Palatinate Forest Tour
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Difficulty level: Moderate tour with several small and two steep climbs (Gelterswoog - Queidersbach has a height gain of 80 metres over 1.5 km and the Gräfenstein loop 95 metres over 1.3 km. The latter can be avoided by riding directly between Münchweiler and Hinterweidenthal on the Pirminius Cycle Route through the Waschbachtal valley).
- 30 km of forest tracks and agricultural roads
- 14 km of cycle paths
- 16 km on urban roads with no cycle paths
- 1 km on rural roads with no cycle paths
- 58 km of asphalt surfaces
- 3 km of crushed brick/stone surfaces
- Kaiserslautern - Queidersbach, 9 km (165 m of ascent, 90 m of descent): From the northern edge of the Palatinate Forest to the South West, and over the first scenic hurdle onto Sickingen Heights.
- Queidersbach - Biebermühle, 24 km (70 m of ascent, 150 m of descent): Heading south on cycle paths through the Queidersbach and Moosalbe river valleys.
- Biebermühle - Münchweiler/Rodalb, 10 km (65 m of ascent, 40 m of descent): To the east in the Rodalb valley.
- Münchweiler - Hinterweidenthal, 17.5 km (170 m of ascent, 220 m of descent): Gräfenstein high loop through dense forest.
The route in the cycle network: This important route connects Kaiserslautern with the Central Palatinate Forest.
Starting from the Barbarossa city of Kaiserslautern, with its Japanese Garden and Gartenschau park, the Palatinate Forest Tour continues to Hohenecken. Here you have the option of visiting the ruined Hohenecken Castle or enjoying a refreshing dip at Gelterswoog lido. The cycle tour continues along the country road to Queidersbach. Museum Sickinger Höhe, which is housed in a former school building, is open to the public on the first Sunday of every month. On the outskirts of town there is a shared footpath and cycle trail to the neighbouring municipality of Linden.
Burgschänke Gaststätten Betriebs GmbH
Swimming area Gelterswoog
Restaurant "Palatina Bar & Grill""
Ristorante "Da Memo"
Hotel-Rest. "Zum Schwan"
Restaurant & Lounge Theo's Risto
Hotel, Café & Konditorei Zum Schokoladengießer
Gaststätte Zum Spiegelbrunnen
Bold's Hotel-Restaurant Zum Grünen Kranz
Bahnhof Münchweiler an der Rodalb
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).
Direct rail connections to the Palatinate Forest Tour are available in:
- Kaiserslautern: Railway line from Mannheim - Kaiserslautern - Saarbrücken
- Kaiserslautern, Schopp, Steinalben, Waldfischbach-Burgalben and Pirmasens Nord: Railway line from Kaiserslautern - Pirmasens
- Pirmasens Nord, Rodalben, Münchweiler, Hinterweidenthal: Queich Valley Railway from Zweibrücken - Landau
The (South) Western Palatinate is well connected by the railway lines from Saarbrücken - Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern - Pirmasens, and Zweibrücken - Landau. Trains run hourly (or more frequently) in all directions with precise connections to mainline routes. Services run daily, including Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. All trains have special bicycle and multipurpose carriages.
Passengers can travel with bicycles free of charge from Monday to Friday after 9 a.m., and on weekends and public holidays. Great ticket offers, for instance the Rheinland-Pfalz-Ticket offered by Deutsche Bahn, and the Gruppenticket 24+ group ticket available from the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar (VRN), also make the train a cheap way to travel.
When travelling by car, any town can be chosen as the starting point of the Palatinate Forest Tour.
You reach the starting point of Kaiserslautern train station via the A6 (Kaiserslautern West or Zentrum exit), the A63 (Kaiserslautern Zentrum exit), the B270 or the B37.
ParkingParking is available mainly at the train stations, the Gelterswoog, and in the towns of Queidersbach and Linden.
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EquipmentPlease wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.
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