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Dream loop "Köhlerpfad am Steinbach"

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  • Wiesenpfad mit Blick zur Steinbachtalsperre
    Wiesenpfad mit Blick zur Steinbachtalsperre
    Photo: K.P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
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Impressive landscapes, near-natural forest and meadow paths as well as regional history - a successful mix characterises this trail.

Distance 14.1 km
3:45 h
210 m
210 m
561 m
423 m

In earlier times, Langweiler was one of the settlements in Hunsrück that lived from the production of charcoal. Not far from the starting point, information boards illustrate the life of the charcoal burners.

Already at the starting point, an extraordinary view of the Steinbach reservoir, the Hunsrück heights rising behind it and the Wildenburg lookout tower looming over everything awaits you. Meadow paths lead to a memorial plaque commemorating the Croppenhof deserted settlement.

It is only a few minutes from the former Freihof to the Sensweiler viewpoint. At a crossroads, the artist Gerd Edinger has created the art installation “Time-Space-Time”. Seven slate pillars of different sizes, positioned in a cross shape, are intended to make the monumental energy of millions of years old slate tangible. Along the Steinbach and in the villages along the way, you can marvel at many installed waymarkers made of different materials and in various sizes.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the WasserWissensWerk. In the Visitor and Information Centre you can learn all about the drinking water.

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Update: September 29, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
561 m
Lowest point
423 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 0.72%Dirt road 6.75%Forested/wild trail 55.34%Path 30.32%Road 3.70%Unknown 3.14%
0.1 km
Dirt road
1 km
Forested/wild trail
7.8 km
4.3 km
0.5 km
0.4 km
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Safety information

Natural paths, some sections with ascents and descents (pay attention to suitable footwear and weather conditions)

Tips and hints

Tourist information in EdelSteinland:

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

Fax +49 6785 - 7981400


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

Fax +49 6781 - 64878




Langweiler (near Klosterhotel Marienhöh), Kempfeld-Katzenloch (hikers' car park at the waterworks) or Bruchweiler (access road, approx. 2 km) (551 m)
49.778761, 7.185794
49°46'43.5"N 7°11'08.9"E
32U 369388 5515612
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same as starting point

Turn-by-turn directions

We begin our hike at the entrance portal in the coal village of Langweiler, where we can enjoy an impressive view of the Steinbach dam and the Wildenburg. The trail initially follows the Saar-Hunsrück-Trail, and the “Köhler-Liesels Nature Park family tour”. Then we go downhill across the meadow landscape and cross the K52. Langweiler is on our left, Sensweiler on our right.

We enter the forest via a meadow and a wooden footbridge and cross the Steinbach stream on a wooden bridge, which accompanies us with its splashing for the following metres. Across an open landscape, we pass the village of Sensweiler and finally reach the memorial plaque of the deserted Croppenhof. We continue our way across the fields and meadows and enjoy the beautiful view of the Wildenburg from the Sensweiler viewpoint before following the “Köhlerpfad am Steinbach” downhill and finally entering the forest. The trail leads on winding narrow paths through the forest until we reach the waterworks of the Steinbach dam in Kempfeld-Katzenloch with a nearby hikers’ car park.

We turn left into the forest and follow the course of the stream, which we cross on a wooden footbridge. Our path continues along the edge of the forest until we can enjoy an impressive view of the Steinbach dam at a viewpoint. We continue along the path through the forest and again reach a viewpoint with a sensory bench. We can also enjoy the fantastic view of the Steinbach reservoir on the following stretch.

Then it’s back across the open countryside, where we have a beautiful view of the Wildenburg Castle. Going uphill, we see the villages of Kempfeld and Bruchweiler on our right. We follow the path along the forest edge and cross over the L162. Then we go into the forest, over a footbridge, until we reach the open landscape again and have another beautiful view of the Steinbach dam.

Just before Langweiler, we enter the forest again and walk past thick, moss-covered trees until we reach the first houses. In Langweiler, we keep to the right and turn left after a few metres. Passing the memorial of the local community, we follow the path, which on the last few metres uphill is again on the Saar-Hunsrück-Trail. We pass the former Marienhöh monastery and return to the starting point of our hike.


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Public transport


from Idar-Oberstein station:

to Kempfeld-Katzenloch with line 800, 840, 845

to Sensweiler with line 800, 845

to Langweiler with line 845

Current timetables at


Getting there

Exit A1 at Mehring, drive to Thalfang, from there continue on the L164, then B422 and L 162 (Langweiler, Bruchweiler) or B422 (Kempfeld-Katzenloch)

Exit A61 at Bad Kreuznach, head towards Idar-Oberstein, B41 to the exit Herrstein/Fischbach, via L160, then L162 (Langweiler/Bruchweiler) or L178 (Kempfeld-Katzenloch)


Parking spaces are available at the access points:

Entry portal in Langweiler, near the car park of the Marienhöh monastery hotel (for navigation: Marienhöh, 55758 Langweiler).

Entry portal in Katzenloch (hikers’ car park at the waterworks k in 55758 Kempfeld-Katzenloch, on the L178 towards Kempfeld).

Entry point in 55758 Bruchweiler (access route, distance approx. 2 km)


49.778761, 7.185794
49°46'43.5"N 7°11'08.9"E
32U 369388 5515612
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Hiking footwear essential!

Our tips for carefree hiking fun:

Hiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothes and shoes, it's twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable backpacks are good choices when hiking. But good footwear is indispensable. Sturdy jogging or leisure shoes are at best only suitable for short distances on flat paths. For longer walks, we recommend sturdy hiking boots with non-slip soles. Also remember to take sunscreen and a drink. A litre of water is best.

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Claudia S
November 13, 2022 · Community
Abwechslungsreiche Tour über Wiesen, an Bächen entlang, durch Wald und am Stausee entlang. Hauptsächlich Naturpfade. Sehr gut ausgeschildert.
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When did you do this route? November 12, 2022
Stephan L.
October 10, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöner Wanderweg🥾👍
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When did you do this route? October 08, 2022
Gina K
June 08, 2021 · Community
Viele schöne naturbelassene Wanderwege, jedoch hat man vom Stausee nicht viel gesehen. Wenige Highlights und Aussichtspunkte. Der Stausee wird zur Zeit wohl saniert,daher war kein Wasser vorhanden.
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When did you do this route? June 06, 2021
Photo: Gina K, Community
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14.1 km
3:45 h
210 m
210 m
Highest point
561 m
Lowest point
423 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights


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