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  • Dornröschen
    Photo: Tourismusverein SÜW Bad Bergzabern e.V., Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz.
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The access path is either from the parking lot at the entrance to the village or the bus stop in Dörrenbach. The round trip leads from the Wanderparkplatz "Altes Bild" past the Wanderparkplatz "Drei Eichen" and then the ruins of Guttenberg to the red sandstone rock formation "Steinerner Tisch" and the lookout point “Stäffelsberg”. At the beginning and end of the path, you also walk along the Gebrüder Grimm Märchenweg with its seven fairytale stations.
Distance 9.3 km
2:58 h
407 m
363 m
512 m
357 m
The so-called “Sleeping Beauty of the Palatinate” the village of Dörrenbach  was awarded, in 1975, the title of being the most beautiful village along the Deutsche Weinstrasse. This small spa resort with just 1,000 inhabitants, is one of our favourite holiday destinations, right next to the Deutsche Weinstrasse and yet still fabulously quiet. Perhaps you would first like to stroll through the picturesque town centre with its half-timbered houses, a splendid town hall in Renaissance style, the medieval fortified church - and several cosy wine bars. 40 km of the most beautiful hiking trails wait for you in and around Dörrenbach: through chestnut tree forests, through sunny vineyards, to the Kolmerbergkapelle and the Stäffelsberg, with their magnificent views. You have the choice of hiking trails ranging from the “Pfälzer Weinstieg to quality hiking trails around the village such as the Dörnröschen  Rundwanderweg or the Gebrüder Grimm Märchenweg. Treat yourself afterwards to a stop in one of the cosy Dörrenbacher wine taverns!

Author’s recommendation

Great for families with kids. Bring enough time to explore the fairy tale stations or for the playground in town at Sleeping Beauty Square.
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Update: July 18, 2022
Highest point
512 m
Lowest point
357 m
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Safety information

The following generally applies:

In autumn in particular, it is important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones and holes in the path. Trees can topple and branches can fall down after thunderstorms and rainstorms. Natural paths can become muddy and slippery, especially in poor weather conditions. Not all rocks and precipices are secured with ropes or railings. You need to be sure-footed in certain areas. Damage to paths of this kind is to be expected on hikes. If you feel that certain sections of the path are not passable for you, please avoid them.


We endeavour to announce all closures due to forest work or hunting parties on this platform. Nevertheless, sometimes there are situations where hiking trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you unexpectedly encounter a road closure or diversion, please follow the instructions for your own safety.

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Nature park "Altes Bild", Dörrenbach (or access path from the Wanderparkplatz at the entrance to Dörrenbach) (394 m)
49.086948, 7.951620
49°05'13.0"N 7°57'05.8"E
32U 423452 5437650
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Nature park "Altes Bild", Dörrenbach (or access path from the Wanderparkplatz at the entrance to Dörrenbach)

Turn-by-turn directions

The access path to the Dornröschen-Rundwanderweg leads from the Wanderparkplatz at the entrance to Dörrenbach (or from the bus stop) to the parking lot "Altes Bild". There, a round trip begins through a forest of mighty chestnut trees over the parking lot “Drei Eichen” and on to the ruins of Guttenberg, the Stäffelsbergturm with stunning views over the Palatinate Forest and the Black Forest and then back to the parking lot "Altes Bild". On the first and last part of the trail you also walk along the Brothers Grimm fairytale trail with its fairytale stations. The ruined castle of Guttenberg (12th century) can be found on the Schlossberg (503m elevation), a red sandstone hill next to the border to Alsace. From the castle you will only see a few remnants; but still undestroyed is the wide view over the Mundatwald and the Rhine valley.


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Public transport

Bus line 543 Bad Bergzabern - Wissembourg, stop Dörrenbach

Getting there

From the B 38 (south of Bad Bergzabern) to Dörrenbach. Hiking car park on the right at the entrance to the village.


Dörrenbach:  parking lot at the entrance to the village or at the "Altes Bild"


49.086948, 7.951620
49°05'13.0"N 7°57'05.8"E
32U 423452 5437650
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We recommend the following equipment as standard for our hiking tours:

Sturdy shoes Clothing

suitable for the weather

Sun and rain protection

Sufficient quantity of food and drink, as refreshment stops or shopping facilities are not always available or open.

Although the paths are very well marked throughout, for safety reasons it is always advisable to carry a suitable hiking map so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency.

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Andreas Broziewski
September 13, 2019 · Community
Wie schon in den vorangegangenen Kommentaren zu entnehmen ist gibt es einige Kritikpunkte. Keine Einbindung der Sehenswürdigkeiten, unnötige Streckenführung und die Pfade sind punktuell schlecht gekennzeichnet und stark zugewuchert. Würde den Weg der Aussichten klar favorisieren.
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When did you do this route? September 12, 2019
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Thomas Klunkat 
September 26, 2017 · Community
Schlechte Einbindung des Parkplatzes Sehenswürdigkeiten sind nicht in der Tour enthalten Wer die Ruine oder den steinernen Tisch sehen will, muss die Abstecher extra planen
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Dienstag, 26. September 2017, 16:30 Uhr
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Gabriel Striebel 
May 15, 2017 · Community
Schöne, abwechslungsreiche Wanderung, vorwiegend durch Laubwald. Für die Anfahrt zum Wanderparkplatz nicht die eingebaute Navigation nutzen, die führt in eine Sackgasse.
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Steinerner Tisch
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9.3 km
2:58 h
407 m
363 m
Highest point
512 m
Lowest point
357 m
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