trails are offered by a friendly club, as is (so I’m told) a delicious pea soup. From the KMC, use the Autobahn 6 exit for Bruchmühlbach-Miesau (11) and follow IVV signs a short distance to the start hall.

Start: Turn- und Festhalle on Jahnstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Hilly, wooded areas Award: None.

 

Friday, Aug. 15

 

Weiterswiller, France (67340) -- This end-of-week event is south of Bitche and west of Haguenau. It’ll require a fair amount of driving but there are a number of scenic roads and it should make for a pleasant day off from work. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B-424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Continue in the direction of Bitche and connect with D620 to end up south of that town. Pick up D37 and follow it through Goetzenbruck to Moselle Bas-Rhin and pick up D12. Take that road through Wimmenau to then use D919 toward Ingwiller. Connect with D656 through Weinbourg to use D56 to the start at Weiterswiller.

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

 

Weekend of Aug. 16-17

 

Clausen (66978) -- This event is south of Kaiserslautern and should be rather enjoyable. From Kaiserslautern, use B-270 south toward Pirmasens. Connect with secondary roads at Waldfischbach-Burgalben leading to Donsieders and Clausen.

Start: Gräfensteinturnalle at Jahnweg 26 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Consdorf, Luxembourg (L-6213) -- This event is roughly a half-hour’s drive from Bitburg, and about midway between there and Luxembourg City; it’s almost a two-hour drive from the KMC. Billed as Schluchtenwanderung, or canyon hiking, the trails will lead wanderers among and though rock formations. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternacherbruck and the border. Pick up N11 (E29) in Luxembourg to connect with CR118 at Lauterborn. Use CR118 to reach the start at Consdorf. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 to Trier, and 602 and 64 to the Luxembourg border. Continue on Motorway A1 toward Luxembourg City, exit at Potaschbierg (13), and connect with N1 toward Larochette. Pick up N14 and CR136 to Brouch, then follow CR132, CR137, and CR118 to Consdorf and the start.

Start: Centre culturel Kuerzwénkel on route de Berdorf Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Eischen, Luxembourg (L-8465) -- This Saturday event is east of Arlon, Belgium and about a 70-minute drive from Bitburg; from the KMC, it’s about two hours. The event offers its first marathon for those volksmarchers seeking a challenge. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and Autobahn 64 to the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroutes A1 and A6 to drive around Luxembourg City to the south. Continue on A6 to exit 1, connect with N13 and N6 to Steinfort, and take CR106 and CR108 to Eischen. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 8 toward Perl and the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroute A13. Connect with A3 north toward Luxembourg City, and A4 and A6 toward Esch-sur-Alzette and keep south and west of the city. Continue on A6 to exit 1, connect with N13 and N6 to Steinfort, and take CR106 and CR108 to Eischen.

Start: Centre Culturel Jean Wolff at place Denn Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 11 km), 7-11 a.m. (20 and 30 km) and 6-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None or patch and certificate (marathon).

 

Rödermark-Urberach (63322) -- This walk is northeast of Darmstadt and near Babenhausen in a pretty, wooded area. Former residents of the two closed military communities may take the opportunity to visit their one-time home. Urberach is between Dieburg and Hanau, and about a 45-minute drive from Wiesbaden. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt, and 3 toward Würzburg, then exit at Hanau (54). Use B-45 south toward Dieburg and exit onto B-459 toward Rödermark. Pick up a minor road to the start at Urberach.

Start: KSV-Sportheim at Turngartenstraße 10 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Flat and stroller-friendly, neighborhoods, fields and woods Award: None.

 

Siewiller, France (67320) -- This French volksmarch is about a 90-minute drive from Kaiserslautern and easily reached. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken and into France where it becomes Autoroute A320. Connect with the A4 toll road toward Strasbourg and use the Sarre-Union exit (43). Connect with D1061 south to the start at Siewiller.

Start: Terrain de sport on rue du Stade Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Tiefenbach/Hunsrück (55471) -- Wanderers should enjoy this walk in the scenic Hunsrück area. Tiefenbach is due west of Bingen and south of Simmern. The drive from Wiesbaden is about 45 minutes and about an hour from Baumholder. From Baumholder, use minor roads northward through Ruschberg, Reichenbach, and Frauenberg to connect with B-41 in Bad Kreuznach’s direction. At Simmertal, take B-421 north to Gemünden to pick up a minor road to Tiefenbach. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) and use B-50 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 and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.

 

Weekend of Aug. 23-24

 

Bouzonville, France (57320) -- This just-across-the-French-border volksmarch is northwest of Saarlouis. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken and Saarlouis. Exit at Saarlouis-Mitte (3) and use B-405 through Felsberg and Ittersdorf to reach the border. Continue on French road D918 to Bouzonville and the start.

Start: Gymnase Norbert Noël Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Braunfels-Philippstein (35619) -- This walk is roughly midway between Limburg and Giessen in the scenic Naturpark Hochtaunus. Expect a drive from Wiesbaden to be slightly more than an hour; from Giessen it will be about a half-hour. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz. Use the Raststätte Limburg-West/B-54 exit, and take B-54 toward Siegen. At Allendorf, pick up B-456 toward Weilberg and, after passing through that town, connect with a minor road to the start at Philippstein. From Giessen, take Autobahn 485 south toward Frankfurt, then connect with B-49 west toward Limburg. At Leun, take minor roads south past Wintersberg and Braunfels to reach Philippstein.

Start: Kultur- und Mehrzweckhalle on Im Lindwig Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 11, 20 and 31 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.

 

Dudelange, Luxembourg (L-3474) -- This Sunday event, south of Luxembourg City, is about an hour’s drive from the Bitburg area and an hour and three-quarters from the KMC. Challenge-seeking wanderers will find routes of 30 and 42 km here. 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 start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken, Saarlouis, Merzig and Perl. Continue across the border on Autoroute A13 to connect with A3. Head south toward Metz and exit at Dudelange (3). Pick up secondary roads CR161 and CR160 to Dudelange.

Start: Centre Sportif Lycée Nic Biever Annexe Alliance on Rue Reiteschkopp Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km), 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) and 6-9 a.m. (30 and 42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Patch and certificate (marathon).

 

Grosbliederstroff, France (57520) -- This one-day French event is found due south of Saarbrücken and almost literally on the border. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 to connect briefly with Autobahn 620 at Saarbrücken. Immediately take the exit for B-51 south to Güdingen, cross the Saar River, and take B-405 to the border. Continue southbound in France on N61 to Grosbliederstroff.

Start: Salle de Jeux et Loisires on Rue des Fermes Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Izel, Belgium (B-6810) -- This event is west of Arlon and not far from the French border. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Bitburg. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and Autobahn 64 to the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroutes A1 and A6 to drive around Luxembourg City to the south and west. Continue on A6 to the Belgian border, and then on the A4 to the Habay exit (29). Take N87 south toward Étalle, then N83 west toward Florenville. Connect with N840a to Izel and the start.

Start: Centre Culturel on Avenue Gilson Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 12 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (22 km) and 6-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Sticker or certificate.

 

Mannweiler-Cölln (67822) -- This is an easy-to-reach event south of Bad Kreuznach; prior evenst had been held in the neighboring town of Schiersfeld. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643, 60 and 63 toward Kaiserslautern. Exit at Wörrstadt (6) and take B-420 to connect with B-48. Follow B-48 south toward Kaiserslautern to the start at Mannweiler-Cölln. From the KMC, take Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and exit at Winnweiler (13). Use B-48 north toward Bad Kreuznach to reach the start.

Start: Gemeindehalle Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: From previous events.

 

Sourbrodt, Belgium (B-4950) -- This Belgian event is northeast of Malmedy and about an hour’s drive from Bitburg. The event offers five routes, to include a 42-km marathon on Saturday. From Bitburg, use B-51 north to connect with Autobahn 60 toward Aachen. Continue on A27 after crossing into Belgium, then exit at Recht (13) to use N62 toward Bellevaux. Pick up N632 at Baugnex and continue to Waimes, then take N676 north to Sourbrodt.

Start: Salle Al Neûre Êwe at rue de Bosfagne 2 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (4, 7, 12 and 21 km) and 7-10 a.m. (42 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (4, 7, 12 and 21 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Sticker.

 

Weekend of Aug. 30-31

 

Bitche, France (57230) -- This Marche Populaire event is south of Zweibrücken in France. Wanderers from the KMC area willing to make the drive will enjoy the option of mountain bike routes of 17 and 30 km. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B-424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Continue on using D620 and D35 to reach the start at Bitche.

Start: Etang du Hasselfurth Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km, plus cycling) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Contz-les-Bains, France (57480) -- This event is adjacent to the French border, roughly midway between Merzig, Germany, and Luxembourg City. KMC’s wanderers will find the drive is almost entirely on the autobahn making it relatively easy to reach. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken and toward Luxembourg City. After Perl, the autobahn becomes A13 once the border is crossed. Immediately after entering Luxembourg, use exit 13 to the end of the ramp and turn right onto the road designated 152. Follow this road south to France and the town of Contz-les-Bains.

Start: Mille-Club, near the stadium (stade, in French) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown, expect wooded areas Award: None.

 

Höheinöd (66989) -- This walk, south of Landstuhl, is another of many available to wanderers from the KMC area. From Landstuhl, take Autobahn 62 south toward Pirmasens. Use the exit toward Sickinger Höhe/Rastplatz and follow IVV signs to the start.

Start: Sportplatz Sägmühle Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (17 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Kirchberg (55481) -- Enjoy seeing the Hunsrück region's oldest town in one of Germany's most scenic areas. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 to Bingen and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) and use B-50 and B-421 to Kirchberg. From Baumholder, head east using the road bordering the training area to reach B-420 toward Bad Kreuznach. Connect with B-270 and B-41 toward Kirn, and B-421 north to Kirchberg.

Start: Stadthalle on Gartenstraße 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: Slightly hilly (with a steep hill following the last control); neighborhoods, woods and fields Award: From previous events.

 

Schifflange, Luxembourg (L-3858) -- This Saturday event is southwest of Luxembourg City and not far from the French border. Expect about an hour’s drive from Bitburg and 90 minutes from the KMC. The event is a first for the Schëfflenger Globetrotters club. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and Autobahn 64 to the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroutes A1 and A6 to drive around Luxembourg City to the south. Connect with A4 toward Esch-sur-Alzette and exit at Foetz (4) to use A13 toward Metz. Take the Schifflange exit (6) to use CR169 to reach Schifflange and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 8 toward Perl and the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroute A13. Exit at Schifflange (6) and use CR169 to reach the start.

Start: Hall polyvalente at 12, rue Denis Netgen Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 3

 

Grolsheim (55459) -- Celebrate the start of another school year by taking the family to this midweek event. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 and 60 toward Bingen. Briefly use A-61 toward Koblenz and exit at Bingen-Mitte (49) to pick up B-50. Take this south toward Bad Kreuznach and Grolsheim; follow IVV signs to the start. From Baumholder, head east using the road bordering the training area to reach B-420 toward Bad Kreuznach. Connect with B-270 toward Idar-Oberstein, B-41 toward Bad Kreuznach, and B-50 toward Bingen to find Grolsheim.

Start: Nahelandhalle at Aspisheimer Weg 32 Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (15 km) Trail: Fairly flat, mostly fields, some woods Award: From previous events.

 

Weekend of Sept. 6-7

 

Hattersheim am Main (65795) -- Midway between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, this Sunday walk is easily reached in about 20 minutes. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 66 toward Frankfurt, take the Hattersheim-West exit (12) in the direction of Okriftel, and follow IVV signs on minor roads to the start.

Start: Halle Kleingartenverein at Glockwiesenweg 10 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 12 and 20 km) Trail: Flat, almost entirely stroller-friendly, fields and neighborhoods. Award: From previous events.

 

Meisenthal, France (57960) -- This French volksmarching event is south of Zweibrücken and offers evening start times. The drive from the KMC will be scenic but long -- about 1 hour 15 minutes. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B-424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Connect with D37 near Bitche to follow it through Lemberg and Goetzenbruck. Take a minor road to Meisenthal and the start.

Start: Salle des fêtes at place de la Poste Saturday: 3-8 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wiesbaden-Delkenheim (65205) -- The first event of the Wiesbaden International Wandering Club celebrates the welcome return of an active American club to this city. Saturday's event deserves support from hometown folks as well as those further afield -- it’s rare we hear of a new event. The start at Delkenheim is directly east of Clay Kaserne (formerly known as Wiesbaden Army Airfield). From Kaiserslautern, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, 60 toward Frankfurt, and 671 toward Wiesbaden. Exit at Hochheim-Nord (4) to pick up B-40 toward Flörsheim, then take the exit for Delkenheim and follow IVV signs to the start. From Wiesbaden, use the Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt exit (7) from Autobahn 66. Turn toward Delkenheim and follow IVV signs.

Start: Bürgerhaus at Münchner Straße 2 Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) Trail: Mostly flat, stroller-friendly trails through fields Award: None.

 

Willerwald, France (57430) -- This event is south of Saarbrücken and easily reached from the KMC by autobahn. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken and into France where it becomes A320. Connect with the A4 toll road toward Strasbourg and use the Sarreguemines (42) exit. Take D661 a short distance to the start at Willerwald.

Start: Salle Socioculturelle on Rue de la Croix Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wittlich-Neuerburg (54516) -- East of Spangdahlem Air Base, this event should offer some scenic trails through the surrounding countryside. It's not too far for volksmarchers from Baumholder and the KMC, and a short 35 minutes from Bitburg. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 62 and 1 toward Trier and Wittlich, take the Wittlich-Mitte exit (145) and follow IVV signs to the start at Neuerburg. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62 and 1 toward Trier, Koblenz and Wittlich. Exit at Wittlich-Mitte exit (145) and follow IVV signs. From Bitburg, use B-51 north to Autobahn 60. Take A60 toward Wittlich, exiting at Wittlich-West (10), and connecting with B-49 at Wittlich to reach the start at Neuerburg.

Start: Bürgerhalle on Tannenstraße Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 10 and 15 km) Trail: Expect hilly, mostly wooded Award: None.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 10

 

Bockenau (55595) -- This event is due west of Bad Kreuznach on the year-round, permanent Hunsrück trail system. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 south toward Mainz, 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Ludwigshafen. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) and use B-41 toward Idar-Oberstein. Pick up a minor road at Waldböckelheim to reach Bockenau. From Baumholder, use minor roads northward through Ruschberg, Reichenbach, and Frauenberg to connect with B-41 in Bad Kreuznach’s direction. At Waldböckelheim, take a minor road to Bockenau and the start.

Start: Bockenauer-Schweiz-Halle on Waldböckelheimer Straße Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Weekend of Sept. 13-14

 

Forstfeld, France (67480) -- This event is on the border east of Haguenau and northwest of Baden-Baden, Germany. Yes, it’s quite distant from the KMC (about 90 minutes) but offers the opportunity to visit Haguenau, Soufflenheim and Strasbourg in France as well as Baden-Baden. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B-424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Connect with N62 to Haguenau and N63 through Soufflenheim to Rountzenheim. Connect with a minor road to Roppenheim and another minor road to reach Forstfeld. An alternative route from the KMC via autobahn would be A-6 toward Mannheim, A-61 toward Ludwigshafen and A-65 toward Wörth. Exit at Kandel-Süd (22) to use B-9 into France and the A35 autobahn to exit 56 and Forstfeld.

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

 

Kerbach, France (57460) -- This French volksmarch, just across the border southwest of Saarbrücken, is easily reached by autobahn. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken and into France where it becomes A320. Use the Forbach-Centre exit (44) and D31 to Behren-lès-Forbach to connect with D31B and the start at Kerbach.

Start: Complexe Sportif on Rue du Stade Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Mittelstrimmig (56858) -- If a drive to Hahn airport isn't too far then this event in the scenic Hunsrück region west of Bingen should be considered. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 over the Schiersteiner bridge, 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) to use B-50 toward Simmern and Kirchberg, then take B-421 through Kappel to a minor road leading to Blankenrath and Mittelstrimmig. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Take the Rheinböllen exit (45) to use B-50 toward Simmern, then at Kirchberg pick up B-421 to Panzweiler where a minor road will lead to Mittelstrimmig.

Start: Strimmiger-Berg-Halle Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (21 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 21 km) Trail: Hilly, fields and woods Award: Offered, but no description.

 

Rachecourt, Belgium (B-6792) -- This event is southwest of Arlon and fairly close to the French border. It’s less than a 90-minute drive from Bitburg. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and Autobahn 64 to the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroutes A1 and A6 to drive around Luxembourg City to the south and west. Continue on A6 to the Belgian border, and then on A4 to the Arlon exit (31). Take N82 south toward St. Léger, then N870 toward Rachecort. Start: Salle Cercle Patria on rue de la Strale Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) and 7-11 a.m. (30 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of Sept. 20-21

 

Geudertheim, France (67170) -- This Saturday event is roughly midway between Haguenau and Strasbourg, and about a 1 hour 45 minute drive from Kaiserslautern. Besides the opportunity to visit the historic city of Strasbourg, there’s also wine and cheese shopping at Haguenau’s Cora supermarket, and the many temptations of the pottery town of Soufflenheim. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 61 toward Karlsruhe and 65 toward Landau. Exit at Kandel-Süd (22) to use B-9 south to the border, and continue on French Autoroute A35 toward Strasbourg. Exit at Gambsheim (50) to use the secondary roads D94 and D97 to the start at Geudertheim.

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

 

Reinheim-Zeilhard (64354) -- This event, about 50 minutes from Wiesbaden, is on the edge of the scenic Odenwald area southeast of Darmstadt and offers a marathon on both days. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 671, 60, and 67 toward Darmstadt. Connect with A672 toward Darmstadt Stadtmitte and Griesheim, then follow B-26 through the city toward Dieburg. Take the Reinheim exit onto B-38, and use IVV signs on minor roads to reach the start in Zeilhard.

Start: Turnhalle at Walter-Kolb Straße 8 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 7-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: From previous events (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon).

 

Weekend of Sept. 27-28

 

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).

 

Weekend of Oct. 3-5

 

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).

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Weekend of Oct. 18-19

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Reichstett, France (67116) -- This Saturday event -- billed as a Halloween March -- 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.

 

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