Photo-Hike to Geiersteine

Photo-Hike to Geiersteine
Photo-Hike to Geiersteine

The Geiersteine (Vulture Rocks) is one of the most popular photo motives in the Palatinate Forest and is part of the low mountain range of the Wasgau. The nearest parking lot (1) is only one kilometer away from the impressive rock formation, directly on the L495 road near Lug (Palatinate). Therefore, you can reach the huge massif within a 20-minute walk. Check out this fantastic Photo-Hike…

Geiersteine

Geiersteine at sunrise
Geiersteine at sunrise

The path leads to the so-called Geierturm (2). Detached from it you will find the impressive and free-standing rocks Geierschnabel and Geierkopf (Vulture’s Beak and Vulture’s Head). They have a height of 45 meters. This place is especially interesting for photos of the sunrise.

Lug (Pfalz)

The view over Lug (Pfalz)
The view over Lug (Pfalz)

From the Geiersteine the circular hike continues to the long ridge of Heischberg Mountain (412 m a.s.l.) in northern direction. After 600 meters the trees fade to the left side and if we climb a big flat rock (3) we get a good view of the village Lug (Pfalz). At sunset, we get a nice photo motive here – framed by the high trees on both sides.

Runder Hut

Runder Hut
Runder Hut

700 meters further north we reach the Runder Hut (Round Hat) (4). This is a really bizarrely shaped rock. It consists of a larger boulder that rests on the lower rock on four points. In between, there is a hollow space that is just big enough to crawl inside. From here, you have a beautiful view to the east to Trifels Castle. To the north, there is the beautiful Rimbach Valley with the Kaisermühle (an old mill).

The way back follows the eastern flank of Heischberg Mountain in southern direction. To do so, you first descend a few steep serpentines directly beside the rock. Afterward, you take a comfortable path through the forest down into the valley.

 

If my Photo-Hike to Geiersteine inspired you to own photographs, please leave a comment down below.

 


Here you can download a detailed PDF Sheet of this photo spot for printing. It contains a description of the location and tips on how to get there. The file contains both an English and a German version.


Here you can see a video from Geiersteine by the famous german photographer Stephan Wiesner:

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