Difficulty level: Starting from Otterbach, suitable for experienced cyclists; starting from Odenbach, the ascent is distributed more evenly, so this direction is suitable for everyone.
9 km of agricultural roads and forest tracks
11.5 km of cycle paths
7.5 km on urban roads with no cycle path
3.5 km on the L382 in a rural area with no cycle path
27.5 km of asphalt
4 km of crushed brick/stone surfaces
3 km between Otterbach and Otterberg
The route in the cycle network: The Odenbach Cycle Route links the Lauter valley with the Glan valley, and is a valuable addition to the regional cycle path network. From Otterbach, the Odenbach Cycle Route runs along a scenic cycle path near the river Otterbach and the natural setting of the Ottertal valley to Otterberg . The Walloon town of Otterberg is the perfect place for a stopover as it is famed for its historic old town with a wide range of interesting half-timbered houses and a Cistercian monastery church dating from the 12th/13th century. Continuing north west, the cycle path meanders alongside a country road past the former Grafenthalerhof farm to Schneckenhausen. Cyclists enjoy stunning views as they follow the ridge above Schallodenbach and Niederkirchen in the direction of the North Palatine Uplands.
Visit Otterberg’s historic town centre. In addition to the 12th/13th century Cistercian monastery church, the Walloon town features a wealth of fascinating half-timbered houses and is surrounded by a well-preserved town wall.
Visit the water castle in Reipoltskirchen. The sculpture trail was opened in 2011, and the tower affords wide-ranging views.
From the train station in Otterbach , where there is a direct connection to the Lauter Cycle Route and the Pfälzer Land Cycle Route, the Odenbach Cycle Route heads east on a shared footpath and cycle trail. Keeping off main roads, the route continues straight through the idyllic Ottertal valley to Otterberg. The shared footpath and cycle trail ends on the way into
Otterberg. The Odenbach Cycle Route crosses Kapellenweg and continues straight ahead down Otterstraße. At the flower shop, the route turns left into Bachstraße and takes the first exit at the next roundabout towards the town centre. The cycle path continues along Hauptstraße past the tourist information office, the monastery church and some half-timbered houses before reaching the next roundabout. At the third exit, the Odenbach Cycle Route continues along Bergstraße in the direction of Schneckenhausen. Shortly before leaving the town, the cycle path turns left into Lauerhöferstraße and then immediately right again. The Odenbach Cycle Route picks up the roadside cycle path along the L382 country road past the former Grafenthalerhof farm to Schneckenhausen. The roadside cycle path ends just before the town sign, and the Odenbach Cycle Route continues straight ahead along Otterberger Straße until it turns left onto Hauptstraße at the bend in the main road. Leaving Schneckenhausen, the route switches from Hauptstraße to the roadside cycle path, which it follows as far as the entrance to the village of Schallodenbach. The Odenbach Cycle Route continues through the village on Hauptstraße before picking up the roadside cycle path towards Niederkirchen as it leaves the village. The roadside cycle path ends on the way into Niederkirchen and the Odenbach Cycle Route runs through the village along Talstraße. From the outskirts of Niederkirchen, the Odenbach Cycle Route uses the L383 country road to Hefersweiler. This will remain the case until the cycle path is completed. In the municipality of Hefersweiler, the cycle path runs along Hauptstraße to the district of Berzweiler. At the cemetery, Talstraße branches off to the left. After approx. 150 m, turn right into Blücher Weg. The cycle path follows this farm track to Ingweilerhof farm. There is an unsurfaced 200 metre downhill section of path here. At Ingweilerhof farm, the cycle route turns left onto an asphalt farm track towards Reipoltskirchen. Past the excavated foundations of the Roman Villa Rustica, the route reaches the entrance to the village of Reipoltskirchen. At the junction with the L382, the cycle path branches off to Dörrmoschel with the option of continuing on into the Moscheltal and Alsenz valleys. The Odenbach Cycle Route heads left on the L382 into the centre of Reipoltskirchen. After approx. 170 m, turn right into Kegelbahnstraße. Follow this road to the water castle. Continue straight ahead to Mühlstraße past the water castle, and then after 60 m turn left onto a farm track. This track crosses the river Odenbach and runs along the floodplain on the eastern side of the river for around 1.4 km. Shortly before Ginsweiler the farm track meets the L382, which you cross. The cycle route continues on a cycle path along the western side of the road. After the oil mill, the cycle path branches off to the left, crosses another bridge and then turns right just before the entrance to the village. The path emerges onto the L382, which you follow to the left through Ginsweiler. At the end of the village, continue along the road to Adenbach. In the town, use the shared footpath and cycle trail adjacent to Hauptstraße, which emerges onto the roadside cycle path to Odenbach. The roadside path ends on the way into Odenbach and the route continues on Hauptstraße. The Odenbach Cycle Route meets the
Glan-Blies Cycle Route at Brühlerhof farm.