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 Saturday, Sept. 6. There may still be a few volunteer opportunities for this inaugural walk -- point your browser to www.wiwc-volksmarching.de to find out how you can help or how to become a club member. Of course, you can support this club’s first event by participating in the walk at Delkenheim, too. In addition, the club’s Vice President, Vickie Southworth, notes prizes will be awarded “...to Garrison organizations with the most participation.”

 

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, Barbara MacDonald, and Johnette Scott 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. 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.

 

Schmelz (66839) -- Look for this Saarland event northwest of Saarbrücken and, for the most part, reachable by autobahn. From Baumholder, use Autobahn 62 toward Trier, exit at Nonnweiler-Otzenhausen (2) in order to connect with A1 south toward Saarbrücken. Exit at Tholey (140) to pick up B-269 to Lebach and B-268 to Schmelz and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 8 toward Saarlouis. Exit at Heusweiler (16) to connect with B-268 toward Lebach in order to reach the start at Schmelz.

Start: Primshalle on Hoher Staden in the Industriegebiet Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trail: Unknown but expect somewhat hilly, woods 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

 

Asweiler (66629) -- Here's a walk that's just on the other side of the autobahn from Baumholder. Using a minor road from Baumholder toward Autobahn 62, pass through Freisen and Eitzweiler to reach the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 to exit at Birkenfeld (4). Use B-41 through Nohfelden and Wolfersweiler to connect with a minor road leading to Asweiler.

Start: Dorfgemainschaftshaus on Pfalzstraße Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to noon (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Expected to be hilly, fields Award: From previous events.

 

Bure (Tressange), France (57710) -- This Sunday event is northwest of Thionville. Expect about a 75-minute drive from Bitburg and a one and three-quarters hour drive from the KMC. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and Autobahn 64 to the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroute A1 to drive around Luxembourg City to the south. Connect with A3 south toward Metz and the French border. Continue on A31 after crossing into France, then take exit 44 toward Hettange-Grande. Use D15 and D59 to reach the start at Bure. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to reach the border. After crossing into France, continue on Autoroutes A320 and A4 (toll road) toward Metz. Connect first with A31 toward Thionville and then A30 toward Longwy. Use exit 6 toward Tressange and D952 and D59 to reach Bure and the start.

Start: Boulodrome Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (5 km), 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (10 km) and 6:30-11 a.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

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.

 

Karlsbrunn (66352) -- This walk is southwest of Saarbrücken and very near the French border. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 past Saarbrücken to the French border. Continue on A320 after crossing into France, then exit at Merlebach (41) to use minor roads leading back into Germany, through the town of Naßweiler, and to the start at Karlsbrunn.

Start: Turnhalle at Zum Tiefen Graben 22 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to noon (6, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Kümbdchen (55471) -- This walk is in the Hunsrück region northwest of Bingen. Volksmarchers from the KMC should use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (35), take B-50 toward Simmern, and pick up a minor road to the start at Kümbdchen.

From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 and 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (35), use B-50 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: Keychain with Wanderer motif.

 

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 (WIWC) 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: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Mostly flat, stroller-friendly trails through fields Award: None. A limited number of souvenir t-shirts with the WIWC logo and commemorative medallions will be available for purchase.

 

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.

 

Fürth/Odenwald (64658) -- This walk is midway between Darmstadt and Heidelberg in the scenic Odenwald area. As pretty as the trails were during past events, they were also rather steep at times. However, the 5-km trail has historically been family-friendly and it shouldn’t be any different this year. From Wiesbaden, use Mainzer Straße to connect with Autobahns 671, 60 and 67 to Darmstadt. Continue south on A5 and exit at Heppenheim (31), then use B-460 toward Fürth with the final few kilometer or two on B-38. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim and the Viernheimer Kreuz, and 659 toward Weinheim. Continue onto B-38 to reach the start at Fürth.

Start: Heinrich-Böll-Schule at Schulstraße 10 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 11, 15 and 20 km) Trail: Very hilly, local neighborhoods and fields 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.

 

Saarbrücken-Ensheim (66131) -- This walk is east of Saarbrücken and, besides the usual trail lengths, offers 42- and 50-km routes to challenge-seeking wanderers. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken and exit at Saarbrücken-Fechingen (4). Follow directional signs to Ensheim and the start.

Start: Sporthalle on Backfeldstraße Saturday: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 6-11 a.m. (21 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) and 6-8 a.m. (50 km) Sunday: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 6-11 a.m. (21 km) and 6-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

 

Wednesday, Sept. 17

 

Three different midweek events in the area between Bingen and Autobahn 61. The events have separate start locations but consecutive start times. Participants may earn three event stamps and up to 30 kilometers in a single day. Make your way to A-61, head north toward Koblenz and take the Waldlaubersheim (47) or Stromberg (46) exits to then follow IVV directional signs. The events offered are:

 

Waldalgesheim (55425): Start: KVW-Halle on Neustraße Wednesday: 7-9 a.m. (6 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events.

 

Waldlaubersheim (55444): Start: Autohof Waldlaubersheim Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon (6 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events.

 

Daxweiler (55444): Start: ForsthausLauschhütteWednesday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events.

 

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.

 

Gusenburg (54413) -- This event is easily reached from Baumholder as well as the KMC. Gusenburg is located just off Autobahn 1 (heading toward Trier) and reached via the Hermeskeil exit (133) and a secondary road. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62 and 1 toward Trier to reach the Hermskeil exit (133) and the minor road to Gusenberg.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle on Vogtstraße Saturday: 1-6 p.m. (6 and 10 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods and fields Award: None.

 

Hunting, France (57480) -- This event, northeast of Thionville, is about a 90-minute drive from Kaiserslautern and 1 hour 15 minutes from Bitburg. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken, Saarlouis and Merzig. Exit at Perl (2) to use B-419 south toward the border and Thionville. Cross into France to use D654, and D153J to reach Hunting. 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 on B-419 to the French border where it becomes D654 in France. Turn off on D153J to reach Hunting and the start.

Start: Foyer Socioculturel at the stadium Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 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

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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 -- 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. 8-9

 

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.

 

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. 29-30

 

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.

 

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