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Dream loop "Nahe-Felsen-Weg"

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the current corona situation, it is absolutely necessary to walk the dream loop ONLY IN THE RECOMMENDED DIRECTION to avoid encounter traffic! ATTENTION REDIRECTION: Due to rock securing work above the Felsenkirche, the path along the Felsenkirche is closed until further notice! A diversion is signposted. The Felsenkirche, Oberstein Castle and the ruins of Bosselstein Castle are cultural highlights of a hike through extensive forests around the town of Idar-Oberstein, which can look back on a gemstone history of over 500 years. In the large forest area around Idar-Oberstein, you hike along narrow paths, pass deeply incised brook valleys and climb several metres in altitude via ladders to heaven. Steep ascents and descents alternate with flat sections through dense beech high forest.
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8.9 km
3:45 h
482 m
480 m
The trail starts directly in the Oberstein Old Town in the immediate vicinity of the tourist information office. Shopping and refreshment facilities as well as sights such as the Felsenkirche, the German Mineral Museum or the industrial monument Jakob Bengel are in the immediate vicinity. The hiking trail usually starts right at the beginning, passing the Felsenkirche and the castle complexes (Bosselstein Castle and Oberstein Castle). ATTENTION: Due to rock securing work above the Felsenkirche, the path along the Felsenkirche is closed until further notice! A diversion is signposted! From the castle courtyard you have a fantastic view over the city on the Nahe river and the wooded hills of the "Prussian Mountains" behind it. Not far from the castle is the idyllic castle pond, where you can walk along narrow paths in the large wooded area around Idar-Oberstein, pass deeply incised brook valleys and climb several metres in altitude using ladders to the sky. Steep ascents and descents alternate with flat sections through dense beech forests. In the Altenberg nature reserve, Mediterranean temperatures prevail in summer and the scent of wild thyme is unmistakable. Here you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views of theNahetal. From the "Homersfelsen" vantage point far above the town, hikers with a passion for photography will get their money's worth: exceptional views of the town and the castle.

Author’s recommendation

Plan a visit to the German Mineral Museum Idar-Oberstein.
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Updated: April 09, 2021
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410 m
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270 m
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Tips, hints and links

Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand - Büro Idar-Oberstein
mainstreet 419
55743 Idar-Oberstein
phone 06781/ 64874
www.edelsteinland.de

 

Start

55743 Idar-Oberstein, car park for hikers at the castle pond, UTM 379815, 5507604 and via access route from Hauptstraße 419, tourist information Marktplatz Oberstein (399 m)
Coordinates:
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49.708899, 7.332891
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49°42'32.0"N 7°19'58.4"E
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32U 379805 5507599
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Destination

55743 Idar-Oberstein, car park for hikers at the castle pond, UTM 379815, 5507604 and via access route from Hauptstraße 419, tourist information Marktplatz Oberstein

Turn-by-turn directions

The circular trail can be entered and exited at various points, but the Tourist Information Office on the market square in Oberstein is a good place to start. From here, after visiting one of the numerous cafés and restaurants or the Idar-Oberstein Museum, we can first reach and visit the unique Felsenkirche (Church on the Rock) via a steep footpath which is marked as an access route. Over a few hairpin bends and through dense forest we then reach the castle complexes of Oberstein Castle and Bosselstein Castle high above the old town of Oberstein.Viewpoints of the Nahe rock trailOur efforts of the ascent are rewarded with a fantastic view of the city centre and the forested heights of the "Prussian Mountains". At the "Schlossweiher", only a few hundred metres away, a barbecue hut and several benches and tables invite us to take a short or even longer break. From here we take the northern route for the continuation of the round hike, as it runs again in the dense forest without steeper sections. Past some deeply incised brook valleys, the path leads us to the "turning point" of the route, another vantage point with views of the Nahe valley and the districts of Nahbollenbach and Weierbach.Most beautiful part of the landscapeFrom this point, a section of the trail slowly descends into the valley, first over the "Himmelsleiter" (sky ladder) to the Nahe river, and then to the most scenic part of the hike, the NSG "Altenberg". It stretches along a baffle slope of the Nahe River on south-facing rocky slopes and is known for its rich variety of animal and plant communities. Numerous rare birds such as eagle owls, jackdaws, rock buntings and kestrels breed on the rocky slopes. With a little patience and good binoculars, we can watch them from the benches set up here.Panoramic view of the Nahe valleyInside the NSG we have to overcome a few meters of altitude again. Shortly after the summit, again connected with a wonderful panoramic view, we hike after a short, flat stretch through dense forest steeply down into the Nahe valley. This time again the path leads us past dry slopes on the Heinzenberg, where in early summer you can observe numerous species of butterflies and other thermophilic animals and plants.A winding path leads from here into the Seitzenbach valley. Via Götzplatz, laid out as an orchard meadow and equipped with a sensory bench with a view of "Oberstein Castle", the path leads to the "Homersfelsen" lookout point high above the town. From here we walk in the direction of the castle grounds and you will again reach the path to the historic old town of Oberstein, the starting point of your circular route.

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Public transport

Idar-Oberstein train station, continue with city transport line 305 to Idar-Oberstein Museum or walk 500 m, www.rnn.info. From the Idar-Oberstein Tourist Information on the Oberstein market square (near the German Mineral Museum), the access route to the starting point is marked above Idar-Oberstein Castle.

Getting there

A61 exit Bad Kreuznach, direction B41 Idar-Oberstein exit "Tourist-Information", follow municipal parking guidance system.

A 62 to Birkenfeld exit, continue towards Birkenfeld B41 to Idar-Oberstein "Festhallenknoten" exit, follow municipal parking guidance system

Parking

Parking garage "Altstadt" and parking garage "Stadttheater", parking lots "Festhallenknoten" and "Austraße.

Coordinates

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49.708899, 7.332891
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49°42'32.0"N 7°19'58.4"E
UTM
32U 379805 5507599
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Equipment

Hiking boots required!Our tips for carefree hiking pleasureHiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothing and the right shoes it is twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable rucksacks are comfortable when hiking. But good shoes are indispensable. Sturdy jogging or leisure shoes are only suitable for short distances on level paths at best. For longer distances we recommend sturdy hiking boots with non-slip soles. Also remember to bring sun protection and a drink. One litre of water is ideal.

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. Klein
June 05, 2020 · Community
Dese Route traf genau mein geschmack. Anfangs noch entspannt durch den Wald bis zum ersten Aussichtspunkt. Naja hier hat man mehr oder weniger Aussicht auf das Gewerbegebiet (nicht so spannend). Ab dem Nahe Ufer nach dem "grünen tunnel" wird die strecke dann erst interessant, schmale Pfade führen hoch auf den Berg. Schwer finde ich diese strecke jetzt nicht unbedingt da die wege gut zu begehen sind. Hin und wieder mal etwas holpelig steil rauf, aber es heißt ja nicht um sonst Nahe-Felsen-Weg. Hier macht es erst richtig spaß und die Aussichtspunkte hier sind auch deutlich angenehmer. Die Burg Bosselstein war leider auf grund Arbeitsmaßnahmen gesperrt, auf dem Schloss durfte man dann eine schönne Aussicht genießen, auch ins innere konnte man herein (auf grund aktueller Corona lage nur mit Nasen-Mundschutz). Ab hier geht es dann langsam wieder richtung Schlossweiher zurück. Volle Punktzahl da Wege gut zu gehen sind, gute beschilderung und vorallem sauberkeit!
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Grüner TunnelFreitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:10:34
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Auch die Hunde mochten diese Tour Freitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:11:13
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Panorama Aussicht Freitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:12:27
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Schloss Oberstein Freitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:13:00
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May 25, 2020 · Community
Completed this Route on July 28, 2019
F. Müller
May 04, 2019 · Community
Wir sind ab des Schlossweiher gestartet. Die Tour bietet einige Ausblicke auf Idar-Oberstein und es sind einige Auf- und Abstiege zu meistern, Ansonsten wenig Höhepunkte. Leider kann die Felsenkirche, wegen Baumaßnahmen voraussichtlich längere Zeit nicht besucht werden.
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Completed this Route on April 22, 2019
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Grüner TunnelFreitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:10:34
Auch die Hunde mochten diese Tour Freitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:11:13
Panorama Aussicht Freitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:12:27
Schloss Oberstein Freitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:13:00
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8.9 km
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482 m
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480 m
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