Trail description of this family- friendly long distance trail with taverns on the way
This approximately 18.7 km long circular trail, the Dahner Rundwanderweg, which can be divided into two sections, is certainly one of the most beautiful and interesting hiking trails in the Palatinate. It leads around the spa town of Dahn through a world of bizarre rock giants and mighty castles, through vast forest areas as well as alongside romantic flooded plains and lakes.
The start is in the spa park of Dahn . Over the mighty rock formation of the Hochstein, from the top of which the hiker has a wide view over the Dahner Felsenland, the trail leads to the largest ancient castle in the Palatinate , the "Altdahn-Grafendahn-Tanstein". A visit to the castle museum can be highly recommended. The next imposing stopover on the tour is the rock formation “Römerfelsen”. A ladder leads up to the secured viewing platform on the rock. Here the hiker has a great view over the treetops of the Palatinate Forest . Now on easy forest paths we cross the Lachberg, with views of the castle of Altdahn , past mighty rock walls and over the ridge of the Vogelsberg to the Aussichtskanzel on the famous rock formation "Jungfernsprung", just above the town of Dahn . After a short descent, we reach Dahn again and here ends the first section of the tour.
Now the way leads to the other side of the valley to the viewing platform on the rock formation “Sängerfelsen”and further, past the rock formations of the"Satansbrocken" and “Hexenpilz”, to the mighty castle ruins of "Neudahn" with its towers and rock chambers. There follows a brief descent into the nature reserve Moosbachtal, which will delight nature-loving walkers. Past several small lakes we soon reach the "Dahner Hütte", a tavern run by the Palatinate Forest Association. After a comfortable rest surrounded by breathtaking scenery, we walk along beautiful forest paths to the rock formations "Braut und Bräutigram” and "Wachtfelsen" in Dahn. The trailblazers amongst you now have the opportunity of climbing up to the observation deck of the Wachtfelsen, via a ladder. The path now leads back through Dahn to the starting point in the park.