This cycle route is named after the Palatinate missionary St. Pirmin, also known as Pirminius. The route takes cyclists through the area where he lived and worked, from the French border in the south-west of the Palatinate to the outer reaches of the Palatinate Forest in the south-east.
The western half of the route is defined by the rolling Westrich countryside which opens out onto the Bliesgau region. Once you have conquered the peak at Pirmasens, you will see the eastern half of the route, which is shaped by the Palatinate Forest Nature Park with its deep river valleys.
From Hornbach to Zweibrücken, the route follows an old railway line. In Zweibrücken, it leads directly past Schlossplatz square and the rose garden. After this, mostly designated paths transport the cyclist peacefully and effortlessly through the wide Schwarzbach valley to Thaleischweiler-Fröschen. The path ascends steeply here for several kilometres past Höhfröschen and on to Pirmasens.
Next, you cycle through the Sommerwald district on the northernmost edge of Pirmasens. From the eastern edge of town, the path descends steeply to Münchweiler in the Rodalb valley, which it follows through dense forest to Hauenstein, after which a short loop takes you to Spirkelbach and then on to Wilgartswiesen. Pirminius, an itinerant monk and founder of many monasteries, is considered the main evangeliser of south-western Germany and Alsace. In 740, Pirminius founded Hornbach Abbey, where visitors can find his grave in an idyllic setting. In the Middle Ages, the abbey was the most important spiritual and cultural centre between the bishoprics of Speyer, Metz, Strasbourg and Trier. The cycle route connects these traditional cultural landscapes, passing through the region in which Pirminius worked.
The eastern and western thirds of the Pirminius Cycle Route are largely flat and do not feature any long climbs. In between, however, Pirmasens peak makes itself known: The altitude of the town of Pirmasens (380-440 m above sea level) requires riders to overcome 200 m of ascent with short climbs at gradients over 8%, both from the Schwarzbach valley (Thaleischweiler-Fröschen: 240 m above sea level) and the Rodalb valley (Münchweiler: 275 m above sea level). Both uphill sections use car-free agricultural roads with a few hundred metres on urban roads. This means that less athletic cyclists can also ride the Pirminius Cycle Route if they have sufficient time and stamina, as they can gather their strength both before and after Pirmasens peak, or take a break to recover from the effort.
Rest stopsWaldhaus Starkenbrunnen
Hotel Landgasthaus Ständenhof
Bahnhof Münchweiler an der Rodalb
Metzgerei und Partiservice Groh
Restaurant Gusto Toscano
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
ParkingKostenloses Parken an der Strecke ist nahezu überall möglich.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentPlease wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.
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