Peterskopf (Haardt)

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View from the Felsenberg-Berntal nature reserve to the southwest over Leistadt to the Peterskopf

View from the Felsenberg-Berntal nature reserve to the
southwest over Leistadt to the Peterskopf

height 493.5  m above sea level NHN
location near Kallstadt ; Bad Dürkheim district , Rhineland-Palatinate ( Germany )
Mountains Palatinate Forest
Coordinates 49 ° 28 '45 "  N , 8 ° 7' 46"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 28 '45 "  N , 8 ° 7' 46"  E
Peterskopf (Haardt) (Rhineland-Palatinate)
Peterskopf (Haardt)
rock Red sandstone
particularities Bismarck Tower
Bismarck TowerPeterskopf.jpg
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The Peterskopf in the Palatinate is 493.5  m above sea level. NHN high east spur of the high plateau of Peterskopf and Heidenfels in the Palatinate Forest . It is located near Kallstadt and Bad Dürkheim , the district town of the Rhineland-Palatinate district of Bad Dürkheim . The Bismarck Tower is on its summit .



The Peterskopf rises in the Palatinate Forest-Vosges du Nord Biosphere Reserve and Palatinate Forest Nature Park in the forest area of Kallstadt . Its summit is 3.7 km west-southwest of the center of the municipality of Kallstadt, 3.4 km north-west of the center of the district town of Bad Dürkheim and 3.6 km west of the Ungstein district ; This forest marking forms an exclave at the Peterskopf , which is separated  from the rest of the municipality of Kallstadt by a Bad Dürkheim corridor north and south of Landesstrasse 518. The Isenach flows south past the spur before it runs through Bad Dürkheim.

Parts of the Haardtrand bird sanctuary are located on the Peterskopf (VSG no. 6514-401; 147.28  km² ).

Natural allocation

The Peterskopf belongs to the Palatinate Forest natural area, which is classified as a 3rd order Greater Region in the systematics of the handbook on the natural structure of Germany published by Emil Meynen and Josef Schmithüsen and its subsequent publications . If you look at the internal structure of the natural area , the Peterskopf belongs to the Lower Palatinate Forest .

In summary, the natural spatial allocation of the Peterskopf follows the following system:

  1. Greater region 1st order: Layer level land on both sides of the Upper Rhine Rift
  2. Greater region 2nd order: Palatinate-Saarland layer level land
  3. Greater region 3rd order: Palatinate Forest (170)
  4. 4th order region (main unit): Lower Palatinate Forest (170.0)
  5. 5th order region: Leininger Sporn (170.03)

The landscape of the Peterskopf falls to the south into the subunit Tal-Palatinate Forest (170.2), and to the east it leads over to the north end of the subunit Neustädter Gebirgsrand (=  Haardt ; 170.1).

Spur height

The Peterskopf is 493.5  m high. Its summit with the Bismarck tower lies in the east of the large plateau of Peterskopf and Heidenfels , which extends above the 450 m height line ; The spur height of about 487  m shown in many maps should refer to a 487.1  m high point slightly northeast of the summit . In the middle of the plateau, near a 490  m high point, there is a transmission tower ( ). About 580 m west-northwest of it is on the plateau of the Heidenfels ( 497.9  m ).


There are a number of historical sites in the vicinity of the Peterskopf: about 700 m southeast of its summit are the ruins of the Weilach farm , which was first mentioned in 1381. The stone block of the same name, which served as a cult object in Celtic times, lies on the south-east of the Teufelsstein , and on the south-east of the Teufelsstein foothills, the Kästenberg , the likewise Celtic ring wall Heidenmauer and the former Roman quarry Kriemhildenstuhl . Beyond the Isenach valley lie the medieval ruins of the Limburg monastery and the Hardenburg .

Bismarck Tower

On the summit plateau of the Peterskopf, the 36 m high Bismarck tower offers a panoramic view of the Upper Rhine Plain in the east, the Palatinate Forest in the west and its eastern edge, the Haardt , which extends from north to south, almost 400 m below . A restaurant is operated in the basement of the tower.

On May 27, 1925, the concrete ceiling of the second viewing platform collapsed while a school class was on the tower. One student died and several children were injured.


Every year in October, the Peterskopf is the destination of the Bad Dürkheim Mountain Run , which, with a length of 8,700 m and a cumulative gradient of 510 m, is the longest and steepest component of the Palatinate Mountain Run series . The spur and its surroundings are also recommended for mountain bike tours.

Traffic and walking

The winding district road  31, which connects Leistadt in the east with Höningen in the west, runs over the northern flank of the Peterskopf . The road leads over the junction ( 468.9  m ) with a forest path near the Forsthaus Lindemannsruhe restaurant ( 470  m ) ; From the hikers' car park there , it is about 700 m to the Sporn summit.

Web links

References and comments

  1. a b c d Map service of the landscape information system of the Rhineland-Palatinate nature conservation administration (LANIS map) ( notes )
  2. Map services of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation ( information )
  3. ^ Adalbert Pemöller: Geographical land survey: The natural space units on sheet 160 , Landau i. d. Palatinate. Federal Institute for Regional Studies, Bad Godesberg 1969. →  Online map (PDF; 4.2 MB).
  4. Helmut Beeger u. a .: The landscapes of Rheinhessen-Pfalz - naming and spatial delimitation. In: Reports on German regional studies , Volume 63, Issue 2, Trier 1989, pp. 327–359.
  5. Bismarck Tower Bad Dürkheim (Kallstadt, Peterskopf) , on
  6. Peterskopf Cycle Tour: The route labels from the Bad Dürkheimer Berglauf (see Sports section ) are erroneously described as relics of a local race (cycle race).