From the car park, the path leads over the grounds of the Historic Pond Loop. After passing the area of the Weiherschleife, we cross the road (B422). The first steep ascent of the hike is imminent. From the lookout point "Flakstellung" there are views over the pond loop. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the current corona situation it is absolutely necessary to walk the dream loop ONLY IN THE RECOMMENDED DIRECTIONS to avoid encounter traffic !! Shady forests and open field landscape with views over the Hunsrück heights, to Wildenburg high above Kempfeld and the Idarwald determine the tour. The hiker will receive detailed information about the Stumm family ironworks dynasty, whose roots lie in the middle of the Hunsrück, in nearby Sulzbach near Rhaunen, and whose later concern achieved a leading position in German heavy industry. Further information is also available at: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stumm_(Montanunternehmer)The same Stumm family in Sulzbach gave rise to a dynasty of organ builders, which is the subject of the nearby dream loop "STUMM-Orgel-Weg".
Along the tour there are information boards about the dynasty of the Silent Family. Johann Nikolaus Stumm, born in Rhaunen-Sulzbach in 1669, learned the blacksmith's trade in his parents' business. 1715 he built an iron hammer "on the birch field" near Schauren. This marked the beginning of a family and company history in the iron and steel industry spanning more than six generations, culminating in the later Baron Karl Ferdinand von Stumm-Halberg, who took over the management of the ironworks in Neunkirchen (Saar) in 1858. Along the way, hikers encounter former galleries and spoil heaps on the valley slopes. There are also remains of smaller ore smelting works and water-powered gemstone cutting and hammer works, reminding us of the once lively mining activity (mining of slate, lead, silver and ore, iron ore smelting and processing into castings and wrought iron) on the southern edge of the Hunsrück region. On the banks of the Hammerbach, not far from Hammerbirkenfeld, the first iron hammer was built by Johann Nikolaus Stumm. Two further hammer works, which the trail passes, were located at the Asbach Ironworks, which today houses a Diakonie facility with living and working facilities for disabled people. Various vantage points offer views of the Wildenburg Tower, the Hunsrück heights or the Idar Forest. On the way to Schinderhannesfels, you walk through an original rocky landscape in the "Obere Nahe" FFH nature reserve and the associated bird sanctuaries. Passing the historic water loop of Biehl (visits possible) you return to the starting point Harfenmühle with its gastronomy, camping site and other overnight accommodation.
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Restaurant/Camping site "Harfenmühle", Harfenmühle 2, 55758 Mörschied-Harfenmühle (on the L 160) (426 m)
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Restaurant/Camping site "Harfenmühle", Harfenmühle 2, 55758 Mörschied-Harfenmühle (on the L 160)
The hike along the Stumm-Eisenhütten-Weg (Silent Ironworks Trail) leads to the traces of the former global company, whose beginnings lie in the Hammerbirkenfeld district of Hellertshausen. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Stumm family owned four ironworks,13 hammers and two cutting machines in the Hunsrück region. After moving to the Saarland, where they acquired the Neunkirchener Hütte in 1806, Stumm AG was one of the largest mining companies in Germany until the 1970s.The first third of the very varied and extremely natural premium circular trail leads through idyllic forests, where several old tunnels draw attention to the region's mining past. Particularly between Asbach and Weiden, magnificent views enrich the open corridor passages, before the path leads through charming forest to the nature refuge at Schinderhannesfels. The round tour offers an entertaining way to enjoy the magnificent views over the Klingenberg and back down to the valley, where a special highlight awaits the hiker: the Biehl water loop.
all notes on protected areas
Montag bis Samstag Bahnhof Idar-Oberstein - Rhaunen - Flughafen Hahn (Rhein-Nahe-Bus 351, Haltepunkte Mörschied/Weidener Brücke, Weiden oder Hottenbach). Weitere Auskünfte www.rnn.info
A 61 - Anfahrt von Norden Autobahn A.61 – Abfahrt Rheinböllen / Simmern (Abfahrt 45)- B 50. Nach ca. 50 km links abfahren Richtung Bruchweiler, Kempfeld, Herrstein (zwischen Kempfeld und Herrstein)
A 61 - Anfahrt von Osten Autobahn A.61 – Abfahrt Bad Kreuznach – B 41. Nach ca. 50 km Abfahrt Fischbach, Herrstein, Kempfeld.
A 6 - Anfahrt von Süden Autobahn A.6 – Kaiserslautern Abfahrt Landstuhl West Richtung Trier A 62 Abfahrt Birkenfeld B 269 Richtung Morbach – Richtung Bruchweiler, Kempfeld, Herrstein.
Parkplatz direkt am Startpunkt auf dem Gelände des Campingplatzes „Harfenmühle“
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Our tips for carefree hiking pleasure
Hiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothing and the right shoes it is twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable rucksacks are comfortable when hiking. But good shoes are indispensable. Sturdy jogging or leisure shoes are only suitable for short distances on level paths at best. For longer distances we recommend sturdy hiking boots with non-slip soles. Also remember to bring sun protection and a drink. One litre of water is ideal.
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