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Traumschleife Gräfin Loretta (Countess Loretta dream loop)

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  • Burgruine Frauenburg
    Burgruine Frauenburg
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“Hiking between the mountains and the Nahe” - a dream loop with a view and history, that’s how you might also describe the Countess Loretta circular hiking trail.
Distance 12.3 km
4:30 h
359 m
354 m
422 m
280 m
Historic premium hiking trail around Frauenberg and Frauenburg Castle. On the way, you will experience fantastic views over the Hunsrück heights as well as enchanted valleys and narrow, earthy paths.

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.

Author’s recommendation

Take binoculars with you for the magnificent distant and valley views.

The dream loop achieved 84 out of 100 experience points in the re-certification!

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Update: August 29, 2022
Highest point
422 m
Lowest point
280 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 3.20%Dirt road 4.83%Forested/wild trail 41.42%Path 47.89%Road 1.63%Unknown 0.99%
0.4 km
Dirt road
0.6 km
Forested/wild trail
5.1 km
5.9 km
0.2 km
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Speisegaststätte "Sonnenberg"

Safety information

After 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 hints

Information 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,

Suggested routs and hiking trails can also be found online in the Rheinland-Pfalz.erleben app


Frauenburg hikers’ car park, Bahnhofstraße, near 55776 Frauenberg (273 m)
49.666308, 7.282171
49°39'58.7"N 7°16'55.8"E
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Hikers' parking lot Frauenburg, Bahnhofstraße, near 55776 Frauenberg

Turn-by-turn directions

Start and finish is the hiking parking lot in Frauenberg, located directly on the banks of the Nahe River. Hiking information is available at the information booth. From the parking lot we walk uphill to the medieval Frauenburg. We walk around the castle counterclockwise and go through the moat to the left. We follow the hollow way for a short distance until we reach the bridge over the Ellenbach. After a short ascent we cross a road and after 300 m we reach the viewpoint "Burgblick".

After another short climb we reach the Nahekopf, on the left is the viewpoint "Wildelei". We follow the edge of the hill. Before the barrier our path turns to the left to the Keltenquelle. We cross the field path and walk to the Rinzendell refuge. Behind it we turn right and soon left. We follow the slight ascent and after 200 m we reach the turnoff to a forest path, which we follow to the resting place "Dirks Ruh". From this point of the hike you have an overwhelming view to the Erbeskopf, Idarkopf, the mountain range "Mörschieder Burr" and the Nahe valley.

We continue downhill, turn sharply right after 500 m, until we bypass Frauenberg after a short stretch following the Jägersteig to the right. At the end of the Jägerpfad we turn right. Soon after we turn right into the valley of the Klausgraben. After 900 m we turn right, pass "Willrich's Hain", cross the ford and march to the left along the water until we turn sharp right onto the poacher's path and follow it to the Hammerstein refuge.

Continue left on the forest path until you reach a fountain, turn left behind the fountain, follow the grassy path until you cross the road bridge and reach the Nahe bike path. Cross the bridge and follow the path along the water until you reach the cycle path again. Cross the wooden bridge and turn right into the meadow. After passing under the railroad line, we soon turn sharp left into the beech forest.

Our path leads us to the lookout point "Weibersprung" with a view of the Klaus rock. After a short distance we cross under the railroad line again and follow the Nahe cycle path to the right. Here we turn right into a nature trail that leads us across the "Elfensümpfe" after about 1.5 km to the starting point.


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Public transport


Hike start in Hammerstein:

From Idar-Oberstein railway station we take the bus and travel to the “Hammerstein Ort” bus stop. From there we first walk back to Hammersteiner Straße until we turn into the road Zum Radeberg. Follow it to the road Auf der Klepp, turn right and meet the markings of the “Traumschleife Gräfin Loretta” (Countess Loretta dream loop). We follow it to the starting point of the tour, the gate to the Gräfin-Loretta-Weg at a day-trip restaurant.

Hike starting point in Frauenberg:

Call bus (06131-4948455, pre-booking up to 2 h before departure) to/from Frauenberg Mitte

All timetables can be found in the RNN timetable information at – ticket tips: Single or group day ticket!

German railways route planner

Getting there

Coming 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.


Main 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


49.666308, 7.282171
49°39'58.7"N 7°16'55.8"E
32U 376041 5502947
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Countess Loretta dream loop flyer available from the Baumholder Tourist Information Office

Author’s map recommendations

Countess Loretta dream loop flyer including map available from the Baumholder Tourist Information Office

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Hiking 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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12.3 km
4:30 h
359 m
354 m
Highest point
422 m
Lowest point
280 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Dog-friendly


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