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The tour takes us from the Rotenfels rock face to Bad Kreuznach. Long-distance views, paths along the edge of the forest, serpentine paths with views of the Salinental Valley and deciduous forests characterise the hike.

Distance 9.1 km
3:30 h
235 m
235 m
321 m
175 m

On a magma rock block, this tour stretches through varied forest areas. The highlight is the trail along the edge of the Rotenfels steep face. It offers a great panoramic view over Ebenburg and into the Northern Palatinate Mountains but the sections through the mixed forest are also very appealing. Sometimes the path leads through oak and beech forest, then again along graceful meadowland, or the route follows serpentine paths with a view of the Bad Kreuznach spa area and the Salinental Valley and always offers charming views.


Author’s recommendation

Take a detour from the Kauzenberg to the Bad Kreuznach spa area. Follow the vitality tour to the tea temple, from there a stairway leads to the spa area.

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Michael Vesper 
Update: October 07, 2022
Highest point
321 m
Lowest point
175 m
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Rest stops

Gasthaus ,,Zur Bastei"

Safety information

A sure footing is required in places.  Some surfaces have concealed rocks or roots.

Warning: Oak trees can be infested with the oak processionary moth over large areas. The caterpillar of the oak processionary moth is a health hazard. The stinging hairs of the caterpillars contain a nettle poison. They can also be carried by the wind. Contact with the caterpillars can be harmful to humans and pets. Caterpillar dermatitis is particularly common, with the following symptoms: Skin rashes and redness, slight swelling of the skin, wheals, itching and burning all over the body. If the stinging hairs (which contain thaumatopoein) are inhaled, this can lead to irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, bronchitis, asthma or even allergic shock. Even after the life cycle of pupa, caterpillar and moth, the empty webs with their stinging hairs pose a threat over a longer period of time.

Precautionary measures:

  • Observe the warning advice
  • Infested oak trees should be avoided (do not use seating groups in the vicinity).
  • Caterpillars and webs must not be touched under any circumstances (never try to destroy webs yourself)
  • Do not lay or sit on the ground in the vicinity of infested oak trees.
  • Protect body with clothing (neck, arms)
  • Lead animals on a leash, stay on the path
  • Report findings: These can possibly be professionally removed with special equipment, endangered areas can be marked.
  • If you have come into contact with the stinging hairs of the caterpillars, you should change your clothes and take a shower.
  • Clothing must be washed at 60°C minimum

Tips and hints

Gasthaus “Zur Bastei” - Auf dem Rotenfels 4 - 55595 Traisen - Tel: (+49) 671 / 31 701, daily from 11.00 am - 6.00 pm, closed Thursdays and Fridays


Car park Bastei, Traisen (300 m)
49.820217, 7.835441
49°49'12.8"N 7°50'07.6"E
32U 416229 5519292
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Car park Bastei, Traisen

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hike portal, we initially cross the car park and then Pass the access road to the inn. The path initially crosses over road twice, but soon leads into wooded terrain. After some time, we reach our first stage destination, the Urmeerstrand (prehistoric beach) From there, the route descends into the lovely Lohr Valley. The route follows the edge of the forest and leads to Soonwaldblick - a wonderful viewing and resting spot. We continue until we see the fields and vineyards of the Kauzenberg plateau in front. We turn right here.

Shortly after, the Karlshöhe offers an excellent view over the city and spa area. Now a steep ascending serpentine path follows though the Oranienwald forest up to the Leni-Müller hut. Afterwards, we follow the heights trail through old chestnut forests to Rabenfels with a view of the Salinental Valley and its graduation towers. On secluded forest paths we reach meadowland, follow the forest edge and finally reach the slope edge of the Rotenfels rock. Along the cliff top path, panoramic views open up time and again and lead us to the Rotenfels·Bastei viewpoint. From here, forest paths lead back to the hike portal.


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Public transport

The portal can only be reached by car or on foot.

Other entry points via Bad Kreuznach, which are also easily accessible by bus and train, offer an alternative: 

A) From the spa centre: Arrival at Bad Kreuznach railway station, bus stop Oranienpark. From there, cross Oranienstraße to the bridge towards Hotel Quellenhof on the other side of the street. Take the stairway to the first junction and then simply follow the vitality tour signs.


b) From the train station take line 203 to Schlosspark. There you follow the vitality tour in the direction of Rotenfels, up the Schlossberg and reach the plateau. At the forest edge, you meet up with the classic tour.


c) Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg railway station , from there take Rotenfelsstraße to Kaiserblick and then up to the vitality tour Rotenfels ("Vitaltour Rotenfels").

Getting there

Car park at Rotenfels hike portal: Arriving from Traisen: From the B 41 at Rüdesheim and Bad Kreuznach onto the L 236. Coming from Bad Kreuznach, take the first access road to Traisen. Keep driving up Rotenfelsstraße. The street is narrow, pay attention to oncoming traffic. Turn right after the sports field.


There are only a limited number of parking spaces in the Rotenfels car park. Especially on weekends and holidays, there may be not enough spaces. Anyone who parks illegally on the street must expect to receive a penalty fine. It is therefore highly recommended that you start the classic tour at the Lohrer Wald car park at rescue point 6112-807 via the L 236 between Rüdesheim and Traisen and then take the beautiful access route through the meadowland via Lohrer Hof.

Or you can park your car in the multi-storey car park in Bad Kreuznach (e.g. City-Parkhaus) and choose to start the vitality tour ("Vitaltour") via the bridge houses (Mannheimer Straße - Klappergasse). The vitality tour meets up with the classic tour after approx. 20 minutes.


49.820217, 7.835441
49°49'12.8"N 7°50'07.6"E
32U 416229 5519292
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Sturdy footwear!

Questions and answers

Question from Jens Füllbier · April 09, 2022 · Community
Hallo, ich würde gerne wissen , ob man die Tour auch mit einem geländefähigen Kinderwagen bestreiten kann ?
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Answered by Andreas Werner · April 09, 2022 · Community
Es gibt eine Passage mit weit auseinanderliegen Treppenstufen. Wenn ich mich richtig erinnere sind es etwa 300-400 Meter und so 100 Höhenmeter. Auf dem Foto sieht es weniger steil als es ist. Das kann schon beschwerlich werden. Der Rest geht prinzipiell.
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Question from Mathias Barth · January 29, 2021 · Community
Kann man die Tour auch bei Regen/ Schnee gehen? Vor allem den letzten Teil an den Klippen?
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Answered by Hermann-Josef Kerpen · January 29, 2021 · Community
Hallo Mathias. Ich würde die Tour auch bei Regen/Schnee gehen. Mit Wanderschuhen dürfte das kein Problem sein. Viel Spaß
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Rouven Falk
October 30, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? October 30, 2022
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Rene Grewenig
August 07, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? August 07, 2022
Wander Verliebt
March 17, 2022 · Community
Der Pfad mit dazugehöriger Aussicht am Rotenfels ist einfach phänomenal. Aber auch so mancher Waldpfad ist die Anreise wert. Wir können die Tour auf jeden Fall empfehlen, besonders unter der Woche, wenn nicht so viel los ist.
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When did you do this route? March 05, 2022
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9.1 km
3:30 h
235 m
235 m
Highest point
321 m
Lowest point
175 m
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