R06 - Forbach to Kirchberg
Motorparadijs Eifel
Routes in the Black Forest and the Eifel cannot be boring. But what about a route connecting these two areas? This route runs from the northern Black Forest to the Eifel and it is certainly very worthwhile. Every street, every road offers you a fantastic driving adventure or a gigantic view. You often do not know what to expect after the beautiful bend you see in front of you. The beautiful, varied environment and the beautiful roads make that I rate this route with 4 stars.

The route starts at the Hotel Das Waldhaus, located on the outskirts of Forbach at the Holzbrücke, a bridge with a rich history. In 1777, the construction of a covered wooden bridge without a central pillar was planned according to the plans of engineer Otto Lindemann. A year later, in the fall of 1778, the bridge was completed. The Forbacher wooden bridge was built by master carpenter Johannes Daselmeier from Gernsbach for the price of 1150 guilders. 2714 linear meters thick oak planks were used, for which 150 "Methuselah oaks" were cut. The maintenance was financed by means of a toll.
Although the bridge was provided with a new roof in 1926, the bridge was nevertheless closed in 1930 for safety reasons for loaded carts. Almost 20 years later it still went wrong ...
To avoid conquest by the Allies, numerous bridges were blown up in the Murg Valley towards the end of the war. The historic old wooden bridge in Forbach was 'confiscated' as a replacement bridge. However, it was exposed to enormous charges, in April 1945 French tanks drove over it! This resulted in permanent deflection, causing the bridge to deteriorate more and more.
In 1954 the old dilapidated bridge was dismantled, in 1955 rebuilding to original design started. On May 11, 1955, the new "Old Wooden Bridge" was inaugurated: the covered wooden bridge with the special arch has been the townscape of Forbach for more than 200 years.

After you have left Forbach with its historic bridge, you wind the first 35 kilometers through the beautiful northern part of the Black Forest. After 20 kilometers you will drive over the actually only pass with a little height of today, namely 933 meters.

Slowly but surely you notice that you are leaving the Black Forest behind. To enjoy the heights that this forest offers you one more time 'at height', you can turn in Bad Wildbad towards Wildline.
This park offers you various options. You can walk between the treetops via the 'baumwipfelpad' or the treetop path at a height of 20 meters. A walk of 1250 meters with a 40 meter high tower at the end which of course gives you a great view of the area.
If you are looking for even more adventure, you can venture across the 380-meter-long Wildline suspension bridge. With a little courage and a thirst for adventure, you can cross the breathtaking construction at an altitude of about 60 meters. With a fantastic view you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the northern Black Forest.
Not only the experience of nature, but also the ingenious construction makes the suspension bridge so unique. Unlike the usual hanging rope bridges, the bridge leads you up and in the middle of the bridge you have reached the highest point. You feel like you are floating above the Black Forest. Obviously, you can take beautiful pictures from this point! For more information about Wildline and the Baumwipfelpad see the links below.

After all this high natural disaster it is time to follow some asphalt again, after all you have another 250 kilometers to go! The route meanders to the north and at Neuburgweier you cross the Rhine with a small ferry (see link below for information about departures, etc.). You have just arrived in Germany, so you can still order the coffee at the break scheduled here in German.

After the break you cross the French border after about 5 kilometers. However, you do not drive long on French territory, because about 20 kilometers later you exchange France for Germany again. You meander through a beautiful hilly area that stands out for its endless forests. You drive here in the Palatinate Forest. This nature park was founded in 1958. At the time it was one of the first nature parks in Germany and today, with an area of 179,000 hectares, it is one of the largest nature parks in Germany. A great piece of nature to drive through on a motorcycle.
It is not surprising that in the middle of this beautiful area, about 10 kilometers below Kaiserslautern, a lunch break has been inserted at restaurant Johanniskreuz.

After lunch you continue the route to the north, ignoring the aforementioned Kaiserslautern. About 20 kilometers before the end of the route you can visit the Schmidtburg. The Schmidtburg is one of the oldest and most important civil structures in this area. Its history dates back to 926, when three Frankish nobles exchanged land with the Monastery of St. Maximin in Trier to build a fortress as protection against the Hungarians who threatened the region at the time.
There are many indications that this castle refers to the Schmidtburg. It is likely that this medieval structure was designed as a retreat and had little in common with the present castle, the ruins of which we can still see today.
In the late sixties, scouting associations started with the first clean-up campaigns, after which the Ortsgemeinde Schneppenbach began to carefully secure the ruin in the years 1972 - 1975. In the 1980s, further excavations and repairs were carried out as part of employment programs, making the castle accessible again.
For example, this important monumental building is preserved as a monument to local history and possibly stimulates interest in its own history.
It is not unimportant to mention that the castle grounds are free for everyone. A visit to Schmidtburg is certainly worthwhile. For more information you can consult the link below.

After this ruin you will reach the end of this route after 20 kilometers, Landhotel Karrenberg in Kirchberg. A hotel in a great location in the middle of nature. Beautiful views from the terrace, which makes the beer taste extra good.

Have fun driving this route!
Wildline suspension bridge
Schmidtburg
Useful links:
Landhotel Karrenberg Kirchberg
Wildline suspension bridge
Schmidtburg ruines
Ferry across the Rhine
Treetop Walk Wildline

Download this route?
You can download this route for free without a MyRoute-app account. To do this, click on the button 'Use route' and then on 'Save as'.

Edit route?
Do you want to edit this route? No problem, click on the button 'Use route' and then on the button 'Tutorial editor' after which you can start the trial of MyRoute-app all-in-one. During this trial of 14 days you can also use our premium navigation app for free without any obligations!

Disclaimer:

Using this GPS route is for your own account and risk. The route has been compiled with care and checked by a MyRoute-app accredited RouteXpert for use on both TomTom, Garmin and MyRoute-app Navigation. Due to changed circumstances, road diversions or seasonal closures there may be changes, so we recommend checking every route before use. Preferably use the routetrack in your navigation system. For more information about the use of MyRoute-app, please visit the website at 'Community 'or' Webinars'.

Waypoint, used to construct the route
Sight, here you can see something
Viewpoint, a short stop for taking a picture
Stopping point, for hotel, lunch, etc
Attention, see the text in the waypoint for more information

Copyright 2019 MyRouteApp B.V. | All Rights Reserved |
Arno van Lochem - RouteXpert
Hunsruck
The images and text displayed here originate from the Wikipedia article "Hunsruck", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.
About this region
The Hunsrück (German pronunciation: [ˈhʊnsʁʏk]) is a long, triangular, pronounced upland in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is bounded by the valleys of the Moselle-Saar (north-to-west), the Nahe (south), and the Rhine (east). It is continued by the Taunus mountains, past the Rhine and by the Eifel past the Moselle. To the south of the Nahe is a lower, hilly country forming the near bulk of the Palatinate region and all of the, smaller, Saarland. Below its north-east corner is Koblenz. As the Hunsrück proceeds east it acquires north-south width and three notable gaps in its southern ridges. In this zone are multi-branch headwaters including the Simmerbach ending at Simmertal on the southern edge. This interior is therefore rarely higher than 450 metres (1,480 ft) above sea level. Peaks and escarpments are principally: the (Black Forest) Hochwald, the Idar Forest, the Soonwald, and the Bingen Forest. The highest mountain is the Erbeskopf (816 m; 2,677 ft), towards the region's south-west. Notable towns are Simmern, Kirchberg, and Idar-Oberstein, Kastellaun, and Morbach. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is at the centre of the upland, equidistant between Mainz, Trier and Koblenz, co-named after the village of Hahn. Slate is still mined in the mountains. Since 2010, the region has become one of Germany's major onshore wind power regions. Large wind farms are near Ellern and Kirchberg. Nature-based tourism is widespread. In 2015, a new national park was inaugurated. The pedestrian Geierlay suspension bridge opened in the same year. The climate sees mists that rise most mornings. More rain than the German average is caused by a combination of an oceanic influence and relief precipitation. Culturally, the region is best known for its Hunsrückisch dialect and through depictions in the Heimat film series. The region saw great emigration in the mid-19th century, particularly to Brazil.
8475
Amount of visits (Hunsruck)
30
Amount of routes verified by RouteXperts (Hunsruck)
1151
Amount of downloaded routes (Hunsruck)
Route collections
The route collections by MyRoute-app are collections of multiple routes that belong to each other and checked by MRA RouteXperts. All routes are identical for TomTom, Garmin and MyRoute-app Navigation.
7
Routes
2038.01
Kilometers
50.17
Hours
View route collection From Innsbruck to Holland in 7 days
About this route collection
The Alps, a mountain range in Europe stretching from the French Mediterranean coast in the southwest to the Pannonian plain in the east, almost always guarantee beautiful routes. It can hardly be boring there. The many passes, views and variations in the landscape make the Alps a true motorcycle paradise. Driving around the Alps is really quite an experience. You have not yet passed one corner or the next one is coming. While climbing from the valley, see the landscape change from wooded slopes with splashing waterfalls to alpine meadows where there is no longer a tree and asphalt roads that cut the eternal snow. Arrived at the top of the mountain, enjoy phenomenal views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, as if you were standing on the roof of the world.

The 7 routes of this collection lead you from Austria to the Netherlands via Italy, Switzerland, Germany and a few kilometers France. Various passes are visited, including the Tonale, the Gavia, the Stelvio, the St Gotthard, the Grimsel and so I can go on for a while. Each one of them is a pleasure to ride.
You would think that after the Alps the fun is over, but nothing could be further from the truth. From the Alps you drive through Switzerland into the Black Forest. You can enjoy yourself for a week in that area alone. From the Black Forest you drive to the Eifel, also a famous area among motorcyclists. Consider, for example, the busy Nürburgring.
The last part of the route is on the motorway, because then you have arrived in a non-interesting area: the Ruhr area. Busy, drab and gray. Reason to do this via the highway, then you will get through it quickly. Driving inside is not an issue here. You drive from one town into another, often with lots of traffic lights and correspondingly heavy traffic.

A few attractions are discussed per route in the review. These often tell something about the history of the area in which you are driving. Fun facts, quite educational. Often there are also indicated places where you can find some entertainment, for example a suspension bridge at a great height. You are completely free to visit these sights, you can of course also determine your own interesting points.
But the most important thing you've probably traveled to this area for is simply driving. And as mentioned above, you are in a true motorcycle paradise where the steering is fantastic!

Each route ends at a hotel. It is of course not an obligation to use these hotels, you can always find another place to stay in the area, you are completely free. However, my experience is that they are all simple but good hotels for a very reasonable price. They are known and can be booked via booking.com.

The routes of these collections:

R01 - Innsbruck to Stelvio, 289km
R02 - Stelvio to Maccagno, 264km
R03 - Maccagno to Sisikon, 271km
R04 - Sisikon to Rickenbach, 273km
R05 - Rickenbach to Forbach, 253km
R06 - Forbach to Kirchberg, 288km
R07 - Kirchberg to Arnhem, 400km

Have fun riding these routes!