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Felsenwald - Premiumwanderweg Pirmasens

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    Das Felsentor
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A light to medium half-day walk along paths through the rocky landscape around Pirmasens. The tour starts from the popular countryside inn, the Beckenhof. On the way, the forest cabin Starkenbrunnen offers refreshments.
moderate
Distance 13.4 km
4:07 h
467 m
467 m
405 m
298 m
This 13.4 kilometre-long premium hiking trail leads through the Palatinate forest passing by  fantastic rock formations and streams, which invite you and your family to an exciting natural experience at any time of the year. Just try it out for yourself by following the red-and-white rock trail marks leading along a soft and resilient forest floor. Enjoy the colourful play of sunlight on this wooded track, which is interrupted by bright clearings and idyllic river valleys. After exploring and getting to know the breathtaking rock formations, you can strengthen yourself in the Forsthaus Beckenhof or in the Pfälzer Waldhaus Starkenbrunnen. Afterwards, the last stage starts through the nature to the start of your varied tour through the Felsenwald.

Author’s recommendation

The Felsentor is an incomparably beautiful rock arch and very popular with photographers. Entry is also possible from the hiking car park Platte, the Eisweiher or the hiking car park Starkenbrunnen.
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Eva Brödel
Update: August 23, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
405 m
Lowest point
298 m
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Rest stops

Forsthaus Beckenhof
Waldhaus Starkenbrunnen

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

06331-2394330

tourismus@pirmasens.de

www.pirmasens.de/dante-cms/42532/Felsenwald

 

Start

Forsthaus Beckenhof (354 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.195336, 7.654603
DMS
49°11'43.2"N 7°39'16.6"E
UTM
32U 401980 5450041
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Destination

Forsthaus Beckenhof

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the Forsthaus Beckenhof and, after a few minutes, leads to the first highlight, the Felsentor. From there it goes down into the Glastal with the Glastalbrunnen. At the end of the valley, the path turns left, uphill to the Schillerwand. Follow the rock formations of Broken Rock and Luitpoldfelden and follow the Prayer Book, which can be reached after 50 m. Afterwards you go to the Kugelfelsen, from where you have a good view of the Eisweiher lying in the valley. The descent takes you to the Eisweiher, on the banks of which many benches invite you for a short rest. Afterwards we continue uphill through the Murder Hole, past the Amboss Rock until the forest parking area is reached. Now the path descends to the Geissenfelsen and the Kanzelfelsen. The route passes through the forest car park on the K 36 and then turns off towards the PWV cabin Starkenbrunnen. After a short climb, past the Hammelsweiher, the tour ends at the starting point, Forsthaus Beckenhof

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Public transport

By train to "Pirmasens Hauptbahnhof" and then either on foot to the "Exerzierplatz" bus station (approx. 700 m) or e.g. with line 206 to "Exerzierplatz". Take bus line 201 from Exerzierplatz to the "Platte" stop. From dem Hiking car park "Platte" can be entered into the premium hiking trail Felsenwald.

Getting there

Coming from the A8, drive onto the B10

Coming from the B10: Take the exit towards "Beckenhof" and drive through to the Forsthaus Beckenhof.

Parking

Parking is available at the four entry points on the trail:

- Forsthaus Beckenhof

- PWV Hütte Starkenbrunnen

- Wanderparkplatz "Platte"

- Wanderparkplatz "Eisweiher"

Coordinates

DD
49.195336, 7.654603
DMS
49°11'43.2"N 7°39'16.6"E
UTM
32U 401980 5450041
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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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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Rating

4.4
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Christiane We
September 08, 2022 · Community
Super tolle Tour!!!! Echt wow!! Ich hätte nichts negatives zu sagen. Es reiht sich eine gigantische Felsformationen an die nächste. Es war total beeindruckend. Trotz der Stadtnähe ist es komplett ruhig gelegen mit einem sehr hohen Anteil an weichen Pfaden. Auch die Beschilderung ist perfekt. Kann sie nur weiter empfehlen!
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When did you do this route? September 08, 2022
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Ruth Albert
May 13, 2022 · Community
Super Beschilderung mit sehr imposanten Felsen! Wir haben im Beckenhof noch was gegessen, war sehr gut und mit humanen Preisen. Übrigens auch ein Tour für heiße Sommertage.
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Torsten Hahn 
September 27, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöne und abwechslungsreiche Tour! Verbotenerweise sind wir an einem Samstag Ende September durch das eigentlich gesperrte Glastal gewandert! Die Tourbeschreibung bei Outdooractive sollte unbedingt auf den neusten Stand gebracht werden. Die Sperrung dauert sicherlich noch wesentlich länger, als bis Ende September 2021. Ehrlich gesagt, können wir uns nicht vorstellen, dass der Weg in diesem Jahr noch fertig werden kann. Der Forst wird noch einige Wochen Arbeit haben. Die Sperrung sollte unbedingt beachtet werden! Der Weg ist wirklich nicht begehbar! Wir haben uns ‚durchschlagen‘ müssen. Da wir aber die Tour entgegen der empfohlenen Laufrichtung gegangen sind (weil wir die Einkehrmöglichkeit in der Mitte haben wollten und bereits in Pirmasens losgelaufen sind), war die Sperrung nicht als solch großes Hindernis zu erkennen. Ein Fehler, wie sich herausgestellt hat. Obwohl das Glastal der Interessanteste Abschnitt der Tour ist!!! Wir empfehlen daher auf jeden Fall die Tour nochmal zu machen, wenn das Glastal wieder begehbar ist! Ach ja, die Einkehrmöglichkeiten sind top! Wie fast überall im Pfälzerwald. Mit ein Grund, warum wir so gerne hier her kommen!
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When did you do this route? September 11, 2021
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.4 km
Duration
4:07 h
Ascent
467 m
Descent
467 m
Highest point
405 m
Lowest point
298 m
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