Dream loop "Edelsteinschleiferweg"
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Edelsteinschleifer in der Historischen Weiherschleife Idar-ObersteinPhoto: K.P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
The hike is all about gemstones and in some areas follows old cutting paths where gemstone cutters once travelled to work. It offers impressive viewpoints to the city, over the Hunsrück and into the Nahe Valley.
The trail starts at the historic "Weiherschleife", the last water-powered gemstone cutting mill on the Idarbach - well worth a visit! A first viewpoint offers views over the Weiherschleife, the high rising rock faces of a quarry behind it and to the Wildenburg (castle). Later, the viewpoints at Schachenkopf and Hasenklopp follow, as well as the “Dietzenplatte” picnic area.
At the Enzweiler viewpoint you have an exceptional view of the Nahe Valley.
Behind Algenrodt, the trail begins at the visitor gallery of the Steinkaulenberg gemstone mines. On the way, it leads past lots of former mine entrances. The hiking trail runs over the spoil heaps of former gemstone mines. The Steinkaulenberg gemstone mines are the only gemstone galleries open to visitors in Europe. Further along the trail is the geological nature trail, which provides a lot of interesting information about the geology of the Saar-Hunsrück-Nahe region.
Plan a visit to the Weiherschleife and the “Steinkaulenberg” gemstone mines - it’s worth it!
Track typesShow elevation profile
Rest stopsDiamanthotel Idar-Oberstein
Restaurant "Zur Weiherschleife"
The dream loops (Traumschleifen) 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 in EdelSteinLand:
phone +49 6785 - 791400
Fax +49 6785 - 7981400
Main street 419
Fon +49 6781 - 64871
Fax +49 6781 - 64878
From the car park, the trail leads across the grounds of the historic Weiherschleife. After leaving the Weiherschleife area behind us, we cross the road (B422). The first steep cilmb of the hike is coming up. From the “Flakstellung” viewpoint, there are views over the Weiherschleife, the rock faces of a quarry rising steeply behind it and to the tower of the Wildenburg in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park standing on a mountain spur a few kilometres away.
We hike above Idar-Oberstein on forest paths close to the city, which provide access to the trail from a variety of points. After crossing the Saarstaße, we head towards Algenrodt. There we cross another road at the roundabout with the ravens and then approach the viewpoint Schachenkopf with another view over the city. A short time later we pass the shooting house of the shooting club, reach the Hasenklopp viewpoint and hike up in the forest to the “Dietzenplatte” picnic area.
We first continue walking through the forest area, later cross the road at “Am Rilchenberg” and are on the way to the Enzweiler viewpoint. Above the district we treat ourselves to a rest with exceptional views of the Nahe Valley. Dream loop “Around the Kama” runs at the bottom of the valley. The "Krechelsfels" rock rising steeply from the Nahe within the 49 hectare “Kammerwoog-Krechelsfels” nature reserve cannot be missed. Only a few minutes later we arrive at the viewpoint “Morgensonne”. We then hike through another forest area on a narrow, shady path. From the “Felsentor” viewpoint, the view extends to Rötsweiler. From the Felsentor, the trail leads along forest passages towards Algenrodt, where we touch the outskirts of the village and quickly find ourselves on the way to the visitor gallery of the Steinkaulenberg gemstone mines. On the way, we pass by lots of former mine entrances. The hiking trail runs over the spoil heaps of former gemstone mines.
In the more than 400-metre-long visitor tunnel of the Steinkaulenberg, a fairytale world awaits the visitor, where rock crystals, amethyst, jasper, agate and smoky quartz, which are still in the parent rock, glitter and sparkle in their millions. After we have left the visitor car park of the gemstone mines behind us, a steep, narrow forest path winds down into the Idarbach Valley. There we cross the B422 and arrive at the historic Weiherschleife.
Public-transport-friendlyIdar-Oberstein train station, continue with bus line 800, 804 or 840, get off at Weiherschleife
timetables at www.rnn.info
Exit A61 at Bad Kreuznach, take the B41 towards Idar-Oberstein, follow the signs for “Historische Weiherschleife”.
Exit A62 at Birkenfeld, continue towards Birkenfeld B42 to Idar-Oberstein, follow the signs for “Historische Weiherschleife”.
Car park “Historische Weiherschleife” Tiefensteiner Str. 87 55743 Idar-Oberstein
Hiking footwear and water!
Our tips for carefree hiking:
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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