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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.
Updated Jul 24, 2011
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 (just in case, RickS or others come along and think they can steal texts).
Updated Aug 5, 2011