If you live in Germany you have got to try out a Barefoot Park! Ever since I read about them before moving here I have wanted to try one, and we got to a few weeks ago! We had so much fun, even Bub, who does not like being barefoot 😉
We went to check out the Barefoot Park (Barfußpfad)in Bad Sobernheim, it’s about 1 hour and 30 mins from Spangdahlem and an hour from Ramstein. So we drove up there, did the park, and then drove to Ramstein to shop and eat dinner with some friends. The parks website with cost & hours can be found here
It is also great way to have some family fun for cheap. It cost us €13,00 for our family of 5. There is also a snack bar at the entrance/end of the walk if you want to get some snacks or drinks. We seen many people carrying backpacks of snacks/water so that is an option as well. It’s a 3.5 km walk we seen families with strollers & wagons as well.
This park is great family fun for all ages. You can easily skip the obstacles if needed. The hardest one is the water crossing but you can chose to over the bridge if needed.
From the parking lot it’s a good 3 minute walk to the Barefoot park entrance. The parking is free here.
Walk down the path, take a left and go through the tunnel.
Restrooms are located just after the tunnel and right before the entrance. They were nice and clean as well.
After you pay you can put your shoes & stuff in lockers on to the left of the entrance. It’s €1 for the locker rental. There were also some shelves where you could put your shoes for free but we chose to use a locker.
Ready to take on the Barefoot park!
I was surprised at how ‘comfortable’ it was walking on the bark. There was bark later on in as well and it was a bit more dry and a little bit more pokey but it wasn’t bad.
The mud pit is the 2nd obstacle, it was a bit cold and there are some rocks on the bottom that you have to watch out for but, this was much milder than the Mud Run Mr. B & I did, LOL!
So thankful that Mr. B is always up for the crazy adventures I plan 😉
There are many obstacles throughout the park…
Varying levels of difficulty but as I said before they can all be skipped, there is no ‘punishment’ for doing so 😉
This water was COLD! It did rinse off most of the mud though.
You get to walk on many different types of surfaces from large stones…
to corks, sand, and more!
It’s truly a playground for your feet.
The ‘hardest’ one was the river crossing, and it was only hard because of the people moving so slow in front of us, and we did experience some culture shock as well. Kids as old as 11 were stripping down to their underware to go across, and even a guy took off his shorts.
As I was taking a pic of the boys crossing, he got back in the river…LOL!!!
There is also a spot where you can walk down and play in the river Nahe, we stopped here for a bit and had some fun skipping rocks.
If you get worn out there are a few benches & tables along the way where you can stop and rest as well.
And there is a little park near the end, where the boys were teeter totting in the video.
For the final obstacle you can choose to cross the rope bridge or
go across in the small boat powered by your arms. We did the bridge and then the kids went back over and back in the boat.
Another view of the bridge crossing.
We grabbed some drinks on the way out.
If you wanted to bring a towel you could but it’s not a must. Truthfully you do get wet & dirty from the knee down BUT after we rinsed off at the foot wash and walked to the car we were dry so no towel was needed. We had also brought a change of clothes but none of us needed to change. Make sure to bring some sunscreen, we got some sun that day.
We also took some video to share:
It was so much fun! All 5 of us had a great time and I’m so glad we got to go check it out before Boo heads off to college! I now want to check out the longest one in Germany.
Know Before You Go:
Where: Barefoot Park in Bad Sobernheim, Germany
How To Get There: Approximately 1 hour & 30 minutes drive from the Spangdahlem area, about 1 hour from Ramstein. We used this address for the GPS: Bad Sobernheim, Staudernheimer Straße 90. The turn will be on the right and then make a right into the parking lot.
What: Barefoot park walking trail with obstacles. We did the park in just over an hour but you could easily spend longer playing in the stream and such.
Cost: Adults €3,50, Kids (3-17) €2,00, this is one of the few places where Bub & Boo still get the kid rate.
Where to find info: Online, above links
Have you been to a Barefoot Park?