This hike has been completed on 3rd June 2021, according to the direction on outdooractive.com
This year, we decided to take advantage of the Corpus Christi public holiday’s bridge to explore another popular hiking region in Germany, the Felsenland (“Land of rocks”) in the Rhineland-Palatinate state. Similar to Saxony, this area is characterised by sweet hills, covered by sandstone rock formation.
We first hiked the well-known Dahner Felsenpfad tour. We parked our car in the large parking lot in the town of Dahn, walked to the town center, and turned left on Hasenbergstrasse. We followed the road for about a kilometer outside the little town, and then turned left on a slope towards the Youth Hostel. Just above the hostel, our first rock appeared: the Wachtelse, climbable thanks to steel stairs. From the top of the rock, we had a first look of the surrounding area, with all the other rocks.
We then continued, returning to the main street and then turning right in the direction of the campground “Buettelwoog”, turning right in the woods to climb up to the large Pfaffelfelsen, which stands just in front of the Wachtfelse. We walked above the big rock, descending on the other side, emerging at the football field of the local team.
From the sporting center, we continued on the path, which goes around other rock formations, such as the Schillerfelsen and the Schwalbenfelsen. From there, the path continues in a flat forest for a few kilometers, up to the Schneiderfeld hut. Then we turned left and continued to follow the Dahner Felsenpfad signs, still walking in the forest.
Eventually, we reached the famous Büttelfelsen, which was unfortunately inaccessible, due to possible damage to the rock. We walked anyway under it, taking some pictures of its famous rock arch. Walking around the rock, we followed the path back to the town of Dahn, returning to the parking lot.
We then stayed in Dahn for dinner at the local Pälzer Schdubb tavern, which offers tradition plates of the Pfalz region.