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Elwetritscheweg und Infopfad

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  • Themenweg im Dahner Felsenland: Elwetritscheweg und Infopfad
    Themenweg im Dahner Felsenland: Elwetritscheweg und Infopfad
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Start: Dahn climatic spa, Kurpark, Elwetritsche monument at the Haus des Gastes. The Elwetritsche monument shows an "Elwetritsche family" and is dedicated to the patron saint of the Elwetritsche, Gust Espenschied. Next to the Haus des Gastes stands the first of the 7 display boards. They provide information about the development, life and positive character traits of the Elwetritsche. The Elwetritsch Trail begins at the last display board.
Distance 9.5 km
3:15 h
267 m
268 m
345 m
203 m
On forest paths and natural forest trails, the Elwetritscheweg leads over the mountain ridges around the Wasgau town of Dahn. The approximately ten-kilometre-long circular trail provides information about the life of the Palatinate mythical bird - the Elwetritsche. The educational information trail begins in the spa gardens in Dahn. Seven information boards tell you everything you need to know about the Palatinate bird. After a short walk through the town centre, the circular trail leads uphill to the cuckoo rock. On the way, you pass the nesting and mating site of the elwetrites and enjoy magnificent views of the Dahn castle massif of Alt-Dahn-Grafendahn-Tanstein. After an adventurous climb to the Römerfelsen (Roman Rock), with a magnificent panoramic view of the Wasgau, the hike continues to the Bubenfelsen (Jack Rock). From there, not only the Elwetritsche have a sublime view of the town of Dahn below. From here, the trail slowly descends towards the town again, offering a new view of the legendary Jungfernsprung, Dahn's landmark. On the way back to the spa gardens, you pass the last station of the Elwetritscheweg: the former healing and bathing place of the Tritsche.


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

Refreshment stops, Haus des Gastes ( or in the local gastronomy of the town of Dahn.
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Update: August 03, 2022
Highest point
345 m
Lowest point
203 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Haus des Gastes
Golfheisel im Kurpark
Cafe Eisheisel
Restaurant Ratsstube
Pälzer Schdubb
Ristorante Pizzeria Ischia
Café - Bäckerei Busch und Naab Dahn
Edeka Kissel SBK Dahn

Safety information

specially in autumn, it is also important to be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. After thunderstorms or rainstorms, trees can still fall or branches can fall down afterwards. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths. Not all rocks or precipices are secured with ropes or railings. Surefootedness is required in places. You have to expect this type of path impairment when you undertake a hike. If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, you should avoid them. Despite the "untraceable" markings of the premium hiking trails, we recommend that you always have an appropriate hiking map with you for safety reasons, so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in the event of a thunderstorm or emergency, for example.



We endeavour to announce all closures caused by forestry work, 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


Car park Haus des Gastes/Kurpark, Weißenburger Straße 17 d, 66994 Dahn (210 m)
49.149145, 7.782913
49°08'56.9"N 7°46'58.5"E
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Car park Haus des Gastes/Kurpark, Weißenburger Straße 17 d, 66994 Dahn

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Elwetritsche information points along the route

Start/important information on the circular route/map (Elwetritsche information trail, board 7)

Tritsche nesting site in rock (Cuckoo Rock) Left side of rock: decentralised clutch arrangement. Egg impression marks (holes) disorganised within the laying area. Age about 172 million years. Right rock side: rock cavity with ledge for central clutch arrangement. The cavity is currently still in use.

Ritual site for tree and ground courtship Typical site for tree and ground courtship. Suitable courtship trees with many horizontal branches in good view. Ideal terrain for ground courtship, as well herbaceous; slight mounds for courtship presentation, wide surroundings for observing the courtship phases as well as various places for post-balancing.View to the "Elwetritsche Horst" Typical landscape of a residential area formerly favoured by tritches. Light woodland, sunny location, prominent rocks and food-related diversity. Today used as a "Tritsche retirement home" (residence).

Tritsche meeting place on the Roman rock On the opposite rock part, meeting place for internal family meetings and smaller group meetings. Protected from predators and echoless, with a far-reaching view of the countryside. Under certain conditions, current signs of use can be seen at times. Tritsche fly-in lane Prominent trail crossing. Used as fly-in lanes for Tritsche landings. Recognisable by the lack of grazing in the lower tree area. From here a trail leads to the mountain top with a ritual place and a protected living area.

Curiosity rock (Bubenfelsen) Rock with an unobstructed view of the "urban goings-on", so-called "curiosity rock". Observation rock for assessing a possible resumption of friendly relations with humans.

Fossil egg-laying site Former sandy soil with large prints of tritch eggs shortly before hatching. Egg shell remains no longer detectable due to weathering. Age approx. 169 million years.

Former healing and bathing place of the Tritsche Old watering place of the Tritsche with qualitatively high and lime-free water quality. Used for splash baths and whole body washes to strengthen vitality and prevent many diseases. Applications mostly directly after courtship. Used in a similar way today to maintain the health of locals and guests.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


By train to Bad Bergzabern or Hinterweidenthal, from there by bus to Dahn. From the town centre, walk to the entrance to the Kurpark in Dahn. From May to October, take the "Bundenthaler" excursion train (Sun/holiday from Mannheim) or the "Felsenland-Express" (Sat/Sun and holiday from Karlsruhe) to Dahn station in the Dahner Felsenland. Info:, , (travel planning from house to house).  

Getting there

10 to the Hinterweidenthal exit, continue on the B427 to Dahn, then follow the signs to Haus des Gastes or Kurpark.


Car park Haus des Gastes/Kurpark, Weißenburger Straße 17 d, 66994 Dahn  


49.149145, 7.782913
49°08'56.9"N 7°46'58.5"E
32U 411246 5444748
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Flyer zum Elwetritschweg sowie eine Kurz-Biographie zu der Elwetritsche im Dahner Felsenland.

Author’s map recommendations

Broschüre 43 örtliche Rundwanderwege mit Höhenprofil und Kartenaussicht im Dahner Felsenland, 3,00 € zzgl. Portokosten 1,45 €


Wander- und Radwanderkarte Dahner Felsenland 1:25.000, 8,90 €uro zzgl. Portokosten von 1,55 €uro Neu ab 2019: 6. Auflage: Wandern und Radfahren im Dahner Felsenland mit den Premium-Wanderwegen, den Haupt- und Rundwanderwegen, den Radrouten sowie dem Rettungspunkte-System im Maßstab 1:25.000, ISBN 978-3-945138-06-9  



Sturdy shoes, clothing suitable for the weather, sun and rain protection, as well as sufficient supplies of food and drinks, should there be no refreshment stops or shopping facilities available or open. Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons.

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Vera Boßlet
November 11, 2022 · Community
Super schöner Weg, schmale Pfade, faszinierende Felsen und tolle Aussichten.
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C. S.
October 10, 2020 · Community
sehr schöner Weg! Die Infotafeln zu den Elwetritschen sind sehr amüsant. Auf dem Rundwanderweg selbst findet man dann einige Markierungen/Tafeln zu diesen 'Sagenvögeln'. Mal was anderes!
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When did you do this route? August 20, 2020
Ansgar Lösch
September 01, 2020 · Community
Schöner Rundwanderweg mit herrlichen Aussichten rund um Dahn.
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9.5 km
3:15 h
267 m
268 m
Highest point
345 m
Lowest point
203 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Insider tip


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