IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the current corona situation it is absolutely necessary to walk the dream loop and the mining circuit trail at the copper mine Fischbach (http://www.besucherbergwerk-fischbach.de/bergbaurundweg) ONLY IN THE RECOMMENDED DIRECTIONS, so that encounter traffic is avoided ! Demanding and multi-faceted path in varied terrain with ascents and descents, where sure-footedness is required. Along the way hikers will find interesting information about the eponym of the path: copper and jasper. On mostly earthy, near-natural paths through shady woods and open meadows you can enjoy impressive scenery. TIP: You should not miss a visit to the Fischbach copper mine. Until the times of Napoleon, the "Bergwerk am Hosenberg" was one of the largest and most important copper mines in western Germany and can still be visited in its medieval state today. http://www.besucherbergwerk-fischbach.de HITS FOR KIDS: Kupfi_Ralley.pdf [Kupfi-Ralley for children on the mining trail] 212 kB and Geocache "Luck on GC4CM9E on the mining trail with 17 stations (4 km, approx. 1,5 - 2 hours)
Distance 19.4 km
On mostly earthy, natural paths through shady forests and open meadows, there is interesting information about the namesakes of the trail: copper and jasper. Even today, there are still hidden sites of red, yellow and green jasper along the way. The view after a long forest passage goes into the Hunsrück countryside. Above Hintertiefenbach - also known as Pulverloch - a plaque informs you that rare orchids such as the Mann's orchid or the small orchid grow here. In the Fischbach valley, the hiking trail runs in the forest in a wide curve around Fischbach towards the copper mine (access 800 metres). The Dream Loop and the Mining Trail run along the same route for a long stretch. Here you will find information about the copper and the mine. The trail then leads into the Hosenbach Valley. Between 1851 and 1855, six agate loops were demonstrably built along the Hosenbach. In 2013, the Traumschleife was voted the 2nd most beautiful hiking trail in Germany.
TIP: Visit the Fischbach copper mine.
HITS FOR KIDS: Kupfi_Ralley and geocache "Glück auf GC4CM9E on the mining trail.
Update: April 29, 2021
Best time of year
The near-natural paths can be slippery, depending on weather conditions.
Entrance portal at the "Parkplatz der Mehrzweckhalle" in Niederwörresbach, entrance portal at the "Pulverlochschänke" in Hintertiefenbach, car park of the "Kupferbergwerk" in 55743 Fischbach (access road, distance to entrance approx. 800 m) (288 m)
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Directions from Niederwörresbach, anticlockwise direction:We start at the hiking car park in Niederwörresbach. Through the wooden entrance portal you will reach a bridge, on which you cross the stream. On the first stage of the trail we first walk uphill until after about 2 km we are rewarded with two impressive viewpoints and a bench for the senses. Here we will also learn more about the jasper found in the region from information boards, the extraction of which at times formed the economic basis of the Niederwörresbach grinding works.The tour continues downhill. We reach the refuge in the "Wahlenbach". A longer ascent follows, we pass the local community of Gerach and cross the K34. After a few metres, at km 5.5, there is a lookout point with a bench for senses, which invites you to let your gaze wander. The trail continues downhill for the next 2 km, past two more lookout points and an orchid meadow. After further ascents and descents we reach the village of Hintertiefenbach (also called the "powder hole") - so far we have covered about 9 km. Then we cross another entrance portal and walk first uphill through the forest before the descent to Fischbach begins. We cross the L160 and reach Fischbach. With a height of about 240 m, this is the lowest point of the copper-jasper path. We now continue uphill. We come to a shelter and continue along the path, which now partly follows the "Bergbaurundweg". On the way we learn more about copper. Downhill we finally reach an impressive waterfall. From here we have the possibility to visit the copper mine about 800 m away on an access road. On the main path we now go uphill again, interrupted by a few descents. Before we walk back downhill on the last kilometre to Niederwörresbach, we can enjoy the impressive landscape once again at two viewpoints. Back at our starting point in Niederwörresbach, there are refreshment stops where you can comfortably end the day's hiking.
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Regional train/regional express to Idar-Oberstein station. From Idar-Oberstein station by bus to Niederwörresbach (Rhein-Nahe bus 351 and 346). Note: no bus connections on weekends!
A1 exit Mehring, direction Morbach, B327 to Morbach, continue on L160 to Niederwörresbach, Hintertiefenbach (via K37) or Fischbach-Kupferbergwerk (via K30).
A61 exit Bad Kreuznach, direction Idar-Oberstein, B41 to exit Herrstein/Fischbach, continue on L160 to Niederwörresbach, Hintertiefenbach (via K37) or Fischbach-Kupferbergwerk (via K30).