IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the current corona situation, it is absolutely necessary to walk the dream loop ONLY IN THE RECOMMENDED DIRECTION to avoid encounter traffic! Almost always in view: The Idar forest with the Idarkopf towering above everything. The dream loop Via molarum (road of the mills) provides the hiker with interesting facts about the work of the mill companies and the "Roman past" of the region. Along the way, dreamy paths, magnificent views and several opportunities to stop for a bite to eat await you.
Information boards along the Via molarum show interesting facts about the topics "mills" and "Roman past" in the region and their connection to the naming of the trail. In the past, there were numerous mills along the Hirschbach, Idarbach and Altbach rivers, some of which still exist today. They are used as dwelling-houses, barbecue huts, restaurants or accommodation facilities and also offer the hiker possibilities to stop for a break. During the whole hike you can see the Idarkopf from different angles. The tree nature trail is also worth seeing. On the outskirts of Wahlenau there is a rest area with a fabulous view of the Idarwald and the Wahler Mühle restaurant. There are mighty beech trees at the beech place behind Wahlenau. The partly dead giant trees give the scenery something mystical. After crossing the forest, another panoramic view of the Idarkopf opens up. Just before the Reitzenmühle, which is privately owned and cannot be visited, the path turns into the Idarbachtal valley. A little later we leave the idyllic brook valley and ascend Marktwieser Berg. From the vantage point you can enjoy the view over the natural monument Wachholderheide of Krummenau and the Idarwald. On your way to Horbruch, you will pass the Hockenmühle, which offers guest rooms, at a distance. As the bridge over the Altburg to the Historic Castle Mill is currently closed, a diversion has been set up on site via the Weylandsmühle, which offers refreshment and overnight accommodation under the name "Romantikmühle". The Emmerichsmühle (also a place to stay overnight) can be seen from the hiking trail, which also includes the game reserve. The "Marienmühle" can be rented as a grill hut via the local community of Horbruch.
Updated: December 28, 2020
Rest StopRestaurant Wahler Mühle
Safety informationThe dream loops have partly steep, difficult and in rainy or winter weather slippery passages. That's why hiking boots, sure-footedness and good physical condition are absolute prerequisites for hiking these premium circular trails.
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EquipmentW A N D E R S C H U H AND W A S S E ROur tips for carefree hiking pleasureHiking 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.IMPORTANT NOTE WITH THE PLEASE NOTE: Drought in the forest increases the risk of fireActually, one associates forest fire danger with midsummer. But due to the continuing climate change, the drought in the forests is already becoming noticeable earlier in the year. The lack of rain for several weeks and the dry east wind have dried up the soil and vegetation extremely, so that there is already an increased risk of forest fires. Therefore the National Park appeals to all guests to observe important rules of conduct:- Smoking in the forest is absolutely prohibited!- Do not throw cigarette butts out of the car window!- Do not light fires or barbecues in and around the forest!- Keep access roads in and around the forest clear!- Park vehicles only on the designated paved parking spaces!- Report any fire immediately to the fire brigade (emergency call 112) or the police! THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION
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