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  • Blickauf den Retschelfelsen vom Eisenbahnfelsen
    / Blickauf den Retschelfelsen vom Eisenbahnfelsen
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  • Blick über den Wasgau vom Eisenbahnfelsen
    / Blick über den Wasgau vom Eisenbahnfelsen
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  • / Entlang der Eisenbahnfelsen
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  • / Eisenbahnfelsen
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  • / Eisenbahnfelsen
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  • / Auf dem Grat des Eisenbahnfelsens
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  • / Rauhbergfelsmassiv
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  • / Rauhbergfelsen an der DAV Hütte Kaiserslautern
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  • / Reinighofquelle
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  • / Alte Eiche in unmittelbarer Nähe der Reinighofquelle
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  • / Unterwegs auf dem Napoleon-Steig
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  • / Napoleonfelsen
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  • / Napoleonfelsen
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  • / Napoleonfelsen
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  • / Napoleonfelsen
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  • / WANDERarena: Wanderwelt Dahner Felsenland
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m 500 400 300 200 10 8 6 4 2 km Reinigshof-Quelle Eisenbahnfelsen Dretschbergfels Napoleonsfelsen Retschelfelsen Rauhberg PWV Hütte Am Schmalstein

The new Premiumweg, Napoleon-Steig, leads hikers along natural pathways and through an impressive rock landscape with magnificent outlooks.
11.4 km
5:00 h
399 m
399 m
The first stop is the 500 metre-long rock formation, the Retschelfelsen. From here, a path leads to the newly-opened Eisenbahnfelsen rocks with their extraordinary honeycomb formations in eroded red sandstone. Other distinctive points of this tour are the Rauhbergfelsen and the Reinigshofquelle with its gorgeously fresh and drinkable spring water. Above the flood plains is the bizarre namesake of this premium trail: the Napoleonfelsen. After a stop in the Pfälzerwald forest tavern “Am Schmalstein” there is a short climb before we then go through the Wöllmersbachtal and down to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.



Author’s recommendation

Refreshments on the route: hut "Am Schmalstein" of the Palatinate Forest Association of the Ortsgruppe Bruchweiler-Bärenbach Opening Hours: Wed. from 12.00 o'clock and Sun. from 10.00 o'clock. Weinstube am Kirchberg, 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, Dorfstrasse 15, Tel. 06394 16 90, opening times: Wed. Fri. and Sun. from 2.30 pm User
Jacques Noll
Updated: January 23, 2020

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
347 m
Lowest point
205 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Pfälzerwald Vereins Hütte am Schmalstein
PWV Hütte Am Schmalstein

Safety information

Safety instructions

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


B10 to the exit Hinterweidenthal, continue on the B427 to Dahn, there follow the signage "Felsland Badeparadies" (226 m)
49.119976, 7.795011
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B10 to the exit Hinterweidenthal, continue on the B427 to Dahn, there follow the signage "Felsland Badeparadies"

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting point of   the new premium trail "Napoleon-Steig" is the parking lot, Fabrikstr 18, Däumling Schühe in 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.

From here, the tour leads over a soft forest path and crosses an old military road at the foot of Retschlfelsen, an imposing 500m long red sandstone formation. The route then runs along a narrow natural path over a ridge to the recently-developed Eisenbahnfelsen, a real insider's tip. Here you will find bizarre honeycomb formations and unparalled erosions in the soft red sandstone. At the foot of the Eisenbahnfelsen you have a wonderful view of the Retschelfelsen, which you have just passed and idyllic villages, which are embedded in the legendary Dahner Felsenland. On a nature trail the way then leads to the Rauhbergfelsen. At the end of this rock formation is the only DAV centre outside of the Alpines, the Section Kaiserslautern.

From here, we follow a narrow path down towards Reinigshof and continue on a soft forest trail for about 800 metres to the Reinigshofquelle. The spring water found here is used by the Reinigshof and the DAV hut and is constantly analysed, so is not only a great refreshment but also a healthy one. Now the route leads past an old oak tree, which overturned many years ago but still grows, along a beautiful flood plain. Continue up a soft and resilient path, which also carries the yellow dot trail marker of the Pfälzerwald Verein, up to the bizarre Napoleonfelsen popularly known as the "Rock Doll", the namesake of this premium trail. After about 700 metres of flat forest paths with some stunning panoramic views, we go down at the foot of the Dretschberg Felsmassiv to the forest tavern"Am Schmalstein” belonging to the Palatinate Forest Association of Bruchweiler-Bärenbach (opening times see author´s Tip). From here, we continue along a forest path, past the Käskammerfelsen (Natural Heritage Site) and up to the "Fleckenstein Hochebene". This plateau is located in the largest non-forested or built-up area of ​​the Palatinate Forest and provides panoramic views over the entire Wasgau right over to the neighbouring region of Alsace. There now follows a short descent on a narrow farm track, lined with old oak trees and orchards, down into the Wöllmersbachtal and the starting point of the Napoleon-Steig.



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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 turn left onto the L489 to 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, Fabrikstraße 18, Däumling-Schuhe. Or B48 to Bad Bergzabern via B427 to Erlenbach, then via Niederschlettenbach the L490 to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.



Parking lot, Fabrikstraße 18, Däumling-shoes, 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach


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




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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Peschmike Eifelwanderer
March 11, 2020 · Community
Aschermittwoch, 26. Februar 2020: Früh morgens geht der Wecker, drei Stunden dauert die Fahrt von der Eifel in den Pfälzerwald. Bruchweiler-Bärenbach ist unser Ziel. Von dort aus wollen wir es erwandern, das Dahner Felsenland. Die erste Wanderung, die ansteht, ist der Napoleon-Steig, offiziell 12,3 Kilometer lang mit rund 330 Höhenmetern. Tatsächlich hatte wir am Ende rund 16 Kilometer und knapp unter 500 Höhenmeter auf der Uhr. Doch das macht gar nichts – denn der Weg ist einfach traumhaft. Fast pausenlos geht es auf Pfaden an tollen Buntsandsteinfelsen entlang. Das ist Wandern auf sehr hohem Niveau in einer spektakulären Landschaft! Da fallen die letzten Meter durch eine Schlammwüste nicht mehr wirklich ins Gewicht. Wanderer mit Hunden sollten allerdings eines beachten: In der Pfälzerwald-Vereinshütte „Am Schmalstein“ müssen Vierbeiner leider draußen bleiben – so der unmissverständliche Hinweis auf den Schildern. Unser Fazit: Ein ganz toller Premiumwanderweg, der sehr viel Spaß gemacht hat. Und den wir schienbar ganz alleine für uns hatten …
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Done at February 26, 2020
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Anja Vogel 
December 01, 2019 · AbenteuerWege Reisen GmbH
Super Tour, sehr abwechslungsreich und aussichtsreich mit gemütlicher Hütte. Von der Hütte unbedingt dem ausgeschildertern Weg weiter folgen, der Aufstieg lohnt sich mit schöner Weitsicht zum Napoleonstein und Dahner Felsenland. Die letzen paar Hundert Meter auf dem Asphaltsträßchen sind nicht störend.
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Done at November 24, 2019
Markus Branke
December 01, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöne, abwechslungsreiche Tour. Die angegebene Wanderzeit von 5 Std. ist meiner Meinung nach zuviel. Ich habe bei gemütlichem laufen, ohne Pause ca. 3,5 Std. gebraucht. Kurz vor dem Ziel sind ca. 500-600m auf einer kleinen Landstraße zu laufen. Am Sonntag heute waren auf der Landstraße nur Rentner unterwegs die Nordicwalking betrieben haben.
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Done at November 24, 2019
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