The mighty stone Devil's Table, the landmark of the Dahner Rocklands, is surrounded by a mysterious legend.
One night the devil went for a walk here. Very tired and hungry, he was looking for a rest stop. With glowing eyes he scoured the entire Palatinate Forest. Nowhere could he find a job that lived up to his claim. Full of rage and anger, he grabbed three huge boulders and set them to a table. After he had dined there, he left again. He left the table behind.
When the first rays of the sun drove the night, people saw the work. Many were sure, "Here must the devil have fed!" Only one was brave and incredulous. "That can not be, then I will eat with him the following night immediately!". As the sun slowly disappeared behind the rocks, the young man started.
At the twelfth hour, in the far distance, a bitter cry interrupted the silence of the night. The young man was never seen again and the mysterious work got the name "Teufelstisch".
The Devil's Table is a red sandstone mushroom rock reminiscent of a one-legged table. Through erosion over millions of years, the softer surface components surrounding it have been removed, while the hard rock core has stopped. The natural monument I about 11 meters high and the table top measures about 50 square meters. The weight is estimated at 284 tons. On the tabletop is a younger pine, after a storm in 1999, the approximately 6 -meter-high pine a hail storm victims. The natural monument was already four times a motif of a stamp, most recently in 2014 a 60-cent stamp of Deutsche Post.
The top highlight in Daner Felsenland. Here you can have a picnic where the devil once dined. And always the worry if you sit underneath: is the table top up?
But do not worry, it will not fall until about 1000 years, then the table legs have completely fallen victim to erosion.
This is an 11 m high mushroom rock made of sandstone, which reminds of a one-legged table. On it is an oversized tabletop, three meters thick and it measures about 50 square meters. The weight of this monster is estimated at 284 tons. Students of the University of Göttingen are surveying every year and it is said that the rock can be admired for another 1000 years. On the table top is a younger pine, after a about 6 m high pine fell victim to a hail storm.
At the beginning and at the end of the tour there is a playground. A good motivator to inspire children.
The short cut goes about 200 meters a trail through the forest down on a forest road.
... otherwise all trails are hiking and forest trails.
The complete tour is about 9 km long.
The Teufelstisch itself lead stairs.
Except the playground is the complete tour in the forest.
The devil's table at Hinterweidenthal is a 14 m high, reminiscent of a table mushroom rock in the German part of the Wasgau, the southern Palatinate Forest (Rhineland-Palatinate).
It is one of the most striking and well-known rock formations in the Dahn Rockland and accordingly well visited.
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