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Förster-Claus-Weg

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  • Förster Claus Eiche
    / Förster Claus Eiche
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Blick auf Osann
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Aussicht zur Wittlicher Senke
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Weitsicht vom Förster-Claus-Weg
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Schutzhütte am Förster-Claus-Weg
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
  • / Oestelbachtal Richtung Klausen
    Photo: Claus Dürrmann, Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues
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The trail, which is about 7 kilometres long, passes one of the oldest oak trees in the region.  You can also see St Paul's Church near Lieser, Landshut Castle near Bernkastel-Kues, the town of Wittlich and the peaks of the Hunsrück.
easy
Distance 6.7 km
1:55 h
136 m
134 m

The "Claus" oak is a testimony to the earlier use of the forest for grazing, which was practised until the beginning of the 19th century. Single standing oaks with their expansive treetops provided shelter from rain and heat for the cattle grazing in the forest. They also contributed to the fattening of the pigs with their acorns. In former times, however, there was also a forest-field economy. Cereals were cultivated. Both uses were very intensive and led to more than 30 percent of the forest areas in this area becoming desolate during this time. In the middle of the 19th century, the wasteland was reforested with oaks. The forester "Claus" at the time rendered outstanding services to this reforestation.

The exact age of the "Claus" oak can only be estimated.  It is about 350 years old and the circumference of the trunk near the ground is almost 5.50 metres, the diameter about 1.60 metres. The amount of wood is estimated at about 25 cubic metres.

Author’s recommendation

a refuge towards the end of the hike invites you to take a rest
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Author
Claus Dürrmann
Update: May 03, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
327 m
Lowest point
191 m
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Safety information

No special safety instructions

Tips and hints

Ferienland Bernkastel-Kues

Gestade 6

54470 Bernkastel-Kues

Phone: (0049) 6531/50019-0

info@bernkastel.de

https://en.bernkastel.de/

Start

at the junction leading to the Osann-Monzel shooting house, the sports field or the former Osann Jewish cemetery. (190 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.923617, 6.940121
DMS
49°55'25.0"N 6°56'24.4"E
UTM
32U 352146 5532172
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Destination

at the junction leading to the Osann-Monzel shooting house, the sports field or the former Osann Jewish cemetery.

Turn-by-turn directions

The "Förster-Claus-Weg" starts at the junction of the L53 and L47 west of Osann, at a junction in the meadow, parallel to the L53 state road. At first, the path follows a long straight stretch along vineyards, fields and meadows. After about 1.2 kilometres, the trail enters the forest, always steadily uphill. After about 2 kilometres, at a junction, the path continues to climb up the "Stöppelberg" and its foothills.  At a forest junction, the trail continues straight ahead for a while before a footpath leads us to "Förster-Claus-Eiche". Afterwards, we continue along a forest path that is hardly used or travelled. We finally reach the edge of the forest above a vineyard and enjoy the view. Far away, with good visibility, you can make out St. Paul's Church near Lieser, Landshut Castle near Bernkastel-Kues and the ridges of the Hunsrück. There is a short stretch on asphalt, then we turn into a forest path again and then into a path that leads down to the headwaters of a small stream. Continuing downhill, we meet the asphalt path again at a fenced fish pond. After a short ascent, there is another new view! You can now see as far as the town of Wittlich and the "Wittlicher Senke". On the tarred road we then reach a refuge that invites us to take a rest. About 250 metres further on, we leave the asphalt road and reach a farm track at the edge of the forest above vineyards. We then walk along the side of the mountain back to the starting point.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

www.moselbahn.dewww.vrt-info.de, www.bahn.de

Bernkastel-Kues: Taxi Edringer: (0049) 6531 - 8149, Taxi Priwitzer: (0049) 6531 - 96970, Taxi Reitz: (0049) 6531 - 6455

Getting there

1. West of Osann via the "Trierer Straße": turn right directly after the overpass over the L53 and then park your car on the side of the farm tracks there;

2. coming from Klausen on the L47, turn left shortly before the junction with the L47 in the direction of Bernkastel-Kues or the L53 in the direction of Witlich. Turn left again directly before the overpass over the L53 and then park on the side of the farm track there.

Parking

Parking is available on the side of the farm road. 

Coordinates

DD
49.923617, 6.940121
DMS
49°55'25.0"N 6°56'24.4"E
UTM
32U 352146 5532172
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

As the "Förster-Claus-Weg" is a new hiking trail, there is currently no literature available.

Author’s map recommendations

The Förster-Claus-Weg is a new hiking trail in the holiday region of Bernkastel-Kues and is not yet marked on any hiking maps.

For orientation: in the intersection area of the L53 and L47 west of Osann, however, the hiking trail "Auf der Höhe" is marked in various hiking maps (also in the hiking map MOSEL, FERIENLAND BERNKASTEL-KUES, 1:25000), which connects Osann-Monzel with Klausen. There, at the junction with the corridor, the "Förster-Claus-Weg" starts - parallel to the L53 - on a farm track.

Equipment

Sturdy shoes are recommended.

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Rating

4.3
(3)
Peter Sch. 
June 28, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? June 28, 2021
Photo: Peter Sch., Community
Photo: Peter Sch., Community
Photo: Peter Sch., Community
Peter Whelan
June 16, 2021 · Community
This walk is very very nice 👌. The signs along the way are plentiful sometimes a bit hidden! This app likes to bring you parallel paths which are not signed. So please follow the signs!
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Monika Schäfer-Egner
May 13, 2021 · Community
Gut für Jung und Alt zu wandern.Die Steigung bemerkt man fast nicht.Kurz vor der dicken Eiche ist die Beschilderung verwirrend man muss in den Natur belassen Weg eintreten.Im zweiten Drittel die Schutzhütte lädt zum Verweilen ein.Das letzte Drittel verläuft hinter Scheid mit Weitblick zum Hunsrück.Burg Landshut thront aus der Ferne. Geeignet für Familien und Hundebesitzer,jedoch keine Abfalleimer am ganzen Weg.
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When did you do this route? July 07, 2021
Photo: Monika Schäfer-Egner, Community
Photo: Monika Schäfer-Egner, Community

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.7 km
Duration
1:55 h
Ascent
136 m
Descent
134 m
Circular route Scenic Dog-friendly

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