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Nature trail "In the land of Milan, Storch & Co"

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Round trip in the footsteps of Milan, Storch & Co in the Hunsrück-Hochwald national park region.
Distance 19.1 km
5:30 h
439 m
418 m
498 m
339 m
In the Hunsrück-Hochwald national park region, the towns of Schmißberg, Rimsberg and Niederhambach are working together to become real nature adventure villages.

The nature experience path "In the land of Milan, Storch & Co" provides information at 18 stations about the animal inhabitants around the nature experience villages and their needs. There are also activity and observation stations: a brood observation pavilion, a large aviary, which offers injured white storks protection. Observation opportunities offered by nesting platforms, shallow ponds and wet meadows are perfectly fit for healthy white storks.

Silhouettes on which you can measure your own wingspan with that of a stork and red kite and an educational path for bees between stations 3 and 4 are also part of the tour.

The offer is to be continuously expanded. The nature experience path sharpens the view for the diversity and worthy of protection of a varied natural and cultural landscape in the national park region.

Author’s recommendation

 Bring binoculars. All kinds of interesting things can be discovered along the way.
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Julian Schöpfer
Update: September 29, 2022
Highest point
498 m
Lowest point
339 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 8.52%Dirt road 29.79%Forested/wild trail 49.52%Path 0.40%Road 10.95%Unknown 0.79%
1.6 km
Dirt road
5.7 km
Forested/wild trail
9.5 km
0.1 km
2.1 km
0.2 km
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Nature discovery villages


Village community center in Rimsberg (450 m)
49.656506, 7.207919
49°39'23.4"N 7°12'28.5"E
32U 370657 5501982
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Village community center in Rimsberg

Turn-by-turn directions

From the village community center in Rimsberg we follow the sign towards Schmißberg. Passing the playground it goes over an open field to the first station "The Red Kite" south of Rimsberg. This particular species of raptor can be seen with great probability in the summer months. We follow the path through the local community of Rimsberg. Station 2 describes the Upper Manzenbachtal. After an ascent to station 3 "Auf Stabsberg und Krausberg", there is a section suitable for people with limited mobility to station 5. This also includes the newly created bee nature trail. From station 3, the 20.3 km long way to Schmißberg can be shortened (the abbreviation is signposted, section includes stations 1 to 3 and 16 to 18). With a little luck, the godfather of station 4, the black stork, can even be seen in person.

From station 5, it goes quite steeply downhill on a tarred path, past the bat cave "Achatkaul" (station 6) to Niederhambach-Burbach. Between stations 6 and 7, instead of going to Niederhambach, you can hike directly to station 13 in the direction of Schmißberg (stations 1 to 6 and 13 to 18). In Niederhambach-Burbach (station 7), the route continues past the refuge to Niederhambach-Böschweiler (station 8). Here you have the opportunity to take a break at the Hambach or at the new village community center. The village community center is a good starting point if you only want to go to stations 7 to 12 and want to walk a 6.6 km long section around Niederhambach. The brood observation pavilion is also located here. The path then leads to Niederhambach-Heupweiler (station 9).

Along the old mill, the path now leads through the fields up to the wind turbine and a rest area with a small shelter (station 10). From here there is a long, slightly downhill stretch with beautiful views of the districts of Niederhambach. From station 11 you can see the orchard meadow. At the cemetery (station 12) the path branches off towards Niederhambach-Burbach. When you arrive in the district of Burbach, follow the well-known route for a short distance before turning right to station 13. This is followed by a longer forest passage to the outskirts of Schmißberg. Station 14 offers a special highlight with the white stork aviary. At station 15 you have a good view of one of the white stork nesting platforms and the shallow ponds. Then it goes along the K8 to the third nature adventure village, to the village community center of Schmißberg. Here, too, you can park and start the tour. Shortly after leaving the village, you dive into a longer passage through the forest.

After three more stations and a stretch along the edge of the forest and through fields with excellent opportunities to observe various species of birds of prey and the skylark, the path leads along the L172 back to the starting point in Rimsberg.

Public transport

By road

coming from the south:

Approach via the highway A62, take the exit 4 Birkenfeld, continue on the B41 towards Idar-Oberstein, L172 towards Rimsberg 


coming from the north:

B41 towards Birkenfeld, L172 towards Rimsberg


Village community center in 55765 Rimsberg, Hauptstraße 4 free of charge Alternatively,


village community houses in 55765 Niederhambach, Schulstr. 2, 55765 Schmißberg, Am Stabsberg 1a


49.656506, 7.207919
49°39'23.4"N 7°12'28.5"E
32U 370657 5501982
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Brochure "WanderZeit" available free of charge in the tourist information of the Birkenfelder Land, Tel.: 06782-9834570,

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure map "Around the Erbeskopf", available from the Birkenfelder Land Tourist Information or to be ordered at , 

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The nature trail is suitable for all-terrain prams.

It is worth taking your camera / smartphone and binoculars with you.

The dedicated "creators" of the trail call for observations to be reported via apps and thus to contribute to the development of the nature discovery villages.

The following apps can be used:

NaturaList - the ornitho app for Android smartphones


 ArtenFinder Service-Portal Rheinland-Pfalz:


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Christian Kunz
April 04, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 12, 2020
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19.1 km
5:30 h
439 m
418 m
Highest point
498 m
Lowest point
339 m
Circular route Family-friendly Fauna Dog-friendly


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