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South-West Palatinate Tour

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The challenging 62 km South-West Palatinate Tour takes cyclists from the heart of the Palatinate Forest over Sickingen Heights, with stunning views, to the Glan-Blies Cycle Route at Zweibrücken.

difficult
57.4 km
5:00 h
1020 m
777 m

 Starting from the centre of the Palatinate Forest Nature Park, the classic South-West Palatinate Tour takes riders across Sickingen Heights to Zweibrücken and to the Glan-Blies Cycle Route near Einöd. The forest landscape of the Palatinate Forest gives way to stunning panoramic views from Sickingen Heights. From the high hamlet of Johanniskreuz, the route uses cycle paths, forest tracks and agricultural roads to reach Heltersberg and descend deep into the Moosalbe valley as it heads to Waldfischbach-Burgalben. This is followed by a steep climb up to Hermersberg with another long descent into Wallhalben. A final ascent takes riders to Schmitshausen and to the high point in Battweiler, before the last third of the route heads down into the Auerbach and Schwarzbach valley through Zweibrücken, before linking through to the Glan-Blies Cycle Route.
The 180,000-hectare Palatinate Forest Nature Park is the largest contiguous forest region and the most impressive Bunter sandstone landscape in Germany. To begin with, the landscape around the cycle path is dominated by dense beech trees. The scenery on Sickingen Heights is quite different, with sweeping views towards the mountain peaks, into Alsace and Lorraine, and over to the North Palatine Uplands. Enjoy a seamless transition between wooded areas, meadows and farmland with stunning views of the hilly landscape. Finally, the urban valleys of the Auerbach and Schwarzbach rivers define the region around Zweibrücken.

Author’s recommendation

Two distinct peaks and the high points of the Palatinate Forest require plenty of energy. Cyclists who start the South-West Palatinate Tour in Johanniskreuz save themselves the uphill climb onto Johanniskreuz heights, which cyclists coming from Zweibrücken have to conquer. The next climb from the Moosalbe valley to the Wallhalb valley has around 180 m of ascent, with peak gradients in excess of 8%, while the climb to Battweiler Heights is around 150 metres with a steep section out of Wallhalben, and before and after Battweiler. Cyclists will be relieved to know that, with the exception of the climb up to Battweiler (on a quiet district road), the other ascents are on cycle paths and agricultural roads undisturbed by vehicles.

Summary: Although it has some significant climbs, the quiet, off-road South-West Palatinate Tour is suitable for all cycling enthusiasts who have plenty of time and stamina.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Julian Knacker
Updated: May 21, 2019

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Highest point
484 m
Lowest point
222 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel-Restaurant Landgrafenmühle
Quartier-Restaurant Zum Hannes
Gaststätte "Zum Roseneck"
Die Taverne

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

Zweibrücken bzw. Glan-Blies-Radweg bei Einöd/Saarland (231 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
49.258672, 7.326926
UTM
32U 378264 5457558

Destination

Johanniskreuz

Turn-by-turn directions

:Difficulty level: Medium to difficult because of two steep climbs (from east to west) or three steep climbs (from west to east):


Route characteristics: 

  • Waldfischbach - Hermersberg, 5 km with 180 m of ascent at gradients of up to 10%
  • Wallhalben - Battweiler heights, 5.5 km with 120 m of ascent, some at gradients of more than 10%
  • Battweiler - Battweiler heights, 2.2 km with 130 m of ascent, some at gradients of more than 5%
  • Waldfischbach - Heltersberg, 3 km with 200 m of ascent at gradients of approx. 5%
  • Wallhalben - Saalstadt, 2.6 km with 130 m of ascent at gradients up to 15%

Route:

  • 35 km of agricultural roads and forest tracks
  • 8 km of cycle paths
  • 5 km on urban roads with no cycle paths
  • 5 km on rural roads with no cycle paths

Surface quality:

  • 60 km of asphalt

3 km of crushed brick/stone surfaces

Route overwiev:

  • Johanniskreuz - Waldfischbach-Burgalben, 19.5 km (80 m of ascent / 290 m of descent): From the heart of the Palatinate Forest into the Moosalbe valley, the geographic and geological dividing line from Sickingen Heights
  • Waldfischbach-Burgalben - Wallhalben, 16.5 km (195 m of ascent / 190 m of descent): Uphill then down again (approximately 80 m of ascent), across the watershed between Moosalbe and Wallhalb, including Sickingen Heights – all through the most beautiful scenery.
  • Wallhalben - Zweibrücken train station - Einöd, 24 km (175 m of ascent / 210 m of descent): Climb back out of the Wallhalb valley onto the broad expanse of the heights, then descend to Zweibrücken in the Schwarzbach valley before coasting along to meet the Glan-Blies Cycle Route.

The route in the cycle network: The South-West Palatinate Tour connects the heart of the Palatinate Forest with the west of the Palatinate and the Saarland.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Starting the tour in Johanniskreuz: Public transport connections on Sundays from Kaiserslautern via the Luchsbus which runs from Kaiserslautern to Johanniskreuz via Trippstadt, or from Hochspeyer (on Wednesdays and Sundays) with the Fuchsbus to Johanniskreuz (NB: the Fuchsbus is a taxi or bus service which must be booked at least 60 minutes before departure on tel. 0049 631 366777. This does not apply to the Luchsbus). The buses run from Easter Sunday until the end of the autumn holidays in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Starting the tour in Zweibrücken: The South-Western Palatinate is well served by the two railway lines from Zweibrücken to Landau and Kaiserslautern to Pirmasens. Trains run hourly, or more frequently, in all directions with precise connections to mainline routes. Services run daily, including Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. All trains have special bicycle and multipurpose carriages, and passengers can travel with bicycles free of charge from Monday to Friday after 9 a.m., and on weekends and public holidays. Great ticket offers, for instance the Rheinland-Pfalz-Ticket from Deutsche Bahn, and the Gruppenticket 24+ group ticket available from the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar (VRN), also make the train a cheap way to travel.

There are direct rail connections to the South-West Palatinate Tour in
- Waldfischbach-Burgalben
- Schopp
- Kaiserslautern (Pirmasens-Kaiserslautern line)
- Zweibrücken (Saarbrücken-Zweibrücken-Pirmasens-Nord-Landau)

Getting there

When travelling by car, any town can be chosen as the starting point of the South-West Palatinate Tour. The (South) Western Palatinate is easily accessible by car from The north via the A6, A62 and B270 The south and east   via the A65 and B10 The west  via the A6, A8 and A62 There are a large number of websites which you can use to plan your journey.  The South-West Palatinate Tour is well integrated into the greater cycle network. In Waldfischbach-Burgalben, it joins the Palatinate Forest Tour, in Weselberg the Sickinger Mühlen Cycle Route, and in Zweibrücken the Pirminius Cycle Route. A cycle route planner can be found at www.radwanderland.de

 

Parking

Parking is available mainly at the rail halts or in Johanniskreuz.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

bikeline - Radatlas Westpfalz, erschienen im Esterbauer Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-85000-261-5, Preis: 12,90 € ADFC-Regionalkarte "Pfalz", erschienen im Bielefelder Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-87073-474-9, Preis: 6,80 €

Author’s map recommendations

www.radwanderland.de (verantwortlich für Infrastruktur und Wegebeschreibung) Radkarte "Radeln im Westen der Pfalz", kostenlos erhältlich bei dem Touristikbüro Landkreis Kaiserslautern. Radkarte "Radwege in der Südwestpfalz", kostenlos erhältlich bei dem Verkehrsverein Südwestpfalz e.V.


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
57.4 km
Duration
5:00h
Ascent
1020 m
Descent
777 m
In and out Scenic Refreshment stops available

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