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Vitality tour Wildgrafen Trail (Vitaltour Wildgrafenweg)

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  • Auf Schloss Dhaun
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The varied vitality tour “Wildgrafen Trail” opens up the very scenic lower Kellenbach Valley.
moderate
Distance 13.3 km
4:15 h
410 m
410 m
411 m
227 m
The tour combines culturally and historically valuable evidence of the Wildgrafen and Rhine Earls with a unique natural landscape. The Nahe Skywalk in St. Johannisberg promises thrills. The 65-square-metre viewing platform rises 7 metres above the cliff of a former quarry. 

The German Hiking Institute has rightly rated it as a premium trail.

Author’s recommendation

The Nahe Skywalk in St. Johannisberg promises thrills. The 65-square-metre viewing platform rises 7 metres above the cliff of a former quarry. Allow time to visit Dhaun Castle and the collegiate church of St. Johannisberg.
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Update: August 09, 2022
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moderate
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Highest point
411 m
Lowest point
227 m
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Safety information

Sure footing is essential.

Tips and hints

 Tourist-Information Kirner-Land

Kirchstraße 3, D-55606 Kirn

Telefon: +49 (0)6752/135-155

Mail tourismus(at)kirner-land.de

www.kirner-land.de  

 

Info-Point Stadt Kirn

Pavillon auf dem Marktplatz, D-55606 Kirn

Telefon: +49 (0)6752/135-155

Mail tourismus(at)kirner-land.de

Start

55606 Hochstetten-Dhaun, opposite Dhauner Straße 35, Geological Nature Trail car park (227 m)
Coordinates:
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49.801696, 7.502568
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49°48'06.1"N 7°30'09.2"E
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32U 392244 5517658
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Destination

55606 Hochstetten-Dhaun, opposite Dhauner Straße 35, Geological Nature Trail car park

Turn-by-turn directions

The recommended starting and finishing point for this hike is the “Hochstetten-Geologischer Lehrpfad” hikers' car park in Hochstetten-Dhaun opposite Dhauner Strasse 35.

After we have mastered a short steep climb right at the beginning, our first view is of the collegiate church of St. Johannisberg and the flanks of the Hellberg covered in falling rock. The path continues over the Schifferberg to the Brunkenstein ruins: the ruins are witness to warlike conflicts of times long past. From here we have a picturesque view of Dhaun Castle, the next stage of our hike. The famous “Dhaun Feud” of 1340, which was fought between the lord of the castle, Johann I, and Archbishop Balduin of Trier, went down in the history books. In connection with the “Dhaun Feud”, a veritable ring of castles was built, including the outer castle of Brunkenstein, the castles of Rotenberg and Martinstein, the siege position of Geiersley, and the castle on the Johannisberg.

Although long-past wars left much destruction in their wake, impressive relics and monuments from those times can still be admired today, so Dhaun Castle is certainly worth a stop before we continue our hike through the tranquil village of Dhaun. At the height of the Dhaun church, the former count’s brewery, our second steep climb begins. From the top, we have a fantastic distant view of the dominant ridges of the Hunsrück, the gentle hilly landscape of the Nordpfälzer Mountains and the charming Nahe Valley.

The hiking trail leads us through extensive established forests, past the Wildgrafen foundation ‘Karlshof’. At the height of the Itzbacherhof, we cross a field framed by hedges before we reach Hochstetten forest. Finally, the Wildgrafen Trail leads into the Itzbach Valley with its high-quality biotope-protected wetlands. Along the edge of the forest with a view of old fruit trees, our path approaches the village of St. Johannisberg. The 13th-century collegiate church there, with its art-historically valuable funeral monuments, is the former burial church of the Dhaun Wildgrafen and can be visited. Directly nearby, the Nahe Skywalk awaits us. It is a 65-square-metre viewing platform rising 7 metres above the cliff of a former quarry. From there you have a unique view over the Nahe Valley and the old quarry below and this is where we start our last, short stage of the hike back to the starting point.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the RB33 to Hochstetten (Nahe) station on the Mainz - Bad Kreuznach - Idar-Oberstein railway line. 900 m walk via Bahnhofstraße and Dhauner Straße.

Take the RE3 to Kirn station (railway line Frankfurt - Mainz - Bad Kreuznach - Idar-Oberstein - Saarbrücken), bus to Hochstetten-Dhaun (church), 500 m walk via Dhauner Straße. 

All timetables can be found in the RNN timetable information at www.rnn.info – ticket tips: Single or group day ticket!

Getting there

Exit A61 at Bad Kreuznach, continue towards Bad Kreuznach/Idar-Oberstein, continue on the B41 to Hochstetten-Dhaun, take the K9 to the district of Dhaun.

Parking

Geological Nature Trail car park in Hochstetten-Dhaun opposite Dhauner Strasse 35

Coordinates

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49.801696, 7.502568
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49°48'06.1"N 7°30'09.2"E
UTM
32U 392244 5517658
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Vitaltouren, Ideemedia, ISBN 978-3-942779-16-6

Author’s map recommendations

Topographical map of the Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park, sheet 2 Kirn, 1:25,000, Rhineland-Palatinate State Office for Surveying and Geographic Information, ISBX 978-3-89637-373-1

Equipment

Hiking footwear and a packed lunch are recommended!

Our tips for carefree hiking fun

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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Jörn D 
September 26, 2021 · Community
Martin Zett
September 18, 2021 · Community
Schöne Runde. Interessante große Schlossanlage, die ich so nicht erwartet hätte. Beschilderung war gut. Wege waren gut begehbar - kein hohes Gras.
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When did you do this route? September 18, 2021
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Marion Juretko
September 12, 2021 · Community
Hat echt Spaß gemacht 😀
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When did you do this route? September 12, 2021
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.3 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
410 m
Descent
410 m
Highest point
411 m
Lowest point
227 m
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