Hiking the long-distance Soonwaldsteig trail from Bingen in the romantic Rhine valley through the richly varied Soonwald forest means hiking in harmony with nature. The Saar-Hunsrück-Steig trail runs for 218 kilometres on mostly natural tracks between Trier, Idar-Oberstein and Perl/Moselle, combining culture and with scenic beauty. Vitaltouren and Traumschleifen offer great opportunities for short hikes, where fans of the outdoors feel close to nature.
A perfect combination: hiking in harmony with nature – hiking as an end in itself. The Soonwaldsteig trail runs from Bingen in the romantic Rhine valley across densely wooded quartzite hills to Kirn in the idyllic Hahnenbach valley. The richly varied Soonwald forest with its havens of tranquillity provides inspiration and invigoration in equal measure. Take time to discover yourself amid the peace, quiet and solitude that unspoilt nature can offer. Great importance is placed on the overall quality of the experience along the approx. 85 kilometre Soonwaldsteig trail. Everything from the varied, scenic route, the exemplary signposting and the proximity to cultural attractions has been designed to meet the high-level requirements of the German Institute of Hiking.
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Trekking along its narrow paths in the midst of nature you truly feel you are off the beaten track. The level sections with spongy leaf mould underfoot, pretty meadows or tranquil spots beside brooks and streams are ideal for taking a breather, but if it's adventure you seek, look no further than the trail's sheer descents, unspoilt moorland, challenging craggy sections and awe-inspiring narrow ravines!
Starting with one of the highlights at the Cloef outlook with its spectacular view of the Saar Bow. The onward journey promises gorges, steep paths and impressive panoramas, heading for Weiskirchen with its unique micro-climate and spa facilities.
Grimburg Castle soon emerges into view. Its museum, which traces the history of the medieval castle and the witch trials held there, is followed up by others of note in Hermeskeil. Next comes the Celtic ring wall at Otzenhausen, before you continue across the ollberg hills to the Erbeskopf, the highest peak in Rhineland-Palatinate at 816 metres. A magnificent view is your reward at the top. Still on the Erbeskopf, the Hunsrückhaus has a sensory trail which opens up a world of new experiences.
From the upland moor at Morbach, you head over Mount Wildenburg, past the boulder scree on Mörschieder Burr hill and into the Nahe valley, finally arriving at Idar-Oberstein, which is famous for its gemstones. An alternative route from Hermeskeil to Kell (beautiful reservoir) runs past the Ruwer valley vineyards to the Roman town of Trier.
For further information about the stages please visit the following webpage "Hiking on the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig trail".
A number of short and circular walks attract visitors to the Nahe region and the Hunsrück. The "Dream Walks" offers a dense network of top-class hiking routes in and around the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig, which attract visitors to take proverbial "dreamlike" hikes. "Vital tours" also offer unique hiking experiences. These 8 to 20 km long day trips are also perfectly signposted and lead to impressive vantage points and outstanding natural and cultural monuments in the Soonwald-Nahe Nature Reserve.
The hiking tour planner provides you with all the necessary information.