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Dream loop "Nahe-Felsen-Weg"

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The rock church ("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 over 500 years of gemstone history.

In the large forest area around Idar-Oberstein, you hike along narrow paths, pass deeply cut stream valleys and climb quite a few metres upwardsusing sky ladders. Steep ascents and descents alternate with flat sections through dense beech forest.

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Distance 8.9 km
3:45 h
401 m
400 m
410 m
270 m

The trail starts directly in Oberstein’s old town - refreshment stops and sights such as the Felsenkirche, the German Mineral Museum or the Jakob Bengel industrial monument are in the immediate vicinity. Here the path leads past the rock church and the castle complexes right at the beginning. From the castle courtyard, we have a wonderful view over the town.

In the large forest area around Idar-Oberstein, you hike along narrow paths, pass deeply cut stream valleys and climb quite a few metres upwards via sky ladders. Steep ascents and descents alternate with flat sections through dense beech forest. From the viewpoint “Homersfelsen” far above the city, photo-loving hikers get their money’s worth: extraordinary vantage points over the city and to the castle.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to plan a visit to the German Mineral Museum or the Jakob Bengel industrial monument.

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Update: September 29, 2022
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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 EdelSteinLand:

Office Idar-Oberstein
Hauptstraße 419
55743 Idar-Oberstein
Phone: + 49 6781 - 64 871

Fax: + 49 6781 - 64 878
info@edelsteinland.de
www.edelsteinland.de/en

 

Office Herrstein
Brühlstrasse 16
55756 Herrstein
Phone: + 49 6785 - 79 1400

Fax: + 49 6785 - 79 8 1400
info@edelsteinland.de
https://www.edelsteinland.de/en

 

Start

55743 Idar-Oberstein, hikers’ car park at the Schlossweiher, UTM 379815, 5507604 and via access road from Hauptstraße 419, Tourist Information Office on Oberstein market square (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, hikers’ car park at the Schlossweiher, UTM 379815, 5507604 and via access road from Hauptstraße 419, Tourist Information Office on Oberstein market square

Turn-by-turn directions

You can enter and exit the circular trail at various points, but the Tourist Information on the market square in Oberstein (access route to the starting point at the hikers’ car park at the castle pond is marked) is the best place to start. From here, after visiting one of the numerous cafés and restaurants or the German Mineral Museum, we can first reach and visit the unique Felsenkirche (rock church) via a steep footpath that is designated as an access route. After a few hairpin bends and through dense forest, we reach Oberstein Castle and Bosselstein Castle high above the old town of Oberstein.

Viewpoints on the Nahe-Felsen-Weg

Our climbing efforts  are rewarded with a fantastic view of the city centre and the wooded heights of the “Prussian Mountains”. At the “castle pond”, only a few hundred metres away, a barbecue hut and several benches and tables invite us to take a short or longer break. From here, we take the northern route for the continuation of the circular walk, as it again runs through the dense forest without any steeper sections. Passing stream valleys, some of which are deep, the trail leads us to a “turning point” in the route to another viewpoint with a view of the Nahe Valley and the districts of Nahbollenbach and Weierbach.

Most scenic part

From this point, we reach the most scenic part of the hike, the “Altenberg” nature reserve (NSG), via a section of path that slowly descends into the valley, first via the sky ladder down close to the Nahe. It stretches along an undercut slope of the Nahe River on south-facing rocky slopes and is known for its diverse animal and plant communities. Numerous rare birds such as eagle owls, jackdaws, rock buntings and kestrels nest in the rocky slopes, which we can observe from the benches set up here - as long as we have a little patience and a good pair of binoculars.

Panoramic view into the Nahe Valley

Within the NSG we have to cilmb a few metres upwards again. Shortly after the summit, again combined with a wonderful panoramic view, we hike steeply down into the Nahe Valley after a short, flat stretch through dense forest. This time, too, the trail takes us past dry slopes on the Heinzenberg, where numerous butterfly species and other animals and plants that like warm conditions can be observed in early summer.

 A winding path leads from here into the Seitzenbachtal Valley. Via the Götzplatz, laid out as a meadow orchard and equipped with a sensory bench with a view of “Oberstein Castle”, the route leads to the “Homersfelsen” viewpoint high above the town. From here we walk towards the castle grounds and reach the path again into Oberstein’s historic old town, the starting point of your circular walk.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Idar-Oberstein train station, continue with city transport lines 801/802/805/806/870 to Stadttheater Timetable at www.rnn.info.

Or walk 500 metres from the station.

From the Idar-Oberstein Tourist Information on Oberstein market square (near the German Mineral Museum), the access route to the starting point is marked above Idar-Oberstein Castle.

Direct journey from Idar-Oberstein railway station to Oberstein Castle possible via call bus 829. Timetable at www.rnn.info.

Getting there

Exit A61 at Bad Kreuznach, on B41 head towards Idar-Oberstein exit “Tourist-Information”, follow the town's parking guidance system

Exit A 62 at Birkenfeld, continue towards Birkenfeld B41 to the Idar-Oberstein exit “Festhallenknoten”, follow the town's parking guidance system

Parking

Multi-storey “Altstadt” and multi-storey “Stadttheater”, car parks “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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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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Reiner Kirsch
May 07, 2022 · Community
Diese Schleife ist wirklich zu empfehlen 👍🏼etwas anspruchsvoll und tolle Pfade. Die Aussichten über Idar Oberstein sind richtig toll. Es gibt sehr viele und schöne Bänke zum Verweilen. Die Schleife ist ohne Umleitung zu erwandern, jedoch ist die Felsenkirche noch geschlossen. 07.05.2022 Reiner
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When did you do this route? May 07, 2022
Christian Jost 
August 08, 2021 · Community
Schöne Panoramen über die IOsteiner Gegend auf einem Weg, auf dem es auch mal gut bergauf und bergab geht.
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When did you do this route? July 30, 2021
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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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Freitag, 5. Juni 2020 15:13:21
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Distance
8.9 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
401 m
Descent
400 m
Highest point
410 m
Lowest point
270 m
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