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Barbarossa Cycleway

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The Barbarossa Cycleway runs the whole way across the Palatinate, starting on the Rhine in the imperial city of Worms and passing through the Barbarossa city of Kaiserslautern to reach the river Glan at Glan-Münchweiler in the Kuseler Musikantenland region. The cycle route runs the gamut of Palatinate scenery. Coming from Worms, the Rhine Plain is characterised by agricultural use and viticulture. Starting from Ramsen, cyclists pass through the northern Palatinate Forest Nature Park featuring the Eiswoog, an idyllic forest reservoir and popular recreational spot, until the hilly landscape of the Westrich Plateau rises up to the north west of Kaiserslautern.

moderate
87.9 km
6:01 h
886 m
1001 m

The approximately 90 km cycle path traverses the beautiful and diverse scenery of the Palatinate. A section of around 5 km through the Palatinate Forest between the Eiswoog and Alsenborn is the only stretch to feature significant gradients.

The cycle route takes its name from none other than Emperor Frederick I, better known as Barbarossa, who had a decisive influence on the history of the Palatinate in the 12th century. In addition to numerous castle ruins, the Imperial Palace in Kaiserslautern is one of the most significant examples of his work. The route also features a wealth of other tourist attractions and places to take a break and relax.

The route logo is a stylised image of Emperor Barbarossa. It is based on the sculpture above the north portal of Worms Cathedral.

Author’s recommendation

Die restaurierte Kaiserpfalz in Kaiserslautern sollten Sie nicht verpassen.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Katrin Föhst
Updated: January 07, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
352 m
Lowest point
91 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Cyclists must obey the German highway code (StVo).

Equipment

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

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).

Start

Glan-Münchweiler (Glan-Blies Cycle Route) (211 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
49.470347, 7.444342
UTM
32U 387292 5480907

Destination

Worms (Véloroute Rhine)

Turn-by-turn directions

Difficulty level: The approximately 5 km section in the Palatinate Forest between the Eiswoog and Alsenborn is the only stretch to feature longer ascents. Otherwise this is a consistently flat route with very moderate inclines.

 

Route characteristics:

Route:

Predominantly on forest tracks and agricultural roads
Railway trails: Approx. 5 km between Heppenheim and Worms-Zollhaus (crushed brick/stone surface, disused Grünstadt – Worms railway line)

 

Surface quality: 

Mostly asphalt roads, with some coarser crushed brick/stone surfaces in the foothills of the Palatinate Forest north of Kaiserslautern, and between Alsenborn and Ramsen.

 

Route overwiev:

Glan-Münchweiler – Kaiserslautern, 27 km: “The gentler side of the North Palatine Uplands”. The Barbarossa Cycleway is a relatively moderate route through the Mohrbach valley between the northern foothills of the Palatinate Forest and the southern hills of the North Palatine Uplands.

Kaiserslautern – Eisenberg, 32 km: “Natural resources abound”: Minerals have been mined since time immemorial in the area between the Palatinate Forest and the region around the Donnersberg mountain, and there is also a long smelting tradition here. The cycle path skirts a few of these locations and requires plenty of effort up the last climb before the Rhine Valley section.

Eisenberg – Worms, 29 km: “Vineyards and the Rhine Plain”: This stage is dominated by dense forests, followed by broad vineyards and finally the garden landscapes of the Rhine Plain.

 

The Route in the cycle network: The Barbarossa Cycleway connects the Rhine Cycle Route in the east with the Glan-Blies Cycle Route in the west, thereby linking through to Saarland. To the north, it joins the Lauter Cycle Route and the Alsenz Cycle Route, to the south, it links up with the Sickinger Mühlen Cycle Route, the Palatinate Forest Tour, and the German Wine Route Cycle Trail with the Kraut und Rüben Cycle Route.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Glan-Münchweiler, Niedermoor, Ramstein-Miesenbach: Railway line from Kaiserslautern - Kusel

Kaiserslautern: Railway line from Mannheim - Kaiserslautern - Saarbrücken

Enkenbach: Alsenz Valley Railway from Kaiserslautern - Bingen

Ramsen, Eisenberg and Grünstadt: Eis Valley Railway: Mannheim - Frankenthal - Ramsen

Worms: Rhine section from Wörth - Ludwigshafen - Worms - Mainz

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

www.radwanderland.de (verantwortlich für Infrastruktur und Wegebeschreibung) Radkarte »Die Pfalz«, Maßstab 1 : 155.000 & »Radeln im Westen der Pfalz«, Maßstab 1 : 100.000; erhältlich bei der Pfalz Touristik und den touristischen Stellen der Pfalz;


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
87.9 km
Duration
6:01h
Ascent
886 m
Descent
1001 m
In and out Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value

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