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Traumschleife Masdascher Burgherrenweg (Masdascher Burgherrenweg Dream Loop)

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A fantastic round trip taking in enchanted valleys, rushing streams, deep tunnels and ancient ruins from Celtic and Roman times and the age of chivalry is waiting to be discovered here on the “Masdascher Burgherrenweg”, right in the middle of the delightful Hunsrück landscape! Hikers looking for tranquillity and pristine nature will not only get their money’s worth on this dream loop with its many rest areas, but also experience breath-taking vistas in its climactic finale.

 

moderate
Distance 13.9 km
5:00 h
306 m
306 m
461 m
257 m

The route is of medium difficulty owing to a number of steep ascents leading out of the stream valleys (465 m difference in altitude altogether). But the effort required to negotiate them is not that great because they are quite short.
The trail has been awarded 92 experience points by the German Hiking Institute.

Author’s recommendation

Balduinseck castle: This castle was built between 1325 and 1330 by Balduin von Luxemburg, archbishop of Trier, and was a stunning building in its time. The rectangular four-storey structure measures an imposing 22.70 m x 14.50 m. In the north-eastern corner of the building, a spiral staircase of notable luxury for the time connects all four storeys, each of which used to feature large chimney fixtures. A 1.5 diameter well was integrated on the ground floor. Balduinseck was leased out in 1675 and then already registered as desolate in 1711. Dilapidated since 1780, the castle ruin has been laboriously renovated in recent years.
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Iris Müller
Update: June 01, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
461 m
Lowest point
257 m
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Safety information

Die Traumschleifen haben teilweise steile, schwierige und bei Regen- oder Winterwetter rutschige Passagen. Deshalb sind Trittsicherheit und gute Kondition unbedingte Voraussetzungen zunm Erwandern dieser Premiumrundwanderwege.

Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Kastellaun, Marktstraße 16, 56288 Kastellaun
Tel. 06762 401873, www.kastellaun.de  

Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH, Gebäude 663, 55483 Hahn-Flughafen
Tel. 06543 507700, www.hunsruecktouristik.de

Start

Mastershausen, Bushaltestelle Ortsmitte (391 m)
Coordinates:
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50.065277, 7.356031
DMS
50°03'55.0"N 7°21'21.7"E
UTM
32U 382343 5547183
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Destination

Mastershausen, Bushaltestelle Ortsmitte

Turn-by-turn directions

Striking orange-and-white signs point the way from the town centre of Mastershausen to the start of the tour near a barbecue hut. This is where we embark on the hiking trail proper from the approach road, leaving the barbecue hut and Hallgarten leisure area on our right. After a gentle ascent with wonderful views into the distance, the route leads into the forest for the first time. We take a deep breath of the coniferous forest’s air and reach the first of 8 information boards at the edge of a windthrow (1). With an unobstructed view over the deeply cut valley of the Mastershausen stream, the route sharply turns into the valley, passing by a bench halfway down. Down in the valley, we cross two streams on footbridges and arrive “Am Katzenloch”, where a homely rest area beckons and an old tunnel entrance bespeaks slate mining. We reach the water after the next curve already whereupon the route crosses to the western bank, leading to a number of long since derelict old mills. The first one we pass in the quiet valley is Bucher Mühle (information board 2), followed by the ruin of Mohre Mühle (information board 3). Having crossed the stream once more, we follow a passage through virtually untouched nature where craggy slate cliffs and the gurgling brook vie for the hiker’s attention. Then the walls of Balduinseck tower up all of a sudden. A brief stopover at this recently restored castle, originally built in the 14th century by the archbishop of Trier against the counts of Sponheim in Kastellaun, transports us to medieval times. Back on the Masdascher Burgherrenweg, the trail then accompanies the stream through a tunnel that passes under the L 203. On the other side, we are enchanted by a floodplain forest before a footbridge helps us cross the stream. The subsequent ascent through the rocks calls for some surefootedness, but the next resting area will reward the effort. The trail swings uphill past Kaspers mill (information board 4), offering great views across the valleys, while purposefully making for the next high point: the Burgberg (“castle hill” - information board 5), a striking rock overhang that was already used by the Celts. We are able to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere at ease in a mountain hut. And then we are hiking down into the valley again. Passing by the “Roman Well” (information board 6), serpentines take us to the bottom, where further holes in the rocks attest to mining. The ascent to the Apollo mine (information board 8), where ores were extracted, starts from the Herzenauer Hannes resting area (information board 7). Things get taxing on the zig-zag path that follows, but when we finally reach the top there is a magnificent panoramic view from the tower on the Galgenberg (Gallows Hill). The spooky part comes a few steps later, even if no-one has been hanged from the “Eich” (oak) for a long time since (information board 9). The trail is now slowly leading downhill, reaching the barbecue hut by the leisure area again, whence we return to Mastershausen by way of the approach route.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Kastellaun - Mastershausen (Burgruine Balduinseck)
Buslinie 630, Montag-Freitag mehrmals täglich, Samstag und Sonntag Buslinien 615+630 (Umstieg Kastellaun), mehrmals täglich
Info auf: www.vrminfo.de

 

Getting there

L 203, K 69 or K 64 to 56869 Mastershausen

Navigation: Johann-Steffen-Straße, 56869 Mastershausen

Parking

Mastershausen town centre, "Deutsches Eck" bus stop
(Navigation: 56869 Mastershausen, Johann-Steffen-Straße)
Car park at the Bürgerhalle.

Further entrances:
Car park at the Balduinseck castle ruins (L 203).
Car park at the barbecue hut

Coordinates

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50.065277, 7.356031
DMS
50°03'55.0"N 7°21'21.7"E
UTM
32U 382343 5547183
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Free of charge:

Brochure "Erlebnis Traumschleifen" with route sketches, altitude profiles, short descriptions and tips for stopping off at all 111 dream loops

and Traumschleifen overview map - light folding map with a rough overview of all 111 Traumschleifen.

Information and request at www.saar-hunsrueck-steig.de/prospekte

 

Travel guides and books available for a fee in the shop at www.saar-hunsrueck-steig.de

 

Equipment

Festes Schuhwerk ist erforderlich, ein Wanderstock erweist sich als hilfreich.

Questions and answers

Question from Alexander Schäl · March 31, 2021 · Community
In Google Maps sind leider keine Parkplätze zu finden - weder an einer "Bürgerhalle" noch am "Deutsche Eck" oder bei den angegebenen Koordinaten. Eine Hausnummer für die lange Johann-Steffen-Straße wäre hilfreich :)
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Answered by Thomas Griebling-Faust · March 31, 2021 · Community
Hallo! ich würde am Parkplatz an der Burgruine Balduinseck (L 203) parken. Gruß Thomas Freut mich, dass es Euch gefallen hat! Es ist wirklich eine sehr schöne Traumschleife! Zum Glück haben wir im Hunsrück einige davon! 🙂
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Rating

4.9
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Markus GoGoGo
July 27, 2022 · Community
Gut
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Jan Schneider
July 03, 2022 · Community
Diese Tour muss sich meines Erachtens vor den bekannteren - und manchmal fast schon übervollen Baybach- und Ehrbachklamm-Traumschleifen nicht unbedingt verstecken. Vielleicht im Detail nicht gar so spektakulär wie diese, aber mindestens genau so abwechslungsreich. Größtenteils geht es über schmale Pfade durch den Wald, hoch und runter, mal entlang eines kleinen Flusses, dann wieder auf einen Berghang mit den für diese Gegend typische Schiefergestein und knorrigen Eichen. Auch die restlichen Waldstücke sehen immer unterschiedlich aus und selbst die circa zwei Kilometer an Feldern entlang sind nicht eintönig. Wenn man dann unbedingt will, kann man noch einen insgesamt vier Kilometer langen Abstecher zu der Geyerlay-Hängebrücke machen, aber ehrlich gesagt bietet die Tour eigentlich mehr Erlebnis…
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Simone Eckert
May 22, 2022 · Community
Einfach nur mega! Eine der schönsten Wanderwege in der Umgebung. Danke an die Menschen, die sich um den Erhalt so gut kümmern 👍
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When did you do this route? May 21, 2022
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.9 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
306 m
Descent
306 m
Highest point
461 m
Lowest point
257 m
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