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Busenberger Holzschuhpfad

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    Aussicht vom Löffelsberg
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Exposed lookouts make the Busenberger Holzschuhpfad a special experience. A visit to the mysterious Drachenfels castle ruins is one of the highlights of this hike. This is followed by idyllic passages through a meadow valley, to Sprinzelsfelsen and the Eichelberg to name just a few vantage points.


Distance 24.2 km
8:00 h
775 m
775 m
438 m
213 m
The Busenberg clog trail in the Dahner Felsenland is a premium hiking trail with a great view. No fewer than 10 vantage points, which you reach via 7 mountains, await your visit. The 23-kilometre-long hiking trail simply has everything that makes a particularly beautiful trail. Unusual rocks, red sandstone, huts and Drachenfels Castle make this tour entertaining and make you quickly forget the 790 metres in altitude.

The start of the hike is the Hexeplätzte in the extended Waldstraße in Busenberg. As it is a circular route, you can also start the tour at any other point. You immediately enter the forest and after a short walk around the Löffelsberg, you can already enjoy the first view over the Palatinate Forest. The next highlight is the Puhlstein with its views. You can also reach this special rock formation via the Puhlstein tour.

At kilometre 9.5, you pass the St. Gertraud Chapel and are now on the way to the Drachenfelshütte, which you should not pass without stopping for a bite to eat. Here you can enjoy the best Palatinate cuisine and, well fortified, you can tackle the last few metres to the Drachenfels castle ruins. The panoramic view from the castle ruins is fabulous, especially the view of the other castles. Afterwards, the Busenberg clog trail curves around the castle and continues to the Sprinzelsfelsen.

UFFBASSE! - Campaign for considerate coexistence in nature

Always act with foresight, kindness and consideration towards everyone you meet along the way.

Respect nature, don't destroy plants and always stay on the paths.

Remember to bring a rubbish bag for the trail and take rubbish home with you.

Please keep your dog on a lead at all times. Other visitors and animals will thank you.

For your own safety, observe all trail closures. Also at weekends.

Park only in designated parking areas. Leave space for escape routes and agricultural machinery.

Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.

Author’s recommendation

Refreshments along the route: In the local garden in Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, Busenberg, Drachenfelshütte the PWV Busenberg (Wednesday and Sunday 11-19, Sun. 9-19 clock) all year round; except Christmas and New Year: Weisensteiner Hof, Mon. Fr. Rest day, Bühlhofschänke Mon. Thu.and Fr. Rest day, Ristorante Sardegna, Fr. Sa. u. Sun. from 18 clock.
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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Update: October 31, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
438 m
Lowest point
213 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 0.05%Forested/wild trail 5.07%Path 5.19%Unknown 89.67%
Dirt road
0 km
Forested/wild trail
1.2 km
1.3 km
21.7 km
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Rest stops

Landgasthof Weissensteinerhof
PWV Drachenfelshütte
E-Bike-Ladestation Drachenfelshütte Busenberg (während Öffnungszeiten)
Pizzeria Sardegna
Café - Bäckerei Busch und Naab Busenberg

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.


We endeavour to announce all closures caused by forest works, hunting parties on this platform. Nevertheless, there are situations where hiking trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you encounter closures or diversions on site, please follow the instructions for your own safety.


Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
Schulstraße 29
66994 Dahn


76891 Busenberg, end of Waldstraße 31, direction sports field/tennis club, Hexenplätzel or 76891 Busenberg, Drachenfelshütte PWV Busenberg or at all entry points. (287 m)
49.135920, 7.836700
49°08'09.3"N 7°50'12.1"E
32U 415145 5443217
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76891 Busenberg, end of Waldstraße 31, direction sports field/tennis club, Hexenplätzel or 76891 Busenberg, Drachenfelshütte PWV Busenberg or at all entry points.

Turn-by-turn directions

From the "Hexenplätzel" at the Busenberg sports field, the premium hiking trail immediately leads into the forest. A loop around the Löffelsberg ends at a magnificent vantage point with a view far into the Wasgau. After a short climb, the next vantage point. The ascent to the Puhlstein (6.8 km), a whole gallery of boulders that accompany our adventurous path over the crest of the hill, follows. In the middle of a wet meadow lies the legendary chapel of St. Gertraud (9.5 km) , from where you continue hiking towards the "Drachenfelshütte". A real climbing tour follows, where you climb the 420 m high Heidenberg to get a magnificent view of Berwartstein Castle from the Schlüsselfels viewpoint (11.8 km).

The Drachenfels hut and the mysterious Drachenfels castle ruins are the highlights at the tour's midpoint (13.8 km), then the "Busenberger Holzschuhpfad" makes a wide arc without losing sight of Drachenfels castle for even a moment.

A marshy meadow valley provides a sunny passage, then the next ascent follows, up to the Sprinzelsfelsen viewpoint (21.0 km). Over the long rocky ridge you hike along mysterious paths, encounter protruding rocky outcrops with gigantic views and finally meet the B427 in the valley, which has to be crossed.

The route then loops on shady forest paths around the Eichelberg (24.0 km), where an exposed vantage point on Busenberg once again becomes a welcome resting place. Along mighty rock barriers, it finally goes - on a beautiful slope path - back to the Hexenplätzel in Busenberg.


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Public transport


You take the train to Hinterweidenthal, from there by bus to Dahn and on to Busenberg.

From May to October the excursion trains "Bundenthaler”   and" Felsenland Express " run on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Mannheim / Karlsruhe to the stopping stations of   Schindhard / Busenberg and then onto Busenberg using the RegioBus .


Getting there

B 10 to Hinterweidenthal, continue on the B427 via Dahn to 76891 Busenberg, Waldstraße 31. There towards the sports field



76891 Busenberg, Waldstraße 31, direction sports field/tennis club, Hexenplätzel

76891 Busenberg, Drachenfelshütte PWV Busenberg or at all entry points


49.135920, 7.836700
49°08'09.3"N 7°50'12.1"E
32U 415145 5443217
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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 1,60 €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.


Questions and answers

Question from Christoph Rack  · May 12, 2020 · Community
Wie sieht es entlang der Wanderung mit Zelten aus ,,ganz klar Müll und Ähnliches wird entsorgt ,,
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Answered by Rita Eckert · May 12, 2020 · Community
Ist nicht erlaubt, auch wegen der Waldbrandgefahr
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Klemens Schmid 
November 01, 2022 · Community
Tut mir leid, aber die Euphorie des Autors und der Rezensenten kann ich nicht teilen. Gewiss gibt es einige schöne Highlights auf diesem Weg: Buhlstein, Puhlstein, Drachenfels und vor allem die Drachenfelshütte. Aber diese Highlights sind teuer erkauft mit gefühlt 9/10-tel aussichtsfreien, langweiligen Waldwegen, teilweise Waldautobahnen. Wäre der Wald wenigstens schön bunt gewesen wie um die jetzige Zeit überall im Odenwald oder Schwarzwald. Nein, nicht mal das. Die Beschilderung hat mich auch genervt. Wie kann man dem "tollsten" Weg der Gegend so ein unscheinbares, unbuntes Wegzeichen verpassen?
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When did you do this route? October 30, 2022
Sabine Bue
July 18, 2022 · Community
anspruchsvolle Tour mit tollen Aussichtspunkten, wunderschönen Felsformationen und vielen Rastmöglichkeiten. Wir waren fast alleine unterwegs. Es lohnt sich!!!
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When did you do this route? July 11, 2022
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David Nothnagel 
June 10, 2022 · Community
Eine wirklich wunderschöne Tour, die man nur absolut empfehlen kann. Wir sind vom beschriebenen Parkplatz gestartet und die Tour in westlicher Richtung gelaufen. Es ist sehr gut beschildert. Allerdings sind wir (mit allen möglichen Aussichtspunkten und alle lohnen sich) am Ende 28,65 km und 989 hm gelaufen. Die angegebenen 8 Stunden (reine Laufzeit) sind realistisch. Eine lohnenswerte Tour.
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When did you do this route? June 05, 2022
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24.2 km
8:00 h
775 m
775 m
Highest point
438 m
Lowest point
213 m
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