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Soonwaldsteig – Complete Trail

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  • Teufelsfels mit Aussichtsturm
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A hike in tranquillity and solitude – right in the heart of Germany.

difficult
Distance 83.8 km
25:10 h
2,650 m
2,770 m
651 m
85 m

The Soonwald-Trail offers wilderness, tranquillity and a source of strength all in one - hiking in harmony with nature and with yourself.

From Kirn in the idyllic Hahnenbach Valley, the trail runs over wooded quartzite ridges into the romantic Rhine Valley to Bingen. Enjoying silence in secluded forests, with only nature as a backdrop, is a great way to recharge your batteries from stressful everyday life.

On more than 40 km of trail in the Große Soon and Lützelsoon, the Soonwald-Trail (total distance 85 km) does not touch any settlements and only crosses smaller, less frequented country roads; so be sure to fill your backpack with provisions. Narrow paths open up forests that are difficult to access and lead to hidden natural beauties.

Author’s recommendation

The individual stages of the Soonwald-Trail are also wonderful day tours, during which you already get to know much of the special character of the Soonwald.

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Author
Marco Rohr
Update: August 22, 2022
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Highest point
Ellerspring, 651 m
Lowest point
Bingen am Rhein, 85 m
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Tips and hints

www.soonwaldsteig.de/en/

Start

Kirn (market square) (186 m)
Coordinates:
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49.786220, 7.459520
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49°47'10.4"N 7°27'34.3"E
UTM
32U 389111 5516000
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Destination

Bingen (central train station)

Turn-by-turn directions

You can find all the details about the Soonwald Trail in the tour descriptions of the six stages.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Kirn railway station you can reach the starting point at the market square in about 10 minutes. In Bingen, the Soonwald-Trail begins/ends directly at the main railway station. Timetables at www.bahn.com/en

Coordinates

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49.786220, 7.459520
DMS
49°47'10.4"N 7°27'34.3"E
UTM
32U 389111 5516000
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Ingrid Retterath: Soonwaldsteig; ISBN 978-3-86686-321-7; price €9.90

Author’s map recommendations

Soonwald-Nahe nature park 1:50 000 including the Soonwaldsteig trail Topographic map with hiking trails and cycle paths ISBN 978-3896373007

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Organized long distance hiking · Nahe
Soonwaldsteig
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In vier, fünf oder sechs Tagen quer durch den Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe. Von Kirn an der Nahe bis nach Bingen an den Rhein, auf dem 86 km langen ...

Provider:  Naheland-Touristik GmbH | Source:  Urlaubsregion Naheland

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4.4
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Jan Erik Sommer
September 02, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 25, 2022
Thomas Frisch
August 17, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 14, 2021
Schlafen auf historischem Boden
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Lützelsoon-Romantik
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Hier scheint die Welt noch in Ordnung
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Die Wies`n aller Wies`n
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Der Soonwald ist nicht das Paradies - es sieht nur meist so aus!
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Willenbacher`sches Phallussymbol auf dem Hochsteinchen
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Wer sich an sowas gewöhnen kann, ist nicht mehr zu retten.
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Immer wieder toll
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July 22, 2021 · Community
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
83.8 km
Duration
25:10 h
Ascent
2,650 m
Descent
2,770 m
Highest point
651 m
Lowest point
85 m
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  • 6 Stages
Long-Distance Hiking · Nahe
Soonwaldsteig Stage 1: Kirn - Bundenbach
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 15.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 630 m
Descent 500 m

Medieval castles and evidence of slate mining line the unspoilt and wild natural landscape in the dreamy Hahnenbach Valley.

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from Marco Rohr,   Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 13.3 km
Duration 4:10 h
Ascent 450 m
Descent 520 m

Hike over the crest of the Lützelsoon mountain, where wildcats bathe in the sun on the quartzite scree slopes.

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from Marco Rohr,   Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 3
Distance 14.9 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 595 m
Descent 230 m

Two lookout towers offer great panoramic views of the ridges of "Lützelsoon" and "Großer Soon": Koppenstein keep and Alteburg tower.

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from Marco Rohr,   Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
Long-Distance Hiking · Soonwald/Nahe
Soonwaldsteig Stage 4: Ellerspring - Rheinböllen
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4
Distance 15.8 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 290 m
Descent 540 m

Through the headwaters of the Gräfenbach to the Schwappelbruch and Katzenkopf natural forest reserves. A cornucopia of nature experiences and ...

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from Marco Rohr,   Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
Long-Distance Hiking · Soonwald/Nahe
Soonwaldsteig Stage 5: Rheinböllen - Jägerhaus
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 5
Distance 14 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 340 m
Descent 430 m

In the Bingen Forest, let your gaze wander to the Rhine and enjoy the hospitality of old forester’s lodges.

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from Marco Rohr,   Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
Long-Distance Hiking · Romantischer Rhein
Soonwaldsteig Stage 6: Jägerhaus - Bingen
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 6
Distance 11.9 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 340 m
Descent 550 m

The deeply cut Morgenbach Valley and the rustic donkey trail ("Eselspfad") lead to the quiet side of the Rhine Valley.

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