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Mehlinger Heide - A Pleasant Walk Amongst Purple Fields of Heather

Depending on the season, you can find these 3.5 km of hiking trails surrounded by expansive and vibrant fields of heather in Mehlingen, Germany. Unfortunately, I made it to the fields a little too late this year, and most of the blooms had begun to fade. However, I was happy to find some areas still in color while exploring the fields!


I suggest you go ASAP to catch what little is left! Or make sure to mark your calendars around July to watch for blooms during the 2024 season.


Mehlinger Heide - Heather Way - National Reserve Mehlingen Germany - Purple Flower Fields & Hiking Trails

First, I would like to thank the Kaiserslautern Day Tripper for posting about this unique national reserve not far from the KMC area! It was only a 30-minute drive from my house and relatively easy to access with the instructions she gave in her post. She went when everything was in full bloom and had beautiful blue skies compared to the grey foggy expanse I was greeted with this morning. Totally jealous!


Mehlinger Heide - Heather Way - National Reserve Mehlingen Germany - Purple Flower Fields & Hiking Trails

If all the purple flowers and cleared trail aren't enough of an indicator, a sign points the way to the "Heideweg" or "Heather Way."


Mehlinger Heide - Heather Way - National Reserve Mehlingen Germany - Purple Flower Fields & Hiking Trails

Several trails snake through the area. The path my friend Nichole and I followed was indicated by an owl (see above). It was funny because we met up with a bunch of ladies from the KMC Child Free Fun Group, and when I stopped to take photos, they kept walking, and we lost them (whoops). We apparently went in opposite directions because Nichole and I never saw them again (too funny).


Mehlinger Heide - Heather Way - National Reserve Mehlingen Germany - Purple Flower Fields & Hiking Trails

The ONE thing I wish I had known was that it's not just loose sandy dirt; it is RED loose sandy dirt. The kind that can stain your shoes and clothes. I recommend not wearing white shoes or anything you wouldn't mind getting dirty. I unfortunately wore my light-colored Birkenstocks, and I will have to see if giving them a good wash will fix it (crying inside).



There are so many beautiful views! During our walk, we saw almost no one along the way, but I would attribute that to it being a weekday possibly.


Mehlinger Heide - Heather Way - National Reserve Mehlingen Germany - Purple Flower Fields & Hiking Trails

They also have many scenic sitting areas provided to relax and enjoy the view. This bench was wet, hence why Nichole was standing instead of sitting (she made me a little nervous but assured me it was sturdy).


Mehlinger Heide - Heather Way - National Reserve Mehlingen Germany - Purple Flower Fields & Hiking Trails

This might be my favorite photo I took today (above)!



You won't only find heather along the way! There's plenty of other foliage and flowers.


I'm a sucker for anything green and pretty!



There are also some educational/informational booths along the way.


Near the parking lot, there is even a playground!


A quick bit of history about how the fields came to be before we move on to the second half of our trip: Initially covered in trees, the area was targeted for deforestation in the early 1900s and used as parade grounds. Later, the German military utilized it as training grounds until WWII ended. The French armed forces then took over until around 1994. After it was no longer needed and abandoned, the forest began to take back its home. The fields we see today are preserved, not natural, and maintained through human intervention.



Now on to the Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof!! My new favorite place for meetups.


Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof & Secco Bar - Mehlingen, Germany - Food & Drink

Guys, this place is fantastic, and I'm so MAD no one told me about it till now!!!


What is a dampfnudel? It is a steamed dumpling, and a proper dampfnudel's bottom is fried. It's not right unless it has a caramelized salty bottom. You can eat them plain or served with a dipping sauce such as the vanilla one above. I enjoy the sweet and salty combination and always order the sauce. This should be on your list if you want to try traditional German food!


Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof & Secco Bar - Mehlingen, Germany - Food & Drink

Why did I love this place? Well, not only did it have tons of seating (outdoors only) and yummy food, but it also has a fancy secco bar!!


Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof & Secco Bar - Mehlingen, Germany - Food & Drink

I couldn't contain my excitement when I saw one of the girls walk back after ordering this drink! It's called a Heide-Mary and contains prosecco, sparkling water, violet syrup, ice, and lavender, and is topped with a little poof of cotton candy! All I saw was cotton candy, and I knew I had to have one.


It was everything I wanted and more.


Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof & Secco Bar - Mehlingen, Germany - Food & Drink

They even have espresso martinis! Colleen ordered this one, which will be my go-to drink now. I don't usually see these on the menu, so imagine my surprise when I saw an advertisement at the bar!


Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof & Secco Bar - Mehlingen, Germany - Food & Drink

Don't even get me started on this charcuterie board... Beautifully done and delectable.


I need to move on with this blog section because I'm getting quite hungry and thirsty now...


Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof & Secco Bar - Mehlingen, Germany - Food & Drink

They have live music on Wednesday nights and are open seasonally from March to November (I'm sure the exact dates depend on the weather). I highly suggest making a reservation on weekends and nights when an event is going on.


It was a great day from beginning to end. Thank you, ladies, for coming out and making my day a little bit brighter!


Additional Information:


Mehlinger Heide Google Maps:


Mehlinger Heide Parking Lot:


Mehlinger Heide Website:


Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof Google Maps:


Pfälzer Dampfnudelhof Website:


Kaiserslautern Day Tripper's Blog Post:


I appreciate your support.

Happy adventures!

- Allie


Please enjoy the slideshow below (click on the arrow) for all photos from my visit.








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