Bad Dürkheim Travel Guide

  • Bad Dürkheim
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  • The Nave (today's Rookery)
    The Nave (today's Rookery)
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  • The Refectory
    The Refectory
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Bad Dürkheim Hotels

  • Dorint Bad Duerkheim

    Kurbrunnenstrasse 30 - 32, 67098 Bad Duerkheim

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Gartenhotel Heusser

    Seebacher Strasse 50-52, Bad Durkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67098, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel An den Salinen

    Salinenstrasse 40, Bad Durkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67098, Germany

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Annaberg

    Annabergstrasse 1, Bad Durkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67098, Germany

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Kurparkhotel Bad Duerkheim

    Schlossplatz 1-4, Bad Durkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67098, Germany

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Parkhotel Leininger Hof

    Kurgartenstrasse 17, Bad Durkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67098, Germany

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Fronmuehle

    Salinenstrasse 15, Bad Durkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67098, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Gastehaus Karst

    In den Almen 15, Bad Durkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67098, Germany

  • Landhaus Fluch

    Seebacher Strasse 95-97, Bad Durkheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67098, Germany

    Good for: Solo

Bad Dürkheim Off The Beaten Path

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    by TomInGermany Written Apr 8, 2012

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    This is an update to my other review on hiking in the Bad Durkheim area. If you want to add to the hike that I talked about in my other post (Linburg Ruins and Hardenburg Castle Ruins) you can hike up to the Schlosseck Ruins. If you continue on the Blue Line trail and then turn onto the White Circle trail they are only about a mile past Hardenburg Castle. The last part of the trail is a switchback up to the top of the ridge. The ruins are not that impressive but if you like to hike and want a destination this will work. After visiting the ruins there is a unmarked trail that will take you back down to the road (across from the factory) where you can hook back into the blue trail to take you back to your car.

    Schlosseck Ruins Not much left of the castle
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    by TomInGermany Written Apr 1, 2012

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    If you want to get a little exercise and see some fairly impressive ruins this is the perfect hike. The total distance of the walk is under 5 miles with two fairly long gentle hills you will need to climb (one on the way and one on the way back.
    Just west of Bad Durkheim in the hills overlooking the town you will notice the Klosterruine Limburg. (Limburg Monastery Ruins). From this site you will notice the Hardenburg Castle ruins to we the west. These two ruins are connected by a nice walking path.
    The Start: As you drive on the narrow road up to the Limburg Ruins you will notice a small parking lot just at a sharp bend in the road. This is a good place to start your walk (if you want, you can drive all the way up to the ruins and start there). Depending on your mood you can begin your hike by heading directly to the Castle ruins or you can visit the monastery first to get warmed up and get a great view of your future destination (the Castle). We started with the Monastery.
    According the Bad Durkheim Wikipedia site the Linburg Kloster began in the 9th century as a fortress, built by the Salian Dukes from Worms as their family seat. In the early 11th century, the fortress was converted into a monastery with a basilica. It existed until the mid 16th century. Walking around the site you get a good feel for the size of the place and how busy it must have been in its hay day. The size of the refectory also gives you a sense of how many people once called this home. The former Nave is now a rookery for Hooded Crows and their are numerous pigeons nesting wherever there are nooks in the stones.
    Once you have explored the hilltop, head toward the Castle using the signposts located a fairly regular intervals on the path. The paths in the Pfaltz Nature Park are well marked, usually with a different colored lines. For you the hike to the Castle you will follow the blue line. The trail heads down into the valley for the first half of the hike and then heads back up toward the castle. It is not a strenuous hike but it is not for the out-of-shape. If you are one of those, you can drive to the castle.
    Currently there is construction going on at the Castle, built it is still open for touring. To enter the actual castle you will need to shell out three euro but it is worth it. On the Saturday we visited the ticket seller didn't speak English but he still tried to teach us some of the history of the castle and the efforts they are taking to preserve it. If you want more information on the Castle they sell an English book on it as well as a book on all the "Castles, palaces and Antiquities of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate".
    When you are finished, you can head back to your car or you can stop at the local cafe next to the Castle for a glass of beer (or wine) to fortify for your hike back. There is also a restaurant at the Linburg Ruins if you want to stop there at the end of your hike.
    Expect to spend about three hours on this hike. If you are more adventurous there are some other sites within hiking distance of the Castle. These include the Schlossbeck Ruins (haven't seen it yet) and the Bismark Turm (tower).

    The old Gothic Tower with Gargolyes The Nave (today's Rookery) The Refectory Directions to the Castle View from the Gun Tower (the western Bastion)
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