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Palatinate hiking menu — day and half day hikes

Palatinate hiking menu — day and half day hikes

Hiking Collection by Pfalz

17

Tours

54:59 h

116 mi

16,100 ft

The locals call it the “Sea of Rocks”. Some ambitious hiking guidebooks have even dubbed the area around Dahn the “Monument Valley of Palatinate”. Although this is a little exaggerated, the Palatinate Forest sure is a stunning spot with all its red and brown sandstone pinnacles and large stretches of sparsely populated forest. There’s another curiosity awaiting you in the forest and you will love it if you’re a fan of extended joy hikes: Along with an incredibly dense network of hiking trails and paths, the forest sports the highest density of traditional huts in all of Germany. That means incredibly good and inexpensive, down-to-earth regional food and local wine in a neat and hospitable atmosphere. The huts are mostly located in the middle of the forest thus you often don’t have to bring any snacks with you and always have a safe harbour within reach in case of rapid weather changes. Next to bizarre sandstone towers and culinary highlights you find a large number of medieval castles and ruins scattered over the hills of the Wasgau - as the heart of the Palatinate Forest is called. Almost all of them are free of entry charge and offer unique opportunities to explore the long-ago history of knights and kings. To put it in a nutshell: The Palatinate Forest is a joy hiker’s paradise. We collected these marvellous routes for you so you don’t get lost in the jungle of hiking opportunities in this gorgeous spot.

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    8.98 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Rocks, castles, bears ... Well, not quite. Although there are no longer any bears in the Palatinate Forest, rocks and castles are even more so.

    

    The premium hiking trail starts in contemplative Bruchweiler-Bärenbach (hence the name of the trail) and then leads you through the heart of the Wasgau, which

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    9.75 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Why is there a cobbler's path here? The area is historically known for making shoes of all kinds. Did you know that Adidas grew up near Hauenstein, near Pirmasens? The founder, Adi Dassler, has his family roots there. Even today, a few small factories and museums testify to the history of footwear in

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    5.04 mi
    1.9 mph
    975 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    As bad as the name suggests, this hike is not. But on the contrary! Instead of hellish climbs you can expect heavenly tranquility in the secluded forest and bombastic views of the Friedrichsfelsen and the lower village of Lug.

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  • Intermediate
    03:22
    7.21 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Rock over rocks. Long, narrow, thin, tall, tall, brittle, solid, mossy, gray, red, brown ... No wonder the area around Dahn is called the "sea of ​​rocks". Here you really get to see all possible formations, washouts and structures of the Palatinate Buntsandstein.

    

    The Napoleon Trail demands some stamina

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  • Difficult
    03:39
    7.91 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Pack the swimming trunks, it goes into the Dahner Felsenmeer!

    

    Nonsense. With sturdy shoes and hiking outfit you are better advised here, the sea here is mainly dry, red-brownish and slightly porous. In many a hiking guide to the area around Dahn because of the omnipresent Buntsandstein already the southern

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  • Intermediate
    04:22
    9.41 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A wonderful tour that will take you not only through enchanting and enchanted forests with lovingly designed wooden figures, but with all the signs and diagrams is also really informative. For example, you learn something about how loose sand turns into sandstone or why there are so many volcanoes in

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    7.04 mi
    2.2 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour is not only naturally beautiful, but it leads past two idyllic lakes and the bizarre rock formations of the Rumberg rock. No, she is also informative. Here, very close to the German-French border, there was a special-weapons camp of the NATO, which was built here in times of the cold war. This

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    7.74 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At that time, a long, long time ago, the famous King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in the castle of Trifels. The castle was then one of the most important festivals in the country and is still one of the great landmarks of the Palatinate. At that time, in addition to the prisoners, the imperial

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  • Intermediate
    03:12
    7.76 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Here's an idea of ​​what the Rhine plain looked like before the great river was straightened. The path leads you through one of the few internationally protected and still ecologically intact landscapes. You will run along the Michelsbach for a few kilometers, passing yellow fields of iris, grass and

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    5.80 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    "Sleeping Beauty" - this is the romantic holiday and wine village Dörrenbach meant - one of the most popular because most beautiful villages in the Palatinate. In 1975, the contemplative town was even awarded the title of Most Beautiful Village on the Wine Route. The fabulously quiet location exudes

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    6.11 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Through the heart of the Southern Palatinate, this trail leads you on narrow paths and past imposing rocks. Thereby a spectacular panorama from the Rötzenstein awaits you, which gives you the view over a sea of ​​trees. Especially daring people dare to reach the top of the rock for a better view. But

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  • Easy
    01:49
    3.84 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short and easy premium tour is ideal for a hike with children. The many rocks promise enough variety on the way and the views, such as the Geiersteinen or the round hat, let the little ones get pretty big eyes.

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    6.04 mi
    2.1 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At the end of this tour the probably best known of all Palatine rocks is waiting for you: the Teufelstisch. With his legendary history he has already attracted generations of school classes on hiking days or less ambitious hikers, the approach to him is very simple and short.

    

    Since you are one of the

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    4.87 mi
    2.0 mph
    975 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Trifels - the name indicates the three rocks that were the heart of this mighty defensive fortification. So next to the main castle, which we now call Trifels, the neighboring Anebos and the Münz were part of the castle complex.

    

    This tour takes you over all three of these historically important castles

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    5.18 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A fantastic tour through the enchanting nature of the Palatinate Forest. It is not too long and therefore well suited for families. Here, as an exception, no food to find on the way, but you can have a perfect picnic on the Falkenburg or on the dyke wall!

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    4.31 mi
    2.0 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    "Once France and back, please."

    

    You can have it. Here, on our Grenzgängerweg, you will learn a lot about the history of the German-French border. And often explained in a very clear way with personal stories that have taken place across the borders. Well suited for a hike with children.

    

    At the end of the

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  • Difficult
    04:25
    9.43 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Here it says: pure nature. First on the path of love into Finstertal and then on the Dickkopf path back out. Of course, you will also pass one of the obligatory sandstone outcrops; this one bears the name Schafsfels. Finally, the tour is rounded off with an impressive historic highlight: At the end

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    17
  • Distance
    116 mi
  • Duration
    54:59 h
  • Elevation
    16,100 ft

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