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Traumschleife (Dream Loop) Heimat

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  • Herrliche Aussicht von der Burgruine Koppenstein auf den Soonwald
    Herrliche Aussicht von der Burgruine Koppenstein auf den Soonwald
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
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An eventful hiking trail that opens up the charming Simmerbach valley and is connected to the Soonwaldsteig trail in the middle section. Expressive rock formations and unforgettable distant views define the character of the trail.

Highlights: The Koppenstein lookout tower, the HEIMAT filming location Gehlweiler, Gemünden with its castle and the magnificent steep passage from the Koppenstein down into the Simmerbach valley.

Distance 10.6 km
3:30 h
301 m
301 m
538 m
279 m

The first kilometres of the tour take the hiker onwards and upwards without too much effort. Without realising it, you climb an impressive 300 metres to the first major highlight of the tour: the Koppenstein ruins. The inside of the 16-metre-high keep can be climbed via a steel staircase. Once at the top, you can enjoy a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view over the Hunsrück plateau all the way to the Idarkopf and Donnersberg. The subsequent descent down into the romantic Simmerbach valley leads through the middle of a sea of rocks and conveys an almost alpine character. A meadow path leads to Gehlweiler, where Edgar Reitz filmed “Die andere Heimat” in 2012. The village was transported back to the time around 1840 with elaborate backdrops. In front of several houses in Gehlweiler, photo boards show the film set during the shooting. The trail continues along a meadow path back to Gemünden.

Along the way there are many information boards on the topics of HEIMAT, old mills, slate mining and the history of Gemünden Castle. A section of the geological nature trail is integrated into the dream loop.

The trail was rated 86 experience points by the German Hiking Institute.

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Koppenstein lookout tower


HEIMAT filming location Gehlweiler:  In 2012, Edgar Reitz made a film related to the Heimat trilogy with the title “Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht”. It deals with the emigration of many Hunsrückers to Brazil in the middle of the 19th century. The story revolves around the Simon family again, but this time in 1840. The village of Gehlweiler was taken back to the 19th century as the main filming location with elaborate backdrops. Today there are large picture boards on the houses in front of which the film was shot. Reitz already shot the famous “Heimat” film trilogy in Gehlweiler. The main locations in Gehlweiler were the old forge of the Henninger family and the small house of the Dämgen family opposite the old stone bridge, which today houses a small museum on the subject of “HEIMAT”.

Gemünden: Castle 
Gemünden Castle is privately owned and occupied by the owners, the Barons of Salis-Soglio. Unfortunately a tour of the castle is not possible, but parts of it can be hired for family events or celebrations.

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Update: October 24, 2022
Highest point
538 m
Lowest point
279 m
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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 and hints

Tourist-Information Kirchberg, Marktplatz 6, 55481 Kirchberg, Phone +49 6763 910144,

Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH, Gebäude 663, 55483 Hahn-Flughafen, Phone +49 6543 507700,



Car park at Bürgerhaus (community centre) Gemünden, Raiffeisenstraße or car park at Gemeindehaus (community centre) Gehlweiler, Hauptstraße or hikers' car park Koppenstein (K62) (279 m)
49.893988, 7.478520
49°53'38.4"N 7°28'42.7"E
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Car park at Bürgerhaus (community centre) Gemünden, Raiffeisenstraße or car park at Gemeindhaus (community centre) Gehlweiler, Hauptstraße or hikers' car park Koppenstein (K62)

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park at the community centre in Gemünden, we walk a short distance along a grassy path past Simmerbach stream to the nearby bridge, then turn right, cross the stream and follow the main road for a short distance. At the Hotel Restaurant Gemünden, we walk to the right across Kreuznacher Straße to the forest nature trail in Peter-Meyer-Straße. Behind a seating area, we cross a small stream over a wooden footbridge and now follow a wonderful path that leads us along a stream through a small gorge up to the sports field. Once at the top, we enjoy a first view over Gemünden with its castle.

From here, the trail goes steadily uphill, partly along narrow paths through the forest, to the Koppenstein hikers’ car park. Half way along, we cross the K 61. At the hikers' car park we meet the Soonwaldsteig. Both hiking trails now run along the same path up to the Koppenstein castle ruins. There is not much left to see of the size of the former castle. However, many stories and legends about the Counts of Sponheim, the Lords of Schmidtburg and the Koppenstein Gretchen, the last inhabitant of the castle, have survived. The castle complex dates back to the 12th century and was owned by the counts of Sponheim. After Emperor Ludwig granted the town charter in 1330, the complex wasexpanded further. Koppenstein has never achieved great importance as a town. Towards the end of the 16th century, the inhabitants gradually left the town and settled in the nearby villages. In 1592 the complex ware described as “dilapidated”. In 1812, the Baron of Schmidtburg acquired the castle complex. His heirs and descendants, the Barons of Salis-Soglio, still own the ruin today.

The inside of the 16 m high keep can be climbed via a steel staircase. Once at the top, you can enjoy a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the Hunsrück plateau. A steel plate with the cardinal points and place names helps with orientation.

We continue our hike to the west directly at the keep. First we pass the so-called “Wackelstein”, a huge quartzite boulder that seems to float on the angled plane of its narrow base. After these extraordinary impressions, we descend into the forest via pathways. On the way, a seating area in the shady forest invites you to take a break. We then hike a short distance uphill on a wide forest path to a slope below Henau quarry with a fantastic view of the Kellenbach valley. Not only does the most adventurous part of the entire trail begin here, but a sure foot is also required here.  A sea of small and large quartzite rocks covers the ground. Many stones and boulders are covered with a thick carpet of moss. Up here there are lilies of the valley that bloom white in spring and bear red berries in autumn. In countless twists and turns, the path leads down the slope to another vantage point above the Simmerbach stream. 

Before we turn right at the lookout pulpit and leave the Soonwaldsteig, our view goes over to the Langenstein. The large rock outcrop rises up from the slate rock as a natural monument visible from afar. We follow the course of the dream circuit downhill through the forest. A little later, the path leaves the forest and leads through open fields. Slightly downhill we reach another part of forest. The crossing takes only a few minutes. Then the forest opens up and a magnificent meadow valley lies before us. We reach Gehlweiler on a wide path with good long-distance views.

We cross Gehlweiler, past the community hall and “Simons-Schmiede” and follow an old meadow path behind the village centre, which links Gehlweiler with the Grohenmühle. At the end of the trail, our hiking path meets the geo-educational trail and a rest area surrounded by boulders. After a short picnic, we take a gravel path up the slope. At the top, we enjoy a sensory bench and one last breathtaking panoramic view of Gemünden Castle. Now we go downhill, but only for a short distance to the former Kaisergrube. Once there, a board reminds us of slate mining in Gemünden and the surrounding area. The Kaisergrube was one of the largest of a total of 18 slate mines around Gemünden and was developed in 1873. The extensive slag heap of the Kaisergrube still gives an idea of the extent of the underground mining. Until 1961, mining was carried out on three levels at depths of 10 metres, 40 metres and 60 metres. Spectacular fossil finds in the past ensured the high profile of the Kaisergrube. A meadow path behind the houses on Simmertalstraße quickly brings us to the starting point of our tour.


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Public transport

Take the train to Bingen station.
From there, there is a bus to Simmern every 2 hours.
Change here for the bus to Gemünden, bus line 643, only Mon. to Fri., no public transport at weekends.


Getting there

From Saarland via the Hunsrückhöhenstraße and B50 to the Kirchberg exit, continue via the B 421 to Gemünden.

From the A 61: Exit Rheinböllen, continue on the B 50 to the Riesweiler exit, continue on the L 162 to Gemünden.

From Kirn / Kreuznach via the B 41 and B 421 to Gemünden.


Car park Bürgerhaus (community centre) Gemünden, Raiffeisenstraße

Car park Gemeindehaus (community centre) Gehlweiler, Hauptstraße

Koppenstein hikers' car park (K62)


49.893988, 7.478520
49°53'38.4"N 7°28'42.7"E
32U 390722 5527953
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Free of charge:

Brochure "Erlebnis Traumschleifen" with route sketches, altitude profiles, short descriptions and tips for stopping off at all 111 dream loops

and Traumschleifen overview map - light folding map with a rough overview of all 111 Traumschleifen.

Information and request at


Travel guides and books available for a fee in the shop at



Sturdy footwear (hiking boots) is strongly recommended. Walking sticks prove to be very helpful.

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Axel Niersmann
October 23, 2022 · Community
Wirklich schöne Tour, aber für Leute meines Alters (65) ganz schön knackig. Bin die Tour im Uhrzeigersinn gelaufen, Startpunkt Bürgerhaus Gemünden. Großes Lob an den/die Wegepaten:innen für die gute Markierung! Worauf man in jeden Fall achten sollte: gutes Schuwerk und möglichst noch einen Stock mitnehmen. Insbesondere der Abschnitt von der Burg bergab ist nicht so einfach. Besonders wenn -wie heute- sehr viel frisches Laub im Wald liegt. Man kann stellenweise den Weg kaum erkennen und vor Allem sieht man kaum, wohin man tritt! Umknicken oder Wegrutschen ist da schnell passiert, ich war mehrere Male kurz davor zu stürzen. Man braucht schon einen sicheren Tritt, zumindest jetzt im Herbst. Aber die schönen Ausblicke (die Sonne kam dann doch noch raus) und die interessanten Infos rund um die "Heimat" machen die Tour aus jeden Fall sehr empfehlenswert!
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When did you do this route? October 23, 2022
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Nadi Schneider
October 05, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöne, gut beschilderte Tour mit vielen Rastmöglichkeiten. Ich bin die Tour am Bürgerhaus in Gemünden gestartet und dann gegen den Uhrzeigersinn gegangen. Durch das Geröll am Steinbruch bergauf war anstrengend, aber man soll ja auch am Abend merken, dass man was gemacht hat. Die Pilzauswahl im Wald fand ich sehr beeindruckend und die Aussichten waren traumhaft schön, somit eine klare Weiterempfehlung.
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When did you do this route? October 05, 2022
eleonore b.
October 03, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? October 02, 2022
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10.6 km
3:30 h
301 m
301 m
Highest point
538 m
Lowest point
279 m
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