Short & crisp — passes in the Palatinate Forests

Road Cycling Collection by
komoot

The Palatinate is a special area for road biking. Not many people live in this forest, which can make the roads pleasantly quiet for cyclists who converge on the woods. You’ll pass by dry pines, red sandstone boulders and mossy beech trees. You will follow tiny, wild creeks that take you up to breathtaking viewpoints of the Rhine Plains and at the end of your Tour— after racing down these narrow forest roads—you will emerge into a sea of vineyards for which the area is so famous. These Tours help you explore this diverse area on two wheels. Almost all of them start and end at a train station and are perfect for a weekend getaway with your bike.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    02:23
    38.2 km
    16.0 km/h
    1,020 m
    1,020 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    This tour starts and ends at the Maikammer-Kirrweiler station and then leads you over the neatest ascent of the Palatinate from the saddle perspective. On the backside of the Kalmit, the narrow and beautiful Totenkopfstraße takes you through a showpiece Palatinate Forest: dry pine forests alternate with dense, mossy beech trees, while on the way a red sandstone lurches through the vegetation and there are also some hairpin bends and curves over steep slopes it.Last but not least, the road then follows a small, wild stream, where it slowly runs flat. Short stop in Breitenstein, feed an energy bar and then the whole back again. After defeating Kalmit a second time, you can let it roll! A highlight is again the 180 ° turn over the Rhine plain and the exit from the forest, where you find yourself again in a sea of ​​grapevines.Caution: The Kalmit and Totenkopfstraße are heavily used at the weekend. It's best to save up for a few less busy days to fully enjoy them.

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  • Difficult
    01:33
    30.6 km
    19.7 km/h
    460 m
    430 m
    Expert road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The start is the train station in Wilgartswiesen and the tour ends at the station in Münchweiler a. d. Rodalb.Also on this tour it goes again through the dense Palatinate Forest. First, you pick up your fat on the rise to the hamlet Hermersbergerhof and then roll very relaxed on the plateau on a very little traveled and beautiful forest road in the direction of Leimen. On the way you should definitely stop at the Luitpoldtturm, from which you can enjoy a 360 ° view over the core zone of the Palatinate Forest. From Leimen it goes to last good steadily downhill to the station in Münchweiler.

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  • Intermediate
    01:01
    20.7 km
    20.3 km/h
    320 m
    320 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Short, relaxed round from the train station in Albersweiler. The tour is a nice excursion into the Palatinate landscape: First, it goes along the foothills and meadows of the Eußerbachs, then slowly but steadily, until you have to pedal behind Dernbach and Ramberg a few times. After about 200 meters you can then let it roll downhill again to Modenbachtal. Here you drive out of the Modenbachtal in the direction of vineyards. At Burrweiler we go to the wine route, which you have to share briefly between Gleisweiler and Frankweiler with a few more cars than usual, and then meanders between Frankweiler and Albersweiler through beautiful vineyards.

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  • Intermediate
    01:57
    38.3 km
    19.6 km/h
    540 m
    540 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour starts and ends at the main station in Landau i.d. Palatinate. A short, fine ride into the quiet Modenbachtal. From Landau main station, it goes constantly uphill to the foothills of the forest. You drive through some of the most beautiful villages in the whole Palatinate, which are all embedded in a sea of ​​vineyards. After Burrweiler you enter the shady forest and follow the Modenbach on a small pass road, which is very little traveled. It goes from the valley about 250 meters uphill and then just as fast downhill. The north side of the road towards the end a few potholes, but otherwise you can let it roll properly here!

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    36.2 km
    14.6 km/h
    620 m
    620 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The round trip starts and ends at the train station in Albersweiler.
    From the train station in Albersweiler you break into the Eußertal, at the end of which begins the ascent to the Taubensuhl in the village of the same name. This is certainly one of the crisp in the Palatinate with about 400 meters. After you have driven through the asphalt road on the pigeon chair to the end (it breaks off abruptly and becomes the gravel road), you turn around and dows down the whole thing again. On the way back you can decide, if you take the 200 meters on the side street to the clinic in Eußertal, or if you let it relax and drive back to the train station to Albersweiler.

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  • Difficult
    02:36
    42.7 km
    16.5 km/h
    760 m
    690 m
    Expert road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The tour starts in Albersweiler at the station and ends at the train station in Wilgartswiesen. After a relaxed warm-up through the Eußertal, you must conquer the steep approach to the Forsthaus Taubbensuhl. Once at the top, it continues for a few hundred meters on the finest asphalt, until the road turns abruptly into a dirt road. Continue for about 2 km on this forest path, which is the only connection to Johanniskreuz, from where you can again jet on perfect asphalt through endless forests. It pays to bite your teeth and drive over the gravel (or push), the rest of the route on a poorly traveled, narrow winding road and the descent from Hermersbergerhof are a dream!Attention: On the way, about 2km on gravel / unpaved forest road are covered.

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  • Difficult
    03:30
    57.2 km
    16.3 km/h
    1,180 m
    1,200 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The tour starts at the train station in Albersweiler and ends at the train station in Maikammer. It is an absolute dream tour over some of the best roads in the Palatinate Forest. You can even take in quite a few altitude meters. You start in Albersweiler, from where you can warm up on a flat road through the Eußertal. At the end of the valley, the first hurdle is already waiting for you: the climb to the dove chair. Once at the top, it continues for a few hundred meters on the finest asphalt, until the road turns abruptly into a dirt road.Continue for about 2 km on this forest path (Gravel), which is the only connection to Johanniskreuz, from where you can jet on perfect asphalt through endless forests. It pays to bite your teeth and drive over the gravel (or to push), the rest of the way over the wonderful meandering road to Iggelbach, the Totenkopfstraße and last but not least the descent from the Kalmit are a true racing cyclist dream!Attention: On the way, about 2km on gravel / unpaved forest road are covered.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    264 km
  • Duration
    15:30 h
  • Elevation
    4,910 m

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