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Devil's Path - Pirmasens

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Pirmasens Teufelspfad (Devil's Path) came in 4th place in the vote for Germany's Most Beautiful Hiking Trail 2020. There's a lot of buzz about it as the short route only opened in October 2019. Come by and try it out for yourself.


Distance 6.2 km
1:49 h
163 m
163 m
433 m
307 m
 Named after one of its highlights, Devil's Rock (Teufelsfelsen), Devil's Path is a trail that boasts a variety of sights and is just as suitable for passionate hikers as it is for families. You can experience the wildly romantic valley with streams and ponds, as well as bizarre rock formations and numerous springs and waterfalls.

Experience the impressive flora and fauna of the Gersbachtal FFH area (Flora-Fauna-Habitat Conservation Area), which can be seen in the natural habitats of water, red sandstone rocks and forest.

Both in spring, when the flowers and fields along the route are in full bloom, and in winter, when large icicles form on the legendary rocks, Devil's Path has a unique charm.


Author’s recommendation

Ab dem Einstieg / Parkplatz K4 sind es noch 2 Kilometer zu dem Waldhaus "Drei Buchen", das tolle Speisen und Getränke anbietet. Es gibt einen großen Biergarten und einen Kinderspielplatz.

An Samstag und Sonntagen empfiehlt es sich bei hohem Aufkommen, bereits am Dorfplatz in Niedersimten oder entlang der Gersbachtalstraße auf den kleinen Parkplätzen zu parken und zum Start am Naturfreundehaus zu laufen.

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Eva Brödel
Update: July 07, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
433 m
Lowest point
307 m
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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 und Stadtmarketing Pirmasens

Fröhnstraße 8

66954 Pirmasens


Das Natufreundehaus Niedersimten bietet Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten


Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten (307 m)
49.162985, 7.592459
49°09'46.7"N 7°35'32.9"E
32U 397386 5446528
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Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten in the immediate vicinity of pond number 2.

After a few minutes' walk passing the pond and a short climb, you reach the first major attraction of the hike: the Haspel Rock.


Continuing on a narrow path along the rock formation you get to another attraction: the Hühnerfelsen (chicken rock). From there the route leads in a large curve down into the valley again. After crossing the dam between pond number 3 and 4, the route leads uphill to car park K4. From there the route continues, partly along fields, on a flat stretch. After a hairpin bend, the route now goes downhill to the Teufelsbrunnen (Devil's Well) and the Teufelsfelsen (Devil's Rock) natural monument.


After the descent through the impressive rock formation, the path reaches pond number 3 with its idyllically situated cabin. The tour now turns to the right and follows the course of the Gersbach Creek, passing the eastern bank of pond 2, to the starting point of the hike, the Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten.


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Public transport



Arrival by public transport: When you arrive at Pirmasens main station,
- either walk 600 m to Exerzierplatz, approx. 9 minutes
- or take the bus to Exerzierplatz bus station, approx. 5 minutes
Lines: 256, SWPS 206, 240, 255, SWPS 202
- from Exerzierplatz, take line 210 towards Niedersimten or line 255 towards Eppenbrunn or Trulben
- get off at the stop "Niedersimten Denkmal" or "Niedersimten Almstraße"
- from "Denkmal" follow Lothringerstraße for about 200 m to Gersbachtalstraße
- from "Almstraße" follow Almstraße for about 100 m to Gersbachtalstraße.
- Continue on Gersbachtalstraße for about 1.5 km until you get to the starting point of the trail, Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten.

Getting there

von B 10 kommend:

- Abfahrt B 10 Ausfahrt Richtung Bitche/Frankreich/Pirmasens/Centrum Messe nehmen

- Landauer Str. und Lothringer Str. bis Gersbachtalstraße nehmen

- Leicht links abbiegen auf L484

- St-- Weiter auf Landauer Str./L484

- Street View -Links abbiegen auf Schillerstraße und weiter auf Schillerring- Street View Weiter auf Schille

Street VLinks abbiegen auf Bitscher Str. Richtung Niedersimten und weiter auf Lothringerstr.treet View


Street VieWeiter auf Lothringer Str./L484


Links abbiegen auf Gersbachtalstraße

Das Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten erreichen Sie nach 1,5 km Fahrt auf der rechten Seite







Start: Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten car park (Gersbachtalstraße, 66955 Pirmasens)
Other access points: Forest car park K4 (road between Erlenbrunn and Kettrichhof, 66955 Pirmasens)



49.162985, 7.592459
49°09'46.7"N 7°35'32.9"E
32U 397386 5446528
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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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Thomas Fickinger 
October 04, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöne, kurze Tour, die ich höher bewerte, als den benachbarten und ähnlich langen Premiumweg "Hexenklamm". Dieser Weg hier verläuft bis auf einen kurzen Abschnitt ausschließlich durch den Wald, bietet einige sehenswerte Felsformationen und in der empfohlenen Gehrichtung am Ende eine wunderbare kleine Schlucht. Im Bereich der Felsen geht es meist über schmale Pfade, die ein Mindestmaß an Trittsicherheit erfordern. Dazwischen geht es auch mal über eher unspektakuläre, breitere Wege. Abschließen sollte man diese kurze, aber durchaus mittelschwere Tour, mit einer Einkehr im Naturfreundehaus.
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6.2 km
1:49 h
163 m
163 m
Highest point
433 m
Lowest point
307 m
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