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Starting from Dahn, the Biosphere Tour is a circular route around the southern part of the Palatinate Forest-North Vosges Biosphere Reserve between the Wieslauter river in the east, the Sauer river in the south, and the small Fischbach and Moosbach brooks in the west and north respectively. The Biosphere Tour follows a leisurely route along these four stream valleys, but also features two climbs over their watersheds along quiet forest and woodland tracks without any traffic. The entire circuit is characterised by alternating dense forests and villages nestled in open valley meadows.
moderate
35.2 km
5:15 h
586 m
586 m

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.

Route characteristics: 
Route:

  • 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

Surface quality:

28 km of asphalt surfaces

7 km of crushed brick/stone paths

Route overview:

  • 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.

Author’s recommendation

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. 

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Author
Jacques Noll
Updated: April 13, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
379 m
Lowest point
190 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Palatinate Forest/Northern Vosges Biosphere House
PWV-Hütte im Schneiderfeld
Restaurant Altes Bahnhöf'l
Wirtshaus zum Salztrippler
Dorfladen Rumbach
Gasthaus Landhaus "Tausendschön"
Gasthaus "Rulka"
Am Alten Mühlrad
Anitas Kleines Cafe am Park
Bäckerei - Konditorei Bastian Fischbach
Bäckerei - Konditorei Bastian Bruchweiler
Restaurant Ratsstube
Bäckerei - Cafe Glaser mit Grilltheke
Cafe am Markt
Wasgau Frischemarkt Fischbach

Safety information

Cyclists must obey the German highway code (StVo).

Tips, hints and links

Feedback, errors or omissions? Contact us by email: radwege@lbm.rlp.de www.radwanderland.de (responsible for infrastructure and route description).

Start

66994 Dahn, Bahnhof Dahn-Süd, Im Kaltenbächel ()
Coordinates:
DD
49.148760, 7.777243
DMS
49°08'55.5"N 7°46'38.1"E
UTM
32U 410832 5444712
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Destination

66994 Dahn, Bahnhof Dahn-Süd, Im Kaltenbächel

Turn-by-turn directions

From the train station, the tour leads riders down the street named Im Kaltenbächel, along the German-French Pamina Cycle Route (Lauter Valley) to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach and Bundenthal train station. After the train station, turn right onto the country road and then ride along the Sauer Valley Cycle Route via Rumbach (from here it is worth taking a detour to Christuskirche church with its famous frescoes) to Fischbach. On the outskirts of the town, turn right to the Franco-German Palatinate Forest-North Vosges Biosphere Reserve with the unique Baumwipfel treetop path at a height of 18-35 metres.

From the Biosphere House, return to the outskirts of the village and continue along Hauptstraße to where it meets Dahner Straße. The route now continues straight along Dahner Straße and then on a small road through Wolfsägertal nature reserve. At the end of the valley, follow an agricultural road along the Fischbrunnen valley, up the mountain to the route marker on the north side of the Großer Mückenkopf mountain.

If you want to see the Hohle Fels natural monument, turn right here and follow the private road uphill for approximately 800 metres to the Hohle Fels, then retrace your steps on the way back down. At the route marker, everyone else turns left and follows the private road down to Moosbachtal nature reserve past the turn-off for Dahner Hütte lodge (open to the public, see opening times) 500 m away, which is the perfect place to stop for a break before continuing to Neudahner Weiher pond (it is a 10-minute walk from here to the ruins of Neudahn Castle).

After Neudahner Weiher pond, turn right and follow the German-French Pamina Cycle Route (Lauter Valley) back to the starting point of the tour in Dahn.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train to Bad Bergzabern or Hinterweidenthal, from there by bus to Dahn. On foot from the centre of town to the youth hostel / campsite. From May to October, the Bundenthaler und Felsenland Express sightseeing trains run on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Mannheim/Karlsruhe to Dahn train station, Dahn Süd or the Moosbachtal valley in the municipality of Dahner Felsenland

Getting there

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

Parking

66994 Dahn, Weißenburgerstraße 17 b, Haus des Gastes

Coordinates

DD
49.148760, 7.777243
DMS
49°08'55.5"N 7°46'38.1"E
UTM
32U 410832 5444712
w3w 
///dissented.airlines.hams
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

www.radwanderland.de (verantwortlich für Infrastruktur und Wegebeschreibung)“ »Radwege in der Südwestpfalz«, Maßstab 1:1200.000; »Radkarte Pfalz« Beide Karten kostenlos erhältlich bei: Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.

Karte:  Wander- und Radwanderkarte Dahner Felsenland 1:25.000, 6,90 €uro zzgl. Portokosten von 1,45 €uro 
Neu: 5. Auflage: Wandern und Radfahren im Dahner Felsenland mit den Premium-Wanderwegen, denHaupt- und Rundwanderwegen, den Radrouten sowie dem Rettungspunkte-System im Maßstab 1:25.000, ISBN 978-3-934895-95-9

 

 

Equipment

Please wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.

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Reviews

4.5
(2)
Klaus Willer
May 16, 2020 · Community
super schöne Radtour! Natur pur
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Thomas Sach
August 05, 2017 · Community
Schöne Tour mit 2 Steigungen. Aber wo es hoch geht geht, es auch wieder runter...
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
35.2 km
Duration
5:15 h
Ascent
586 m
Descent
586 m
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