1. starting point: Hiking car park "STUMM-Orgel-Weg" at the "Freibad Idarwald", (departure on the L 162 between Rhaunen and Stipshausen) 2. entry point Rhaunen (car park Idarwaldhalle/Idarwaldschulen, Am Sonnenschlicher) 3. Sulzbach entry point (behind the church (Im Eck) and at the village community centre (Hauptstraße 35) 4. Stipshausen entry point (car park "STUMM-Orgel-Weg" in the industrial estate at Wendeplatz, Gildemeisterstraße) 5. Hottenbach entry point ("Pfarrer-Albert-Hackenberg-Platz" below the church) (367 m)
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At the start at the car park at the Idarwald open-air swimming pool we reach after 300 m the STUMM organ portal on this side of the Rhaunelbach stream, already visible from the car park. Over the bridge, past the fishpond, we meet the "STUMM-Orgel-Weg", keep left after the recommended walking direction and after a few hundred metres we reach the village of Rhaunen. Through the streets "Bauernmühle" and "Am Sonnenschlicher" we reach the junction of the district road. We follow the Kreisstraße/"Salzengasse" for a few meters and reach the turn-off "Ortsmitte Rhaunen".If the centre of the village is not yet our destination, we cross the Kreisstraße at a suitable point to turn right into the forest on the opposite side in the bend. We follow the Lingenbach valley uphill and after 500 m we reach the Jewish cemetery. We walk up the path on the left and leave the valley, leave the forest and shortly after reach the main road. Crossing this, we reach the wooden footbridge in the Näsbach valley via field and meadow paths, which is followed by a narrow path through a rising section of forest. We meet a forestry track and walk past a rest area and a former slate quarry. We follow the path up the valley and enjoy the view into the meadow valley of the Näsbach. At the next fork in the trail we stay on this path. After about 200 m you have to be careful. We leave the path and turn left into a path leading through beech trees.After leaving the forest and crossing the county road, we reach the viewpoint "Soonwaldblick". Here a bench invites you to rest. At the same time, at this point there is the possibility to follow an access road to Bollenbach on the opposite side of the path. Turning off we follow the meadow path and after a few hundred metres the path leads us down to Sulzbach. We follow the road "Bollenbacher Pfad", walking straight ahead we meet the "Kirchstraße", keep to the right and reach the Protestant Church with STUMM organ and the small museum "STUMM-Stube" with a lovingly assembled exhibition about the "Stumms". (Visit of the church and STUMM-Stube only by appointment). We cross the main street, follow the street "Zum Hügel" and go straight on to the "Heuchelheimer Weg".At the end of the village, the route runs parallel to the tarred farm track along the field woods to the historically significant "Heuchelheim". There we can once again enjoy the view: to the Soonwald and, on a clear day, to the Donnersberg. The recreation area with a refuge offers the possibility to rest and children can let off steam. The use of the barbecue area is subject to permission and a fee. After Heuchelheim we walk on "highest" level first over meadow paths, later through a spruce stand towards Hottenbach. After about two kilometres in a zigzag pattern we reach the edge of the forest, look out over Hottenbach, enjoy the view, see the tower of the Wildenburg and the Erbeskopf. If you want to, you can find an unsignposted way into Hottenbach. The access to Hottenbach is officially signposted (orange markings) only after a further kilometre after crossing the district road between Hottenbach and Rhaunen. Past the official turn-off to Hottenbach, turn right onto a meadow path along the forest. After 400 m the path follows the edge of the forest or a tip - we follow the meadow path for another 100 m and enjoy the view of Idarkopf and Stipshausen.Back to the trail markings: We walk along the forest and reach the vantage point "Idarkopfblick" with a seating group and sensory bench, which invite you to take a break. We have completed two thirds of the route. If you decide to make a detour to Stipshausen, leave the STUMM-Orgel-Weg at the next crossroads and after 3.5 km (the route is then approx. 2 km longer) follow the orange-yellow signposts to the dream loop STUMM-Orgel-Weg. If you don't want to do this, follow the path along the edge of the forest, cross a tarred farm track and after another 200 m turn left into the forest and enjoy the forest passage. After 100 m the path follows the ridge on the right and shortly after that turns left into the Rhaunelbachtal. Passing a shelter we reach a bridge over the Rhaunelbach, change sides and enjoy the meadow landscape. After a few minutes we change the side of the brook again, can take a rest area with a bench for senses and let the Hunsrück landscape take effect on us for a while.