The 35 km circuit is characterised by alternating dense forests and villages nestled in open valley meadows. The Franco-German Palatinate Forest-North Vosges Biosphere Reserve is the first cross-border biosphere reserve in Europe to be recognised by UNESCO. Lavish sandstone formations and countless rock castles dominate the landscape. With forestry and agricultural roads accounting for 80% of the route, the Biosphere Tour offers an incredibly beautiful glimpse of this landscape dominated by majestic forests. The park’s natural connections are experienced at close quarters in and around the Biosphere House in Fischbach, for instance high on the treetop path featuring information panels and interactive stations.
Difficulty level: Suitable for everyday cyclists, bikes can be pushed up the two climbs if necessary.
- 29 km of forest tracks and agricultural roads
- 5 km of cycle paths
- 5 km on urban roads with no cycle paths
- No rural roads
28 km of asphalt surfaces
7 km of crushed brick/stone paths
- Dahn - Fischbach, 17 km (110 m of ascent, 90 m of descent). The eastern half: Heads south in the Lauter valley and across a briefly ascending watershed into the Sauer valley in the southern Palatinate to Fischbach. The Biosphere House is located on the cycle route.
- Fischbach - Dahn, 18 km (165 m of ascent, 180 m of descent). The western half: Through the valleys of two small streams and over a significant peak, solely on forest tracks and former military roads through dense forest back to Dahn.
Two peaks pose a challenge for cyclists, but are neither steep nor long, and can be managed by all cyclists when travelling in the right direction. There are approximately 80 m of ascent between the Wieslauter and the Sauer, each around 2 km with a gradient of up to 4%. The second peak through the Fischbach and Moosbach valleys features noticeable inclines with around 100 m of ascent. The inclines cover 5 km from Dahn, and just 1.5 km from Fischbach. Should anyone wish to make the Biosphere Tour a little easier, they can take the circular route from Dahn via the Neudahner Weiher pond to Fischbach and return via Rumbach.
Refreshments along the route: local restaurants in Dahn, Dahn-Reichenbach, Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, Rumbach, Fischbach and the PWV lodge in Dahn.
Rest stopsPalatinate Forest/Northern Vosges Biosphere House
Wirtshaus zum Salztrippler
Am Alten Mühlrad
Restaurant Altes Bahnhöf'l
Cafe am Markt
PWV-Hütte im Schneiderfeld
Gasthaus Landhaus "Tausendschön"
Wasgau Frischemarkt Fischbach
Safety informationCyclists must obey the German highway code (StVo).
Tips and hintsFeedback, errors or omissions? Contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.radwanderland.de (responsible for infrastructure and route description).
The South Western Palatinate is easily accessible by car from
The north via the A6 and B270
The south and east via the A65 and B10
The west via the A8 and A62
Parking66994 Dahn, Bahnhof (HP Dahn) Pirmasenser Straße oder Parkplatz Haus des Gastes, Weißenburger Straße 17.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentPlease wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.
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