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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour

Napoleon-Steig

· 33 reviews · Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Dahner Felsenland
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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
    / Entlang der Eisenbahnfelsen
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  • Eisenbahnfelsen
    / Eisenbahnfelsen
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  • Eisenbahnfelsen
    / Eisenbahnfelsen
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  • Auf dem Grat des Eisenbahnfelsens
    / Auf dem Grat des Eisenbahnfelsens
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  • Rauhbergfelsmassiv
    / Rauhbergfelsmassiv
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  • Rauhbergfelsen an der DAV Hütte Kaiserslautern
    / Rauhbergfelsen an der DAV Hütte Kaiserslautern
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  • Reinighofquelle
    / Reinighofquelle
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  • Alte Eiche in unmittelbarer Nähe der Reinighofquelle
    / Alte Eiche in unmittelbarer Nähe der Reinighofquelle
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  • Unterwegs auf dem Napoleon-Steig
    / Unterwegs auf dem Napoleon-Steig
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  • Napoleonfelsen
    / Napoleonfelsen
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    / Napoleonfelsen
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Map / Napoleon-Steig
0 150 300 450 600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 Parkplatz an der Däumlin-Schuhfabrik Retschelfelsen Eisenbahnfelsen Rauhberg Reinigshof-Quelle Napoleonsfelsen Dretschbergfels PWV Hütte Am Schmalstein

Premium route awarded the
The new Premiumweg, Napoleon-Steig, leads hikers along natural pathways and through an impressive rock landscape with magnificent outlooks.
moderate
12.3 km
5:00 h
330 m
330 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

 

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Author
Jacques Noll
Updated: 2019-04-02

Premium route awarded the Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Altitude
347 m
202 m
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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.

 

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.

 

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" (229 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
49.119976, 7.795011
UTM
32U 412076 5441492

Destination

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.

 

Public transport

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

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, 6,90 €uro zzgl. Portokosten von 1,45 €uro Neu: 5. 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 978-3-934895-95-9

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Comments and ratings (42)

Michael Klauß
2019-03-31
Wunderschöne, abwechslungsreiche Tour auf kleinen, schmalen Pfaden. Immer mal wieder Aussicht auf den Pfälzer Wald und auf eindrucksvolle Felsformationen. Gemütlich und mit ca. 30 Minuten Rast haben wir 4 Stunden 15 Minuten benötigt.
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Mueller
2018-11-02
Schöne Tour, in 3,5h gut machbar. Ich kann nur empfehlen, gegen die vorgeschlagene Richtung zu wandern. Dann kommen die Highlights am Ende...
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Frank Mangerich
2018-10-18
Bei Traumhaften Wetter die Runde in entgegengesetzter Richtung gewandert.
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Donnerstag, 18. Oktober 2018 17:45:26
Donnerstag, 18. Oktober 2018 17:45:26
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.3 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
330 m
Descent
330 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Insider tip

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