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3x3 Salinental: ClassicTour Rheingrafenstein

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  • Blick von Ruine Rheingrafenstein auf Bad Münster
    Blick von Ruine Rheingrafenstein auf Bad Münster
    Photo: H. Hartusch, 3x3 Salinental

The circular trail leads through varied forest and meadow landscapes on partly narrow paths to the Rheingrafenstein ruins and the Gans ice-age rock formation.

Distance 9.4 km
2:58 h
260 m
261 m
309 m
165 m

On the classic tour you discover the different facets of the Bad Kreuznach city forest with its old oak-beech stand and rustic pine forests. Right at the beginning, the path leads through meadowland and around a dune landscape formed by primeval seas. Along a shady stream bed you reach the Rheingrafenstein ruins, which offer great distant views from the viewing plateau. Another highlight is the rock formation Gans with its alpine character. Here, too, panoramic views await the hikers time and again.


Author’s recommendation

Don't miss the climb to the Rheingrafenstein ruins (keep), visit the Bad Münster spa park by ferry from April - October.

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Michael Vesper 
Update: November 03, 2022
Highest point
309 m
Lowest point
165 m
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Rest stops

Thermal-Freibad Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg

Safety information

Some steep hillsides and narrow rocky paths

Warning: Oak trees can be infested with the oak processionary moth over large areas. The caterpillar of the oak processionary moth is a health hazard. The stinging hairs of the caterpillars contain a nettle poison. They can also be carried by the wind. Contact with the caterpillars can be harmful to humans and pets. Caterpillar dermatitis is particularly common, with the following symptoms: Skin rashes and redness, slight swelling of the skin, wheals, itching and burning all over the body. If the stinging hairs (which contain thaumatopoein) are inhaled, this can lead to irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, bronchitis, asthma or even allergic shock. Even after the life cycle of pupa, caterpillar and moth, the empty webs with their stinging hairs pose a threat over a longer period of time.

Precautionary measures:

  • Observe the warning advice
  • Infested oak trees should be avoided (do not use seating groups in the vicinity).
  • Caterpillars and webs must not be touched under any circumstances (never try to destroy webs yourself)
  • Do not lay or sit on the ground in the vicinity of infested oak trees.
  • Protect body with clothing (neck, arms)
  • Lead animals on a leash, stay on the path
  • Report findings: These can possibly be professionally removed with special equipment, endangered areas can be marked.
  • If you have come into contact with the stinging hairs of the caterpillars, you should change your clothes and take a shower.
  • Clothing must be washed at 60°C minimum

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It is worth stopping off:

The forest lodge is located on the tour - 15 minutes from the start point.

Internet site and forest lodge opening times

Forsthaus Spreitel

Internet site and Forsthaus Spreitel opening times

Ferry times:

Internet site and ferry times


Kuhberg recreational area, Rheingrafenstr. 152-156, 55543 Bad Kreuznach (288 m)
49.812529, 7.866297
49°48'45.1"N 7°51'58.7"E
32U 418436 5518403
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Kuhberg recreational area, Rheingrafenstr. 152-156, 55543 Bad Kreuznach

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hike portal, the trail passes briefly through meadowland, then a few kilometres lie ahead through airy forest. Past the exercise trail, the path leads to the forest playground and on to Münsterblick. The trail then descends via large hairpin bends and we cross the Lohrinden path. Then we reach the Porta Nava viewpoint, which offers an impressive view of the rocky narrow valley. Continuing gently uphill and with partly stony ground, the tour approaches the highest point above the Nahe, the Gans.

We continue along the rocky edge for a while, then we are back in wooded terrain. At the former Rheingrafen Castle, our path turns sharp right towards the observatory. Along forest paths and later over stony passages, we reach the Rheingrafenstein ruins with their impressive viewing platform. The descent into the Kehrenbach Valley is then in serpentines with a few steps. From there, the shady path leads very gradually uphill. At the upper end of the valley, we turn left into a sparse forest and reach the stage destination of Meeressand. Now it is not much further to the hike portal.

Public transport


Bus line 203 runs from Bad Kreuznach station to the Kuhberg recreational area on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Monday - Friday half-hourly with final stop at Kuhberg, from there 10 - 15 minutes walk to the starting point (car park recreational area, past the animal shelter)

By road

Approach via B 48 through Bad Kreuznach, corner of Salinenstraße/ Rheingrafenstraße - drive through Rheingrafenstraße to the recreational area - or via B 428, Hackenheim (L 412), direction Bad Kreuznach (L 412), exit Kuhberg recreational area (after the roundabout when leaving Hackenheim). Link to Google Maps


Large free car park at the recreational area, do not use the bus turning area on the other side of the road.


49.812529, 7.866297
49°48'45.1"N 7°51'58.7"E
32U 418436 5518403
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Sturdy footwear, sunscreen if necessary and possibly a stick are advisable.

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HeiDanyko 🥾
February 16, 2023 · Community
Höhepunkt der Tour der Rheingrafenstein. Ansonsten tolle Runde mit Wald und viele Blicke auf Bad Münster. Die Beschilderung ist Top. Video zu der Tour gibt es hier.
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When did you do this route? September 22, 2022
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Lebedas Abenteuer
November 07, 2022 · Community
hat mir sehr gut gefallen. vor allem die Burg war super und die tollen Wälder. einen Stern Abzug gibt es lediglich dafür dass der Weg nicht sehr ruhig ist und wahrscheinlich an Wochenenden ziemlich stark überlaufen. Video zu der Tour gibt es hier :
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Bernhard S 
September 12, 2021 · Community
Eine wirklich schöne abwechslungsreiche Tour mit tollen Aussichten.
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9.4 km
2:58 h
260 m
261 m
Highest point
309 m
Lowest point
165 m
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