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Murscher Eselsche Dream Loop

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  • Stahlesel bei Sonnenaufgang
    / Stahlesel bei Sonnenaufgang
    Photo: Klaus Breitkreutz, Tourist-Information Emmelshausen
  • Baybachtalblick
    / Baybachtalblick
    Photo: Elke Bitzer, Tourist-Information Emmeshausen
  • / Am Eifelblick
    Photo: Elke Bitzer, Tourist-Information Emmelshausen
  • / Brücke an der Mohrenmühle
    Photo: Elke Bitzer, Tourist-Information Emmelshausen
  • / Jakob-Kneip-Eiche
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / Am Murscher Bach
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / Die rote Bank am Murscher Eselsche
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / Rast am Perdskimbel
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / An der Wurzelbank
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • / Stahlesel am Murscher Eselsche
    Photo: Thomas Biersch, Tourist-Information Emmelshausen
m 400 300 200 100 10 8 6 4 2 km Zechenhaus Traumschleife … Eselsche Grube Theresia … Eselsche Haacks Köppsche Perdskimbel Traumschleife … Eselsche
On narrow paths it goes into the valley of the Baybach and later uphill over the rocks of the "Murscher Eselschen". In between, distant views far into the Eifel. The hikers listen to the water in the Baybach valley.
Distance 10.7 km
4:00 h
366 m
366 m
332 m
107 m

The hike begins at the “Alte Schule (old school)” on Jakob Kneip Strasse.
The local poet Jakob Kneip, born in Morshausen in 1881, is the best-known son of the community. In his texts you can see the love for the landscape of the Hunsrück and its people.
You leave Morshausen at the edge of the village and enjoy views far into the Eifel. The carved wooden figure "Jupp" stands at the beginning of the mine path. The lower part of the path leads to the spoil dump and the entrance to the Theresia ore mine. In the Baybach valley you pass some fish ponds, the historic coal mine of the Theresia ore mine, the Mohrenmühle, the Franzenmühle. Then the path turns to the "Perdskimbel". The path - past "Hampit, der Jäger" and "Haacks Köppsche" - leads to the start of a steep serpentine path. The path leads directly to the rock formation of the Murscher Eselche.
The rock offers impressive views of the Baybach Valley. On the way to Morshausen you hike through the so-called "Hinterwald" and come to three wonderful viewpoints. On a small loop through the village, we admire the lovingly restored half-timbered houses, the Schwengelbrunnen, the St. Lambertus Church and the Backes, which is also home to the Jakob-Kneip-Museum.
The hiking trail was rated 88 points by the German Hiking Institute.

Author’s recommendation

Morshausen is well worth a short stay: the impressively renovated half-timbered houses “Finke”, “Dinnes” and “Dommerscher” invite you to be amazed and the Schwengelbrunnen is more likely to be in the Hungarian Pussta.
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Update: January 11, 2022
Highest point
332 m
Lowest point
107 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The dream loops have partly steep, difficult and in rainy or winter weather slippery passages. Therefore, surefootedness and good physical condition are essential requirements for hiking these premium circular hiking trails.

Tips and hints


Bürgerhalle, Jakob-Kneip-Str. 8, 56283 Morshausen (331 m)
50.191823, 7.440078
50°11'30.6"N 7°26'24.3"E
32U 388652 5561123


Bürgerhalle, Jakob-Kneip-Str. 8, 56283 Morshausen

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our hike at the village square in Morshausen, where Jakob Kneip, writer of the early 20th century, attended school in the old village school. The local poet was born in Morshausen in 1881.

North of Morshausen we continue our hike with views far into the Eifel towards the Baybach valley. The way into the valley leads along the historic colliery path. The citizens of Morshausen used this path 150 years ago to reach the galleries of the Theresia ore mine. Ore was mined there from 1859 to 1886. On the way we will meet some mine ghosts and a miner.

After reaching the Baybach Valley, the first stop is the Hotel Forellenzucht, which invites you to take a rest. After that, the path leads us along the fish ponds to the foot of the pit slope, where the historic colliery house is located.

For the next two kilometers, the wild and romantic Baybach is our companion. We pass the renovated Franzenmühle and shortly after turn left towards Perdskimbel. Here the Baybach is a bit deeper. This place used to be used for learning to swim.

From the valley we now hike upwards again. We meet "Hampit, the hunter" and soon reach Haacks Köppsche over a rocky ridge. The nature lover and globetrotter Georg Haack had created a nature reserve at this spot in the 1920s, expressing his admiration for the poet Hermann Löns.

Then it goes over curved serpentines steeply up to the rocky viewpoint, which gave the name to the dream loop. When you then enjoy the view from the top of this imposing rock, you know that the effort of the climb was worth it.

Finally, there is a final loop through the Hinterwald. On a stretch of 500 meters we see three viewpoints, one each looking south, west and north.

At the end of this round we reach the village of Morshausen.


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Public transport

Emmelshausen - Morshausen line (every hour on weekdays, once in the morning on Saturday, Sunday and once in the evening)

Getting there

Arrival Morshausen: A 61 exit Emmelshausen. From Emmelshausen 10 km to Morshausen via the L 206 towards Brodenbach Navigation: Jakob-Kneip-Str. 8, 56283 Morshausen, Germany
Arrival Macken: From Burgen / Mosel 4 km via the L 205 towards Macken


Bürgerhalle, Jakob-Kneip-Str. 8, 56283 MorshausenJakob-Kneip-Eiche, Jakob-Kneip-Str. 32, 56283 MorshausenoderHotel Forellenzucht, Im Baybachtal, 56332 Burgen / Macken


50.191823, 7.440078
50°11'30.6"N 7°26'24.3"E
32U 388652 5561123
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Free of charge:Brochure "Experience dream loops" with trail sketches, elevation profiles, brief descriptions and tips on where to stop for refreshments for all 111 dream loops.andTraumschleifen overview map - light folding map with a rough overview of the location of all 111 Traumschleifen.Information and request on Paid travel guides and books in the store at www.saar-hunsrueck-steig.deTranslated with (free version)


Sturdy shoes (hiking boots) are strongly recommended.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Stefan,z Reichhart · May 18, 2021 · Community
Wir wandern wöchentlich auch fern des Heimatortes, das Murscher Eselche würde uns sehr interessieren. Wir sind geübt und ausdauernd, kann der Weg durchgängig mit Hund (mittelgroßer, gutzuführender 5jähriger Labrador Rüde) an der Leine begangen werden?
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Answered by Stefan · May 18, 2021 · Community
Ja kann er! Völlig Promblemlos!
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Nadi Schneider
August 12, 2021 · Community
Super schöne Tour vom ersten bis zum letzten Kilometer. Sehr gepflegt, viele Rastmöglichkeiten, tolle Aussichten,... Muss man einfach gemacht haben.
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When did you do this route? August 12, 2021
Sonja Ewertz
August 01, 2021 · Community
Top Tour ! Überwiegend Pfade am Wasser und über Steige. Tolle Aussichten, gut beschildert.
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When did you do this route? August 01, 2021
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10.7 km
4:00 h
366 m
366 m
Highest point
332 m
Lowest point
107 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights


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