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Dream loop "Between the woods"

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  • Traumschleife "Zwischen den Wäldern"
    / Traumschleife "Zwischen den Wäldern"
    Photo: K.-P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Der Allenbacher Weiher befindet sich direkt am Einstieg der Traumschleife
    Photo: K.-P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Entspannen am Allenbacher Weiher
    Photo: K.-P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Allenbacher Weiher
    Photo: A H, Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand
  • / Entspannen auf der Sinnesbank
    Photo: phormat / E. Dubois, Edelsteinland - Idar-Oberstein/Herrstein
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    Photo: K.-P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
m 650 600 550 500 450 400 10 8 6 4 2 km Historische Getreidemühle Allenbacher Schloss Campingplatz Sensweiler Mühle
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the current Corona situation, it is imperative to hike the dream loop ONLY IN THE RECOMMENDED DIRECTION, so that encounter traffic is avoided !!!!  

Literally "Between the forests" the path runs in the EdelSteinLand. On the way, hikers can look forward to numerous natural experiences: dense forests with winding paths as well as open meadow and field landscape.

moderate
Distance 10.7 km
3:30 h
213 m
213 m
Already in the Middle Ages, the landscape of the so-called Idar plateau was called "Between the Forests" in documents. Viewpoints, where benches provide a well-deserved break with views to the Erbeskopf, Wildenburg tower and the wooded ridges of the Hunsrück.

The start of the hike is at the Allenbacher Weiher with a water treading pool. Afterwards you will find the historical mill, the Allenbach castle and the church of Allenbach with a "STUMM organ" along the way. On winding, narrow paths you will cross the scenically impressive "Eva-Loch-Gorge".

At the edge of the forest above Wirschweiler, the artist Gerd Edinger has created the installation "Sun time between the forests" as a signpost and time object. It consists of a base stone for the night, a second large stone for the day and numerous smaller stones for the hours. With its stone exhibits and display boards, the 1 km long Krahloch Geopark provides vivid information about geology, rocks, mining and the natural environment.

Author’s recommendation

Allenbach Pond, Allenbach Historic Grain Mill, Allenbach Castle, Krahloch Geopark
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Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand, Büro Herrstein
Updated: April 29, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
608 m
Lowest point
454 m
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Rest Stop

Hotel-Café-Restaurant Steuer

Safety information

Some of the Traumschleifen have steep, difficult and, in rainy or winter weather, slippery passages. Therefore, hiking boots, surefootedness and good physical condition are essential prerequisites for hiking these premium circular trails. 

Tips and hints

Tourist information in EdelSteinland:

Office Herrstein
Brühlstr. 16
55756 Herrstein
phone +49 6785 - 791400

Fax +49 6785 - 7981400
info@edelsteinland.de
www.edelsteinland.de

 

Office Idar-Oberstein
Main street 419
55743 Idar-Oberstein
phone+49 6781 - 64871

Fax +49 6781 - 64878
info@edelsteinland.de
www.edelsteinland.de

 

Start

55758 Allenbach - car park at the Allenbach pond (In der Hintergasse) 55758 Wirschweiler - car park at the sports field (489 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.752214, 7.163429
DMS
49°45'08.0"N 7°09'48.3"E
UTM
32U 367706 5512700
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Destination

55758 Allenbach - car park at the Allenbach pond (In der Hintergasse) 55758 Wirschweiler - car park at the sports field

Turn-by-turn directions

Along the way, hikers can look forward to numerous natural experiences: dense forests with winding paths as well as open meadows and fields. Viewpoints, where benches provide a well-deserved break with views of the Erbeskopf, the tower of the Wildenburg and the wooded ridges of the Hunsrück. In between, babbling brooks and a gorge with a steep ascent.

We start the hike at the Allenbach Pond and walk through the idyllic village along the German Gemstone Road past the historic grain mill, Allenbach Castle and the church. We leave the houses behind us and walk above the Hohlbach stream past paddocks towards the forest. After crossing the L162 we approach the "Eva-Loch-Schlucht" (Eva Hole Gorge). We cross the gorge on winding, narrow paths uphill and reach the open field at the top. A wonderful view and the inviting sensory bench are rewarding for the ascent. Along the edge of the forest we walk to the sports field of Wirschweiler - another entry point of the dream loop. Now the path leads again on narrow paths through forest sections, past another sensory bench, until we finally hit the open field again. Here the view opens up to the impressive landscape of the region. The trail now heads downhill towards the Krahloch Geopark. On the left hand side you can see the community of Sensweiler before you cross the Deutsche Edelsteinstraße / L162. Part of the way leads over the Saar-Hunsrück Climb. A bat cave and another sensory bench also await us on this section.The Krahloch Geopark with its stone exhibits and display boards provides vivid information about geology, rocks, mining and the natural environment. We pass the roofing slate mine and the construction of fox and badger.Then we turn right over open meadows into the forest. On narrow paths the path now leads through dense branches until we leave the forest again. We cross the road towards Wirschweiler and walk on a section of the "Naturpfad Idarbach" towards Allenbach. The splashing of the Idarbach follows us to the first houses in Allenbach. In Allenbach the dream loop leads us once across the village towards the pond, where the hike comes to a crowning end. The Allenbacher Weiher invites the hikers to linger and while treading water in the treading pool, tired feet can recover from the impressive hike.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Idar-Oberstein train station, Mon. to Sat. (few trips) continue with bus 343 to Allenbach or Wirschweiler, timetables: www.rnn.info

Getting there

A1 exit Mehring, continue to Thalfang, from there on L164, then B422 (Allenbach) or B422/L162 (Wirschweiler). A61, exit Bad Kreuznach, direction Idar-Oberstein, B41 until exit Herrstein/Fischbach, via L160 and L162 to Allenbach and Wirschweiler.

Parking

At the entry points in Allenbach (parking lot at the Allenbacher Weiher) and Wirschweiler (parking lot at the sports field).

Coordinates

DD
49.752214, 7.163429
DMS
49°45'08.0"N 7°09'48.3"E
UTM
32U 367706 5512700
w3w 
///yachts.ringside.unproved
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy footwear required

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Rating

4.3
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Susi Werner
March 25, 2021 · Community
Nach Übernachtung im Hotel Steuer am Sonntagmorgen diese sehr gut beschilderte Tour gemacht. Ich finde Sie sehr abwechslungsreich, daher 5 Sterne.
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When did you do this route? August 06, 2017
Markus D
February 14, 2021 · Community
Abwechslungsreiche Tour durch die Winterlandschaft Die Tour startet in Allenbach am Wanderparkplatz am Weiher und geht zunächst durch den Ort. Im weiteren Verlauf geht es meist über Naturwege durch Wald und über Wiesen. Einige Wegpassagen haben sich durch die lange Regenzeit und den strengen Frost in Eisbahnen verwandelt - Vorsicht und am besten abseits des Weges vorbeigehen. Im Winter traumhaft; im Sommer dürften einige Schotterwege in der zweiten Hälfte doch eher langweilig sein.
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When did you do this route? February 14, 2021
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Mike Freigang
November 29, 2020 · Community
sehr schöne Runde. Schöne Waldwege vorbei an mehreren Weihern. Schöner Blick in die Täler. Auch der Ort Allenbach wunderschön. 1 Stern Abzug da auf der Strecke kein geschützter Rastbereich war und die Geländer in der Schlucht ziemlich Morsch waren.
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When did you do this route? November 29, 2020
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moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
213 m
Descent
213 m
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