Popular Accommodations in Palatinate Forest
Highlights in Palatinate Forest
- Largest contiguous forest area in Germany
- Numerous hiking trails
- Multifaceted cycle paths
Most popular in Palatinate Forest
Apartments in the Palatinate Forest
If you are travelling with your family or in a group, you will find spacious vacation rentals in the east of the Palatinate Forest, where numerous idyllic villages stretch out. In the northwest of the Palatinate Forest you can live in Bad Dürkheim, in the south in Neustadt an der Weinstraße or for example in the southern Palatinate Forest in Weißenburg on the French side of the state. Each vacation rental captivates by the wooded surroundings and offers at the same time good connections to shopping possibilities.Urban and rural apartments
In the Palatinate Forest travellers have the choice between a rather secluded vacation rental in the middle of the forest area or in the urban communities. A good infrastructure awaits you in communities such as Bad Dürkheim in the north or Bad Bergzabern. Here you can enjoy the comfort of a spa town. Absolute peace and relaxation can be found in the central Palatinate Forest. Your apartment is located in small villages like Hauenstein or Annweiler am Trifels.
Holiday in the Palatinate Forest
Location and orientation
The Palatinate Forest, also known as the Palatinate Forest, covers an area of 1,771 km² in Rhineland-Palatinate and occupies one third of the Palatinate. On the French side of the state, it extends in the North Vosges Nature Park. At the eastern edge it surrounds the Haardt Mountains. The Palatinate Forest is 90 percent covered with dense forests and is the largest contiguous forest area in Germany. The Nature Park belongs to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.Communities in the Palatinate Forest
Since the Palatinate Forest is not interrupted by towns or roads, most of the municipalities are located in the east of the forest area. The most important towns Bad Dürkheim, Neustadt an der Weinstraße and Bad Bergzabern run from north-east to south. On the western edge of the Palatinate Forest, Kaiserslautern lies to the north and Pirmasens to the south.
Travelers and Activities
The Pfälzer Wald Nature Park is ideal for a hiking holiday. The forest area has a large network of hiking trails and offers long-distance and predicate hikes. A long-distance hike leads over 140 kilometres from Kaiserslautern in the north-west to Schweigen-Rechtenbach in the extreme south-east on the border with France. Other hiking trails include the 7.1 kilometre wide natural gas nature trail near Oberarnbach and the 44.7 kilometre wide Rodalber Felsenwanderweg.Pfälzer forest for cyclists
The biosphere reserve offers cyclists 204 official cycle paths and designated mountain bike tours with a total length of 300 kilometres. One of the most popular bicycle routes is the 48.2 kilometre wide Gräfensteiner Land Tour in the southwest of the Palatinate Forest. Demanding single trails and height differences of up to 1083 metres await mountain bikers on the 58.8 kilometre Rodalben Tour 1, for example.
The football player Mario Basler and the comedian Bernhard Hoëcker grew up in the Palatinate Forest.
Top travel tips
In Bad Dürkheim visitors can visit the Palatine Museum of Natural History. On an exhibition area of 1400 square metres you will learn interesting facts about regional nature, the biological diversity of flora and fauna as well as ecological connections of the biosphere reserve.2nd Kurpfalz-Park Wachenheim
The Kurpfalz Park in Wachenheim is a popular excursion destination for families. In the game park you can see wolves, a bird of prey show, wild boar, red deer or lynx at close range. The child-friendly leisure facilities include a summer toboggan run, a playground, slides, a pirate's nest and a maze.3rd visitor castle Berwartstein
The Berwartstein Visitors' Castle in Erlenbach dates back to 1152 and is still inhabited today. During a guided tour of the castle you will have access to the underground corridors, which house historical weapons and torture chambers. You can also climb the Rammbock vantage point.