The Earth beneath my feet in Bad Sobernheim

by Ulrike Robinson

Shoes and socks off and off you go! In Bad Sobernheim, you can treat the soles of your feet to the pleasures of a BarfussPfad, which translates into “Bare Feet Path.”

You will have all the time in the world to give your feet the exercise and relaxation they need on this 3 ½ kilometer-long (2 miles) path. It’s a stimulating massage for your feet.

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There are a ton of positive side effects associated with walking barefoot. Walking on different types of surfaces forces your feet to take on a natural position to support your weight. The Barfusspfad in Bad Sobernheim is a sole-ful adventure: you will walk on different surfaces and cross small streams and rivers, so it’s best to wear shorts and bring a towel. You can rent a locker for your belongings or carry a backpack along the path.

You begin the path by walking across smooth river stones followed by bark mulch. Expect to get a little dirty, with ankle or knee-deep in mud (depending on your height and weight) at one point, which is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike!  Don’t worry, there is a foot washing station at the entrance/exit of the path so everyone will be clean before the drive home.

Plan about an hour and a half for your trek along the 3.5 km (2 miles) circular path. Open from May 1st to October 3rd from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed, but with good reason – we’re all barefoot after all!

Cost is €4.00 for adults and €2.50 for kids and teens. The Barfusspad in Bad Sobernheim is about 15 to 20 minutes from Bad Kreuznach and about an hour and a half from Kaiserslautern.

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