On the eighth stage of the trail from Dahn to Erlenbach we pass some impressive rock formations and the ruined castles of Altdahn, Grafendahn, Tanstein and Drachenfels perching dramatically on the red sandstone massif.
The eighth stage presents itself with a series of defiant personalities. On the tour of Dahn to Erlenbach you will pass spectacular rock formations and ruined castles built on red rock formations. From Dahn the route leads uphill to the memorial cemetery of the Chapel of St. Michael, which was built at the edge of the forest beneath the mighty rock formation of Hochstein. The trail passes through this rock formation to the castles of Altdahn, Grafendahn and Tanstein the ruins of which are all perched on a rocky ridge. The path then leads down to Erfweiler and back uphill to the Kahlenberghöhe with its lookout point. Past Schindhard and Busenberg the path leads to the ruins of Drachenfels, which was also built on a rocky cliff. Refreshments are available at the Drachenfelshütte or the Weißensteiner Hof .
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.
Dahn (207 m)
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From Dahn we follow the Pfälzer Waldpfad trail to the Ehren cemetery, with its St Michael Chapel (1) and its picturesque location directly underneath the rock massif of the Hochstein mountain. The trail then leads us through the woods over the hill to the castles of Altdahn, Grafendahn and Tanstein (2). The ruins of these three castles are perched high above Dahn on a red sandstone rocky crag. We then descend to Erfweiler, walking through the village and through the woods to the viewing point (3) on the opposite slope of the Kahlenberg mountain, on the edges of a pine forest flooded with light.
After passing another viewing point on the summit of the Kahlenberg, the trail brings us down to the outskirts of Schindhard and further through the woods to Busenberg. From there we can walk to the ruins of Drachenfels Castle (4), which stands, like the castles at Dahn, on a massive red sandstone rock. Not far from the ruins is the Drachenfels Hut (run by PWV, a local association) where we can enjoy something to eat before our last descent, which brings us to Erlenbach. The Drachenfels Hut is open all year round (except for Christmas and New Year), Wednesdays from 11am, Saturdays from 12pm and Sundays and holidays from 9am.
all notes on protected areas
Train to Wissembourg, Hinterweidenthal or Pirmasens, from there by bus to Dahn
A65 to the Landau-Nord exit, continue on the B10 to Hinterweidenthal and from there on the B427 to Dahn / A65 to the Kandel-Nord exit, continue via Bad Bergzabern on the B427 to Dahn
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Rother Bergverlag : Die Pfälzer Weitwanderwege Pfälzer Höhenweg, Pfälzer Waldpfad, Pfälzer Weinsteig. In 30 Tagen durch die Pfalz (Autor: Jürgen Plogmann). 140 Seiten mit 60 Farbabbildungen, 30 Höhenprofile, 30 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, eine Übersichtskarte. ISBN 978-3-7633-4401-7
Author’s map recommendations
Public Press Wanderkarte Pfälzer Höhenweg im Maßstab 1:25.000, deutsch, Leporello Falzung mit 22 Teilkarten, GPS-genau, sechs redaktionelle Seiten mit Ausflugszielen und Einkehrtipps. Weitere Hauptwanderwege enthalten. Preis: 11,99 €. Direkt hier bestellen.