- Palatinate Forest
Palatinate Forest-Vosges du Nord
name = Palatinate Forest
native_name = Pfälzerwald
image_caption = Palatinate Forest in south-west Germany
country = Germany
state = Rhineland-Palatinate
region = Palatinate
region_type = Region
highest = Kalmit
highest location =
highest_elevation = 673
established = 1998
management_body = Naturpark Pfälzerwald e.V.
management_location = Lambrecht
website = http://www.biosphere-vosges-pfaelzerwald.org/
The Palatinate Forest ( _de. Pfälzerwald) is a low-mountain region in southwestern
Germany, located in Palatinate in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The "Nature Park" ( _de. Naturpark, equivalent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Palatinate Forest covers 1,771 km² and its highest elevation is Mount Kalmit(673 m).
Together with the northern part of the adjacent
Vosges Mountainsin Franceit forms the UNESCO Biosphere reservePalatinate Forest-Vosges du Nord. The Biosphere reserve is one of the biggest forests in Europe.
The low mountain range of the Palatinate Forest is continued northward by the extensive hilly landscape of the northern Palatinate ("Nordpfälzer Bergland"), whose highest point is the volcanic Donnersberg (687 m). In the south it is continued by the northern
Vosges Mountainsin France.
The eastern end of the forest ("Haardt") is adjacent to the Palatinate wine growing region. Here the
German Wine Routestretches through the undulating area that lies between the Palatinate Forest and the Upper Rhine valley.
Kaiserslauternis the marshy lowland of Landstuhl.
The Palatinate Forest can be divided into 3 areas.
* The northern Palatinate Forest, bounded by the northern Palatinate extensive hilly landscape and reaching southwards to a line from
Kaiserslauternto Bad Duerkheim
* The middle Palatinate Forest from the stream Isenach and the line
Kaiserslautern- Bad Duerkheimto the stream Queich and the line Pirmasens- Landau
* The southern Palatinate Forest, the so called Wasgau, from the stream Queich and the line
Pirmasens- Landauto the french borderline in the south.
The Palatinate Forest is an attractive region for
hiking, offerig an extensive network of trails.
In 2005, the
Mountainbikepark Pfälzerwald, a route network for mountainbiking, was developed in the centre of the region.
Climbers appreciate the red
sandstonerocks in the Dahner Felsenland.
The region is well known for its castles and has attracted tourists for many years. The
Hambach Castleis located in the east near Neustadt an der Weinstraßeand is considered to be the symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832.
Berwartstein Castlehas been reconstructed and is open to visitors. It is situated in the southern part of the Palatinate Forest. Of many other castles, like the Wegelnburg Castle, only ruins are left. Trifels Castle, where replicas of the Imperial Regalia(Reichskleinodien) of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nationcan be viewed, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Palatinate.
* [http://www.biosphere-vosges-pfaelzerwald.org/_uk/html/frameset/frameset.htm Biosphere Reserve Palatinate Forest - Vosges du Nord]
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