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Felsenland Sagenweg

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  • Burg Fleckenstein, Lembach/F
    Burg Fleckenstein, Lembach/F
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m 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 km Fladensteine Lindelskopf Kahlenberg Hirschfelsen Wegelnburg Pfälzerwoog Eichelberg Mäuerle Spießwiesen Dorfblick Hexenpilz
The cross-border long-distance hiking trail has everything to offer that makes the hiker's heart jump. You can discover amazing views as well as a variety of castles and castle ruins in Dahner Felsenland and Alsace. A sea of red sandstone rocks line the path.


Distance 86.1 km
28:00 h
2,337 m
2,360 m
545 m
190 m
The cross-border long-distance hiking trail has everything to offer that makes the hiker's heart jump. In five stages, the little ghost guides hikers through the mystical world of the Palatinate Forest on the blue trail markers. Already the first stage from Dahn to Erfweiler impresses with magnificent views of imposing rocks and mighty castle ruins. No less impressive is the routing of the second leg to Bundenthal. With the castle ruins Drachenfels and the legendary castle Berwartstein this stage offers two unforgettable highlights. Not only because of their altitude, the third route to Schönau is often referred to as a queen stage. The sights, such as the Wegelnburg - the highest castle ruins of the Palatinate or the famous castle Fleckenstein in Alsace make this part of the hike to an unforgettable experience. Through idyllic meadow valleys and past romantic forest lakes, the fourth stage leads to Fischbach. The last stage on the rock country Sagenweg leads to Bruchweiler-Bärenbach. On the way lies the biosphere house with the adventurous treetop path. Direction Rumbach is crossed by a wooden pier, the nature reserve Königsbruch. In Rumbach you should definitely visit the Christ Church with its medieval frescoes. Now there is only one last ascent to the Schützenfelsen before the dreamlike stage hike ends at the new amusement park Spießwiesen in Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.

UFFBASSE! - Campaign for considerate coexistence in nature 

Always act with foresight, kindness and consideration towards everyone you meet along the way.

Respect nature, don't destroy plants and always stay on the paths.

Remember to bring a rubbish bag for the trail and take rubbish home with you.

Please keep your dog on a lead at all times. Other visitors and animals will thank you.

For your own safety, observe all trail closures. Also at weekends.

Park only in designated parking areas. Leave space for escape routes and agricultural machinery.

Please give priority to agricultural and forestry traffic.


Author’s recommendation

Refreshments on the route: Dahn, Alt-Dahn Castle, Erfweiler, Busenberg, Erlenbach, Berwartstein Castle, Bundenthal, Nothweiler, Fleckenstein Castle



The Wegelnburg castle ruins between Nothweiler and Schönau were once again completely transformed into a construction site. The castle complex is therefore completely closed to visitor traffic until further notice!  


Due to forest fire damage in the area of the Maimont border mountain near Petersbächel, four hectares of forest were destroyed. This applies to the two premium hiking trails "Felsenland Sagenweg" and the "German-French Castle Trail". A detour will be carried out by the Wasgau forestry office and the Dahner Felsenland tourist information center on Thursday, June 23, 2022, and will be signposted accordingly. The period of the ban cannot be predicted yet.


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Jacques Noll
Update: December 05, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
545 m
Lowest point
190 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Berwartstein Castle
PWV Drachenfelshütte
Castle complex Alt-Dahn - Grafendahn - Tanstein
PWV-Hütte im Schneiderfeld
Burgruine Fleckenstein/F
Palatinate Forest/Northern Vosges Biosphere House
Bushaltestelle Busenberg Ortsmitte

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.


We endeavour to announce all closures caused by forest works, hunting parties on this platform. Nevertheless, there are situations where hiking trails are closed and we may not have been informed. If you encounter closures or diversions on site, please follow the instructions for your own safety.



Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland
Schulstr. 29, 66994 Dahn
Tel. 06391 9196222

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Tourist Information Dahner Felsenland, Schulstraße 29, 66994 Dahn; Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, Spießwiesenpark (215 m)
49.152331, 7.781450
49°09'08.4"N 7°46'53.2"E
32U 411145 5445104
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Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, Spießwiesenpark, Tourist Information Dahner Felsenland, Schulstraße 29, 66994 Dahn

Turn-by-turn directions

1st stage: Dahn-Erfweiler

We start at the tourist information office in the Schulstraße in Dahn and follow the "Gespenster-Logo" towards the cemetery. Here we hike through the picturesque forest route up to the viewing platform at the Jungfernsprungfelsen. We climb back down again to   Dahn and walk next to the Sängerfelsen, which also offer a magnificent view. Passing imposing cliffs, the trail leads to the ruins of Neudahn, which we should explore in a separate tour. Then it goes through the Moosbachtal to the "Dahner Hütte" (Pfälzerwaldvereinhütte, refreshments available, please check opening times). Over rocky paths, past lovely viewpoints and tremendous rock formations, the trail now leads to Dahn and then onto the castles of Altdahn where the ruins of the mighty walled-castles of Altdahn, Grafendahn and Tannstein can be admired. A visit to the castle museum is highly recommended. We then descend to our the first stage destination of   Erfweiler.

2nd Stage: Erfweiler-Bundenthal

We start in Erfweiler and walk along sandy paths through the wonderful Palatinate Forest. Going up a gentle uphill path, we soon reach the first lookout point on the south side of the Kahlenberg near Schindhard. A short time later we pass the picturesque village of Schindhard and walk through orchards in the direction of Eilöchel. At the local hiker’s car park we climb up to the Eichelberg, where we will enjoy a dreamlike view over to the Busenberg. Along the side of a mighty rock wall we walk along an idyllic birdwatcher’s   trail along and soon reach the parking lot   "Hexenplätzel". We follow the trail through Busenberg and already have our next destination in sight, the Drachenfels castle ruins. After a steep ascent, we enjoy a short break in the spacious castle grounds overlooking the wooded surroundings. Food and drink is then available at the Drachenfels tavern (Pfälzerwaldvereinshütte), which is open on Wednesdays and weekends. Passing the chapel of St. Gertraud, the trail leads   to Erlenbach and continues then to Burg Berwartstein. A visit of this elevated castle requires an entrance fee, but the exciting tours can be totally recommended. A castle tavern is located in the Rittersaal. The last section of this stage leads past the rocky massif of the "Fladenstein" (with geological trail) along to   Bundenthal.


3rd Stage: Bundenthal-Schönau

Today's stage is, due to the steep climbs, the veritable crowning stage of this tour. We start in Bundenthal and walk past the airfield of Söller, cross a small valley and then begin the strenuous climb through changing forest landscapes up to the summit of the "Mäuerle". Now past the imposing cliffs of Mäuerle, such as the "Teufelstisch", the trail goes down narrow paths to Nothweiler. Here we can enjoy a delicious traditional tarte flambee before starting the strenuous climb up to the highest castle ruins of the Palatinate, the Wegelnburg (572m). Once at the top, we are rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view. On the ridge, we walk slightly downhill and cross the border to France. Gorgeous panoramic views await us on the ruins of the Hohenburg and Lowenstein, which we can explore extensively. Then we follow the spectacular rocky path, only suitable for sure-footed hikers, to the Hiker’s Experience Site of P'tit Fleck and the Fleckenstein castle ruins. A more comfortable walk up to the Fleckenstein begins at the entrance to the Felsenpfad   and is marked with a red bar trail marker. An exhibition informs us here about the special features of the forest as well as giving us the opportunity to visit the   Bistro and gift shop. Those who want to visit the nearby castle ruin of Fleckenstein, can buy here tickets. At the foot of the imposing Fleckenstein castle ruins, we continue to the Hirschthal. Now we wander through the idyllic and secluded valley of the Hichtenbach before we turn into the forest to our right. Here it then leads up along paths and forest roads until we enjoy a magnificent view up over the forest from the Bruderfelsen and on to the ruins of the Fleckenstein castle. Shortly before we reach our destination of Schoenau, there awaits us as the last highlight of this stage, the mighty massif of Pfaffenfels, which you can climb up using ladders. The climbers will find a fantastic view.


4th Stage: Schönau-Fischbach

In Schönau, we follow the trail through the Wengelsbachtal up to the Wengelsbacher Hals and then on to the castle ruins of Blumenstein. Along idyllic forest tracks, we reach the Col du Maimont in France. We explore the castle Wasigenstein before we start the ascent to the summit of Maimont. Passing   the Opferschale, a flat rock, we walk on forest paths back to Germany and enjoy great views over the region from the Friedenskreuz. A spectacular section of the trail takes us along an elongated rock barrier. In switchbacks, we then move along the border down to the Zollstock. From here the trail is flatter and we get into the Sauertal. In the village of   Petersbächel, the Wanderheim Walthariklause invites you rest awhile. The next highlight awaits us at the nature reserve of the Pfälzerwoog. On wide forest trails we arrive at the hidden forest lake of Pfälzerwoog and we enjoy the peace and quiet on the forest benches. It then goes up to the Lindelskopf, where we once again enjoy the magnificent view. We then follow the trail further to the Ludwigswinkel. Here we experience both a barefoot trail and a sculpture trail. Past the swimming lake Saarbachhammer we finally reach today’s destination of Fischbach.


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Public transport


By train to Bad Bergzabern or Hinterweidenthal, from there by bus to Dahn. Entry Tourist Information Dahner Felsenland, Schulstraße 29. From May to October with the excursion trains "Bundenthaler" and "Felsenland-Express" "on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Mannheim


Getting there

A65 until exit Landau-Nord, B10 via Annweiler to Dahn



Public parking in the Pestalozzistraße and Gartenstraße opposite the Tourist Information Dahn Rockland


49.152331, 7.781450
49°09'08.4"N 7°46'53.2"E
32U 411145 5445104
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Book recommendation by the author

Diverse Faltblätter und eine ausführliches Broschüre mit allen Sagen zum Weg sind erhältlich bei: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland, Schulstraße 29, 66994 Dahn, Tel.: 06391-9196222,

Premium-Wanderbuch "Pfälzerwald" mit 17 Premium-Rundwegen und Streckenwegen.
Verlag: idemedia GmbH, ISBN 978 - 3 - 942779 - 54 - 8
Autoren: Ulrike Poller und Wolfgang Todt.

Burgenbroschüre dreisprachig (Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch)Grenzenloses Burgenerlebnis im Dahner Felsenland und dem angrenzenden Nordelsass/F

Das Dahner Felsenland kann als das Burgenland im Biosphärenreservat Pfälzerwald/Nordvogesen bezeichnet werden. Geheimnisvolle Felsengänge führen hinab in unterirdische Felsenkammern und Verliese, und hoch droben auf den Zinnen bieten sich oftmals grandiose Ausblicke ins sagenumwobene Dahner Felsenland.

In der Broschüre werden auf 64 Seiten, 13 Burgen/Burgruinen beschrieben (dreisprachig) und mit inspirierenden Bildern dargestellt. Der Versand dieses Artikels erfolgt ausschließlich nach Vorkasse: Burgenbroschüre 3,70 € zzgl. Portokosten 1,60 €! 

Author’s map recommendations

Wander- und Radwanderkarte Dahner Felsenland 1:25.000, 8,90 €uro zzgl. Portokosten von 1,60 €uro,neu ab Dezember 2022, 7. Auflage: Wandern und Radfahren im Dahner Felsenland mit den Premium-Wanderwegen, den Haupt- und Rundwanderwegen, den Radrouten sowie dem Rettungspunkte-System; mit App Unterstützung, im Maßstab 1:25.000, ISBN 978-3-945138-12-0


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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October 19, 2021 · Community
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Christine Krämer
August 02, 2020 · Community
Ich bin inzwischen leidenschaftliche Steigwanderin und habe die Steige innerhalb Deutschlands liebgewonnen und noch einige ins Auge gefasst. Der Felsenland Sagenweg "kann mehr": Er hat das Flavor eines Steigs und die Farbe eines Themenwegs - ist zu keiner Zeit langweilig. Am besten hat mir die Wegstrecke zwischen der "Château du Hohenbourg" und der "Château de Fleckenstein" gefallen - ja, wir sind hier schon auf französischer Seite des Sagenwegs! Dieser Wegabschnitt schlängelt sich ähnlich eines Kammwegs an Felsen vorbei und man wähnt sich schon in den Alpen. Hinzukommt ein unglaubliches Walderlebnis, denn es duftet nach Kiefernholz und-nadeln. Die Felsen werden nämlich umsäumt von kleinen Kiefernwäldern - der sandige Boden der Pfade und Wege schont übrigens von Dahn bis Petersbächel die Füße des Weitwanderers. Achtung: An der Burg Fleckenstein kann man sich verlaufen. Das letzte Wegzeichen 👻 am Wendeplatz vor der Burg weist geradeaus, aber: Man muss in den Eingang des Burgareals hinein (links die Ticket-Kasse, rechts das Burgcafè). Man überquert einfach den Platz und auf der anderen Seite führt der Sagenweg ausgewiesen weiter. Tipp: das Burgcafè ist echt empfehlenswert und man hat einen wunderbaren Blick (Froschperspektive) auf das Massiv. Und ab Petersbächel: verabschiedet man sich kurzzeitig (bis kurz hinter Fischbach) von den sagenhaften Felsen und Ruinen und meint, im Amazonas zu sein. Plötzlich watet man förmlich durch unglaubliche Feuchtgebiete mit unglaublich vielfältiger Tierwelt und prächtigen Seerosenteppichen in allen Farben. Achtung: Mücken! Wer Mückenschutz aufträgt oder eine entsprechende Netz-Kopfbedeckung dabei hat, kann diesen Teil genießen.
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When did you do this route? July 20, 2020
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June 15, 2020 · Community
Braucht man für den Weg Bergstiefel oder reichen halbhohe Schuhe?
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86.1 km
28:00 h
2,337 m
2,360 m
Highest point
545 m
Lowest point
190 m
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