Hoppstädten-Weiersbach or Idar-Oberstein (336 m)
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Idar-Oberstein or Hoppstädten-Weiersbach
The route is described in the direction of flow of the Nahe river, i.e. from Neubrücke / Hoppstädten-Weiersbach to Idar-Oberstein. If you come to Neubrücke by train, start walking to the right in front of the station. Follow the main road for a few meters in the direction of Hoppstädten (the station is located in the district of Neubrücke). Right after the place-name sign there is a driveway to the right in Grüne.If you arrive by car, drive to the parking lot for hikers in Hoppstädten and enter the path here as well.Shortly after the place name sign of Hoppstädten, a driveway leads to the right into the green in the direction of the river. The path leads under a railroad bridge and finally over several stepping stones over the Steinaubach.For high water days there is a short detour from the parking lot. From here, the near path leads over the water adventure trail Obere Nahe. On the banks of the Nahe, numerous Bewoner of the floodplain landscape are explained at play stations and display boards. After about 1 km the Nahe is crossed over thick stepping stones. All around are some nice water playground equipment - time for a first rest! The trail continues past the parish church of St. Markus in Bleiderdingen and finally up "Auf Werdenstein" and into the forest.At the Celtic tree circle it is worthwhile to search for your own birth tree.The path follows the historical church path in the direction of Heimbach. Now a very natural passage in forest and floodplain landscape begins: through a steep slope it first goes downhill almost to the Nahe riverbank and then through forest and meadow up to the old cross in the Scheidtwald. From here it goes down to Heimbach and right at the entrance of the village uphill again towards Heimbacher Höfe.Attention: If you don't want to walk the way in one piece, you can stop here: in Heimbach there is a regular possibility to take the train to Idar-Oberstein or the bus back to Neubrücke station.If you continue walking, you will reach the height above the Heimbacher Höfe after a somewhat more strenuous climb. A fantastic "almost 360° view" compensates for the ascent. Further on the climb leads to a viewpoint called "Eisenbahner-Glück", here the name says it all!Again, the trail descends into the valley and continues on a picturesque old fishing trail to Nohen. The trail now follows the route of the dream loop Nohener Nahe loop. In Nohen there is again the possibility to interrupt the hike and be brought back to the starting point by train. In addition, Nohen is a great place to stop for a bite to eat; a restaurant and a café are happy to welcome hikers.The path continues through the village to the nearby edge of the forest and finally into a shady sunken path, towards Kronweiler. In a narrow valley, the Rohrbach is crossed and another circular path is reached, which is now followed by the nearby path. The "Odels-Uwe-Weg" is named after a cave at the side of the path. Finally, the local community of Kronweiler is reached, where there is again the possibility of shortening the hike by train. In Kronweiler a small grocery store provides food for the hikers (open in the morning on weekdays, on Fridays also in the late afternoon.In Kronweiler the path leads uphill again and finally through the so-called Iron Lay over a forest path towards Sonnenberg-Winnenberg. Mining was once practiced here, hence the term Eiserne Lay.The path runs above Sonnenberg in the direction of Winnenberg. In Sonnenberg there is the possibility for refreshment in the Sonnenberg Inn, about 500 m from the path. Passing the Winneberg cemetery, the path now leads downhill towards the river and meets the dream loop "Gräfin Loretta", which it follows for a while. When you reach the Nahe, the dream loop turns right and the path continues straight on to the Oberbrombacher Fischerhütte. This is a wonderful place for a rest, tables and benches are available and often the club has opened its fishing hut and the hiker can get cool drinks. Here you also have the opportunity to dip your tired feet into the cool waters of the Nahe River - in several places you can reach the river directly. After the rest, the trail now climbs uphill again to one of the most beautiful views on the route - from Nahe you have a great view of the river and of Hammerstein, a district of Idar-Oberstein.We continue through the forest and finally down into the valley on an ancient path. For a few meters the path leads directly along the federal road 41 - behind the crash barrier and only for a few steps. Then it continues down into the valley, passing under one of the huge bridges of the federal road. In a few moments it will become quieter again, the mouth of the Siesbach stream into the Nahe river is reached. The Siesbach is crossed over a small bridge and right at its mouth there is another nice place to rest on the rocks. Through Enzweiler (also a district Idar-Oberstein.