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  • Jüngstbergkanzel - Foto: Klaus Burkhart
    Jüngstbergkanzel - Foto: Klaus Burkhart
    Photo: Foto: Klaus Burkhart, Dahner Felsenland
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Fantastic views, varied landscapes and attractive viewpoints characterize the new premium hiking trail "Bären-Steig" near Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.
Distance 13.5 km
6:00 h
439 m
477 m
461 m
224 m
Fantastic views, varied landscapes and attractive viewpoints characterize the new premium hiking trail "Bären-Steig" near Bruchweiler-Bärenbach. 

From the parking lot at the forest cemetery it goes up to theSchuhfelsen. After a rest on the Jüngstberg-Plateau an amazing panoramic view awaits us on the Jüngstbergkanzel. Along the Jüngstberggrat a path leads down to the Bundenthaler hunting lodge. From there, along the foot of the Heidenberg we soon reach the forest tavern Drachenfelshütte run by the Palatinate Forest Association. Having refuelled here, the climb up to the castle ruins of Drachenfels is relativelyeasy. An extensive tour of this distinctive rock castle is worthwhile. Following a walk through the idyllic river valley of the Staubborn, a path leads up to the geologically interesting rock formation of the Geierstein. From there it goes over the Lourdessteig back down to the starting point.



Author’s recommendation

Refreshment tip on the way: Drachenfelshütte of the PWV Busenberg (Wed. and Sat 11-199, Sun. 9-19 clock) all year round; except Christmas and New Year.Weinstube Kirchberg, 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, Dorfstraße 15, Tel 06394 16 90, opening hours: Wed. Fri. and Sun. from 14.30 oclock Attention: from now on, the upper castle of the castle ruin Drachenfels is closed until further notice. The lower castle is still freely accessible.


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Jacques Noll
Update: October 31, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
461 m
Lowest point
224 m
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PWV Drachenfelshütte
Am Alten Mühlrad

Safety information

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 and hints

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" (280 m)
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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

The starting point for the new premium trail "Bärensteig" is the parking lot at the Waldfriedhof, a continuation of the "Im Wahrzeichen" in 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.

From the start, the tour leads along a forest path, past a water tower until we reach the   "Schuhfelsen" from the top of which the hiker has a wonderful view of the region surrounding Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.

The route continues on a soft forest trail to the Jüngstberg-Plateau, where a seating area invites you to linger. From there, a narrow path leads up to the "Jüngstbergkanzel" with stunning panoramic views over the West Wasgau . A natural path then lead us along the Jüngstberggrat down to the Bundenthaler hunting lodge with changing views of the natural landscape of the legendary   Dahner Felsenland.

After about 400 metres, the forest trail leads us along the foot of the Heidenberg to the "Drachenfelshütte", belonging to the Palatinate Forest Association, Ortsgruppe Busenberg (for opening times see author’s recommendations). Having sampled some of the specialties of the local cuisine and a "Pälzer Schoppen" the path leads up to the ruins of the "Drachenfels", which is one of the most distinctive rock castles in Dahner Felsenland with both glorious views as well as stunning rock caves and sandstone chambers to be seen.

After an intensive tour of the castle ruins (please allow sufficient time for this ) with spectacular views and unforgettable impressions, the path eventually leads down into the valley to a paved bike path. After approximately 350 metres along the bike path, past orchards and cattle meadows, we follow an almost forgotten path into the valley of the Staubborn”. We follow this trail for about 1 km until we then reache the "Vierländereck", a quadrangle where four different village regions meet. On a soft, resilient path we reach the rock formation of the "Geierstein", where you will find some bizarre honeycomb patterns in the eroded   red sandstone. On the south side of the “Geierstein, there is an steep natural climb where, if you are lucky, you will be able to admire the dizzying acrobatics   of some rock climbers ! 

At the washing place of the Elwetritsche, the "Elwetritsche Steckdose", you are invited to have another rest before we start the descent over the "Lourdessteig" and back to the starting point of the premium hiking trail "Bären-Steig".




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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

Info:  (door-to-door travel planning).


Getting there

B 10 to Hinterweidenthal, continue on the B427 via Dahn, Dahn-Reichenbach and left onto the L489 to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach,. Forest cemetery, extended street "In the landmark". Or B 48 to Bad Bergzabern via B427 to Erlenbach, then via Niederschlettenbach the L490 to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach in Fabrikstraße 18.



Parking at the Waldfriedhof in 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, extended street "im landmark"



49.113001, 7.812631
49°06'46.8"N 7°48'45.5"E
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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 1,60 €uro, neu ab Dezember 2022, 7. Auflage: Wandern und Radfahren im Dahner Felsenland mit den Premium-Wanderwegen, den Haupt- und Rundwanderwegen, den Radrouten sowie dem Rettungspunkte-System; mit App Unterstützung,  im Maßstab 1:25.000, ISBN 978-3-945138-12-0



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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Daniel Gloger 
July 03, 2022 · Community
Sehr abwechslungsreiche Tour auf größtenteils schmalen Pfaden bergauf und bergab. Viel dichter Wald - daher auch bei warmen Temperaturen geeignet. Burg Drachenfels ist momentan nur von der Westflanke aus besteigbar - lohnt sich jedoch allemal. Einkehrmöglichkeit ist die gepflegte Hütte unterhalb der Burg. Leider unter der Woche nur Mittwochs offen und am Wochenende wegen der direkten Anfahrmöglichkeit mit dem PKW gut besucht.
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When did you do this route? June 30, 2022
Markus Kehrer
March 29, 2022 · Community
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13.5 km
6:00 h
439 m
477 m
Highest point
461 m
Lowest point
224 m
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