***image1***A special old train, called Stumpfwaldbahn, which travels in the upper Eistal valley near Ramsen, offers its annual torch ride Saturday. The ride takes passengers on an illuminated route from Eiswoog lake to Bockbach valley. The hiking trail along the railroad tracks and the Eiswoog will also be illuminated.
“Last year, about 5,000 visitors came to ride the train and watch the illuminations,” said Karsten Riemen from the Stumpfwaldbahn association.
Rides start at 5 p.m. A fest takes place near Eiswoog and Bockbachtal train station and at the Seehaus Forelle restaurant. The Ramser Hunting Blowers will perform next to camp-fires and a fire-eater will show his skills at 8 p.m. at the Eiswoog train station.
***image2***“Highlight of the event will be the illuminations with special fire effects at the banks of Eiswoog lake and a silent fireworks display on the lake at 8:30 p.m,” said Mr. Riemen.
The group Samba o’leck will perform on Brazil drums at 8:45 p.m. at the lake under the bridge. The fire-eater will once again perform at 9:15 p.m. at the lake to close out the event.
The German Life Saver Association will offer warm meals, glühwein and beverages at the campfires.
“We are asking visitors to take public transportation to get to the event since parking near Eiswoog is limited,” said Mr. Riemen. A shuttle bus will be available between Enkenbach and Eiswoog/Ramsen. People can also park near the train stations of Ramsen and Eisenberg and take the train to Eiswoog or walk on a two-kilometer way illuminated by torches.
Since 1994, the Stumpfwaldbahn has offered rides on a special field railway between Eiswoog lake and Ramsen. Tourists can enter it on Sundays and German holidays, from the end of May through October.
Eiswoog lake is located between Enkenbach-Alsenborn (east of Kaiserslautern) and Ramsen.
For details, visit www.stumpfwaldbahn.de.
For more information on shuttle bus schedules, click on “Fahrplan” under “Mit dem Bus.”