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  • Ausblick in Richtung der Rheinebene gesehen vom Rötzenberg
    / Ausblick in Richtung der Rheinebene gesehen vom Rötzenberg
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  • / Rötzenbergmassiv
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  • / Felskluft am Dimberg
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  • / Wanderer auf dem Höhepunkt des Dimbergs
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  • / Felskluft am Premiumwanderweg
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  • / Stimmungsbild auf dem Premiumwanderweg
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  • / Dimbach
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  • / Felsformation mit Ausblick
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  • / Plätzl am Dreiländereck
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  • / Ausblick vom Rotzenberg
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  • / Vorderer Dimberg
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  • / Blick auf die Burgruine Lindelbrunn
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  • / Ortsansicht Dimbach
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  • / Blick vom Rötzenberg in Richtung Rheinebene bei Dämmerung
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  • / Rastplatz "Dimbacher Eichen-Plätzl"
    Photo: Manfred Seibel, Community
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This 10 km long circular walk is both scenically and geologically outstanding, but also the sporting side cannot be neglected. 

The tour starts at Dimbach and crosses 3 hilltops: Dimberg (420 m), Rötzenberg (460 m), Immersberg (465 m).

There is also hardly another comparable tour which passes almost countless red sandstone cliffs.

 

 

Countless viewpoints look across the lush countryside, the imperial castle of Trifels, over tiny villages in the valleys and even as far as the Vorderpfalz (from Rötzenberg to Immersberg) .

Particularly for those of you interested in the geology of red sandstone, there are all sorts of different formations and layers, different colours, bizarre formations and other vagaries of nature to be admired.

 

moderate
Distance 9 km
3:09 h
469 m
469 m
Not just for rock “connoisseurs”, this circular route is a feast for all your senses.   Colourful and bizarre rock formations line the ten kilometre long hiking trail that leads mostly on the plateaus surrounding the village of Dimbach. The diverse ups and downs of the trail are a unique combination, no matter from which direction you start. Arriving at the top height of the trail it now winds around huge rock formations for a number of kilometres. Those who do not suffer from vertigo have plenty of opportunities to climb some rocks on narrow paths and enjoy unique views from the top.

 

 It is highly recommended to look around each viewpoint, since other narrow paths often lead to nearby secluded spots with hidden views.

 

After a few strenuous climbs, you reach the first lookout point: the rock massif of Falkenstein. After a detour to Kaftenstein - overlooking the village of Dimbach – you continue at the same height past even more impressive rock formations. A quaint Marien-Gedenkstätte (memorial site) invites you in for a meditation on your way to Dimberg . After a short climb to the summit of the Dimberg, you can enjoy a sublime view of the deep valley below. In warm and sunny weather you will not be up here by yourself since lizards scurry around and sunbathe on the rocks.

 

Once back on the trail, our next destination is the Rötzenberg with its mighty Rötzenfelsen. On the way we pass the Isselmannsteine. A good physical condition is required for the ascent to the Rötzenberg, but the effort is well worth it since on the rocky plateau you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Palatinate hillsides (closed to walkers and climbers from April to the end of June to protect the peregrine falcons which live here). Here you can take a break and fortify yourself for the onward march to the Kieungerfelsen. On the way you will notice the changes in the colours and textures of the sandstone. Bright red tones and different coloured rock formations dominate the scene along this light-filled stage. Once on the Kieungerfelsen you are bound to think that you are somewhere in the south of Europe: conifers exude a   sweet fragrance whilst soft ground and flat plateaus invite you to rest. Up here you can away from it all, enjoy the tranquility and listen to the sounds of nature.

 

From Kieungerfelsen onwards the path towards Häuselstein meanders past huge, moss-covered stones and rocks, where you can scramble around. In between lies the Horn-Gipfel, a climb up to the the summit of which requires a good physical condition. Having left the Immersberg behind you, there is a comfortable sitting area at the Häuselstein with a view of the valley. From here we go down a switchback path leading to a quiet, secluded spot.

 

Now it's back down the hillside towards Dimbach. The last rock attraction, the Keeshäwek is the end of the somewhat strenuous but rewarding   Buntsteinhöhenweg. Now there are only about two kilometres to the parking lot at Dimbach, the starting point of this three-hour hike. Who does not want to do the entire hike but still see the impressive highlights has the option of changing to a trail marked with a blue cross at the Gosserweiler Schüthütte   - between Rötzenberg and Kieungerfelsen - in order to make it back to Dirnbach on a shorter trail.

 

Author’s recommendation

Refreshments: in Dimbach "Zur Dimbacher Schänke", Hauptstr. 4 With snow and ice, caution is advised on the premium hiking trails!
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Updated: June 12, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
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Highest point
462 m
Lowest point
244 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

 

On the Simmerberg there is the first GPS reference point in the Palatinate Forest.  

 

Since the tour includes three ascents, it requires a certain amount of condition; also some surefootedness is required because the pathways are mostly narrow paths with just a few short distances along wide gravel forest roads. On this tour we are "The Rangers" and enjoy walking along the soft paths.

 

Backpack meals

Refreshments: in the neighbouring villages of Darstein, Hauenstein, Schwanheim and Wilgartswiesen.

 

When snow and ice are present, caution should be exercised on the premium hiking trails!

 

Start

Hikers' car park at the entrance to Dimbach; Car navigation: Hauptstrasse 76848 Dimbach (251 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.171123, 7.899434
DMS
49°10'16.0"N 7°53'58.0"E
UTM
32U 419778 5447062
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Destination

Hikers' car park at the entrance to Dimbach; Car navigation: Hauptstrasse 76848 Dimbach

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Dimbacher Buntsandstein Höhenweg - now with an even more attractive route from the Immersberg This circular hiking trail is a feast for the senses, and not just for rock connoisseurs. Even the less knowledgeable will get their money's worth: Colorful, bizarre rock formations line the approximately ten kilometer long hiking route, most of which leads over the plateaus around the village of Dimbach. The Höhenweg reveals itself like a composition of several acts, regardless of which direction you start from. Once at the height, the path winds for kilometers around huge rock massifs. Those who do not suffer from fear of heights have ample opportunity to climb some rocks over narrow paths and enjoy unique views from there. It is highly recommended to inspect the closer surroundings of the viewpoints, because narrow paths branching off often lead to nearby secluded spots with hidden views. After a few athletic meters you reach the first vantage point on the high trail: the Falkenstein rock massif. After a detour to the Kaftenstein - with a view of the village of Dimbach - the route continues on a high level, past impressive rock formations. A pretty Marien memorial invites you to a prayer on the march to Dimberg. After a short climbing tour, a sublime view of the valley below is presented from the summit of Dimberg. In warm, sunny weather you are not alone up here: lizards scurry around and sunbathe on the rocks. Back on the hiking trail, the next destination is on: the Rötzenberg with the mighty Rötzenfelsen. On the way you will pass the Isselmannsteins, among other things. A good physical condition is required for the ascent to the Rötzenberg. But the effort is worth it: On the rock plateau, which is closed to hikers and climbers from April to the end of June to protect the peregrine falcons, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Palatinate mountains. Here you can comfortably take a break and strengthen yourself for the march to the Kieungerfelsen. If you direct your gaze to the rock formations along the way, you will notice the changes in the colors and structures of the sandstone. Luminous red tones and differently colored layers of rock shape the picture on this light-flooded section of the route. When you arrive on the Kieungerfelsen, you think you are somewhere in the south of Europe: Conifers give off their sweet scent, soft ground and flat plateaus invite you to take a break. Up here you leave everyday life behind, enjoy the peace and quiet and listen to the sounds of nature. From the Kieungerfelsen, the path meanders towards Häuselstein past huge, moss-covered stones and rocks, some of which you can scramble around on. In between is the Horn summit, the ascent of which again requires a good level of fitness. If you have left the Immersberg behind you, a seating group on the Häuselstein invites you to take a leisurely rest with a view of the valley. From here a winding path descends that leads to a quiet, secluded spot. Now it's back downhill towards Dimbach. With the Keeshäwel, the last rock attraction, the adventurous and impressive tour on the Buntsandstein-Höhenweg ends. Now it is only about two kilometers to the parking lot in front of Dimbach, the starting point of the three-hour hike. If you don't want to hike the Höhenweg entirely, but don't want to miss out on the impressive highlights, you can switch to the hiking trail with the blue cross at the Gossersweiler Refuge - between Rötzenberg and Kieungerfelsen - to get back to Dimbach over a short distance
Text: Daniela Trauthwein

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to railway station Wilgartswiesen, then call a taxi to Dimbach.

Getting there

Via the B10 (Pirmasens-Landau), exit Wilgartswiesen, then via Spirkelbach, there in the center of the village turn right to Lug; At the next intersection, turn left, after the bridge turn right and immediately left again, uphill to Dimbach.

Parking

The start and finish of our tour is the parking lot just before Dimbach on the left side of the road.

Coordinates

DD
49.171123, 7.899434
DMS
49°10'16.0"N 7°53'58.0"E
UTM
32U 419778 5447062
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking and cycling map Hauenstein & Trifelsland, Pietruska Verlag

Equipment

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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Sandra Oefler
May 01, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöner premiumrundwanderweg mit tollen Pfaden und aussichtspunkte.Mit Pausen und Bildern machen haben wir 5.5 h gebraucht und sind geübt im wandern. Die Steigungen haben es schon teilweise in sich.
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When did you do this route? May 01, 2021
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Gerhard Hahn
April 28, 2021 · Community
Meine Frau und ich sind den Weg letzten Samstag gegangen. Er ist sehr abwechslungsreich und für die Länge nicht unsportlich. Wer den Überblick mag, sollte den Weg in der laubfreien Jahreszeit wandern. Die Wanderung ist empfehlenswert.
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moderate
Distance
9 km
Duration
3:09 h
Ascent
469 m
Descent
469 m
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