Plan a route here Copy route
Long Distance Cycling Stage

Glan-Blies Cycle Route - Stage 3 (Schönenberg-Kübelberg - Ulmet)

Long Distance Cycling · Pfälzer Bergland und Donnersberg
Responsible for this content
Pfalz Touristik e.V. Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • #ExploreMyRegion
    / #ExploreMyRegion
    Photo: Jürgen Wachowski, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Protestantische Kirche
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Klimaneutrales Waldhotel Felschbachhof Ulmet
    Photo: Waldhotel Felschbachhof
  • / Flurskapelle
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Draisinentour - Erlebnis pur
    Photo: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Alte Schmiede
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Restaurant Landgut Jungfleisch
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Galgenhügel
    Photo: Harald Wagner
  • / Ruine Michelsburg, Ansicht 1
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest
  • / Blick vom Steinbruchgelände zum Remigiusberg
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest
  • / Barrierfreie Draisine
    Photo: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Wohnmobilstellplatz Ausleihstation Draisine
    Photo: Ludmilla Schwarz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Sport- und Freizeitbad Altenglan, Ansicht 1
    Photo: VG Kusel-Altenglan
  • / Erdesbacher Ziegenkäserei, Ansicht 1
    Photo: Ludmilla Schwarz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Café Veldenzer Mühle, Ansicht 1
    Photo: Ludmilla Schwarz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Die Mitbewohner
    Photo: Helmut Drumm
  • / Bildstock Grab
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Kirchenschiff
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Umgebung
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Außenansicht
    Photo: Heiko Schmidt
  • / Ruine Michelsburg, Ansicht 2
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest
  • / Ruine Michelsburg, Ansicht 3
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest
  • / Blick von der Michelsburg
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland, Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest
  • / Theisbergstegen - Wanderbahnhof
    Photo: Jürgen Wachowski, Pfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / Buchwaldhütte
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Musikantenland-Express
    Photo: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Planwagendraisine
    Photo: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland
  • / "Zum Remigiusland" Außenansicht
    Photo: Ludmilla Schwarz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Sport- und Freizeitbad Altenglan, Ansicht 2
    Photo: VG Kusel-Altenglan
  • / Außenansicht
    Photo: Katrin Erbach
  • / Erdesbacher Ziegenkäserei, Ansicht 2
    Photo: Ludmilla Schwarz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Café Veldenzer Mühle, Ansicht 2
    Photo: Ludmilla Schwarz, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Ferienhaus Außenansicht
    Photo: Helmut Drumm
  • / unterwegs
    Photo: Helmut Drumm, Foto: Diana Machhamer
  • / Weg durchs Naturschutzgebiet Wartekopf
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Wanderer im Wartekopf
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Ausblick vom Wartekopf
    Photo: Julia Bingeser, FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Alter Germane
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
  • / Außenansicht 1
    Photo: Fam. Doris und Ottmar Becker
  • / Blick ins Glantal
    Photo: FVZV Pfälzer Bergland
m 300 250 200 25 20 15 10 5 km Flurskapelle Ulmet Protestantische … Viergöttersteine Draisinentour Erlebnis … Altenglan) Ohmbachsee Ruine Michelsburg / Haschbach Waldhotel Felschbachhof

From Lake Ohmbachsee, you return to the Glan and the path continues to Glan-Münchweiler along the idyllic route of the former Glan Valley Railway, which follows the river. Parallel to the railway line, along which trains run hourly between Glan-Münchweiler and Altenglan, the cycle route is largely flat and traffic-free as it heads downstream. 

After Altenglan, the remaining section of track is used by some very different vehicles – the

pedal-powered draisine line follows the Blies Cycle Route to the Nahe Cycle Route.

easy
27.1 km
2:05 h
56 m
110 m

There is plenty of exploring to be done in Schönenberg-Kübelberg – for instance, the 
Begehbares Geschichtsbuch, a series of three hiking trails designed to make history accessible, or the traditional beer cellars which provide a fascinating insight into the history of the region. The railway line offers undisturbed cycling enjoyment. Partly on top of the railway embankment, partly in the shade of the cutting, the route leads from Schönenberg-Kübelberg past Elschbach train station and through a large tunnel. The tunnel is more than 150 m long and over 100 years old. The cycle path is protected by an enclosure to avoid the 3 m icicles which can form in winter. Wearers of sunglasses beware! Although there is lighting in the tunnel, it is much darker than the rest of the route.

The next town you reach is Nanzdietschweiler, followed soon after by Glan-Münchweiler.

Here, you can admire the sculpted Viergötterstein stones depicting Juno, Mercury holding a caduceus staff, Minerva and Hercules, and two medieval stone sarcophagi. Running parallel to the railway line, which is used by trains again from Glan-Münchweiler onwards, the cycle route continues through Rehweiler and Matzenbach to Theisbergstegen. You can often see storks in the meadows here, as there is a breeding station in Theisbergstegen which is in operation all year round.

 The next section passes through a disused quarry. Here you meet the Remigius Hiking Trail, which leads onto an exciting nature trail to Remigiusberg Castle or, in the other direction, to the wildlife park on Potzberg hill.

Back on our bikes, we continue cycling to Altenglan and then to Bedesbach alongside the

draisine railway line.

In Bedesbach, the Alte Schmiede blacksmith’s museum gives you an idea of the high level of craftsmanship required to forge simple everyday objects. (Advance booking required). From here, it is not far to today’s destination of Ulmet, a little municipality in an idyllic location on the Glan. It is worth visiting the Flurskapelle chapel just outside the municipality, with a tower dating from the 11th century.

Author’s recommendation

Tip: The Glan Valley draisine railway line, a kind of bicycle on rails, runs between Altenglan and Staudernheim and is a unique experience. You can continue your journey by draisine from here, as bicycles can be transported. Information and reservations:

www.draisinentour.de

Profile picture of Julia Bingeser / Juergen Wachowski
Author
Julia Bingeser / Juergen Wachowski
Updated: September 23, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
269 m
Lowest point
190 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Rest Stop

Waldhotel Felschbachhof
Draisinentour - Erlebnis pur (Ausleihstation Altenglan)
Landgut Jungfleisch
Landgasthof "Zum Steinernen Mann"
Café Veldenzer Mühle
Hotel-Restaurant Zum Remigiusland
Buchwaldhütte
Gaststätte "Gleis 3"

Safety information

Although there is lighting in Elschbach tunnel, there is a huge difference between the external and internal light levels, especially on sunny days. Please remove your sunglasses and reduce your speed before entering.

Cyclists must obey the German highway code (StVo).

Tips, hints and links

Feedback, errors or omissions? Contact us by email: radwege@lbm.rlp.de www.radwanderland.de (responsible for infrastructure and route description).

www.pfaelzerbergland.de

www.saarpfalz-touristik.de

www.glan-blies-weg.de

www.draisinentour.de

Start

66901 Schönenberg-Kübelberg (249 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.411755, 7.404325
DMS
49°24'42.3"N 7°24'15.6"E
UTM
32U 384255 5474454
w3w 
///constituted.cycles.rated

Destination

66887 Ulmet

Turn-by-turn directions

Directions:
Following the Glan Valley Railway line from Schönenberg-Kübelberg, the route is always straight with only a few intersections. The lights in Elschbach tunnel are switched on via a motion detector, but it is noticeably darker inside than out – please be careful. In Nanzdietschweiler, the route leads straight through the village, with two steep ramps near the Kurpfalzhalle civic hall as the old bridge is out of action. The route continues along the railway line to Glan-Münchweiler. The railway line from Kaiserslautern to Kusel is still in use, so the crossing features narrow cycle barriers. A new cycle path has been created next to the railway line from Glan-Münchweiler to Rehweiler. In Rehweiler, you cross the line to the left and follow an agricultural road to Matzenbach. After Matzenbach, the route continues on a quiet road to Theisbergstegen via Godelhausen.  At the train station, you pass through the former quarry to reach Altenglan. The route leads onto the main road, which runs in an S-shape between Altenglan and the district of Mühlbach. Turn right after the left-hand bend onto the railway path and continue straight ahead past the train station. Continue on asphalt paths and local roads to Ulmet via Bedesbach and Erdesbach.

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

This tour is easily accessible by bus and rail.

Schönenberg-Kübelberg

By rail to Homburg/Saar

Bus 280 to Schönenberg-Kübelberg – buses with bicycle trailers run on weekends in the summer months, so bikes can be transported.

Ulmet

By rail to Kusel

Bus 270 to Ulmet – buses with bicycle trailers run on weekends in the summer months, so bikes can be transported.

The return journey is also possible using public transport - bus 270 to Kusel, where you change to bus 280 to Schönenberg-Kübelberg.

 

Timetable information is available from the Hin und Weg travel centre in Kusel: 06381 424 270 or at www.vrn.de

Getting there

Schönenberg-Kübelberg

A6 to Waldmohr exit

B423 to Schönenberg-Kübelberg

Ulmet

A62 to Kusel exit

B420 to Ulmet

Parking

Parking spaces are available in Schönenberg-Kübelberg and Ulmet

Coordinates

DD
49.411755, 7.404325
DMS
49°24'42.3"N 7°24'15.6"E
UTM
32U 384255 5474454
w3w 
///constituted.cycles.rated
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Free Glan-Blies Cycle Route leaflet - Glan-Blies route - touristinformation@kv-kus.de or 

touristik@saarpfalz-kreis.de

Free overview map “Cycling in the Palatine Uplands” - touristinformation@kv-kus.de;

 www.pfaelzerbergland.de
www.saarpfalz-touristik.de

Author’s map recommendations

Glan-Blies Cycle Route - 1:50,000 scale cycle map available for a fee
www.pfaelzerbergland.de 

www.saarpfalz-touristik.de 

 

Equipment

A good bike, time to explore, and something to eat – that’s all you need on this easy stage.

Please wear a helmet. Touring bicycle or bike with multiple gears, weatherproof clothing, drinks and supplies.


Questions & Answers

Ask the first question

Do you have questions regarding this content? Ask them here.


Reviews

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Difficulty
easy
Distance
27.1 km
Duration
2:05h
Ascent
56 m
Descent
110 m
Public transport friendly Point-to-point Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Family friendly

Statistics

  • 2D 3D
  • Contents
  • Show images Hide images
: h
 km
 m
 m
 m
 m
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.