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Soonwaldsteig Stage 1: Kirn - Bundenbach

· 4 reviews · Long Distance Hiking · Nahe
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  • Die Kyrburg hoch über dem Nahetal bei Kirn
    Die Kyrburg hoch über dem Nahetal bei Kirn
    Photo: Marco Rohr, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
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Medieval castles and evidence of slate mining line the unspoilt and wild natural landscape in the dreamy Hahnenbach Valley.

moderate
Distance 15.7 km
5:00 h
630 m
500 m
355 m
186 m

The Soonwaldsteig starts in the Nahe Valley at Kirn market square. After crossing the town centre, it climbs up the eastern side of the Hahnenbach Valley to Kallenfels. A first scenic highlight are the three steep quartzite rocks, some crowned with castle ruins. On a narrow nature trail featuring information boards on forest themes, the trail continues through Niederwald to Wartenstein Castle, where there is a nature park information point. From the panorama terrace shaded by mighty horse chestnuts, a magnificent view of the Hahnenbach Valley opens up.

One of several exhibitions in the castle called “Experiencing the forest and nature” explains tanning, the process of peeling the tannin-rich oak bark to make leather. Passing the community of Hahnenbach, the Soonwaldsteig leads to the Steinbach Valley. North of Sonnschied, near Rudolfshaus, the hiker reaches a quiet section of the Hahnenbach Valley that is not served by a single road. On the way to the stage destination, the hikers’ car park at the Herrenberg slate mine, some relics of slate mining become visible, such as light railway, mine shafts or dumps.

Author’s recommendation

A very special overnight accommodation option is offered in the ruins of the once stately Schmidtburg Castle, which is not far away.

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Author
Marco Rohr
Update: August 22, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
355 m
Lowest point
186 m
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Asphalt 15.41%Dirt road 5.68%Forested/wild trail 36.82%Path 40.70%Road 1.36%
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2.4 km
Dirt road
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
5.8 km
Path
6.4 km
Road
0.2 km
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Tips and hints

www.soonwaldsteig.de

Start

Kirn (market square) (186 m)
Coordinates:
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49.786220, 7.459523
DMS
49°47'10.4"N 7°27'34.3"E
UTM
32U 389111 5516000
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Destination

Bundenbach (Herrenberg slate quarry car park)

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Kirn train station, it takes about 10 minutes to reach the trail starting point at the market square.

Timetable information at www.bahn.com/en.

Parking

Long-term parking in Kirn

Kiesel car park (€1.25/day)

Sat nav: 55606 Kirn, Teichweg 13

 

Kallenfelser Straße car park (free of charge)

Sat nav: 55606 Kirn, Berger Weg 1

Coordinates

DD
49.786220, 7.459523
DMS
49°47'10.4"N 7°27'34.3"E
UTM
32U 389111 5516000
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Ingrid Retterath: Soonwaldsteig; ISBN 978-3-86686-321-7; price €9.90

Author’s map recommendations

Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park 1:50000 with Soonwald-Trail Topographical Map with Hiking and Cycling Routes ISBN 978-3896373007.


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Rating

4.5
(4)
hans kurz
May 08, 2022 · Community
Die ersten Etappe führt durch das malerische Hahnenbachtal über Schlösser, Burgen und an alten Bergbau Hinterlassenschaften vorbei. Sehr zu empfehlen
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When did you do this route? May 08, 2022
Mélissa Buecher
July 31, 2020 · Community
Ein sehr schöner Trekking! Wir sind von Kirn zu Schmidtburg am ersten Tag gewandert und zurück am nächsten nach Kirn :) - sehr gut geeignet für alle Wanderer-Typen - wenn man vom Wald raus geht, am Haus Neumühle (vor dem Forellenhof in Bundenbach noch) gibt es eine nette Wasserstation. (siehe Fotos) - niemals die "Zuwege" folgen, außer man mag die Tour verlängern (nach Bergen zum Beispiel, ist wunderschön!).
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When did you do this route? July 25, 2020
Photo: Mélissa Buecher, Community
Photo: Mélissa Buecher, Community
Wolfgang Haug 
June 13, 2019 · Community
Insgesamt sehr schöne, aber nicht spektakuläre Tour. Schloss Wartenstein war leider geschlossen. Eine Einkehr/Übernachtung im Forellenhof ist unbedingt zu empfehlen. Die vom "Vorschreiben" genannten Wiesen mit dem hohen Gras waren bei uns gemäht. Andrerseits empfinde ich persönlich hohes Gras als Teil des Naturerlebnisses. Bei Nässe, ziehe ich eben die Regenhose an.
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When did you do this route? June 04, 2019
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.7 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
630 m
Descent
500 m
Highest point
355 m
Lowest point
186 m
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