Walk on the Rotenfels plateau along the largest steep face in Central Europe, through oak and beech forest. Enjoy the magnificent distant view of the Northern Palatinate Mountains.
Along the edge of the Rotenfels rock runs a long section of the trail, which offers a magnificent view of the Northern Palatinate, is the highlight of the short hike. It leads through meadowland and oak forest to the Rabenstein viewpoint, from which you look down into the Salinental Valley. An inn near the starting and finishing point invites you to stop off.
At the north-western point of the tour, also follow the signs to the Rabenfels viewpoint, the detour is worthwhile.
Rest stopsGasthaus ,,Zur Bastei"
Sturdy footwear is essential due to some rocky sections. Strong sun exposure in summer as the steep face faces south.
Warning: Oak trees can be infested with the oak processionary moth over large areas. The caterpillar of the oak processionary moth is a health hazard. The stinging hairs of the caterpillars contain a nettle poison. They can also be carried by the wind. Contact with the caterpillars can be harmful to humans and pets. Caterpillar dermatitis is particularly common, with the following symptoms: Skin rashes and redness, slight swelling of the skin, wheals, itching and burning all over the body. If the stinging hairs (which contain thaumatopoein) are inhaled, this can lead to irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, bronchitis, asthma or even allergic shock. Even after the life cycle of pupa, caterpillar and moth, the empty webs with their stinging hairs pose a threat over a longer period of time.
- Observe the warning advice
- Infested oak trees should be avoided (do not use seating groups in the vicinity).
- Caterpillars and webs must not be touched under any circumstances (never try to destroy webs yourself)
- Do not lay or sit on the ground in the vicinity of infested oak trees.
- Protect body with clothing (neck, arms)
- Lead animals on a leash, stay on the path
- Report findings: These can possibly be professionally removed with special equipment, endangered areas can be marked.
- If you have come into contact with the stinging hairs of the caterpillars, you should change your clothes and take a shower.
- Clothing must be washed at 60°C minimum
Tips and hintsMap and information
Gasthaus “Zur Bastei” - Auf dem Rotenfels 4 - 55595 Traisen - Tel: (+49) 671 / 31 701, daily from 11.00 am - 6.00 pm, closed Thursdays and Fridays
Getting thereApproach via Bad Kreuznach, B48 Salinental, exit Burgweg, keep following Burgweg (becomes a dirt road). You come to a road where you must keep right. Turn left in front of the sports field.
Arriving from Traisen: From the B 41 at Rüdesheim and Bad Kreuznach onto the L 236. Coming from Bad Kreuznach, take the first access road to Traisen. Keep driving up Rotenfelsstraße. The street is narrow, pay attention to oncoming traffic. Turn right after the sports field
Free car park 40 parking spaces.
Author’s map recommendations
Sturdy footwear and sunscreen are essential.
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