When Maria and Mike invited me to visit and hike in the area I gladly accepted. We camped in Dahn and spent three days hiking in the surrounding forests.
There is a legend that a young lady was walking alone in the forest when she was chased by a man. In her haste to elude the unwelcome attentions she fell off this cliff. Fortunately her large dress opened and acted as a parachute and allowed her to reach the valley safely. The cross was erected in her memory.
These Castles were built on top of the sandstone cliffs that commanded a good view of the surrounding country and were easy to defend. This area is close to France and over the past hundreds of years the border moved back and forth. Some of the ridges have stone markers that show the previous border.
The Palatine Forest Club looks after 12000 Km of trails and over 100 walking huts . They also organize walks for anyone wishing to join. The huts cater to hungry and thirsty walkers who enjoy the solitude of the forests. Some of the huts are hostels. I enjoyed the local food like Flammkuchen and Bratwurst with Kraut. This is a wine producing region so there is also very good grape juice.
Walking in the Palatinate region passes many rock formations and the paths follow the ridges so the views are constantly changing. I was very lucky to go with someone who loves and feels at home in the forest. We visited many locations that most hikers would not get to. It was a very enjoyable 3 days and it will not be my last.