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3x3: Salinental Introtour Rheingrafenstein

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  • Blick von Bad Kreuznach in das Nahetal
    Blick von Bad Kreuznach in das Nahetal
    Photo: B. Wandelt, 3x3 Salinental
m 350 300 250 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Aussichtspunkt Gans Sendemast/Leuchtturm
Short tour through meadowland and forest with spectacular views on the glacial rock formation Gans.
Distance 3.5 km
1:01 h
71 m
71 m
309 m
260 m

The first part of the hike leads along a seashore. The meadowland leads to sand dunes, which bear witness to the fact that a salt sea stretched between Mainz and Bad Kreuznach in prehistoric times (30 million years ago). Our tour leads around these dunes, into dense forest, to then reach the rock formation Gans, which was created in the ice age by frost blasting. From here you can see far into the Naheland. Through mixed forest we return to the meadowland. An easy walk with great variety in a short distance.


Author’s recommendation

The tour is especially beautiful in the summer in the hours before sunset.
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Michael Vesper 
Update: June 19, 2022
Highest point
309 m
Lowest point
260 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The tour is comfortably walkable

Warning: oak trees can be extensively infested by the oak processionary moth. The caterpillar of the oak processionary moth poses a health hazard. The stinging hairs of the caterpillars contain a nettle toxin. They can also be drifted by the wind. Contact with the caterpillars can be harmful to human and pet health. Caterpillar dermatitis is particularly common, with symptoms including: rashes and redness of the skin, mild swelling of the skin, wheals, itching and burning all over the body. If the stinging hairs (which contain thaumatopoein) are inhaled, it can cause 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 hazard for a long time.


Heed warnings

Infested oaks should be avoided (do not use nearby seating areas)

Caterpillars and webs must not be touched under any circumstances (never try to destroy webs yourself)

Do not lie or sit on the ground in the vicinity of infested oaksProtect 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 stinging hairs of the caterpillars you should change clothes and take a shower

Wash the clothes at least at 60°C


Tips and hints

Map and more info

The nearest gastronomy: reachable by car in five minutes from the start and finish:

The new forest home

Forester's lodge Spreitel


Kuhberg recreational area, Rheingrafenstrasse 152-154, 55543 Bad Kreuznach, Germany (288 m)
49.812505, 7.866281
49°48'45.0"N 7°51'58.6"E
32U 418434 5518401


Kuhberg recreational area, Rheingrafenstrasse 152-154, 55543 Bad Kreuznach, Germany

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hiking portal, our path leads past pastureland to the stage destination of Meeressand. Then we go uphill to a magnificent panoramic view over forest and meadows. Now we hike through varied forest and come to the observatory. Soon after, our path turns sharply left in front of the former Rheingrafenstein Castle. The comfortable forest path soon gives way to stony ground and leads along the cliff edge. Thus, we reach the viewpoint Gans, which is located a good 200 m above the river level. The high trail goes downhill until we turn into a forest path. In this way we reach a narrow road, from which far-reaching views open up again and again. After a short stretch of meadow path we are back at the hiking portal.



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Public transport


Vom Bahnhof Bad Kreuznach fährt die Buslinie 203 am Samstag, Sonntag und Feiertag bis zum Freizeitgelände Kuhberg. Montag - Freitag halbstündig mit Endhaltestelle Kuhberg, von dort 10 - 15 Minuten zu Fuß bis zum Ausgangspunkt (Parkplatz Freizeitgelände, vorbei am Tierheim)

Getting there

Anfahrt mit dem PKW:

a) B 48 Bad Kreuznach, Kreuzung Salinenstraße/Rheingrafenstraße Richtung Jugendherberge abbiegen. Sie folgen der Rheingrafenstraße ca 2 Kilometer bis zum Wanderportal am Parkplatz Freizeitgelände Kuhberg

b) L 412 zwischen Hackenheim und Bad Kreuznach. Abfahrt Richtung Freizeitgelände Kuhberg, geradeaus bis Rheingrafenstraße und von dort weiter bis zum Wanderportal am Parkplatz Freizeitgelände


Großer Parkplatz am Freizeitgelände Rheingrafenstein, nicht den Buswendeplatz nutzen.


49.812505, 7.866281
49°48'45.0"N 7°51'58.6"E
32U 418434 5518401
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Due to rocky terrain and exposure to the sun, sturdy shoes and sunscreen, if necessary, are advisable.

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Torsten Hahn 
February 17, 2021 · Community
Ich mag Euer Konzept der Premiumspazierwege als Ergänzung zu den längeren Vitaltouren! Tolle Idee! Kurz und knackig heißt nicht zwangsläufig weniger "Premium". Dieser Weg schafft es, auf einer kleinen Runde ganz viel "Premium" unterzubringen. Das Panorama von der Gans ist ganzjährig immer wieder faszinierend und großartig!
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When did you do this route? February 14, 2021
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Sonja B
May 31, 2020 · Community
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3.5 km
1:01 h
71 m
71 m
Highest point
309 m
Lowest point
260 m
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