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.
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)
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.
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.