Eckbach Mill Path

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Eckbach Mill Path
2006 Dirmstein-Eckbachweg.jpg
Wooden signpost with logo and name
Length 23 km
Location Leiningerland (Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate)
Trailheads Hertlingshausen
49°29′47.2″N 8°0′52.5″E / 49.496444°N 8.014583°E / 49.496444; 8.014583 (Eckbach Mill Path (start))
49°33′34.5″N 8°14′43″E / 49.559583°N 8.24528°E / 49.559583; 8.24528 (Eckbach Mill Path (end))
Use Hiking
Elevation change 200 m
Highest point 308 m
Lowest point 108 m
Hiking details
Trail difficulty easy
Season all-year round
Waymark wooden signposts with the logo
Sights 23 historic mills, mill museum, many other structural monuments

The Eckbach Mill Path (German: Eckbach-Mühlenwanderweg) is a footpath in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is 23 kilometres long and runs gently downhill along the Eckbach river through the Leiningerland in the northeast of the Palatinate region.[1]


Western end: the source of the Eckbach with its Ritterstein (with the inscription Eckbach-Ursprung, "Eckbach source", above)

The trail runs from west to east/northeast through the collective municipalities of Hettenleidelheim and Grünstadt-Land. It links nine villages and 23 of the original 35 water mills, running from the Palatinate Forest through the vineyards along the German Wine Road to the edge of the Upper Rhine Plain. The height difference between the start and end points (Hertlingshausen 308 metres, Dirmstein 108 metres) is 200 metres, the cumulative gain and loss over the generally gently descending route is only 250 metres, hence its difficulty is assessed as easy.

The route, which is accessible all year round, is marked by wooden signposts, made and maintained by voluntary workers. They bear the mill logo and the name Eckbach-Mühlenwanderweg. The logo depicts a house and waterwheel above a wavy line and was designed by Cosmas Kösters from Kirchheim in a school competition. The wavy line symbolizes the Eckbach, the stylized house with a water wheel represents a mill.


The path was created as a tourist attraction initiative of mill researcher, Wolfgang Niederhöfer, from Kleinkarlbach. On 12 October 1997 it was inaugurated by the minister president of Rhineland-Palatinate, Kurt Beck, in Großkarlbach, the village with the most surviving mills (six of seven). The suggestion made at the time to make the Großkarlbacher village mills a cultural monument and create the Leiningerland Mill Museum (Mühlenmuseum Leiningerland) was achieved in 2007.

Originally the route began by the Eckbachweiher pond and was only 19 kilometres long,[2] but in 2000 it was extended by 4 kilometres upstream to the source of the Eckbach in Hertlingshausen.[1]

Places and mills[edit]

  1. Hertlingshausen[A 1]
  2. Altleiningen[A 2]
  3. Neuleiningen-Tal[A 3]
    1. Obermühle ("Upper Mill")
    2. Felsenmühle[A 4] ("Rock Mill")
  4. Kleinkarlbach
    1. Walkmühle ("Waulk Mill")
    2. Wiesenmühle ("Pastureland Mill")
    3. Bann- and Backmühle
    4. Strohmühle ("Straw Mill")
    5. Schleifmühle ("Grinding Mill")
    6. Langmühle ("Long Mill")
  5. Kirchheim an der Weinstraße
    1. Kandelmühle or Oligmühle
    2. Eselsmühle ("Donkey Mill")
    3. Kochsche Mühle (locally known as the Gräfliche Leininger Mühle, "Leiningen Comital Mill")
  6. Bissersheim
    1. Bruchmühle
    2. Haldmühle ("Mill in the Hollow")
    3. Bergmühle ("Hill Mill")
  7. Großkarlbach
    1. Mühle am Weiher ("Mill by the Pond")
    2. Schlossmühle[A 5]
    3. Rheinmühle ("Rhine Mill")
    4. Village mills[A 6]
    5. Pappelmühle ("Poplar Mill")
    6. Heckmühle
  8. Laumersheim
    1. Weidenmühle ("Meadow Mill")
    2. Hornungsmühle
  9. Dirmstein[A 7]
    1. Spormühle[A 8]
Footnotes to the list:
  1. ^ Point of interest: the source of the Eckbach in the parish of Kleinfrankreich
  2. ^ Point of interest: the 20-Pipe Well which supplies the Eckbach
  3. ^ Point of interest: the Eckbachweiher pond
  4. ^ Felsenmühle guest house and tourist inn
  5. ^ Frank’s Bodega disco since 2009
  6. ^ Leiningerland Mill Museum (Mühlenmuseum Leiningerland) since 2007
  7. ^ The former Lower Mill was converted in the 19th century into a farmstead (Hofgut) which is now protected.
  8. ^ Spormühle art gallery and country hotel


  1. ^ a b Verbandsgemeinde Hettenleidelheim, ed. (in German), Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust... auf dem Rad-, Kneipp- und Eckbach-Mühlenwanderweg 
  2. ^ Verbandsgemeinde Grünstadt-Land; Wolfgang Niederhöfer, eds. (in German), Einweihung des Mühlenwanderweges am 12.10.1997 


  • Verbandsgemeinde Grünstadt-Land; Wolfgang Niederhöfer, eds. (1997) (in German), Einweihung des Mühlenwanderweges am 12.10.1997 : Festschrift, Grünstadt und Kleinkarlbach 
  • Verbandsgemeinde Hettenleidelheim, ed. (2001) (in German), Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust... auf dem Rad-, Kneipp- und Eckbach-Mühlenwanderweg, Hettenleidelheim 

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