The Palatinate Forest would be nowhere near as welcoming, least of all for all the hikers who drop in there, without the Palatinate forest restaurants, known as Hüttenzauber. A Palatinate institution, partly run by volunteers from the Palatinate Forestry Society or by the Friends of Nature. A hearty meal is always on the menu: Saumagen, liver dumplings, homemade Palatinate sausages or a hearty stew.
The Palatinate Forestry Society is dedicated to preserving Nature intact. The results of its work include the natural and sensible organisation of leisure and recreation, a number of nature conservation campaigns in the Biosphere Reserve and an attempt to generate a sense of mutual understanding. This starts with the Palatinate Ramblers Association "German Hiking Youth" group, continues with family-friendly adventure hikes, monthly, teaching and OAP hikes as well as cycle tours and hiking weeks in Germany and abroad. ... read more
The Friends of Nature also look back on a long history and celebrated their centenary in 2005. Worldwide, the Friends of Nature run around 1,000 lodges, houses and hotels, often located in varied landscapes and protected areas. This unique network has been built up throughout the 20th century largely due to the members' own work and is constantly being further extended. Friends of Nature accommodation and facilities, from simple hiking cabins to family and meeting houses, are open to anyone, are especially group- and family-friendly and are managed with an environmentally aware approach. ... read more