From Gimbelhof to Obersteinbach

From Gimbelhof to Obersteinbach

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A forest crossing to discover many castles in ruins to unforgettable points of view!
This crossing of the Gimbelhof in Obersteinbach allows you to pass close to many ruins of castles, including Fleckenstein, Froensbourg, Wasigenstein and Petit Arnsberg.


From Gimbelhof, go down to hill 308 and continue on the D525 (no traffic except for cyclists and coaches), parallel to the charbonnier trail (reserved for pedestrians), to the car park of Fleckenstein Castle.

Follow a technical descent for 1 km. Cross the D925 then head right and 1.2 km, join the circular path of Fuchsberg. Cape on the left. After 1.3 km, follow the forest road of Les Chemins Pédonculés which passes at the foot of the Château de la Froensbourg, to the shelter, side 216. Small climb over 1.7 km to the Hichtenbach pass.
Head left and after 2 km, crossing with the D190 that we take 250 m with a view of the Castle Wasigenstein. Turn left, technical descent on Obersteinbach, crossing the bridge over Langenbach. At the junction with the D3, turn right to Obersteinbach Town Hall.

  • Departure : Gimbelhof, Lembach
  • Arrival : Rue Principale, Obersteinbach
  • Towns crossed : Lembach, Niedersteinbach, and Obersteinbach

2 points of interest

  • Castle-church-abbey

    Fleckenstein fortified Chateau

    Built on a sandstone promontory 20 m high, 125 m long and 8 to 15 m wide at an altitude of 370 m, the castle has existed since the 12th century to control the roads to Lorraine and Haguenau. After the sieges of 1276 and 1315, it was restored in the 15th century, redesigned and modernized in the 16th century, but destroyed in 1680. The rock, cut vertically, was dug out to build chambers. On the upper platform there are remains of the 15th century palace and a chapel.
  • Refuge-shelters

    Katzenthal refuge


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Access and parking

From Wissembourg, take the D3 towards Climbach. In Climbach, turn right into Wingen street and continue on the D503 until Gimbelhof.

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