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 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!

 

Bellevaux, Belgium (B-6834) -- This Belgian event is roughly midway between St. Vith and Malmedy, and is about 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 Roba and Ligneuville, then connect with N660 to Pont, and pick up minor roads to the start at Bellevaux.

Start: Salle de Belva Saturday: 2-7 p.m. (6 and 12 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Esneux, Belgium (B-4130) -- This Belgian event, with a variety of trail lengths, is about a 90-minute drive from Bitburg. Given that Esneux is just a short 20 minutes south of Liège, wanderers might consider a one- or two-night stay in Liège to make it a getaway weekend. From Bitburg, use B-51 north to connect with Autobahn 60 toward Aachen. Continue on A27 after crossing into Belgium and exit at Heusy (7). Use N657 north to Theux, N62 to Louveigné, N678 toward Sprimont in order to connect with A26/E25 toward Liège. Exit at Esneux (44) and use N674 and minor roads to the start at Esneux.

Start: Athénée Royale d’Esneux Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (4, 7, 12, 21 and 30 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Güdingen (66130) -- This walk is south of Saarbrücken and offers trails along the French-German border. Wanderers from the Kaiserslautern Military Community should find this event within their driving range. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken, briefly pick up Autobahn 620 and exit at Saarbrücken-Güdingen (21). Take B-51 south to Güdingen and follow directional signs to the start.

Start: Festhalle in city center Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to noon (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events.

 

Kindsbach (66862) -- This walk, adjacent to Landstuhl, is certainly convenient to the KMC's wanderers, many of whom live in the town. Kindsbach is just a kilometer south of Autobahn 6's Landstuhl exit (13) making it just as easy, but longer, to reach from other communities.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle at Marktstraße 27 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 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 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

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.

 

Schwalbach-Elm (66773) -- Wanderers will find this single-day Saarland event northwest of Saarbrücken and easily reached by autobahn from the Landstuhl/Ramstein area. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis to reach the Schwalbach/Schwarzenholz exit (14), then follow the road a short distance to reach the start at Elm.

Start: Turn- und Festhalle on Sebastianstraße Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 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

 

Argenthal (55496) -- Wiesbaden's wanderers will find this German holiday event about a 45-minute drive in the picturesque Hunsrück region. The trails are part of the permanent IVV trail system. And in what seems to be a more commonplace occurrence, the club's brochure listed the start location’s map coordinates in degrees-minutes-seconds. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 toward Koblenz, then take the Rheinböllen exit (45) to follow B-50 to Argenthal and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) and follow B-50 to Argenthal.

Start: Churpfalzhalle on Aulergasse Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 10 and 16 km) Trail: Expected to be hilly, wooded Award: None.

 

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.

 

Frankenholz (66450) -- This Saarland event is north of Neunkirchen. From Baumholder, use Autobahn 62 toward Landstuhl and connect with Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken. Exit at Waldmohr (10) to use secondary roads to reach Frankenholz via Waldmohr. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 to reach the Waldmohr exit (10), then use minor roads through Waldmohr to the start.

Start: Bürgerzentrum on Pfarrer-Layes-Straße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trails: Unknown 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.

 

Mandel (55595) -- Here's an event midway between Idar-Oberstein and Wiesbaden. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 toward Ludwigshafen. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) and use B-41 to Weinsheim to pick up a secondary road to Mandel. From Baumholder, pick up B-41 at Idar-Oberstein and head toward Bad Kreuznach. Turn onto a secondary road at Weinsheim for the final few kilometers to Mandel.

Start: Schloßberghalle at Sponheimerstraße 1 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: Hilly, fields and woods Award: From previous events.

 

Neunkirchen/Furpach (66539) -- This Saarland event is just southeast of Neunkirchen. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken. Connect with Autobahn 8 toward Neunkirchen and take the first exit at Kohlhof (26). Use a minor road to Furpach and the start.

Start: Hirschberghalle at Sebachstraße 41 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 11 km) Trails: Somewhat hilly, woods 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.

 

Siegen-Trupbach (57072) -- This event is a little more than a 90-minute drive from Wiesbaden, albeit mostly on autobahns. Siegen is due east of Cologne and northwest of Giessen. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt, 5 toward Hannover, and 45 toward Köln. Use the Siegen exit (21) to pick up B-62 toward Siegen, and then connect with a minor road leading to the start at Trupbach.

Start: Turnhalle on Kleeweg Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trail: Expect hilly, woods Award: Certificate.

 

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.

 

Kehlen, Luxembourg (L-8274) -- 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 N11/E29 toward Luxembourg City. Take the CR126 exit toward Walferdange and follow CR126, CR125, and CR181 to Bridel. Connect with N12 and CR103 to reach the start at Kehlen.

Start: Salle de Musique at 8, Rue du Centre Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 12 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Lautzkirchen (66440) -- This walk is west of Zweibrücken and easily reached by autobahn from the KMC. From the KMC, head toward Saarbrücken on the A-6 and exit at Rohrbach (7). Take a minor road past Kirkel to Lautzkirchen and follow signs to the start hall.

Start: Schützenhaus on Auf dem Gänshorn Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events.

 

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).

 

Holz/Saar (66265) -- This Saarland event is north of Saarbrücken and west of Neunkirchen. From the KMC area, use Autobahns 6, 8 and 1 toward Saarlouis and Saarbrücken. Exit at Quierscheid (144) to follow IVV signs to the start at Holz.

Start: Glück-Auf-Halle on Glück-Auf-Weg Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km) Trails: Unknown Award: None.

 

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27

 

Ramstein-Miesenbach (66877) -- The Ramstein Roadrunners club plays host to its 30th annual Thanksgiving Day volksmarch -- quite the milestone! Wanderers will find the event to be a friendly and relaxing family activity. Ask about becoming a club member -- information is available at the start hall. Consider making reservations to enjoy the Thanksgiving buffet at the Officers' Club on Ramstein Air Base. Spend a night or two in guest lodging -- contact Central Reservations at 06371-454920 to find out if Space-A rooms are available. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643, 60, 63 and 6 and the Landstuhl/Air Base exit (13), then follow IVV signs to reach the town of Ramstein-Miesenbach. From the KMC, well, drive over to Miesenbach and look for parking.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle at Am Kiefernkopf 22 Thursday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Slightly hilly, fields and forests Award: Decorative neckerchief with pendant.

 

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.

 

Spabrücken (55595) -- This event, in the Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, is northwest of Bad Kreuznach and southwest of Bingen, and should be easily reached. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 and 61 past Bingen, then exit at Waldlaubersheim (47). Follow a minor road through Schweppenhausen and Schöneberg to reach the start at Spabrücken. From the KMC, expect a 70-minute drive using Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) to pick up B-41 toward Idar-Oberstein. At Rüdesheim an der Nahe, take the exit off of B-41 heading toward Stromberg and use secondary roads leading to Spabrücken and the start.

Start: Soonwaldhalle Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) Trail: Hilly, fields and woods Award: None.

 

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

 

Arlon, Belgium (B-6700) -- This Saturday event is east-northeast of Luxembourg City, and about a 70-minute drive from BitburgFrom Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and Autobahn 64 to the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroutes A1/E29 and A6/E25 to drive around Luxembourg City to the south. Continue on A6 to the border; once in Belgium continue on A4/E25 past Arlon’s IKEA store to the Arlon exit (31). Use N82, N83 and N40 to Arlon and the city center to find the start.

Start: ISMA at rue de Bastogne 31 Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Certificate.

 

Bockenau (55595) -- This event is due west of Bad Kreuznach on the year-round, permanent Hunsrück trail system. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643, 60 and 61 toward Bingen and Bad Kreuznach. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) to use B-41 toward Kirn. Pick up a secondary road at Waldböckelheim to head northwest to Bockenau. From Baumholder, use the minor road bordering the training area to reach B-420. Head toward Bad Kreuznach to connect with B-270 toward Idar-Oberstein and B-41 through Kirn to Waldböckelheim. A minor road will lead to Bockenau.

Start: Bockenauer-Schweiz-Halle on Waldböckelheimer Straße Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None.

 

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.

 

Beringen, Luxembourg (L-7590) -- This Sunday event, north of Luxembourg City, is about an hour’s drive from the Bitburg area and two hours from Kaiserslautern. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternacherbrück and the border. Cross into Luxembourg and connect with N11 to Lauterborn, then pick up D118 to Larochette. Briefly use D119 in order to connect again with D118 to Berschbach, and D123 to Beringen. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62, 1, and 602 toward Trier, then 64 to the Luxembourg border. Continue across the border on Autoroute A1 to the Potaschbierg exit (13). Connect with secondary roads N1, N14, N11, and N14 to Larochette, then pick up D119 and D118 to Berschbach. Use D123 to the start at Beringen.

Start: Hal Irbicht on rue Irbicht Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (16 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

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