Rocks, forests and hospitality — trail paradise in the Palatinate

Mountain Biking Collection by
komoot

As you stand in front of a cliff carved out of sandstone—a feature so typical here in the Palatinate Forest—you can't help but feel impressed. Jumping back on the bike, you wind your way ever deeper into the trail network, riding past numerous stone structures that'll take your breath away. And you're truly glad you came. Welcome to the Palatinate Forest, a varied landscape that hosts a ton to offer, ranging from beautiful forest landscapes, idyllic splashing streams and varied trails, perfect for newbies and veterans alike.

Here, fun is guaranteed. Due to the undulating nature of the landscape, you will pedal uphill and roll downhill, over and over again. You'll collect a ton of elevation without ever really exhausting your legs too much—and the views from each highpoint are incredible, especially when that's enjoyed from one of the numerous castles in the region. In this sense, the Palatinate satisfies both the eyes and the stomach, with the numerous rustic castle taverns offering the perfect fare for some end-of-ride re-energizing. Speaking of which: If you want to order something local, we recommend trying the pig's stomach or liver sausage with sauerkraut. Or, as a vegetarian alternative, go for the delicious steamed noodles. At the end of your ride, indulge in a glass of locally made Reisling—the perfect way to discover the last delight of the region.

The Palatinate Forest is known for its characteristic sandstone formations. Especially around Rodalben you won't be able to escape the wonder. Conversely, the numerous trails which meander idyllically alongside small brooks are especially enjoyable. And the beauty doesn't end at the border: The trails continue through into the northern Vosges in France, an area that is nationally protected as a biosphere reserve. Nevertheless, all trails shown are officially approved, so you are always welcome. Many of the rides are designed to resemble a figure of eight. This way, you can shorten them and customize them according to your own wishes.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    04:12
    41.9 km
    10.0 km/h
    990 m
    990 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Rodalben is located on the western edge of the Palatinate Forest and you could say that this town is "a bit off the beaten track". The mere fact that Rodalben's landmarks are two sandstone cliffs suggests that you're unlikely to come here for a weekend of cultural highlights. But how about a weekend full of trail highlights on a mountain bike?For that you are exactly right in Rodalben. Here you are in the middle of the mountain bike park Palatinate Forest, which is part of the biosphere reserve Palatinate Forest and could not be more beautiful. The constant ups and downs provide variety, plus there are great, winding trails, impressive views and again and again these bizarre rock formations that will surely make you pause for a while - just to look and marvel.This tour is technically rather easy and for everyone to do. But the trails are so sexy that even experienced bike cracks get their money's worth. And a good dose of fitness definitely does not hurt. Through the constant ups and downs you make on this round properly altitude.Incidentally, Rodalben has a very different, exciting relationship with the subject of mountain biking: Here is the German headquarters of Fox, the iconic manufacturer of suspension forks and dampers, including service center and company boss, who likes to get on his bike in his free time. Maybe you'll cross his path?

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  • Difficult
    05:07
    56.1 km
    11.0 km/h
    1,010 m
    1,020 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    On this tour you drive through the beautiful Palatine woodland. This gets its name from its high-quality and closed forest, which is still remarkable today - despite mining and charcoal burning. Did you know that the most noble and expensive sessile oak is here?Where there are so many trees there are many trails around. And that's exactly what you're doing on about 56 demanding kilometers. The trails themselves are not too heavy, but every now and then a challenge awaits you, with which you can work on your technique a little, like small rock passageways or tight switchbacks. And it never gets boring. There are great highlights scattered all over the course: from the idyllic rest area on the lake to remarkable vantage points to the instructive House of Sustainability. Drive, enjoy, learn and marvel.Incidentally, if the distance is too long for you, you can shorten the tour very easily: it is designed as "Eight", in Heltersberg you can simply delete the second loop if you wish.

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  • Difficult
    05:01
    54.7 km
    10.9 km/h
    1,010 m
    1,010 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour begins chivalrous, it continues sporty and can end it with pleasure. Variety is guaranteed on these 50 kilometers and whether you are more motivated or enjoyably chilled, you will get your money's worth.This tour combines great views with really nice singletrack and always offers the option to take a break. Whether up high in the Burgschänke, on the idyllic bathing lake or in the hearty tavern is entirely up to you.

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    31.2 km
    10.4 km/h
    700 m
    700 m
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    "Three Hills Tour" is also called this round. Guess why. One of these hills got the charming name "Frankensteiner Monstertrail". And even if it all seems a bit scary to you, be sure: you will have a lot of fun here today. For the round is indeed conditionally demanding but each earned altitude brings you a piece of great descent in the wonderful terrain of the Palatinate Forest.This tour is part of the "Premium Bike Trail" certified by the DIMB ("German Initiative Mountain Bike"), which attracts with particularly high singletrack share and has nothing to do with monotonous gravel roads on the hat. Combined with our tour "Central Palatinate Forest 04 - Hochspeyer Premium Bike Trail Part 1" you can rock off a round of 63 kilometers - an action packed day tour, where you get your money's worth. After all, this short version brings it to 31 kilometers and a proud 700 meters in altitude.

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    64.3 km
    11.0 km/h
    980 m
    980 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Schopp is a historic place for all mountain bikers. Not only that top-class cross-country races are held here regularly - Schopp also has two real veterans of German cycling: Hardy and Udo Bölts. Above all, Udo was very successful as a multiple Tour de France participant in the 1990s. Exactly in this place starts the today's tour, which is completely in the sense of the sportsman with 64 kilometers quite day-filling program.The trails of this round meander along the small brook Moosalbe and spoil you with pure nature. Again and again you will come across interesting, historic buildings, all of which have to do with the topic of water. From the hammer mill to the watermill - there is a lot to discover here.If we stay with the sporty aspect, the bike park Trippstadt is definitely worth a mention. The award winning park offers a colorful mix of flowing trails, dirt jumps and steep descents, and if you can afford the little detour off the actual route, we can recommend the park to you.By the way, you can adjust this tour perfectly well, if the whole distance should be too time-consuming for you: The track runs as "Eight", at km 10.5 you can shorten very easily and leave the second dangling out.

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    32.7 km
    10.7 km/h
    550 m
    560 m
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Hochspeyer Tour of the Mountain Bike Park Palatine Forest has been certified by the DIMB ("German Initiative Mountain Bike") as a Premium Bike Trail Tour, an indication that a real gem awaits you here. So that you can really enjoy it, we have allowed ourselves to split the big round of about 65 kilometers into two smaller tours. So it remains challenging, but you do not need to plan for the whole day. And if you do not want to stop, you just hang part two with it.The highlight of this round is definitely the world axis. So not the real world axis. But the Palatine. And so an axle must be lubricated, which is celebrated once a year in a traditional event. So do not forget the chain fat;) We would now say "fun aside". But that's not really true. This short but crisp tour consists almost entirely of singletrack that will bring you a grin on your face. Have fun!

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  • Difficult
    07:19
    72.5 km
    9.9 km/h
    1,770 m
    1,770 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This exit was driven in one piece is a very nice board - 72 kilometers and neat meters have already official marathon character. But the good thing is: this tour consists of three laps to each other. So if it's too long for you, just leave a lap of honor or two and you'll have a much easier haul.We are always a fan of travel by public transport - in this case, we want to recommend this option but especially to the heart. Because only the approach with the historic Kuckucksbähnel is already a highlight. In summer, the train runs between Neustadt and Elmstein and offers at least for the last few kilometers to the starting point of the tour as a means of transport with a particularly high entertainment value.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    353 km
  • Duration
    33:33 h
  • Elevation
    7,010 m

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