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Traumschleife Hahnenbachtaltour (Dream loop Hahnenbachtal tour)

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  • Brücke über den Hahnenbach
    Brücke über den Hahnenbach
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Welcome to the valley of the millennia

On partly narrow paths and meadow paths, the very varied tour, often accompanied by the Hahnenbach, leads through woods, meadows and open wide open spaces. In between are cultural highlights: a fossil museum, the Herrenberg visitor mine, the reconstructed Celtic settlement of Altburg, the ruins of Hellkirch and the extensive Schmidtburg castle complex, which towers above everything else. In 2012, the readers of WANDERMAGAZIN voted the Traumschleife "Germany's most beautiful hiking trail". It is also one of the TOP 10 of Germany's highest rated premium circular hiking trails.Current information: the Altburg and the kiosk at the Besucherberwerk will be open again on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11 June 2020 (Corpus Christi). An overview of the current situation can be found at  For safety reasons, the Herrenberg slate visitor mine must remain closed until further notice! YOUR TOURIST INFORMATION EdelSteinLand, Herrstein and Idar-Oberstein

Distance 9.6 km
4:00 h
219 m
219 m
385 m
255 m
The first peak is quickly reached. In the Herrenberg visitor mine you can gain an insight into the arduous work of the slate crushers. A sign: "The mountain shall keep its secret" reminds of the film work in the mine for Edgar Reitz's home cycle. Not far from the visitor mine is the open-air museum "Celtic settlement Altburg" with reconstructed houses of a former Celtic hilltop settlement. On the descent into the Hahnenbach Valley through the Rennwald forest it gets quiet. In the later ascent, 60 metres above the valley, the ruins of Hellkirch stand, where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the valley from a sensory lounger. Once again we head into the Hahnenbach Valley, where old 19th-century boundary stones remind us of the historic border path between the Kingdom of Prussia (KP) and the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg (GO). Along the Hahnenbach Valley Water Adventure Trail with a bank swing at the pond, the former Götzenau grinding mill is passed. A stone bridge leads to the extensive grounds of the medieval Schmidtburg, once one of the most important castle complexes in the Hunsrück-Nahe region. Another wooden bridge leads to the Hotel-Restaurant Forellenhof Reinhardtsmühle. The last section of the tour winds its way up in serpentines. Two rock tunnels and old railway track remains remind us of the extraction and removal of slate and lead-zinc candles from the "Friedrichsfeld" mine in the 1940s and 50s.Alternative: A 7 km long family tour includes all the highlights and eliminates the odd gradient.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to allow some time to visit the many attractive sights.
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Naheland-Touristik GmbH, EdelSteinLand
Update: September 29, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
385 m
Lowest point
255 m
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Safety information

The dream loops do have some steep, difficult and, in rainy conditions or in winter, some slippery sections.

Therefore, hiking boots, a sure footing and good physical condition are essential requirements for hiking these premium circular trails.

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Offices in EdelSteinland:

Herrstein office

Brühlstr. 16 / 55756 Herrstein

Phone +49 6785 - 791400

Fax +49 6785 - 7981400


Idar-Oberstein office

Hauptstr. 419 / 55743 Idar-Oberstein

Phone +49 6781 - 64871 / Fax +49 6781 - 64878


Tourist Information Kirchberg, Marktplatz 5, 55481 Kirchberg, Tel. 06763/ 910144,

Tourist Information Kirner-Land, Kirchstr. 3, 55606 Kirn, Tel.: 06752/ 135-155, e-mail:


Car park at Herrenberg visitor mine at 55626 Bundenbach, Layebrecherweg (339 m)
49.846963, 7.385259
49°50'49.1"N 7°23'06.9"E
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Car park at the Herrenberg visitor mine at 55626 Bundenbach

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike can be started from several places: Visitors' car park at Herrenberg Visitors' Mine (located directly along the trail), Wacholderheide leisure centre near Woppenroth, hiker's car park in Schneppenbach.From the starting point at the visitor car park, we first follow our markings and the Soonwald-Steig trail to the Herrenberg visitor mine and the fossil museum. For the little hikers, the playground at the visitors' mine is very attractive. The trail continues uphill past the reconstructed Celtic settlement of Altburg for about 500 m, before we hike from the highest point of the route down to the Hahnenbach. The Sinsenbach slate dump is evidence of the mining tradition in the Hahnenbach valley. From there we have a wonderful view of the valley meadows and can enjoy the silence of the landscape before a path leads us right into the Rennwald forest. After a short distance we reach the footbridge over the Hahnenbach. Then we walk upstream along the edge of the forest before the short climb to the ruins of Hellkirch begins. The ruins of Hellkirch are situated on a hilltop about 60 m above the valley. From there we enjoy the view of the Hahnenbach valley and a part of the path already covered. A seating area invites us to take a break. Whether the ruin served as a church centuries ago or as a lookout point has not yet been extensively researched.A steep path now leads us down the narrow ridge for about 300 m. We now follow the natural forest path towards Schmidtburg Castle. Boundary stones from the 19th century bear witness to the former importance of the path: GO = Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, KP = Kingdom of Prussia. Today the borders of the districts of Rhine-Hunsrück, Bad Kreuznach and Birkenfeld meet here.After crossing a small stream we reach the water adventure trail Hahnenbachtal. We follow this path past the former grinding mill Göttenau and the "Devil's Slide" to the ruins of the mighty Schmidtburg, which already served as a hiding place for the robber captain Schinderhannes. The Schmidtburg was once one of the oldest and most important castle complexes in the Hunsrück-Nahe region. Visits are free all year round. From the castle we enjoy the views of the valley of the millennia, as the Hahnenbach Valley is also called in this section.From the Schmidtburg we hike down to the Hahnenbach. Down the stream we cross a bridge to the other side of the stream and reach the Forellenhof Reinhartsmühle. The path leads us uphill in serpentines. We hike through rock tunnels, which were once used to transport slate and enjoy several delightful views of the mighty Schmidtburg and the Altburg Castle above. After a short ascent we are back at the start. Don't miss the short ascent to "Dickheck", just to the right of the hiking trail. From here you can enjoy another fantastic view of the valley and its sights.


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Public transport

By train (RE 3/RB 33/ RB34 - Saarbrücken - Neubrücke/Baumholder - Idar-Oberstein - Bad Kreuznach - Mainz (-Frankfurt)) to Kirn station. Continue with bus line 860 to Bundenbach or Rudolfshaus. Daily timetable at

Getting there

A61 exit Bad Kreuznach, direction Idar-Oberstein/Kirn, B41 to exit Kirn/West L183, continue L182 to Bundenbach

A1 exit Otzenhausen, A62 direction Pirmasens/Kaiserslautern to Birkenfeld exit, continue on B269/B41 to Kirn, L182 to Bundenbach


Car park at Herrenberg visitor mine near Bundenbach, Layebrecherweg, Wachholderheide leisure centre near Woppenroth, Schneppenbach hiking car park


49.846963, 7.385259
49°50'49.1"N 7°23'06.9"E
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Book recommendation by the author

Unterwegs im Traumschleifenland Band 4, a hiking guide by Günter Schmitt with 29 dream loops over 188 pages. Volume 4, 1st edition 2015, Publisher: Public Press Schöneres Wandern: Traumschleifen Saar-Hunsrück, Band 3 Traumschleifen Saar-Hunsrück - Band 3 - Schöneres Wandern Pocket mit Karten und GPS-Daten 16 Premium-Rundwanderungen zwischen Mosel, Rhein und Saar Authors: Wolfgang Todt and Ulrike Poller. Year of publication: May 2013

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map for Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park, sheet 2, Kirn

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Hiking boots required!Our tips for carefree hiking pleasure:Hiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothing and the right shoes it is twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable rucksacks are comfortable when hiking. But good shoes are indispensable. Sturdy jogging or leisure shoes are only suitable for short distances on level paths at best. For longer distances we recommend sturdy hiking boots with non-slip soles. Also remember to bring sun protection and a drink. One litre of water is ideal.

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9.6 km
4:00 h
219 m
219 m
Highest point
385 m
Lowest point
255 m
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