Western Palatinate Moor Lowland – “In the Bog”
The Western Palatinate Moor stretches over the western Palatinate at a length of 38 kilometers. Up to the 1930s peat was cut there and used mainly as heating material. Today the landscape is shaped more by meadows and pastures with grazing cattle. The local fish farming goes back to the 12th century when Benedictine and Cistercian monks were the first to dam up springs and streams to breed fish, an important source of food at that time. With a width of 3 kilometers Scheidelberger Woog was the largest of these fish ponds. Around 770 it was drained and its peat extracted.
The section located in our community is classified as a nature reserve and invites you for hiking and biking tours.
Westrich Plateau – “Up on the Heights”
Looking out northward from the heights on a clear day you have a wonderful view of the North Palatine Hills. Toward the west you see as far as the Saarland and in the south you can make out Lorraine and Alsace. The Westrich Plateau is also called “Sickinger Höhe” (Sickingen Heights). It was named after the famous knight Franz von Sickingen whose castle ruin Nanstein perches above Landstuhl and is still worth a visit. Today the plateau consists mainly of pastures. But you can also find fields where wheat, barley, and potatoes are grown. Have you ever tasted potato schnapps? It is still distilled in Lambsborn.
Elendsklamm – Ravine
Access: along road L 464 from Bruchmühlbach to Lambsborn, parking at “Bierkeller” parking lot and follow the signs B8 through the forest
Located in the woods near Bruchmühlbach, the so-called Elendsklamm is a ravine with a length of 3 km (1.9 miles). As it is unique from a historical and botanical point of view, the ravine is a very impressive natural landmark. It is very narrow and shady. Since the responsible forestry commission office kept the landmark untouched, a primeval piece of woodland was formed in a way you rarely get to see. In the course of history the ravine repeatedly played an important role as a political and religious border.
Attention: Hikers have to master various stairs and climbs, the trail is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs! Please wear sturdy shoes!
Address: Dorfstrasse 13, 66892 Bruchmühlbach-Miesau/ District Vogelbach
The structure was built in the 12th century. Originally it was a church with a pilgrims hostelry which was an important stopover for the pilgrims on the “Way of St. James”. The church is a little younger than the Speyer Cathedral today the church is one of the oldest and mostbeautiful cultural monuments of the Palatinate. In 1986 it was added to the list of “protected cultural heritage” according to the Hague Convention.
Palatinate Route of St. James
For about 1000 years people have gone on pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, to the tomb of St. James, in the northwest of Spain. 13 kilometers of this trail cross the community of Bruchmühlbach-Miesau. The trail is marked with a white scallop on a blue background.