Bären-Steig - Hiking Trail - Palatinate

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  • Jüngstbergkanzel - Foto: Klaus Burkhart
    / Jüngstbergkanzel - Foto: Klaus Burkhart
    Photo: Foto: Klaus Burkhart , Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Blick vom Schuhfelsen auf Bruchweiler-Bärenbach
    / Blick vom Schuhfelsen auf Bruchweiler-Bärenbach
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Jüngstbergfelsen
    / Jüngstbergfelsen
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Orientierungstafel auf der Jüngstbergkanzel
    / Orientierungstafel auf der Jüngstbergkanzel
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Bundenthaler Schutzhütte am Bären-Steig
    / Bundenthaler Schutzhütte am Bären-Steig
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Geierstein
    / Geierstein
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • / "Die Steckdos" am Geiersteine
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Drachenfelshütte PWV Busenberg
    / Drachenfelshütte PWV Busenberg
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Burgruine Drachenfels Foto: Kurt Groß
    / Burgruine Drachenfels Foto: Kurt Groß
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Burgruine Drachenfels bei Busenberg
    / Burgruine Drachenfels bei Busenberg
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Drachenfelsblick
    / Drachenfelsblick
    Photo: Foto: Klaus Burkhart , Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
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    Photo: Jacques Noll, Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.
  • Waldsofa m Bären-Steig
    / Waldsofa m Bären-Steig
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Jacques Noll
  • Die Kanzel mit Aussichtspalttform
    / Die Kanzel mit Aussichtspalttform
    Photo: Jacques Noll, Foto: Jacques Noll
  • Geiersteine bei Bruchweiler-Bärenbach_01
    / Geiersteine bei Bruchweiler-Bärenbach_01
    Photo: Foto: Kurt Groß
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    Photo: Timo Fehling, Community
Map / Bären-Steig
0 150 300 450 600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 Schuhfelsen Kanzel Drachenfelshütte Burgruine Drachenfels Burgruine Drachenfels Geiersteine

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Fantastic views, varied landscapes and attractive viewpoints characterize the new premium hiking trail "Bären-Steig" near Bruchweiler-Bärenbach. From the parking lot at the forest cemetery it goes up to theSchuhfelsen. After a rest on the Jüngstberg-Plateau an amazing panoramic view awaits us on the Jüngstbergkanzel. Along the Jüngstberggrat a path leads down to the Bundenthaler hunting lodge. From there, along the foot of the Heidenberg we soon reach the forest tavern Drachenfelshütte run by the Palatinate Forest Association. Having refuelled here, the climb up to the castle ruins of Drachenfels is relativelyeasy. An extensive tour of this distinctive rock castle is worthwhile. Following a walk through the idyllic river valley of the Staubborn, a path leads up to the geologically interesting rock formation of the Geierstein. From there it goes over the Lourdessteig back down to the starting point.


8.4 mi
6:00 h
1302 ft
1424 ft
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Jacques Noll
Updated: 2017-07-12

Difficulty moderate
1512 ft
735 ft
Best time of year

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Premium route awarded the Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Nice views
Geological highlights
Botanical highlights
Faunistic highlights
Short and circular tours

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Safety information

Despite the well-signposted trail markers along the premium hiking trails, we recommend for security reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map so that, for example when a storm occurs, you can quickly either find shelter or get out of the woods.

Especially in the autumn it is also important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can conceal irregularities, such as roots, rocks or holes in the path. Following storms, trees can have been uprooted or have branches hanging down. Such path impairments have to be expected   when using such trails . Especially in adverse weather conditions, it may occur that the trails and paths turn into muddy and slippery passages. Path impairments of this kind have to be expected when you go out for a hike. Not all rocks or slopes are secured with ropes or railings and sure footedness is required. Should you be of the opinion that these are not accessible to you then you should try and get around them.




Sturdy footwear and all-weather clothing, sun and rain protection, and a sufficient quantity of food and drink, should no refreshment facilities or shopping possibilities exist or be open. Although the path is always very well marked, you should for safety reasons always have an appropriate hiking map with you.


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Parkplatz am Waldfriedhof in 76891Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, verlängerte Starße "Im Wahrzeichen" (925 ft)
Geogr. 49.113001 N 7.812631 E
UTM 32U 413350 5440696


Parkplatz am Waldfriedhof in 76891Bruchweiler-Bärenbach, verlängerte Starße "Im Wahrzeichen"

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point for the new premium trail "Bärensteig" is the parking lot at the Waldfriedhof, a continuation of the "Im Wahrzeichen" in 76891 Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.

From the start, the tour leads along a forest path, past a water tower until we reach the   "Schuhfelsen" from the top of which the hiker has a wonderful view of the region surrounding Bruchweiler-Bärenbach.

The route continues on a soft forest trail to the Jüngstberg-Plateau, where a seating area invites you to linger. From there, a narrow path leads up to the "Jüngstbergkanzel" with stunning panoramic views over the West Wasgau . A natural path then lead us along the Jüngstberggrat down to the Bundenthaler hunting lodge with changing views of the natural landscape of the legendary   Dahner Felsenland.

After about 400 metres, the forest trail leads us along the foot of the Heidenberg to the "Drachenfelshütte", belonging to the Palatinate Forest Association, Ortsgruppe Busenberg (for opening times see author’s recommendations). Having sampled some of the specialties of the local cuisine and a "Pälzer Schoppen" the path leads up to the ruins of the "Drachenfels", which is one of the most distinctive rock castles in Dahner Felsenland with both glorious views as well as stunning rock caves and sandstone chambers to be seen.

After an intensive tour of the castle ruins (please allow sufficient time for this ) with spectacular views and unforgettable impressions, the path eventually leads down into the valley to a paved bike path. After approximately 350 metres along the bike path, past orchards and cattle meadows, we follow an almost forgotten path into the valley of the Staubborn”. We follow this trail for about 1 km until we then reache the "Vierländereck", a quadrangle where four different village regions meet. On a soft, resilient path we reach the rock formation of the "Geierstein", where you will find some bizarre honeycomb patterns in the eroded   red sandstone. On the south side of the “Geierstein, there is an steep natural climb where, if you are lucky, you will be able to admire the dizzying acrobatics   of some rock climbers ! 

At the washing place of the Elwetritsche, the "Elwetritsche Steckdose", you are invited to have another rest before we start the descent over the "Lourdessteig" and back to the starting point of the premium hiking trail "Bären-Steig".



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Author’s map recommendations

Wander- und Radwanderkarte Dahner Felsenland 1:25.000, 6,90 €uro zzgl. Portokosten von 1,45 €uro Neu: 5. Auflage: Wandern und Radfahren im Dahner Felsenland mit den Premium-Wanderwegen, den Haupt- und Rundwanderwegen, den Radrouten sowie dem Rettungspunkte-System im Maßstab 1:25.000, ISBN 978-3-934895-95-9

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Sylvia Wilma
Einfach schön, viel durch Wald aber dann immer wieder diese rötlich schimmernden Felsen und die schönen Aussichten. Da kann man die Seele baumeln lassen. Schön war auch die Erkundung der Burgruine Drachenfels, hat viel Spaß gemacht.
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Peter Hallmann
Diese Tour ist absolut empfehlenswert. Sie ist nicht zu lang, kann also auch noch etwas später am Tag gestartet werden. Der Untergrund ist abwechslungsreich, aber überwiegend Waldboden. Die Aussichtspunkte auf den verschiedenen Buntsandsteintürmen sind wirklich sehenswert.
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Birgit Sosson
Wir sind gestern mit zwei Kindern ein Teilstück des Bärensteiges gelaufen. Nach der Rast in der Drachenfelshütte und anschließender Besichtigung der wunderschönen Felsenburg, haben wir die Tour durch das idyllische Scharbachtälchen abgekürzt. Für unsere Kids ließen wir die Wanderung an der Wieslauter enden. Dort bauten die Jungs einen Staudamm und hatten dazu dort den perfekten Schlamm. Sie fanden auch allerlei interessante Wassertierchen. In Restkleidung ging es anschließend, alles was nass war wurde gestrippt und alles was trocken war angezogen, zum Köhlerfest nach Erfweiler, wo es lecker Flammkuchen, Leberknödel mit Kraut und Zwiebelsteaks gab. Während sich die Erwachsenen in die Kunst der Holzkohlenfertigung einführen ließen, kickten die Jungs in einem Erfweiler Garten bis die Sonne unterging. Ein perfekter Tag. ❤️


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Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.4 mi
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1302 ft
Descent 1424 ft


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