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.
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.
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.
Rest stopsGasthaus Zur Bastei
Gasthaus ,,Zur Bastei"
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.
- 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 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.
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