The „Altschlossfelsen“ sandstone formation (“old castle rocks”) has not only been classified as a natural and cultural monument but is also the highlight of the tour and lends its name to the picturesque path. The name originates from a castle which had been built on the rock towers many hundreds of years ago but it long ago fell to ruins.
The „Altschlossfelsen“ sandstone formation (“old castle rocks”) has not only been classified as a natural and cultural monument but is also the highlight of the tour and lends its name to the picturesque path. The name originates from a castle which had been built on the rock towers many hundreds of years ago but it long ago fell to ruins. Visitors are overwhelmed by the ledge and its 4 towers - with its length of about 1.5 kilometres and its height of up to 35 metres. Bizarre forms of stone, breath-taking rock overhangs and diffuse colours constantly changing all the time during daytime captivate and fascinate every viewer. The 10 kilometres long premium hiking trail which takes you around this stunning rocky massif is a very pleasant hiking tour with a moderate ascent. Along the Franco-German border, you walk through wild romantic floodplains and varied mixed forests along the “stream without frontiers”. After a short ascent, hikers catch sight of this unique wonder of nature on the Brechenberg mountain. On the way back you will walk underneath the hollow rocks, along the narrow “Sittelpfad” path which leads to the pond of Eppenbrunn. Here the hiker arrives at the approved climatic spa of Eppenbrunn. Walking through the leisure park of the village being accompanied by the splashing of Eppenbrunn creek the hiker will finally return to his starting point.
Although the premium hiking trails have been signposted well so that nobody should get lost we recommend that you should always take a hiking map with you for safety reasons - for instance to find a safe place during a thunderstorm or in case of an emergency.
Especially in autumn, watch out for uneven ground, roots, stones or holes which might be covered by fallen leaves. It is still possible that even some time after a heavy storm trees might topple or branches might fall down. Especially in adverse weather conditions the near-natural paths may be slippery and muddy. Account should be taken of such deterioration when hiking. Not all the rocks or steep drop-offs have been secured by ropes or protected by hand rails. Sometimes surefootedness will be required. If you feel that some paths might not be suited for you please make a detour.
Please do not forget to take sunscreen and your ID with you.
You will require sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing for weather conditions, sun and rain protection as well as a sufficient supply of food and drinks is indispensable - in case there are no (open) shops or places to stop and grab a bite to eat. Although the entire way is signposted well you should always take a hiking map with you for safety reasons.