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Katholische Kirche Mariä Himmelfahrt
The Mariä Himmelfahrt Catholic Church was built 1889. The church, made out of sandstone and famous for its big pointed windows is often used for concerts because of its impressive organ and great acoustics.
Circular Cycle Trail through the Palatinate
Course: Weilerbach - Oberstaufenbach - Neunkirchen am Potzberg - Fockenberg-Limbach - Mackenbach - Kaiserslautern - Otterbach - Pfeiffermühle
The starting point is the town center of Weilerbach on the former railway line in the Bahnhofstrasse. From there, the round trip follows the signs for the "Pfälzer Land Radweg" to the center of Oberstaufenbach. There, the HBR signposted connecting route via Neunkirchen on Potzberg and Fockenberg-Limbach to Mackenbach branches off to the "Barbarossa Cycle Path". From Mackenbach the round trip follows the signposting of the "Barbarossa Cycle Path" via Rodenbach to Kaiserslautern. From the corner of K 1 / Rütschhofstraße in Kaiserslautern, the tour follows the signs for the "Lautertal Cycle Path" via Otterbach and Katzweiler to the level of the Hirschhorn Bordenmühle. From there, the bike tour follows the signposting of the "Pfälzer Land cycle path" and leads through the Pfeifertal back to the starting point in Weilerbach.
Distance: 53 km
Ascent: 324 m
Descent: 324 m
Cycle route "Lautertal"
Course: Kaiserslautern - Otterbach - Lauter valley - Lauterecken
This path runs 36km along the Lauter. Starting at Kaiserslautern Westbahnhof it runs through Otterbach, Katzweiler, Hirschhorn, Sulzbachtal, Olsbrücken via Wolfstein to Lauterecken. The Lautertal-Biking Path runs through the Lauter valley from Kaiserslautern till its ending in the Glan at Lauterecken. The 13 train stations along the way enable you to take a train when you do not want to bike anymore or bike one way and take the train back. Considering this luxury, this path is perfect for families and seniors.
Distance: 36,2 km
Ascent: 2 m
Descent: 82 m
Cycle route "Odenbachtal"
Course: Otterbach - Otterberg - Odenbach
It’s best to start this 31 km (19.2 mi) long path at the Otterbach train station. The biking path runs from the Lautertal through Otterberg to the Odenbach and continues north towards Glan, through the foothills of the Nordpfälzer Berglandes. Via Nußbach you can reach Moscheltal and the Donnersberg county.
Distance: 31,9 km
Ascent: 143 m
Descent: 210 m
Cycle route "Pfälzer Land"
Course: Enkenbach - Alsenborn - Otterberg - Weilerbach - Niederstaufenbach
The "Pfälzer Land" cycle path is with its 43 km the east-west connection from the Alsenz at Enkenbach-Alsenborn, through the North Palatinate highlands and thus leads directly through the union community Otterbach-Otterberg, to Niederstaufenbach.
The bike path leads through diverse, varied landscapes and offers good combination possibilities with other cycling tours.
Distance: 43 km
Ascent: 150 m
Descent: 195 m
Equestrian farm Brunk
Explore the forest trail
Across the hut "Im Himmelreich"
Explore nature & find secrets
Are you scientiests, explorers, nature lovers or even environmental protection activists? Then give free rein to your nature-loving heart and experience new perspectives. Feel free to bring your bug eye viewers and look at many interesting things. Become as small as beetles on the lawn or enjoy the view from the treetops by laying on top of a bench in our forest class room. See what’s happening underneath the stones and whose living inside the tree trunk.
The „Explore the forest“ trail in Himmelreich (Otterbach) is about 2km (1.2 mi) long. Here you can learn, play, make music and just enjoy yourself. The trail is ideal for elementary school kids as the school curriculum is the basis for many of the colorful information plaques. Here you can explore different habitats. The center of attention is the forest‘s ecosystem. If your feet are hurting try the barefoot path. At the end you can even show off your motor skills by balancing on a “poisonous snake”.
At the heart of the „Explore the Forest“-trail is the forest classroom featuring seating, a desk and a board. So don’t forget to bring your chalk! But of course you may also just stop there for a rest and make some music on the forest xylophone. The small cabin is guarded by an owl. At the animal long jump you can find out if you are able to jump farther than the fox. You should also be able to solve our tree ring quiz after reading all the plaques. Along the way you may also meet a woodpecker.
This you should keep in mind: The 2 km (1.2mi) trail takes about 2 hours. You’ll need firm shoes and appropriate tick spray. Unfortunately, you cannot use strollers or roller blades along the path.
The Kipperhof was first mentioned in the 18th century on maps that can be found in the city’s archives in Otterberg and diocese archives Speyer. The main building, which is still to be seen in its original state today, was a so-called long house, a typical regional farm house.
Today, the Kipperhof is the oldest building in all of Ottebach. At the heart of the property you can find a beautiful patio with trees and farm-like accessories. At the restaurant you can find documents and maps depicting the history of the region throughout various centuries. On top, you can find historical gear and other mechanical thigs, including old bicycles that provide interesting Information and a harmonic ambience.
Motorcycle Museum Otterbach
Motorrad Museum Otterbach
Since 1980 the Motorcycle Musuem Heinz Luthringshauser is hosting an unique permament exhibiton about historically important motorcycles in rooms that – used for that purpose - you can’t find anywhere else in the world. The exhibition is housed in the protestant church of the town.
April – October:
Sundays and public holidays: 10 am - 12.30 pm & 1.30 - 5 pm
If you want to visit outside of these hours contact: 06301 23 67
Network of hiking trails
The forests around Otterach have a mixture of various types of trees and are inviting places to enjoy a robust hike or leisurely stroll. There are rest stations with outdoor grill facilities that also serve as departure points for hiking tours of the area.
Walks among the rolling hills constantly reveals new scenes of nature and the ecology. Distance markers show the way for many the different hiking routes crisscrossing the countryside and forest. You can follow a single route, or combine parts of many routes to create a tour tailored to your own interests. These are the marked hiking routes or Rundwanderwege you will find on this page:
Playground close to nature
Offering a great range of climbing possibilities, as well as fun swings and seesaws for children in Ottertal. The huge grass area close by is perfect for a soccer match. The relaxing location close to nature is not only an advantage for the kids but also enables adults to just relax for a couple of hours. Located closely to the Odenbachtal biking path, many great rest areas offer a wonderful view on our catholic church.
Premium hiking route - Devil's Tour
Train station in Olsbrücken
Distance: 14.9 km
Duration: 4:23 h
Ascent: 383 m
Descent: 382 m
The slogan for the tour keeps its promise: devilish climbs and heavenly prospects. The 15 km premium trail "Teufelstour" takes its name from the Teufelstein, a former Roman quarry in Frankelbach. Geological highlights are explained on several information boards. A special feature: This path leads directly through the stone quarry of Sulzbachtal.
Supported by 1. FCK, (the local soccer club) the path was signposted using the devil’s emblem from the FCK’s stadium Betzenberg.
The mix of wild and romantic river valleys, steep climbs and a breathtaking view over the Palatine Uplands and the Palatinate Forest right up to the Donnersberg, makes the “devil’s tour” with its 15 km total length into a unique discovery tour of the Palatinate.
On narrow paths and trails which have hardly changed in the course of time we have the opportunity of passing through almost 300 million years of geological history. Passing both old and still active stone quarries, ambitious hikers can inform themselves on several geological information boards set up by the State Office for Geology and Mining.
For active recreation whilst hiking you should not forget to stop and take a break. Along the Teufelstour you will find many beautiful places to rest and linger. The Panorama-Gasthof Emmerwiesenhof in Eulenbis , for example, is situated directly on this premium hiking trail.
In "Fossils worldwide", Hebelstraße 4 in Sulzbachtal the geological subsoil can actually be felt. This exhibition is constructed as both a sales and museum vicinity. A wide range of minerals and fossils, which partly come from the immediate vicinity of the Sulzbachtal , are on display.
Contact information for a guided tour
Hiking leader of the union community Otterbach-Otterberg:
Phone: 0157 36790509 or 06308 1358
Rent the barbecue hut Otterbach
Am Rambusch 21
At the barbecue hut Otterbach you can enjoy your own barbecue with your friends and family. Due to its beautiful location in the “Himmelreich” neighborhood it has a wonderful charm. Facilities: - one big barbecue inside the cabin, - roofed seating for up to 50 people, - big lawn behind the cabin, - restrooms, - kitchenette, - 5 portable seating sets, - power outlet.
Phone: 06301 607413
Signal Tower Museum
Stellwerk Museum Otterbach
Right at the railroad crossing leading to Erfenbach you can find the railway control museum Otterbach.
This railway control center went into service 1911 and went out of service in 2005 when the electronical safety mechanisms were digitalized.
Tours are done by real railmen of the train agency who are passionate about telling the story and work behind the signal tower.
You can find out about the opening hours at here or by calling 06301 607-800.