The German Hiking Institute rated the dream loop with 84 experience points!
There is a hikers’ car park directly on the bank of the Nahe, 400 metres to the official start. The Frauenburg is the first highlight of the route and can be reached after just 1km.
Countess Loretta von Sponheim chose the Frauenburg as her retirement place. She married Heinrich II of Sponheim-Starkenburg in 1315, who died shortly after. In economically and politically difficult times, she steered the county’s fortunes.
Up to the Nahekopf, fantastic views into the Nahe Valley and the Hunsrück heights surprise again and again. As part of the Rhineland-Palatinate cultural and regional concept, a modern replica of an imperial avenue has been built on the Nahekopf.
The path is narrow and leads along “the troll path”. Once at the top, an excellent panoramic view awaits. Behind Hammerstein, the trail winds its way into the Nahe Valley, followed by Teufelsgraben and Weibersprung. On the opposite side of the Weibersprung is the Klausfelsen, which drops precipitously down into the valley.
Passing the “Elves Swamps” and a wetland biotope, you get closer and closer to the starting point of the tour.
The dream loop achieved 84 out of 100 experience points in the re-certification!
Rest stopsSpeisegaststätte "Sonnenberg"
Safety informationAfter prolonged rain, flooding can occur on the Nahe. A permanent flood diversion is signposted.
Before your hike, please check for current trail information such as closures and notices under “Acute”.
Tips and hintsInformation for dog owners:
- Difficulty: moderately difficult, low tar content, many narrow paths, well suited for an extended walk over uneven terrain.
- Distracting stimuli: Due to its course above Frauenberg, the Traumschleife is located between the railroad line, country road and military training area. Depending on the volume of traffic, the road can be heard from the trail. In Hammerstein, the trail runs parallel to a quiet local road for a few meters.It should be noted that the background noise of the military training area can sometimes be very loud during training operations. Please keep skittish dogs on a leash throughout.On the Nahekopf, a paddock with goats and sheep is passed. There is a medium volume of hikers on the premium trail, predominantly in the recommended direction of travel, so hiker encounters should be expected, but fewer oncoming hikers.
- Water/Shade: The dream loop Gräfin Loretta leads predominantly through wooded terrain. Right at the beginning around the Frauenburg there are two small streams that can be used to cool off. Further on, there are water sources at the Heidenquelle viewpoint, at the Rinzedell rest area and in the Nahenixen area (note: no drinking water!).
- Trash cans/cleanliness: On the Traumschleife, the principle of "what goes on the trail goes home with you" is followed as far as possible. Therefore, trash cans are only available in isolated places. The remains of dogs and humans should not be left on/along the trail, so that the enjoyment of the hiking trail is preserved for everyone.
Tourist Information Office of Baumholder Municipality
Am Weiherdamm 1, 55774 Baumholder
Tel. 06783/ 8116, firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested routs and hiking trails can also be found online in the Rheinland-Pfalz.erleben app
Getting thereComing from Baumholder:
Leave Baumholder via the L 169 towards Idar-Oberstein. At the traffic lights, turn right towards Idar-Oberstein. At the next crossroads, turn right into the L 176 towards Idar-Oberstein. Drive past Reichenbach and then you will reach Frauenberg on the right. Turn off to the right then take an immediate right towards Sonnenberg-Winnenberg. Shortly afterwards, before the Nahe bridge, turn left again at the old Burgschänke inn into Bahnhofstraße. The hikers’ car park is on the left after approx. 100 m. The car park is signposted for the Gräfin Loretta dream loop.
Coming from the direction of Idar-Oberstein:
take the L176 towards Baumholder to Frauenberg junction. Turn off to the left then take an immediate right towards Sonnenberg-Winnenberg. Shortly afterwards, before the Nahe bridge, turn left again at the old Burgschänke inn into Bahnhofstraße. The hikers’ car park is on the left after approx. 100 m. The car park is signposted for the Gräfin Loretta dream loop.
Coming from Birkenfeld:
Follow the B41 to Oberbrombach. In Oberbrombach, turn right in the direction of Sonnenberg-Winnenberg. Follow the K14 to Sonnenberg. In the village, turn left and drive into the valley towards Frauenberg, then in the valley, directly after the Nahe bridge, turn right. After approx. 150m you will find the hikers’ car park on the left.
ParkingMain starting point for hikers in Frauenberg:
Frauenburg hikers’ car park on the banks of the Nahe at the foot of the Frauenburg Castle ruins, Bahnhofstraße, 55776 Frauenberg
Further parking spaces are available approx. 300 m further on at the FC Lauretta sports field.
Alternative hike start in Hammerstein:
Parking at the clubhouse of the Hammerstein Maintenance Association, Höhenstraße 33, 55743 Idar-Oberstein
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EquipmentHiking footwear recommended!
Our tips for carefree hiking fun
Hiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothes and shoes, it’s twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable backpacks are good choices when hiking. But good footwear is indispensable. Sturdy jogging or leisure shoes are at best only suitable for short distances on flat paths. For longer walks, we recommend sturdy hiking boots with non-slip soles. Also remember to take sunscreen and a drink. A litre of water is best.
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