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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour

Bären-Steig

· 17 reviews · Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Dahner Felsenland
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  • Jüngstbergkanzel - Foto: Klaus Burkhart
    / Jüngstbergkanzel - Foto: Klaus Burkhart
    Photo: Foto: Klaus Burkhart, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • Blick vom Schuhfelsen auf Bruchweiler-Bärenbach
    / Blick vom Schuhfelsen auf Bruchweiler-Bärenbach
    Photo: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Jüngstbergfelsen
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Orientierungstafel auf der Jüngstbergkanzel
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Bundenthaler Schutzhütte am Bären-Steig
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Geierstein
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / "Die Steckdos" am Geiersteine
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Drachenfelshütte PWV Busenberg
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Burgruine Drachenfels Foto: Kurt Groß
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Burgruine Drachenfels bei Busenberg
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Burgruine Drachenfels bei Busenberg
    Photo: Jacques Noll, CC BY-SA, Foto: Pfalz.Touristik, Dominik Ketz
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    Photo: Jacques Noll, Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
  • / Waldsofa m Bären-Steig
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Jacques Noll
  • / Die Kanzel mit Aussichtspalttform
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Foto: Jacques Noll
  • / Geiersteine bei Bruchweiler-Bärenbach_01
    Photo: Foto: Kurt Groß
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    Photo: Timo Fehling, Community
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Fantastic views, varied landscapes and attractive viewpoints characterize the new premium hiking trail "Bären-Steig" near Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.
moderate
13.5 km
6:00 h
439 m
477 m
Fantastic views, varied landscapes and attractive viewpoints characterize the new premium hiking trail "Bären-Steig" near Bruchweiler-Bärenbach. 

From the parking lot at the forest cemetery it goes up to theSchuhfelsen. After a rest on the Jüngstberg-Plateau an amazing panoramic view awaits us on the Jüngstbergkanzel. Along the Jüngstberggrat a path leads down to the Bundenthaler hunting lodge. From there, along the foot of the Heidenberg we soon reach the forest tavern Drachenfelshütte run by the Palatinate Forest Association. Having refuelled here, the climb up to the castle ruins of Drachenfels is relativelyeasy. An extensive tour of this distinctive rock castle is worthwhile. Following a walk through the idyllic river valley of the Staubborn, a path leads up to the geologically interesting rock formation of the Geierstein. From there it goes over the Lourdessteig back down to the starting point.

 

 

Author’s recommendation

Refreshment tip on the way: Drachenfelshütte of the PWV Busenberg (Wed. and Sat 11-199, Sun. 9-19 clock) all year round; except Christmas and New Year.Weinstube Kirchberg, 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, Dorfstraße 15, Tel 06394 16 90, opening hours: Wed. Fri. and Sun. from 14.30 oclock Attention: from now on, the upper castle of the castle ruin Drachenfels is closed until further notice. The lower castle is still freely accessible.

 

outdooractive.com User
Author
Jacques Noll
Updated: June 23, 2020

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
461 m
Lowest point
224 m
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Rest Stop

PWV Drachenfelshütte

Safety information

Despite the well-signposted trail markers along the premium hiking trails, we recommend for security reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map so that, for example when a storm occurs, you can quickly either find shelter or get out of the woods.

Especially in the autumn it is also important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can conceal irregularities, such as roots, rocks or holes in the path. Following storms, trees can have been uprooted or have branches hanging down. Such path impairments have to be expected   when using such trails . Especially in adverse weather conditions, it may occur that the trails and paths turn into muddy and slippery passages. Path impairments of this kind have to be expected when you go out for a hike. Not all rocks or slopes are secured with ropes or railings and sure footedness is required. Should you be of the opinion that these are not accessible to you then you should try and get around them.

 

Tips, hints and links

Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
Schulstr. 29, 66994 Dahn
Tel. 06391 9196222
www.dahner-felsenland.de

Start

B10 to the exit Hinterweidenthal, continue on the B427 to Dahn, there follow the signage "Felsland Badeparadies" (280 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
49.113001, 7.812631
UTM
32U 413350 5440696

Destination

B10 to the exit Hinterweidenthal, continue on the B427 to Dahn, there follow the signage "Felsland Badeparadies"

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point for the new premium trail "Bärensteig" is the parking lot at the Waldfriedhof, a continuation of the "Im Wahrzeichen" in 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.

From the start, the tour leads along a forest path, past a water tower until we reach the   "Schuhfelsen" from the top of which the hiker has a wonderful view of the region surrounding Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.

The route continues on a soft forest trail to the Jüngstberg-Plateau, where a seating area invites you to linger. From there, a narrow path leads up to the "Jüngstbergkanzel" with stunning panoramic views over the West Wasgau . A natural path then lead us along the Jüngstberggrat down to the Bundenthaler hunting lodge with changing views of the natural landscape of the legendary   Dahner Felsenland.

After about 400 metres, the forest trail leads us along the foot of the Heidenberg to the "Drachenfelshütte", belonging to the Palatinate Forest Association, Ortsgruppe Busenberg (for opening times see author’s recommendations). Having sampled some of the specialties of the local cuisine and a "Pälzer Schoppen" the path leads up to the ruins of the "Drachenfels", which is one of the most distinctive rock castles in Dahner Felsenland with both glorious views as well as stunning rock caves and sandstone chambers to be seen.

After an intensive tour of the castle ruins (please allow sufficient time for this ) with spectacular views and unforgettable impressions, the path eventually leads down into the valley to a paved bike path. After approximately 350 metres along the bike path, past orchards and cattle meadows, we follow an almost forgotten path into the valley of the Staubborn”. We follow this trail for about 1 km until we then reache the "Vierländereck", a quadrangle where four different village regions meet. On a soft, resilient path we reach the rock formation of the "Geierstein", where you will find some bizarre honeycomb patterns in the eroded   red sandstone. On the south side of the “Geierstein, there is an steep natural climb where, if you are lucky, you will be able to admire the dizzying acrobatics   of some rock climbers ! 

At the washing place of the Elwetritsche, the "Elwetritsche Steckdose", you are invited to have another rest before we start the descent over the "Lourdessteig" and back to the starting point of the premium hiking trail "Bären-Steig".

 

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

By train to Bad Bergzabern or Hinterweidenthal, from there by bus to Dahn and on to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach. From May to October with the excursion trains "Bundenthaler" and "Felsenland-Express" "on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Mannheim

 

Getting there

B 10 to Hinterweidenthal, continue on the B427 via Dahn, Dahn-Reichenbach and left onto the L489 to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach,. Forest cemetery, extended street "In the landmark". Or B 48 to Bad Bergzabern via B427 to Erlenbach, then via Niederschlettenbach the L490 to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach in Fabrikstraße 18.

 

Parking

Parking at the Waldfriedhof in 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, extended street "im landmark"

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Premium-Wanderbuch "Pfälzerwald" mit 17 Premium-Rundwegen und Streckenwegen.
Verlag: idemedia GmbH, ISBN 978 - 3 - 942779 - 54 - 8
Autoren: Ulrike Poller und Wolfgang Todt

Author’s map recommendations

Wander- und Radwanderkarte Dahner Felsenland 1:25.000, 8,90 €uro zzgl. Portokosten von 1,55 €uro Neu ab 2019: 6. Auflage: Wandern und Radfahren im Dahner Felsenland mit den Premium-Wanderwegen, den Haupt- und Rundwanderwegen, den Radrouten sowie dem Rettungspunkte-System im Maßstab 1:25.000, ISBN 978-3-945138-06-9

Equipment

Equipment 

Sturdy footwear and all-weather clothing, sun and rain protection, and a sufficient quantity of food and drink, should no refreshment facilities or shopping possibilities exist or be open. Although the path is always very well marked, you should for safety reasons always have an appropriate hiking map with you.

 


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Reviews

4.8
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Daniel L 
May 21, 2020 · Community
Mal wieder eine schöne Tour im Pfälzerwald mit tollen Aussichten und als Highlight die Burg Drachenfels. Leider geht es öfter mal über breite Forstwege. Trails/Pfade sind aber auch genügend vorhanden! Unbedingt einen Abstecher zum Buchkammer- und Schlüsselfels (Heidenbergpfeiler) machen! Super schön dort! Die Aussicht vom Buchkammerfels ist phänomenal! Der kurze aber steile uphill lohnt sich! Mit ein wenig Klettererfahrung kommt man auch in die Kammer vom Buchkammerfels rein. Der Geierstein am Ende der Runde ist momentan wegen Artenschutz gesperrt!
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Done at May 18, 2020
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Peschmike Eifelwanderer
April 09, 2020 · Community
Zweiter Tag im Dahner Felsenland und wieder wurde es spannend. Dieses Mal stand der Bären-Steig an, der mit dem Jüngstberg sowie der Burgruine Drachenfels zwei große Highlights zu bieten hat. Richtig spannend wurde die Wanderung jedoch, weil kurz nach dem Jüngstberg zum Teil heftiges Schneetreiben einsetzte. Das machte die Pfade zwar zum Teil rutschig, ließ uns aber eine Tour erleben, die man so schnell nicht vergisst. Vor allen Dingen nicht die tollen Momente auf der Burgruine Drachenfels, die wir im dicksten Schnee ganz für uns hatten. Insgesamt war es wieder eine tolle Wanderung in toller Landschaft.
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Done at February 27, 2020
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Ralf Bittner 
December 25, 2018 · Community
Schöne Tour mit tollen Felsformationen
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.5 km
Duration
6:00h
Ascent
439 m
Descent
477 m
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