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Wilgartswieser Biosphären-Pfad

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  • Falkenburg Luftaufnahme
    / Falkenburg Luftaufnahme
    Photo: Helmut Kratz, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Blick vom Premiumwanderweg
    Photo: Dieter F. Hartwig, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Falkenburg
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Felsmassiv am Premiumwanderweg
    Photo: Dieter F. Hartwig, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Insektenhotel im Naturschutzgebiet Tiergarten
    Photo: Christina Brödel, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Aufstieg zur Falkenburg
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  • / Falkenburg
    Photo: Stephanie Ser, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
m 500 400 300 200 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Wasgaublick mit Rastplatz Deichenwand Burgruine Falkenburg

An educational hiking excursion for the whole family

The ruins of Falkenburg rest above the village of Wilgartswiesen, as a testimony of medieval castle architecture.

moderate
7.4 km
3:00 h
276 m
276 m

The ruins of Falkenburg rest above the village of Wilgartswiesen, as a testimony of medieval castle architecture. Now as a major attraction of the "Wilgartswieser Biosphärenpfad" this former imperial palace regains its former prominence. As well as the Falkenburg, this educational hike offers a number of unforgettable impressions.

Right at the beginning  of the rising to the castle, we walk on a forest path almost hidden in shades and mystery along the foot of the castle walls. A narrow staircase leads up to the castle rocks of the wildly overgrown upper castle which reveals a magnificent view over the Wasgau. Whilst being here, it is worthwhile exploring the castle ruins. In the shade under an oak tree and surrounded by unspoilt nature, which has taken possession of the imposing castle ruins, you will also find a nice picnic spot.

 

Author’s recommendation

Für unterwegs sollte man sich auf Rucksackverpflegung einstellen.
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Updated: May 07, 2019
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Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
415 m
Lowest point
213 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, hints and links

For this hike you should remember to take sufficient snacks and refreshment with you. The tour is also suitable in length for families. Refreshments at the beginning and end of the hike can be found in the local gastronomy of Wilgartswiesen.

Start

Parking area near Falkenburghalle Wilgartswiesen (217 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.207885, 7.861866
DMS
49°12'28.4"N 7°51'42.7"E
UTM
32U 417101 5451189
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An educational hiking excursion for the whole family

The ruins of Falkenburg rest above the village of Wilgartswiesen, as a testimony of medieval castle architecture. Now as a major attraction of the "Wilgartswieser Biosphärenpfad" this former imperial palace regains its former prominence. As well as the Falkenburg, this educational hike offers a number of unforgettable impressions.

Right at the beginning  of the rising to the castle, we walk on a forest path almost hidden in shades and mystery along the foot of the castle walls. A narrow staircase leads up to the castle rocks of the wildly overgrown upper castle which reveals a magnificent view over the Wasgau. Whilst being here, It is worthwhile exploring the castle ruins. In the shade under an oak tree and surrounded by unspoilt nature, which has taken possession of the imposing castle ruins, you will also find a nice picnic spot.

 

Having enjoyed our rest, we go back downhill from the Falkenburg  towards the "Wasgaublick". Soon the sounds of civilization can no longer be heard, leaving only the chirping of birds and perhaps the bubbling of a nearby brook.  From the shady deciduous forest, the trail leads to an idyllic meadow valley, the nature reserve Falkenburg-Tiergarten. On information panels you can learn interesting facts about the flora and fauna to be found here. The wayside sounds which sound like freezing rain falling on autumn leaves will, on closer inspection, turn out to be millions of red forest ants diligently do their work around a giant anthill. Again, an illustrative panel provides information about these insects, rarely found in Germany.

The next picnic spot can be reached after an easy 45 minute walk up to the viewpoint "Wasgaublick". Along the Kurt Reinhard path the way leads to an impressive rock wall that stands majestically in brilliant shades of red against the green of the forest: the Deichenwand. From a spacious observation deck made of wood you can enjoy a sublime view over the surrounding hillsides of the Palatinate Forest. Here is another ideal place to relax. Along the steep wall and secured with wire ropes the path leads down to the foot of the rock formation. Here you should definitely stop again and admire the mighty view upwards. Depending on how the sun stands, you can gaze at a great play of colours in shades of red, brown and orange.

The path goes on down the hillside into the romantically-situated Rödertal. The humidity of the air around us increases markedly since we are approaching the Hangquelle. When crossing this water well you will notice the increased moisture in the soil and in the air which makes it an ideal habitat for different kinds of fern. Instructive is also the lovingly-created "school forest". Not only children can learn from the many informative folding panels a lot about the native plants and animals and get to know the cycle of nature. And when one has arrived at the “insect hotel” and remains quiet, you can even watch one or two shy forest animals feeding.

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Public transport

Take the train to railway station Wilgartswiesen.

Getting there

B 10 Landau-Pirmasens, exit Wilgartswiesen.

Parking

Parking area Falkenburghalle Wilgartswiesen.

Coordinates

DD
49.207885, 7.861866
DMS
49°12'28.4"N 7°51'42.7"E
UTM
32U 417101 5451189
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Hauenstein & Trifelsland 1:25.000, 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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Reviews

3.9
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Stefan Altrichter 
February 13, 2021 · Community
Tolle, wohlüberlegte Route, großteils auf schmalen Pfaden. Ausschilderung könnte mal aufgefrischt werden. Falkenburg ist spannend, Deichwand beeindruckend, Wasgaublick fast zugewachsen... Der Schulwald zum Schluss sehr informativ. Bei Schnee heute ordentlich fordernd. Meinen beiden Kids hats sehr gut gefallen!
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Completed this Route on February 13, 2021
Jürgen Pfeifer
November 09, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour, nur leider an der Deichwand fand ich den weiteren Wegverlauf nicht, Wegbeschreibung in Klammer Quelle: wanderarena(Entlang der Steilwand führt ein mit Drahtseilen gesicherter Pfad hinab an den Fuß des Felsmassivs. Hier sollte man unbedingt noch einmal anhalten und den Blick an der mächtigen Felsenwand hinauf gleiten lassen. Je nachdem wie die Sonne steht, kann man ein tolles Farbenspiel in Rot, Braun und Orange bewundern. ) Diesen hier beschriebenen Abschnitt habe ich nicht gefunden und bin stattdessen wieder ein Stück zurückgelaufen und dann dem Weg Schulwald gefolgt, der mich kurze Zeit später dann wieder auf die Route führte. Bis auf dieses kleine Ärgernis (vllt. lag es auch an mir) fand ich die Tour sehr schön.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.4 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
276 m
Descent
276 m
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