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Dream Loop Upper Baybach Valley

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  • Liegebank am Ackersberg
    / Liegebank am Ackersberg
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • Die "Rutsch"
    / Die "Rutsch"
    Photo: Jürgen Kläser, Tourist-Information Emmelshausen
  • / Die Felskante am Ackersberg
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / Hand und Fuß
    Photo: Elke Bitzer, Tourist-Information Emmelshausen
  • / Pfad auf der Traumschleife
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / Umleitung
    Photo: Elke Bitzer, Tourist-Information Emmelshausen
  • / Der Weg ist ...
    Photo: Elke Bitzer, Tourist-Information Emmelshausen
m 500 450 400 350 300 250 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km "Rutsch" Rastplatz im Baybachtal Hunsrueckbahn
Variety is provided: forest passages through quiet stream valleys, forest and meadow paths with distant views over the Hunsrück and far into the Eifel. A hiking trail for those seeking peace and relaxation. It is a joint hiking trail of the local communities of Leiningen, Niedert, Bickenbach, Schwall and the town of Emmelshausen.
15.3 km
4:00 h
417 m
417 m
The entire trail consists of an alternation of meadow and field paths as well as passages through partly dense forest. It is a joint project of the local communities of Leiningen, Niedert, Bickenbach, Schwall and the town of Emmelshausen.

After the start in Reifenthal and the first forest section, you come to the outskirts of Schwall with a view over the extensive Hunsrück landscape. The view is also captured by six modern art installations. Objects that you don't see on every hiking trail.

The next stop is the Heilbrünnchen, one of the oldest places of pilgrimage in the Hunsrück region. The patron saint is Saint Wendelinus in the chapel near the spring.

From the Heiligenbrünnchen, the trail soon descends into the Baybach Valley. In the past, there were 32 mills in the valley from its source in Hausbay to its mouth in Burgen on the Moselle. The hiking trail leads directly past 7 mills. At Strieders Mühle, a stone slab commemorates the ancestral home of Johannes Strieder, who emigrated to South America in 1868.

The "Rutsch" rest area is located where the Eichelbach flows into the Baybach. On the way towards Bickenbach, you leave the stream valley. A short, steep climb brings you to the Ackersberg lookout point with its historic cross.

Behind Bickenbach, you gain height again via a meadow path. The view from the "Eifelblick" vantage point at the edge of the forest above Bickenbach seems limitless.

The trail has been certified by the German Hiking Institute as a premium trail with 75 experience points.


Author’s recommendation

The "Rutsch" is a wonderful resting place at the mouth of the Eichelsbach into the Baybach. Here you can really enjoy resting. Playing by or in the water is also fun for children here. 
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Thomas Biersch
Updated: May 13, 2021
Highest point
440 m
Lowest point
280 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Some of the dream loops are steep, difficult and, in rainy or winter weather, slippery. Therefore, surefootedness and good physical condition are essential prerequisites for hiking these premium circular trails.

Tips, hints and links

Tourist-Information im Zentrum am Park, Rhein-Mosel-Str. 45, 56281 Emmelshausen
Tel. 06747 - 93220,

Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH, Gebäude 663, 55483 Hahn-Flughafen

Tel. 06543 - 507700,



Reifenthal (355 m)
50.133423, 7.553870
50°08'00.3"N 7°33'13.9"E
32U 396649 5554466



Turn-by-turn directions

Our hike starts at the Reifenthal hikers' car park, which is also very easy to reach via the Koblenz-Simmern bus route. Here we get to know the Baybach Valley on a first short section. But soon the route takes us along beautiful forest paths with ever-changing views past the village of Schwall to the Heilbrünnchen, one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in the Vorderhunsrück. Now we go downhill again in the direction of Baybachtal. Passing the Striedersmühle, we reach the "Rutsch", a wonderful resting place at the confluence of the Eichelsbach and the Baybach. Freshly refreshed, we continue along the rushing stream, which is our companion for the next 3 km. We pass another three mills (Peterches-, Schulheiser- and Sonntagsmühle) before we leave the valley and the path leads us towards Bickenbach. It's a short and crisp climb now: but it's worth it, because we reach the Ackersberg vantage point with the distinctive cross. After enjoying the view, we take a look at the Waldgeist shortly afterwards, before we continue along meadow and forest paths to Bickenbach, where two catering establishments await the hikers. Then we start the last stage. On the way to Niedert, two viewpoints (Eifelblick and Fuchsbau) await us before we return through a beautiful meadow valley to the starting point in Reifenthal. 


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Public transport

Bus line RMV Koblenz - Simmern

Hunsrückbahn/Hunsrück Railway (Boppard - Emmelshausen)

Getting there

On the B327 (Hunsrückhöhenstraße) to Reifenthal


Wanderparkplatz an der B327/ K102 bei Reifenthal


50.133423, 7.553870
50°08'00.3"N 7°33'13.9"E
32U 396649 5554466
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Free of charge:

"Erlebnis Traumschleifen" brochure with route sketches, altitude profiles, brief descriptions and tips on where to stop for refreshments on all 111 dream loops and dream loops overview map - light folding map with a rough overview of all 111 dreem loops.

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Sturdy footwear (hiking boots) is strongly recommended.

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M. Ka
December 17, 2020 · Community
November 07, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöner Wanderweg, gut beschildert, viele Rast möglichkeit. Drei Stunden Natur genossen.
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Completed this Route on November 07, 2020
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Peter Becker
September 14, 2020 · Community
Wunderschöner, abwechslungsreicher, sehr gut beschilderter Rundweg für Selbstverpfleger mit vielen Rastmöglichkeiten.
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15.3 km
4:00 h
417 m
417 m
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