Maikammer is surrounded by vineyards. Walking through these is really a great pleasure, especially through the western ones, which are slightly ascending up the hills of Palatinate Forest. The views from here are excellent! The Pfälzer Mandelpfad (Palatinate Almond Blossom Path) for example, runs along Maikammer’s west with views of Hambacher...more
Although Maikammer is bigger than the surrounding villages of Sankt Martinand Kirrweiler, it has a nice town centre with market place and churches and streets with enchanting courtyards, often typical Straußwirtschaften, wine taverns only open in summer and autumn. What I don’t like though is that the main wine route traffic is being lead directly...more
In the hotel section I have already described our delightful stay at Waldhaus Wilhelm and how much I liked the restaurant. It is time now to describe our culinary experience, which definitely exceeded all my expectations and which will bring me back to this hotel many times in the future.On our first evening we arrived rather late and decided to...more
Restaurant Zum Goldenen Ochsen is conveniently located in the middle of Maikammer, at the market place. I was here only once, on the way back from my walking through the vineyards in summer 2009. That day I had an onion soup which I liked. I forgot how much I paid, but it wasn’t much, so I expect it was approx. 3 Euro. The restaurant serves typical...more
Maikammer is conveniently located on Weinstraße, Wine Route, which makes it easy to find it when travelling by car. Parking inside of town is not recommended because the town centre is small and parking must be left for the locals. There is parking available outside with easy walking distance to the town centre. When I drove through Maikammer in July 2011, I saw that extensive road work was in progress, so I believe that there will be a ring road in the future with maybe more parking outside.
Train station of Maikammer is located east of town, between Maikammer and the village of Kirrweiler.
In case you want to travel to Waldhaus Wilhelm, I am almost sure that you would need a taxi. Busses might only leave up to Kalmit during the day.
Location of Maikammer train station (Maikammer-Kirrweiler) on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., July 2011.
Several of these kinds of vineyard storage huts were built in Rheinhessen region, north of Palatinate. I discovered them some time ago near the village of Flonheim. And obviously they were so practical that several of them were also built in Palatinate’s wine region. A very beautiful one is located south of Maikammer. Sadly the vineyard owners have...more
Madonna statues are quite popular in regions with Catholic population, especially in bishoprics which were or still are very dominant. Maikammer is no exception and thus religious statues of the Madonna, angels or saints decorate many houses. Another beautiful example of the religious ties is the pink sandstone cross at the fork of roads just west...more
During Easter season, many houses in Maikammer are very nicely decorated with all kind of Easter related symbols. Eggs are colouring the village. The main fountains are specially decorated as well.And during June, Brunnekerwe (fountain festival) is being celebrated in Maikammer’s suburb Alsterweiler. The fountain in front of the church is very...more
Maikammer’s location at the slope of Palatinate Forest’s highest peak, Kalmit, makes it an ideal base for any kind of hiking and cycling. A lot of rather flat paths lead through the vineyards which makes these a very much relaxed hiking.
One nice hike would be for example to leave Maikammer via Sankt Martin Strasse (Sankt Martin Street), pass the ugly brown-white building (signs on it say BG Chemie) and walk towards the Italian storage hut south of it. Walk direction Sankt Martin and turn north where it says “Pfälzer Mandelpfad” (Palatinate Almond Blossom Path, second photo). On that path Hambach Castle is always in sight and the hike ends in Alsterweiler suburb near the little chapel with the interesting old altarpiece.
Many more advanced hiking paths lead up to Kalmit peak with its radio/TV tower on the top. The paths lead through thick forest and up on the hill are two snack stations, famous and in business since a long time: Totenkopf Hütte and Kalmit-Haus. They are open on weekends, usually from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The dishes are very much reasonable, the most expensive is 5 Euro and even a cup of coffee is only 1 Euro!
More paths can be picked on the interactive hiking path map of Maikammer and surroundings.
Cyclists also love the hills near Maikammer. The best way up to Kalmit is definitely the road that leads uphill from Maikammer because it seems to be less popular with cars (cars drive up via Sankt Martin). And a funny detail for cyclists can be found at the road up to Kalmit: a Stoppomat or stamp machine where cyclists can stamp their start time. Another one is on top of Kalmit peak.
In a short video about cycling in and around Maikammer some cycling paths can be watched, including the stamp machine.
© Ingrid D., August 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)