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Vitaltour Rheingrafenstein - Bad Kreuznach - Bad Münster am Stein

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    Blick auf den Rheingrafenstein
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The Rheingrafenstein vitality tour starts at the Kuhberg recreational park and offers hikers a special hiking experience in the Bad Kreuznach - Bad Münster am Stein hiking area. Castles, rock formations, varied forests and meadow landscapes and many panoramic views make this 15 km trail an experience.

Distance 14.9 km
4:39 h
379 m
381 m
333 m
126 m

We start at the Kuhberg recreational area, walk past an ice-age dune landscape into the Spreitelwald.  We march to Altenbaumburg Castle, through varied forest and meadow areas. The castle and its restaurant is the perfect place for a rest. From there we walk to the Huttental valley opposite the spa gardens of Bad Münster an der Nahe, where there is an opportunity to take a break.  After refreshments, we climb to the Rheingrafenstein Castle ruins, enjoy the view and from there the final stage first leads towards Rheingrafenstein Castle, then a path turns off into a rustic valley, which takes us onto a mountainous serpentine path that leads all the way to the Gans. Lime rubble heaps and distant views are reward for the efforts of the climb. We reach the Gans, follow the path along the cliff edge, and arrive at the starting point through forest and meadowland. For a snack at the end, we recommend nearby Waldheim

The hiking trail is signposted. As the tours are still under construction, there are still no information boards at the entrance portal.

Author’s recommendation

Stop at Altenbaumburg Castle, take the ferry across the Nahe in the Huttental Valley and visit the café in the Kurmittelhaus.

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Update: August 25, 2022
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Highest point
333 m
Lowest point
126 m
Best time of year

Track types

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Safety information

Some sections are rocky and Alpine-like. A sure footing and concentration are required.

When you’re out and about on the Gans rock formation high above the Nahe Valley, sunscreen is a must in the heat.

Tips and hints

Gesundheit und Tourismus für Bad Kreuznach GmbH

Tourist Information,

Kurhausstraße 22-24

55543 Bad Kreuznach

Tel. 0671 - 8360050 / Fax. 0671 - 8360085

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Kuhberg recreational area, Rheingrafenstraße 5414, 55543 Bad Kreuznach “Rheingrafenstein hiking area” (257 m)
49.813930, 7.861297
49°48'50.1"N 7°51'40.7"E
32U 418078 5518564
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Kuhberg recreational area, Rheingrafenstraße 5414, 55543 Bad Kreuznach “Rheingrafenstein hiking area”

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour begins at the Kuhberg recreational area. From here we cross the road to enter the meadow beyond the bus terminal. On a dirt road we reach a sand pit, whcih is a remnant of a primeval sea. We continue straight ahead until we come to a T-junction. We keep left. From here, a path leads through the forest to the Spreitel forester’s lodge. We cross the road and choose a path that leads past the fenced grounds of Spreitel forester's lodge. Then we finally come to a T-junction. On the left is a large pine tree commemorating Hans Staab, a patron of the forest. We keep to the right, walk past the Waldheim restaurant of the Naheland Hiking Friends and cross mixed forest. The trail continues on a straight stretch to the fork, where we keep to the left in the direction of Steigerhof.

At the Steigerhof, impressive views open up to the Donnersberg. Shortly before we reach the Steigerhof, we keep to the right and follow the path to the Bismarck Hut. We now have to overcome an incline and reach the Bismarck refuge through a beech and oak forest. From here, we continue straight on towards Altenbaumburg. You continue straight ahead on a causeway. The path turns into a narrow trail and we finally reach a mountain path where you can look deep into the valley to the village of Altenbamberg, which emerged below the castle. After the rest, coming from the Altenbaumburg, we do not go back, but keep left at the fork in the path. We now walk along a serpentine path towards Bad Münster am Stein above the Alsenz. We walk past the building of the Dreiburgen Clinic and reach a road. It leads to the left over a bridge over the Alsenz. But we go straight on and keep left at a fork in the path, then immediately right (the left path leads to the camp site).

Along the camp site we now walk through meadowland and reach a wooded area, which we cross until we reach the ascent to Rheingrafenstein Castle. On the left is the ferry and the Kurmittelhaus, on the right the castle. We walk up to the castle. From the Rheingrafenstein ruins, the path leads us through oak forest. We turn left and reach a serpentine path through a rustic valley to the rock formation Gans. We walk through a forest clearing towards Rheingrafenstein Castle. Not far from the castle we reach a road, which we follow briefly to the left (towards Hofgut), then turn right into meadowland, which we cross and reach the starting point again.


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Public transport


Bus line 203 from Bad Kreuznach station, timetable information


Getting there

Arrival via the A 61, exit B 41 Bad Kreuznach – Idar-Oberstein, exit Kusel, KH-Bosenheim, KH-Planig, Rockenhausen: 3rd roundabout, 3rd exit towards Kusel, Alzey.

Exit Hackenheim, village access Hackenheim, turn right onto the L 412.  After leaving the town, turn left at the first junction in the direction of the Kuhberg recreational area. 

Via the B 48 (Bad Kreuznach access): Turn left at Salinenstraße/Rheingrafenstraße. Follow the road all the way to the end.


There is a large car park at the “Kuhberg recreational area” starting point.


49.813930, 7.861297
49°48'50.1"N 7°51'40.7"E
32U 418078 5518564
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Hiking boots or sturdy footwear is essential because the trail runs across rocky paths!

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Christian Goebel
September 11, 2022 · Community
Eine wunderschöne und abwechslungsreiche Tour, exzellent ausgeschildert und ab Km 10 durchaus anspruchsvoll mit einigen knackigen Anstiegen. Nichts an der Strecke wirkt künstich aufgesetzt und es gibt keine Ausreißer nach unten. In der Naheregion ist diese mit der Tour "Geheimnisvoller Lemberg" mein Liebling. Sehr positiv auch die zahlreichen Einkehrmöglichkeiten (zum empfehelen das sehr sympatische Team im Waldheim.
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When did you do this route? September 10, 2022
Nadi Schneider
June 13, 2022 · Community
Abwechselungsreiche Tour durch Wald, schmale Pfade, Wiesen. Teilweise anspruchsvolle Passagen. Tolle Highlights und traumhafte Weitsichten. Von allem etwas und somit ganz klar eine Empfehlung.
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When did you do this route? June 12, 2022
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14.9 km
4:39 h
379 m
381 m
Highest point
333 m
Lowest point
126 m
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