Karstal Gorge in Palatinate Forest in autumn is a photographer’s dream
Fall is upon us, and the leaves on the trees are peaking in color.
The rush is on to get those beautiful fall photographs before the sky turns gray and the trees go naked.
About 8 miles south of Kaiserslautern, there is a place where photos exist at every turn and the light shines through the trees with a heavenly glow.
Karlstalschlucht, or Karlstal Gorge, in the Palatinate Forest, was designed by Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell, a famous German landscape gardener in the 1780s. The Moosalbe stream trail has a gazebo, benches and several wooden foot bridges that cross over the stream.
Large moss-covered boulders line the hillside and stream, and there are plenty of places to stop for a photo or selfie. Be careful; the moss is slippery.
The water flows quickly over the rocks, creating small waterfalls, great for long-exposure photos. All one needs is a tripod and a little camera knowledge. Setting your camera to a three- or four-second shutter will give you a photo worthy of displaying.
A cellphone also can be used to create stunning photographs. There’s no need to hire someone; just point and shoot. Even at noon, the trees break up the light and what is left rivals a professional photo studio.
Up the hill in Trippstadt is Klug’sche Muehle, a restaurant with great food, cold beer and even a playground for the kids. Ducks and white swans swim in the pond next to the restaurant and seem to be used to humans.
With more than 30 hiking trails in the area, the choices for exploring are endless. It can be an easy hike, or for those wanting adventure, just get off the path.
DIRECTIONS: The recommended starting point for the Karlstalschlucht is on the L500 just outside Trippstadt. Just follow the main street, Hauptstrasse, through town, and continue as it turns into Karlstalstrasse. Keep right to stay on the road, also known as the L500. There’s a pull-off near the trail head and a big parking lot about 150 yards farther down the road on the left.
TIMES: Open all year.
FOOD: Klug’sche Muehle, Wilensteinermuehle 1, 67705 Trippstadt