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 You may already have seen the brochures advertising Wiesbaden International Wandering Club’s first-ever volksmarch event on Saturday, Sept. 6, in Delkenheim. The club’s Activity Coordinator, Vickie Southworth, notes the 5-, 10-, and 20-km trails “…will include vineyards, pretty countryside, and gorgeous views.” Sign up online at www.wiwc-volksmarching.de to volunteer at this event. You can also get details about the club’s other activities, including their monthly meetings, at the Website.

 

F Thanks to Janice Lukacsko for writing to update the trail description of the Hemmersdorf event. She noted it was a “picturesque trail -- the first half runs pretty much along the river.” If you missed the walk, make a note to participate next year.

 

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.”

 

F Many thanks to readers Pat and Cheryl Patterson, Barbara MacDonald, Janice Lukacsko, and James Meredith 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 April 12-13

 

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. 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 CR 132, 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.

 

Hattenhof (36119) -- Volksmarchers will find picturesque walking and cycling trails at this event just south of Fulda. The drive from Wiesbaden is less than 90 minutes. From Fulda use B-27 south to Rothemann and a secondary road leading to Hattenhof. From Hanau and points west take the Fulda-Süd exit of Autobahn 7 to head toward Rothemann and Hattenhof. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 and 3 past Frankfurt Airport. Use the Hanau exit (54) to take B-54 north toward Fulda, then bear right at the fork onto B-43a toward Fulda. Merge onto A-66 and continue toward Fulda until the Neuhof-Süd exit (51) where you’ll follow IVV signs on secondary roads to the start.

Start: Bürgerhaus on Kerzeller Straße Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (20 km, plus cycling) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km, plus cycling) Trails: Fairly hilly, woods and fields Award: From previous events.

 

Quierschied-Göttelborn (66287) -- This event is in the Saarland area west of Ramstein. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 62 and 1 toward Saarbrücken. Exit at Quierschied (144) to use a minor road to reach Göttelborn. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 to reach the Merchweiler exit (18), then use secondary roads to reach the start at Göttelborn.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle on Hauptstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown but expect somewhat hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Rhaunen (55624) -- This walk is in the Hunsrück region west of Bingen, an area well known for its scenic beauty and year-round series of walking trails. Trail lengths of 42-, 50-, and 60-kilometers are offered to challenge-seeking wanderers as are three Mountain Bike trails (which do not offer IVV credit). From Wiesbaden, take Autobahns 60 and 61 toward Bingen and Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) and follow B-50 and B-421 to Kirchberg, then continue through Dickenschied, Rohrbach and Woppenroth to reach Rhaunen on a secondary road. From Baumholder, use the minor roads skirting the training area to reach B-420. Head in the direction of Bad Kreuznach to B-270 and B-41 to Kirn. Connect with a secondary road through Hahnenbach and Bundenbach to Rhaunen.

Start: Idarwaldhalle at Am Sonnenschlicher 5 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), 6:30-8 a.m. (50 km), 6:30-7 a.m. (60 km) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (25, 35 and 50 km mountain bike without IVV credit) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), 6:30-8 a.m. (50 km) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (25, 35 and 50 km mountain bike without IVV credit) Trails: Hilly, mostly woods Award: From previous events (shorter routes) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

 

Sprendlingen (55576) -- Look for this event south of Bingen. From Wiesbaden, Mainz and points east use Autobahns 60 to Bingen and 61 south toward Ludwigshafen. Exit at Gau-Bickelheim (52) and follow IVV signs to the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Gau-Bickelheim (52) and follow directional signs to the start hall.

Start: Wißberghalle at Stettiner Straße 1 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Stroller-friendly on 5 km; otherwise hilly, woods Award: From previous events.

 

Wiesbaden-Kohlheck (65199) -- The Polizeisportverein Grün-Wieß Wiesbaden plays host to this annual walking event on the Polizeiakademie Kaserne. The visit is always interesting for children and Americans are welcomed. Use Autobahns 3 and 66 to reach Wiesbaden's Schiersteiner Kreuz. Take A-643/Schiersteiner Straße north to the 2. Ring, turn left on Dotzheimer Straße and cross the railroad tracks. Turn right on Schönberg Straße and follow it to the suburb of Kohlheck and the police school.

Start: Hessische Polizeiakademie at Schönbergstraße 100 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (swim) Trail: Somewhat hilly, neighborhoods and woods Award: Pendant without chain (walk).

 

Wednesday, April 16

 

Hohenöllen/Pfalz (67744) -- Too distant for most readers, this midweek event is closest to Baumholder and Kaiserslautern. The start times may accommodate workers with an understanding boss. 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 Kaiserslautern, use B-420 north toward Lauterecken to Heinzenhausen and the minor road to the start.

Start: Radsporthalle at Am Heidchen 6 Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (cycling) and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly walking trails, woods and fields; 30-km asphalt cycling trail Award: None.

 

Friday, April 18

 

Hünfelden-Ohren (65597) -- A Good Friday holiday walk that is found west of Bad Camberg on the northern edge of the Naturpark Rhein-Taunus. Use the Bad Camberg exit (44) of Autobahn 3 to pick up secondary roads to Beuerbach and Ohren.

Start: Gemeinschaftshalle am Sportplatz on Dauborner Weg Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Urexweiler (66646) -- This Good Friday holiday event in the Saarland area west of Ramstein will require a lunchtime departure from work in order to make the start window. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 8 and 1 to reach the Eppelborn exit (141), then use a minor road through Dirmingen to reach the start.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle on Im Brühl Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 11 km) 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Trail: Unknown but expect fairly hilly, woods and fields Award: From previous events.

 

Weekend of April 19-20

 

Falck, France (57550) -- This event is southwest of Saarlouis and just across the French border; a little more than an hour’s drive from Kaiserslautern. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 past Saarbrücken and 620 toward Saarlouis. Exit at Ensdorf (4b) in the direction of Überherrn and pick up B-269n toward Creutzwald and the border. After crossing into France, continue on N33 and D23B toward the start at Falck.

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

 

Easter Monday, April 21

 

Eischen, Luxembourg (L-8465) -- This event is roughly an hour’s drive from Bitburg and a two-hour drive from the KMC. It’s located northwest of Luxembourg City and near the Belgium border. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south toward Trier. At Neuhaus, pick up Autobahn 64 toward Luxembourg City and the border. Continue on Motorway A1 after crossing the border, and A6 to bypass Luxembourg City to the south and west. Take exit 1 to use N13 and N6 to Steinfort, then follow CR106 and CR108 to the start at Eischen. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 8 toward Saarlouis and Merzig, then on to Perl and the Luxembourg border. Continue on Motorway A13 toward Dudelange, connecting with A3 toward Luxembourg City and A6 toward Belgium. Take exit 1 to use N13 and N6 to Steinfort, then follow CR106 and CR108 to Eischen.

Start: Centre Culturel Jean Wolff at place Denn Monday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Marlenheim, France (67520) -- This event is northwest of Strasbourg and about a two-hour drive from the KMC. Its location makes a visit to the historic city of Strasbourg possible. From the KMC, use Autobahns A-6 toward Saarbrücken and the border, French Autoroutes A320 toward Metz and A4 (toll road) toward Strasbourg. Exit at Saverne (45) to connect with D1404 and D1004 south to Marlenheim.

Start: Centre Culturel Monday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Morbach-Bischofsdhron (54497) -- This walk celebrates the 30th anniversary of the host club with an Easter Monday event close to Idar-Oberstein. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 62 toward Trier. Exit at Birkenfeld (4) to use B-41 to connect with B-269. Follow B-269 north to Morbach and the start at Bischofsdhron. From Baumholder, use minor roads to Birkenfeld and B-269. Head north to the towns of Morbach and Bischofsdhron to reach the start.

Start: Gemeindehaus at Zur Rau 2 Monday: 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; short trail has been stroller-friendly in the past Award: None.

 

Wednesday, April 23

 

Gilsdorf, Luxembourg (L-9371) -- This midweek event is west-southwest of Bitburg and about a 45-minute drive -- perfect for taking a Wednesday off from work. Expect the drive from the KMC to be about two hours. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-50 west to the border. At the town of Roth an der Our, turn off on Templerstraße to cross the Our river into Luxembourg. Pick up N10 toward Bettel, then connect with a minor road to Fouhren, and N17 south to Blesbreek to cross the Sûre River and reach the start at Gilsdorf. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62, and 1 toward Trier, then 602 and 64 to the Luxembourg border. Continue on Motorway A1 to Potaschbierg (exit 13), then use N1 and N14 through Medernach to Gilsdorf.

Start: Centre polyvalent Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of April 26-27

 

Alteckendorf, France (67270) -- While distant -- the drive from the KMC is about an hour and three-quarters -- this late afternoon event positions you for Saturday shopping or sightseeing in relatively nearby Strasbourg or Haguenau. Bring a flashlight if planning to begin the trail toward the end of the starting times. 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 Hochfelden exit (46). Use secondary roads D32, D25, and D69, plus IVV signs, to Alteckendorf and the start.

Start: Salle Polyvalente Saturday: 3-9 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Bockenau (55595) -- This event is due west of Bad Kreuznach on the year-round, permanent Hunsrück trail system. Being offered on both days is a marathon. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 toward Alzey. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) and follow B-41 toward Kirn. Pick up a secondary road at Waldböckelheim to head northwest to Bockenau. From Baumholder, use the road adjacent to the training area to reach B-420 toward Bad Kreuznach. Connect with B-270 toward Idar-Oberstein and B-41 toward Bad Kreuznach. Pick up the secondary road at Waldböckelheim that leads to Bockenau.

Start: Bockenauer-Schweiz-Halle on Waldböckelheimer Straße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 7-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None or patch and certificate (marathon).

 

Hargarten-aux-Mines, France (57550) -- This event is southwest of Saarlouis and about a 75 minute drive from Kaiserslautern. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 620 past Saarbrücken and toward Saarlouis. Exit at Endorf (4b), and pick up B-269n to the border. Continue on N33 after crossing into France and take D23B and D23 to reach the start at Hargarten-aux-Mines.

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

 

Kalhausen, France (57412) -- This Marche Populaire event is south of Saarbrücken in France. Wanderers from the KMC area will have a bit of a drive (should be less than 90 minutes) to reach this walk. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 to Saarbrücken and take the B-51 exit toward Güdingen and the border. Continue onto D82, D919, and D33 as the secondary roads parallel the winding Sarre River. Connect with D83 and take it into Kalhausen and the start.

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

 

Larochette, Luxembourg (L-7619) -- This event brings volksmarchers north of Luxembourg City. Expect the drive to be slightly under two hours from the KMC, and under an hour from Bitburg. 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 toward Larochette. Pick up N14 and follow it to Larochette and the start. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternach and the border. Pick up N11 (E29) in Luxembourg to connect with CR118 at Lauterborn. Continue on CR118 through Consdorf and Christnach to the start at Larochette.

Start: Centre Culturel on rue de Medernach 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.

 

Saarlouis-Roden (66740) -- Although distant from American bases, this Saarland walk is easily reached in about an hour’s time via autobahn. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Neunkirchen and Saarlouis. Exit at Dillingen-Süd (10), use B-51 for a short distance, and follow signs to the start.

Start: Römerberg-Kulturhalle on Hochstraße 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: Unknown Award: None.

 

Schweighouse sur Moder, France (67590) -- This Sunday volksmarch is near the town of Haguenau. Expect the drive from the KMC to take about an hour and three-quarters, and wind through the Parc Naturel Régional des Vosges du Nord. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B-424 south across the border where it becomes D35A. Continue on secondary roads (D620, D662, D1062) toward Hagenau, then take D85 to reach Schweighouse and the start.

Start: Centre Culturel et Sportif Robert Kaeuffling Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Fairly flat, fields and woods Award: None.

 

Tandel, Luxembourg (L-9395) -- This event is west-southwest of Bitburg and six kilometers or so across the Luxembourg border. The drive from the Bitburg area is well under an hour; from the KMC, it’s close to two hours. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 to Trier, and 602 and 64 toward the Luxembourg border. Exit at Trier (3) to pick up B-51 to Newel. Connect with a minor road (L42) and B-418 to skirt the border and Sauer river to Echternacherbrück. Cross the border into Echternach, Luxembourg, to pick up N10 toward Dillengen. Continue on N10 to pick up N19 and N17 to reach Tandel. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-50 west to the border. At the town of Roth an der Our, turn off on Templerstraße to cross the Our river and into Luxembourg. Pick up N10 toward Bettel, then connect with a minor road to Fouhren, and N17 south to Tandel.

Start: Campus Am Brill on Rue de Diekirch Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 8 a.m. to noon (16 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wiesbaden-Frauenstein (65201) -- This event is billed as the Cherry Blossom Walk. With its location near the Wiesbaden Garrison’s Rheinblick Golf Course, consider tossing your clubs in the trunk and get some practice in at the driving range or putting green after walking the trails. Use Autobahn 66 to reach Wiesbaden; continue westbound on A-66 to the Frauenstein exit (2). Follow IVV signs on the minor road leading to Frauenstein and Alfred-Delp-Straße.

Start: Alfred-Delp-Schule at Alfred-Delp-Str. 53 Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 8 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown but expect somewhat hilly, wooded areas and neighborhoods Award: None.

 

Wednesday and Thursday, April 30-May 1

 

Hagondange, France (57525) -- This European holiday event is north of Metz and roughly a 90-minute drive from the KMC. The A4 toll road to Metz takes you past St. Avold and its American Military Cemetery. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border. Continue on French Autoroutes A320 and A4 toward Metz. Connect with A31 toward Thionville and exit at Talange (36). Follow IVV signs to the start at Hagondange. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to connect with Autobahn A-64 to Luxembourg City; after crossing the border, the autobahn becomes A1. Bypass Luxembourg City to the south and connect with A3 toward Metz and A31 toward Thionville. Exit at Mondelange (37) to follow IVV signs to the start.

Start: Salle des Fêtes Paul Lamm Thursday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Langenaubach (35708) -- This midweek German holiday event is northwest of Giessen and offers a variety of trail lengths. Also of note is a 7 km route leading into a valley without a control point. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Cologne. At Limburg, take the exit for B49/B54 toward Siegen, then continue on B52 until Rennerod to connect with B255. At Hohenroth, pick up a secondary road for the rest of the way to Langenaubach.

Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus on Brachtstraße Wednesday: noon-4 p.m. (6, 7, 12, 17 and 23 km) Thursday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 7, 12, 17 and 23 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Rohrwiller, France (67410) -- This May Day holiday volksmarch event is southeast of Zweibrücken and about a 90 minute drive from the KMC. Participants will find themselves fairly near Haguenau, Soufflenheim and Strasbourg -- all of which are worth exploring. 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 to the Rohrwiller exit (53). Follow IVV signs to the start.

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

 

Weekend of May 3-4

 

Dudweiler (66125) -- This event, with its variety of trails, is northeast of Saarbrücken and easily reachable from Ramstein and Kaiserslautern -- after having walked the Ramstein event, of course. From those communities, use Autobahns 6, 8 and 623 toward Saarbrücken and exit at St. Ingbert-West (5). Follow IVV signs to the start.

Start: Bürgerhaus at Am Markt 115 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (16 and 21 km) Trails: Unknown Award: None.

 

Itzig, Luxembourg (L-5957) -- This event is southeast of Luxembourg City and about a 90-minute drive from the KMC, and less than an hour’s drive from the Bitburg/Spangdahlem area. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus. Take Autobahn 64 west to cross the Luxembourg border, then continue west toward Luxembourg City on Autoroute A1. Exit at Sandweiler (7) and use N7, CR234 and CR159 to the town of Itzig. From the KMC, take Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 8 to Luxembourg. Cross the border and continue on Autoroute A13 to Luxembourg City, then exit at Frisange (10). Use N3 and CR159 to reach the start at Iztig.

Start: Centre Sportif at 2, Rue de l’École Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Limburg an der Lahn (65549) -- This event, featuring a volksmarch triathlon, will be found in Limburg proper. A shuttle bus will transport swimmers to the pool facility in Limburg-Offheim. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 3 toward Köln and exit at Limburg-Nord (42). Cross the Lahnbrücke bridge and turn right at the second street. IVV signs will be posted.

Start: Markthalle on Ste.-Foy-Straße Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km, plus cycling), 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (swim) Sunday: 6 to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km, plus cycling) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (swim) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.

 

Ormersviller, France (57720) -- The club playing host to this Sunday event offers its first marathon route -- 42 km of mountains, valleys and villages. It’s located south of Zweibrücken and just across the border; about an hour’s drive from the KMC. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) and take a minor road south through Mittelbach and Altheim to cross the border. Ormersviller is a very short distance from the border.

Start: Salle Socio Culturelle Sunday: 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (10 and 20 km) and 6-9:30 a.m. (30 and 42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Patch and certificate (marathon).

 

Ramstein-Miesenbach (66877) -- The Ramstein Roadrunners club plays host to this volksmarch. The number of club members working the event partly illustrates why the Roadrunners are one of the few active American clubs remaining in Germany. Wanderers will find the event to be a friendly and relaxing family activity -- and one of the few still offering beer mugs as the award. Of course, this is a hometown event that’s not to be missed for volksmarchers in the KMC. Use Autobahns 5 and 6 and the Landstuhl/Air Base exit (13) to follow IVV signs to reach the town of Miesenbach.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle at Am Kiefernkopf 22 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (16 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Trail: Slightly hilly, fields and forests Award: Glass beer mug.

 

Riedseltz, France (67160) -- This event, offering a marathon trail, is southeast of Pirmasens and likely a long but scenic drive. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 toward Saarbrücken and Pirmasens (or, alternately, B-270). Exit at Pirmasens (15) to take B-10 and B-427 to Bad Bergzabern. Pick up B-38 and head south to the border where it becomes D263 in France and, after a short drive, you’ll reach the start at Riedseltz.

Start: Salle des Fêtes (near the stadium) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) and 6-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Patch and certificate (marathon).

 

Valleroy, France (57525) -- This event is west of Metz and about an hour and three-quarters drive from the KMC. The A4 toll road to Metz takes you past St. Avold and the American Military Cemetery. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border. Continue on French Autoroutes A320 and A4 past Metz to the Sainte Maire exit (34). Follow IVV signs on secondary roads to the start at Valleroy. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to connect with Autobahn A-64 to the Luxembourg border; continue on Autoroute A4 toward Luxembourg City. Connect with A3 south to the border, crossing into France, and continuing on Autoroutes A31 to Metz and A4 west to the Sainte Maire exit (34). IVV signs will lead to the start using secondary roads.

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

 

Thursday and Friday, May 8-9

 

Hohengoeft, France (67310) -- This Thursday event is roughly midway between Saverne and Strasbourg and is less than a two hour drive from the KMC. From the KMC, use Autobahns A-6 toward Saarbrücken and the border, French Autoroutes A320 toward Metz and A4 (toll road) toward Strasbourg. Exit at Saverne (45) and use D1404 and D421 to connect with D41 south to Woellenheim. Take D25 to the start at Hohengoeft.

Start: Salle polyvalente on Place de l’Eglise Thursday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Holzheim (65558) -- Proceeds from this Friday walk will be donated to the Nyiragikogora primary school in the sister-city of Rambura, Rwanda. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 3 toward Köln and exit at Limburg-Süd (43). Follow IVV signs to Holzheim and the start. Alternately, drivers from Wiesbaden could enjoy a slower, but scenic, drive north on B-54 to Holzheim.

Start: Ardeckhalle Friday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: Handmade wood mask.

 

Weekend of May 10-11

 

Antrifttal-Ruhlkirchen (36326) -- This event is northeast of Giessen and northwest of Fulda, and offers a variety of walking trails and a cycling route. Use Autobahn 5 from Giessen, exit at Alsfeld-Ost (2), then take B-62 to Angenrod. Pick up a secondary road to Seibelsdorf and Ruhlkirchen.

Start: Fest- und Sporthalle at Weihersweg 24 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 10 and 21 km, plus cycling) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.

 

Haute-Vigneulles, France (57690) -- This event is west of St. Avold and about an hour and one-quarter drive from the KMC. Its location near St. Avold offers the option to visit the American Military Cemetery. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border. Continue on French Autoroutes A320 and A4 toward Metz, use exit 39 toward Sarrelouis/Carling, and then take N33, D25D, D603 and D74 to Haute-Vigneulles.

Start: Salle des fêtes Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Heusweiler (66265) -- This event is north of Saarbrücken and just off of Autobahn 8, making it easily reached from the KMC. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis and exit at Heusweiler (16). From Baumholder, use Autobahn 62 toward Trier. Connect with Autobahn 1 toward Saarbrücken and Autobahn 8 toward Saarlouis. Exit at Heusweiler (16) and follow signs to the start.

Start: Friedrich-Schiller-Schule at Schillerstr. 65 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trails: Unknown Award: None.

 

Holving, France (57510) -- This French event is found south of Saarbrücken. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken. Continue on it as it becomes A32 in France and connect with the A4 toll road in the direction of Strasbourg. Take exit 41.1 toward Puttelange-aux-Lacs, connect with D30, D656 and D156E to reach Holving.

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

 

Junglinster, Luxembourg (L-6101) -- This event is northeast of Luxembourg City, and a little more than a half-hour’s drive from Bitburg and 90 minutes from the KMC. Challenge-seeking volksmarchers will find a 42-km marathon at this walk. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternacherbrück and the border. Use Bitburger Straße to cross the Sûre River into Luxembourg, then pick up N11 (E29) and follow it to Junglinster. 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 toward Diekirch. Connect with CR 122 and CR129 to reach the start.

Start: Centre Polyvalent Gaston Stein Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) and 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Certificate and patch (marathon).

 

Kriegsfeld (67819) -- This event is south of Bad Kreuznach. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim and 63 toward Mainz. Exit at Erbes-Büdesheim (9) and follow a secondary road through Wendelsheim and Mörsfeld to reach Kriegsfeld. From Wiesbaden, take Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Darmstadt, and 63 toward Kaiserslautern. Exit at Erbes-Büdesheim (9) and follow a secondary road through Wendelsheim and Mörsfeld to reach the start.

Start: Turn- und Festhalle at Hinter Kirch 10 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: From previous events.

 

Monreal (56729) -- This event is west of Koblenz and within reach of the more adventurous wanderers from Wiesbaden (less than 90 minutes), the KMC (about an hour and three-quarters), and Bitburg/Spangdahlem (a little more than an hour). From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Mendig (34) and use secondary roads, to include B-262 and B-258, past Mayen to reach Monreal. From Bitburg, take B-257 to Autobahn 60 toward Wittlich, then Autobahns 1 and 48 toward Koblenz. Exit at Kaisersesch (4) and use secondary roads to Monreal. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Mendig (34) and use secondary roads, to include B-262 and B-258, past Mayen to reach Monreal.

Start: Sportheim/Sportplatz Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trails: Expect hilly trails in forested areas Award: None.

 

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

Start: Centre CulturelLarei Vianden at 39, Rue du Sanatorium Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 11 and 15 km), 6 a.m. to noon (20, 25 and 30 km), and 6-9 a.m. (42 and 50 km), Trail: Unknown Award: Certificate and patch (marathon).

 

Waldweistroff, France (57320) -- This French walk is west-northwest of Saarbrücken and will be a bit of a drive. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken and toward Saarlouis. Exit at Rehlingen (7) and take a minor road through Rehlingen-Siersburg to the border. Continue on D956 after entering France. Connect with D19 and, at Colmen, take a minor road to Waldweistroff and the start.

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

 

Weekend of May 17-18

 

Bining, France (57410) -- Here’s a French event southeast of Saarbrücken that offers a 42-km marathon. From the KMC area, use Autobahn 6 to Neunkirchen and Autobahn 8 toward Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) and use B-424 south toward the border where it becomes D35A in France. Just before reaching Bitche, take the secondary roads D35 and D662 to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche; D35 continues southward to Bining and the start.

Start: Salle des Fêtes Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km), 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Patch and certificate (marathon trails).

 

Neunkirchen-lès-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 Rehlingen (7) to use minor roads to cross into France. Drive through Siersburg and toward Bouzonville until you can connect with another minor road leading to Neunkirchen-lès-Bouzonville and the start.

Start: Salle des Fêtes du Foyer Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Niederkail (54526) -- This club's walk has frequently been recommended for the friendly nature of the event as well as for its scenic trails through the surrounding countryside. With the location next to the Air Base, Spangdahlem’s wanderers will enjoy a hometown event that’s also not too far for volksmarchers from Baumholder and the KMC. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 1 and 60 toward Trier and Wittlich, take the Landsheid exit (9) and travel west on B-50 to Niederkail. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62 and 60 toward Trier, Koblenz and Spangdahlem. Exit at Landsheid (9) and use B-50 to reach the start at Niederkail.

Start: Kailbachhalle on Brückenstraße Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trails: Hilly, fields and woods Award: None.

 

Schoenbourg, France (67320) -- Here’s a volksmarch that requires a bit of driving -- about 90 minutes worth. The event is southwest of both Pirmasens and Bitche, France. 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 exit 43 toward Sarre-Union. Use secondary roads D1061, D107, and D122 to reach the start.

Start: Au Mille Club near the school Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weiler (55413) -- This walk is part of the year-round Rundweitwanderweg in the beautiful Hunsrück area. From Wiesbaden, Mainz and points east, take Autobahn 60 to Bingen and Autobahn 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Stromberg (46) and head toward Waldalgesheim to reach the start.

Start: Rhein-Nahe-Halle on Mannesmannstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Wörsdorf/Taunus (65510) -- This event is north of Wiesbaden on the edge of the Naturpark Hochtaunus. Wooded trails offer walkers scenic views after a long, uphill start. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 3 toward Limburg, exiting at Idstein (45) to follow B-275 and a minor road leading to the start at Wörsdorf. Alternatively, from Wiesbaden and Mainz use B-417 and B-275 north toward Limburg and Idstein to reach Wörsdorf.

Start: Gemeindehalle at Jahnstraße 4 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 21 km) Trail: Very hilly, woods Award: From previous events.

 

Monday, May 19

 

Saverne, France (67700) -- This Monday volksmarch is a school-oriented event and students can participate without cost. While distant -- it's a little more than 90 minutes from the KMC, the drive is almost entirely on autobahns. 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). Follow directional signs to the start.

Start: Stade du Haut-Barr “Adrien Zeller” Monday: 8-11 a.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wednesday, May 21

 

Morbach (54497) -- This club's midweek event is northwest of Idar-Oberstein and within a reasonable distance from Baumholder. Morbach is on B-327 just north of the junction with B-269. Use B-422 from Idar-Oberstein to reach B-269. From Baumholder, connect with B-41/269 to head north on B-269 to reach Morbach.

Start: Sportlerheim in the Alfons-Jakobs-Stadion at Industriestraße 5b Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 and 10 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: None.

 

Weekend of May 24-25

 

Goetzenbruck, France (57620) -- This event is south of Zweibrücken and Bitche. The drive from the KMC will be a little over an hour but should be scenic. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Contwig (34) in the direction of Bitche. Continue on a secondary road to the border to connect with D35A in France, heading south toward Bitche. Continue south on D620 and D37 through Gretzenbruck to the start at Goetzenbruck.

Start: Complexe sportif at 110 rue d’Ingwiller Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Holz/Saar (66265) -- This Saarland event is north of Saarbrücken and west of Neunkirchen. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 8 and 1 toward Saarlouis and Saarbrücken. Exit at Quierscheid (144) to follow IVV signs to the start at Holz. From the Baumholder area, use Autobahns 62 and 1 toward Saarbrücken and exit at Quierschied (144). Follow signs a short distance to Holz.

Start: Glück-Auf-Halle on Glück-Auf-Weg Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (21 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Niederanven, Luxembourg (L-6906) -- This event is east of Luxembourg City and a bit less than a 90-minute drive from the KMC, and about a 40-minute drive from the Bitburg/Spangdahlem area. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus. Take Autobahn 64 west to cross the Luxembourg border, then continue west toward Luxembourg City on Autoroute A1. Exit at Munsbach (11) and use CR132 to reach the start. From the KMC, take Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 62, 1 and 602 to Trier; exit at Trier-Ehrang (2). Pick up B-52 to connect with Autobahn 64 to Luxembourg. Cross the border and continue on Autoroute A1 toward Luxembourg City, then exit at Munsbach (11). Use CR132 to reach the start at Niederanven.

Start: Centre de Loisir Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Oberwiesen (67294) -- If you liked the recent event at Kriegsfeld then you'll enjoy this walk that's just three kilometers down the road. Use Autobahn 63 toward Alzey and Kaiserslautern, then exit at Erbes-Büdesheim (9). Follow a secondary road through Erbes-Büdesheim and Offenheim to reach the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim and 63 toward Mainz. Exit at Erbes-Büdesheim (9) and follow roads through Offenheim to reach Oberwiesen.

Start: Gemeindehalle 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: Fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: Decorative turtle.

 

Schirrhein, France (67240) -- This Saturday volksmarch is midway between the pottery town of Soufflenheim and Haguenau where the Cora supermarket offers a wide variety of cheeses and wines. KMC drivers can expect to be on the road about an hour and three-quarters getting to this walk. 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 to the Rountzenheim exit (55). Follow IVV signs to the start.

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

 

Thursday, May 29

 

Ebernhahn/Westerwald (56424) -- This German holiday event is northeast of Limburg. Use Autobahn 3's Montabaur (40) or Ransbach-Baumbach (38) exits. IVV signs will direct drivers on minor roads for the few miles to the start.

Start: Rosenheckhalle on Dernbacher Straße Thursday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (22 km) Trail: Stroller-friendly (5 km), hilly, mostly woods Award: None.

 

Leudelange, Luxembourg (L-3361) -- This event brings volksmarchers to Luxembourg on the Ascension Day holiday, this time southwest of Luxembourg City. It’s a long drive from the KMC (about 1 hour 45 minutes) but should be easily done using autobahns. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken, Saarlouis and Merzig to the border at Perl. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue west on Autoroute A13 to connect with the A4 toward Luxembourg City. Use the Leudelange Sud exit (2) and follow secondary roads to the start. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use Autobahns 60, 1, and 602 to Trier. Use the Trier-Ehrang exit to connect with A-64 to Luxembourg City; after crossing the border, the autobahn becomes A1. Bypass Luxembourg City to the south using B1 to connect with A4, then exit at Leudelange Nord (1) to follow secondary roads to the start. IVV signs should be available after exiting the autoroute.

Start: Hall Omnisports at 7, place des Martyrs Thursday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Stadtallendorf-Hatzbach (35260) -- This Ascension Day event is northeast of Giessen and offered to volksmarchers able to participate on an American workday. From Giessen, use B-3 north to Marburg to connect with B-62 and B-454 to Stadtallendorf. Watch signs for a secondary road to Hatzbach.

Start: Bürgerhaus at Am Ziegelgarten 7 Thursday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: None.

 

Weekend of May 31-June 1

 

Bingen-Kempten (55411) -- Easily reached via autobahn, the Bingen-Kempten event offers a scenic view of the Rhine river. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 60 and the Bingen-Gaulsheim exit (14), then follow a secondary road and IVV signs to the start.

Start: Sportheim Hassia at Mainzer Straße 197 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (10 km) and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Somewhat hilly, mostly fields with some woods Award: None.

 

Hunting, France (57480) -- This event is about a 90-minute drive from Kaiserslautern and is northeast of Thionville. 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. IVV signs will lead to the start.

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

 

Reichweiler (66871) -- This walk may be found literally just down the road from the Baumholder community. It's a pretty area and easy to find -- just head down the hill toward Freisen and watch for signs to Reichweiler. From Baumholder use the road to Freisen, pick up a secondary road through Eckersweiler to Reichweiler. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 toward Saarbrücken and Trier, then exit at Reichweiler (6) to follow IVV signs to the start.

Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus at Schulstraße 7 Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 6 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trails: Hilly, wooded areas and fields Award: None.

 

Reisbach (66793) -- This event is southwest of Baumholder and west of Kaiserslautern in the Saarland area; the drive from the KMC is less than an hour. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis and exit at Heusweiler (16). Follow B-268 toward Lebach to pick up a secondary road to Reisbach. From Baumholder, use Autobahn 62 toward Trier. Connect with Autobahn 1 toward Saarbrücken and exit at Heusweiler (16). Follow B-268 toward Lebach to pick up a secondary road to Reisbach and the start.

Start: Lohwieshalle on Lohwiese Straße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Trails: Unknown Award: None.

 

Weekend of June 7-9

 

Allendorf (56370) -- Expect a pretty walk in the Naturpark Rhein-Taunus northwest of Wiesbaden. Use Autobahn 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 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: Fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: From previous events.

 

Beaufort, Luxembourg (L-6312) -- This event, held on Saturday and Whit Monday, is southwest of Bitburg and just a few kilometers from the German border. The drive from the Bitburg area is about 45 minutes; from the KMC, it’s an hour longer. The town is home to a historic castle built in the mid-1600s. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 to Trier, and 602 and 64 toward the Luxembourg border. Exit at Trier (3) to pick up B-51 to Newel. Connect with a minor road (L42) and B-418 to skirt the border and Sauer river to Echternacherbrück. Cross the border into Luxembourg and pick up N10 to Dillingen. Take CR364 the rest of the way to Beaufort. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 west to the border. At Echternacherbrück, cross into Luxembourg and pick up N10 to Dillingen. From there, take CR364 to Beaufort and the start.

Start: Kummelsbau Saturday and Monday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: 6-km trail is stroller-friendly; otherwise, unknown Award: None.

 

Woustviller, France (57915) -- This Whit Monday event is found a few miles southwest of Sarreguemines. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 620 to Saarbrücken, then take the B-51 exit toward Güdingen. Follow B-51 to Kleinblittersdorf where you’ll cross the Saar River into France. Drive south on N61 to Roth, then use D674 to Woustviller.

Start: Gymnase Leprince-Ringuet at Place de la Mairie Monday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Wednesday, June 11

 

Deuselbach (54411) -- This midweek event offers a start time late enough for readers in the Baumholder and KMC areas to enjoy a walk. Consult a map before heading to this walk as the brochure’s description of its location is unclear. If your GPS allows it, you may enter the start location’s coordinates 49° 44’ 13” N/07° 04’ 58” E. From Baumholder, take the secondary road leading to Neubrücke to connect with B-41. Head north through Birkenfeld and past Hüttgeswasen. Take a minor road west to Deuselbach. Watch for IVV signs that will lead you to the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62 and 1 toward Trier. Exit at Reinsfeld (132) to pick up B-327 toward Morbach. Connect with a secondary road leading to Deuselbach and follow IVV signs to the start.

Start: Hunsrückhaus am Erbeskopf Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: None.

 

Weekend of June 14-15

 

Alzing, France (57320) -- This event is just across the French border and west-southwest of Saarlouis. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken and Saarlouis. Pick up Autobahn 620 south toward Saarbrücken, exit at Saarlouis-Mitte (3), and use B-405 toward Metz. Cross the border and continue on D918, D3, and D23 to reach Alzing.

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

 

Bad Kreuznach (55545) -- Former residents may enjoy a return visit to their one-time home and see how the city has changed since the base was closed. Trails run through city parks and wooded areas, and along the Ellerbach River. From points east use Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 toward Ludwigshafen, and exit at Bad Kreuznach (51). Use B-41 into Bad Kreuznach and follow IVV signs to the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Bingen. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) and use B-41 with IVV signs to reach the start.

Start: Don Bosco-Schule on Ellerbach Straße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Slightly hilly, neighborhoods, fields and woods Award: From previous events.

 

Hof/Westerwald (56472) -- This event is north of Limburg and west of Giessen, and features the scenery of the Hoher Westerwald area. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward the airport and 3 toward Limburg. Take the exit onto B49/B54 (exit 42?) and use B-54 north through Rennerod to connect with B-414 to Hof.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle on Tierparkstraße Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Very hilly, wooded areas Award: None.

 

Kordel (54306) -- Wanderers will find this event north of Trier, Germany's oldest city. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 1 and 602 to Trier. Exit at Trier-Ehrang (2) and use B-52 and B-422 to Kordel and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62, 1 and 602 to Trier and the Trier-Ehrang exit (2). Connect with B-54 and B-422 to reach the start.

Start: Turnhalle on Friedhofstraße Saturday: 1-6 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 1-5 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km) Trail: Expect hilly, woods and fields Award: None.

 

Weekend of June 21-22

 

Greifenstein-Beilstein (35753) -- This one-day event is west of Giessen and a bit distant for all but the most dedicated wanderers. The incentive here is the event is billed as Kulinarisch mit Bierwanderung (culinary and beer walk) with local specialties being offered to participants on the 7-km trail. From Giessen, use B-49 west to Biskirchen and an unnumbered road north through Greifenstein to the start at Beilstein. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward the airport and 3 to Limburg. Use the B-49/B-54 exit to take B-49 north to Löhnberg to pick up minor roads to Beilstein.

Start: Sportheim und Sportgelände on Sportplatzstraße Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 km local food and beer) Trail: Expect some hills, woods Award: None.

 

Heimbach/Nahe (55779) -- Wanderers will find this enjoyable walk midway between Neubrücke and Baumholder. From Baumholder, use the secondary road leading to Neubrücke. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 to the Birkenfeld exit (4), then follow a minor road through Hoppstädten-Weiersbach to Heimbach.

Start: Besenbinderhalle on In der Au Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trails: Hilly, wooded areas Award: None.

 

Otzberg-Hering (64853) -- This event returns to its former location after a number of years at Höchst-Hassenroth. Use the Eberstadt exit (27) of Autobahn 5 and B-426 or the Reinheim/Roßdorf exit of B-26. IVV signs will lead to the start at Hering.

Start: Sportplatz at Außerhalb 20 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, fields and wooded areas Award: None.

 

Weekend of June 28-29

 

Griesheim-sur-Souffel, France (67370) -- This event is 9 km northwest of Strasbourg, making a visit to the historic city relatively easy. It’s about a two-hour drive from the KMC but most of it is on the autobahn. 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 Autoroutes A35 and A4 to Strasbourg. Exit at Reichstett (49) to use the secondary roads D63, D263, D64, D31 and D166 to Griesheim-sur-Souffel.

Start: Centre Culturelle Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Schwollen (55767) -- This walk is due west of Idar-Oberstein and offers a variety of trail lengths, to include 42- and 50-km routes. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 to the Birkenfeld exit (4). Take B-269 north to a secondary road leading through Hattgenstein to reach Schwollen.

Start: Sportheim SV Schwollen on Am Sportplatz Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km), 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) and 6-8 a.m. (50 km) Trail: Expect fairly hilly, woods Award: From previous events (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

 

Weekend of July 5-6

 

Altrich (54518) -- If you don’t mind making the drive to Bitburg or Spangdahlem, then here’s an event in that area. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 1 and 60 toward Trier and Wittlich, take the Wittlich-Mitte exit (125) and follow secondary roads in the direction of Bernkastel-Kues and Altrich to reach the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62 and 60 toward Trier, Koblenz and Spangdahlem. Exit at Wittlich-Mitte (125) and follow signs for Bernkastel-Kues and Altrich. From Bitburg, use Autobahn 60 and exit at Wittlich-West (10). Head toward Wittlich and follow signs for Altrich.

Start: Altreia-Halle on Schulstraße Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 11 km) and 6:30-11 a.m. (20 km) Trail: Expect hilly, fields and woods Award: None.

 

Dudelange, Luxembourg (L-3474) -- This Saturday event, south of Luxembourg City, is about an hour’s drive from the Bitburg area and an hour and three-quarters from the KMC. 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 to exit at Dudelange (3). Pick up secondary roads CR161 and CR160 to Dudelange.

Start: Place de l’Hôtel de Ville Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 12 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

 

Otterberg-Drehenthalerhof (67697) -- This event is located just a few kilometers north of Kaiserslautern and west of Sembach. From Baumholder, make your way to Autobahn 62 and head toward Kaiserslautern, connecting with Autobahn 6. Use the Kaiserslautern-West exit (15) to pick up B-270 north to Otterbach and Otterberg; from there take a minor road to Drehenthalerhof and the start. From the KMC, take B-270 north toward Idar-Oberstein. Connect with secondary roads through Otterbach and Otterberg to pick up the minor road to Drehenthalerhof.

Start: Bürgerhaus 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, woods and fields Award: From previous events.

 

Weekend of July 12-13

 

Sohren (55487) -- This walk puts you near Hahn airport, home of Europe’s most well-known budget airline, Ryanair. Events in the Hunsrück area are always pretty and this one shouldn't be an exception. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 62 toward Trier. Exit at Birkenfeld (41) to use with B-41, B-269, B-327 and B-50 toward Hahn airport. Follow IVV signs as you approach the airport. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Take the Rheinböllen exit (45) to use B-50 to the airport. Watch for IVV signs in the vicinity of Hahn airport.

Start: Bürgerhalle at Talstraße 1 Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 6 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trails: Fairly hilly, woods and fields Award: None.

 

Weekend of July 26-27

 

Siegen-Langenholdinghausen (57078) -- This event is northwest of Giessen and about a one and three-quarters hour drive from Wiesbaden. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 5 toward Hannover, then connect with Autobahn 45 toward Giessen. Take the Siegen exit (21) to follow B-62 and B-54 through Siegen, and a minor road leading to the start at Langenholdinghausen.

Start: Turnhalle at Fußfeld 1 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Expect fairly hilly, woods Award: Certificate.

 

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