The leg is characterised by wild, silent valleys lined with streams but also a brief trip to the Middle Ages and some rocky sections provide excitement.
The leg is medium/difficult due to the inclines/descents; you should be reasonably steady on your feet. The first part goes through the valley of the Mörsdorfer and Mastershausener stream. The untouched valley delights with excellent flora and glorious silence. At the confluence with the Sosberger Bach we meet the “Masdascher Burgherrenweg” Dream Loop and jointly conquer the castle hill on a sometimes rocky path. After a well-earned rest in the original hunter’s hut, we hike over a plateau and return from there to the dreamy stream valley. The restored Balduinseck ruin then whisks us away to the Middle Ages. We pass the relics of quaint mills and secretive tunnels that are evidence of mining. Via Dielaysteig we conquer the plateau near Bell. We walk through Bell and ascend to Hunsrückhöhenstraße. A path links us here to the new Bell Animal Safari Park. After crossing the street we pass long-forgotten Celtic graves in the high mixed wood before reaching a great view towards Kastellaun from the “Hohe Buch” viewpoint. We then slope down gently to Burgstadt.
Balduinseck castle ruins
The ruins come from 1325 and were built by Trier archbishop Balduin to protect his property from the Sponheimers. From the 17th century the once stately castle lost its glamour until it finally became uninhabitable in the 18th century, turning it into a ruin.
Animal Safari Park at Bell
At the new Bell Animal Safari Park you can not only stroke goats, Shetland ponies and guinea pigs but also observe local wild animals close up. The tiger enclosure in which four Siberian tigers play brings the exotic touch. There is also a play area and delicious reinforcements for young and old at the waffle café.
Kastellaun castle and house of regional history
Kastellaun castle was built as far back as the early 13th century by the Sponheim counts. The castle’s history is very varied, after its destruction in the Palatinate War of Succession, in 1815 it was controlled by the French before the Prussians overcame the regiment via the now heavily ruined walls. In 1884, the town bought the castle and it has been carefully restored ever since. The castle is now home to the Kastellaun “house of regional history” and has exhibitions that are worth a look.
Historic old town of Kastellaun
Slate, quarry stone, semi-timbered buildings and tight, narrow lanes characterise the old town of Kastellaun and give the small town of Hunsrück its picturesque character. The town is crowned by the castle ruin from the Middle Ages enthroned on a vertical rock.
The Saar-Hunsrück Climb is a natural path that is on soft forest floor, grass paths or alongside streams for 65% of its route. But this special quality can result in problems after long periods of rain, making parts of the route difficult to walk. We therefore recommend wearing sturdy shoes.
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Car park in the centre of Masterhausen via Bell path
Bell station car park on the B 327
Kastellaun, Perlengasse car park & multi-storey