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

 

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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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