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.
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.
Plan a visit to the German Mineral Museum Idar-Oberstein.
AuthorNaheland-Touristik GmbH, www.naheland.net
Updated: April 09, 2021
Tips, hints and linksTourist-Information EdelSteinLand - Büro Idar-Oberstein
phone 06781/ 64874
Getting thereA61 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
ParkingParking garage "Altstadt" and parking garage "Stadttheater", parking lots "Festhallenknoten" and "Austraße.
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EquipmentHiking 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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