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Vitaltour "3-Burgen-Weg"

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  • Blick von Schloss Wartenstein auf Steinkallenfels
    Blick von Schloss Wartenstein auf Steinkallenfels
    Photo: Peter Bender, Naheland-Touristik GmbH

Adventure between castles, streams and rocks

Distance 13.9 km
4:10 h
441 m
442 m
425 m
194 m

The vitality tour “3-Castles-Trail” inspires not only with old walls, but also with magnificent views, the idyllic Trübenbach Valley and a rocky adventure at the Kirner Dolomites.

Author’s recommendation

The vitality tour is very good for arriving by train (1 km access route to Kirn station) and is therefore particularly easy to reach from the direction of Frankfurt/Mainz or Saarbrücken. - More Information

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Update: May 10, 2023
Highest point
425 m
Lowest point
194 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 2.52%Dirt road 4.75%Forested/wild trail 45.72%Path 33.91%Road 5.76%Unknown 7.31%
0.4 km
Dirt road
0.7 km
Forested/wild trail
6.4 km
4.7 km
0.8 km
1 km
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Rest stops

Marktplatz in Kirn
Restaurant u. Whiskymuseum Kyrburg
Landhaus Wartenstein
Eiscafé "Venezia"
Jahnbad Kirn
Kirner Wirtshaus
Pizzeria Amalienlust da Tommaso

Safety information

The tour itself is “moderately difficult”, however, some key sections lead to the classification as “difficult tour”. The key sections are some tough ascents and descents, especially the challenging steep descent from the Kirner Dolomites.

Tips and hints

Tourist information center Kirner-Land,  

Kirchstr. 3, 55606 Kirn

Tel.: 06752 135-155,

E-Mail: tourismus(at) 


Info-Point Stadt Kirn,

Pavillon auf dem Marktplatz, D-55606 Kirn

Telefon: +49 (0)6752/135-155

Mail tourismus(at)


Naheland-Touristik GmbH:

Bahnhofstraße 37, 55606 Kirn

Tel. 06752-137610E-Mail: info(at)


Kyrburg car park, N 49° 47´ 14.9´´ E7° 27´ 12.5´´ (244 m)
49.788461, 7.454244
49°47'18.5"N 7°27'15.3"E
32U 388737 5516257
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Kyrburg car park, N 49° 47´ 14.9´´ E7° 27´ 12.5´´

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Kyrburg car park, you start with a small climb with the best view of Kirn and the Nahe Valley. And after just 100 m, the first, very worthwhile detour to explore the Kyrburg beckons. From the highest point on the wall, you are rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view from the Idarkopf over the Hahnenbach Valley to the Soonwald main ridge and to Kirn. Some of the highlights of the rest of the tour can also be envisaged.

Back on the main route, the trail descends to a saddle where two very comfortable benches invite you to take your first rest. The Three-Castles-Trail then follows a path into the idyllic Trübenbach Valley. The successful mixture of rustic forest, quietly rippling water and winding path makes hearts beat faster and in the middle of the valley a short detour to a small waterfall beckons.

Further on, the narrow path winds steadily but leisurely uphill and finally leads through varied mixed forest to the K30. After a careful traverse, an old quarry is passed before the route continues to climb through dense woodland.

At the edge of the forest, a field passage with a few changes of direction begins, taking you up to a small wood from where you can enjoy a great view towards the Nahe Valley and mountains.

After circling the little wood, the perspective changes and on Pfaffenheckshöhe, Wartenstein Castle, Kallenfels and the Soonwald are in focus. The descent also begins with good views, but soon the Three Castle Trail leads tightly downhill in bends through the forest. Passing the impressive Wehlenfels, you reach the outskirts of Kallenfels where the rocks crowned by castle ruins tower high above the houses. After crossing the Hahnenbach stream and the L 182, the route runs alongside the road to the northern edge of the village, where there is another entry point to the tour at the Kallenfels car park. As you enter the forest, the buildings are left behind and, accompanied by a forest nature trail, the Three-Castles-Trail initially heads for Wartenstein Castle, climbing only slightly. But when the logos point to a path on the left, it quickly becomes strenuous, as the path leads steeply uphill in serpentines. This ascent only ends at the newly designed castle garden, directly at the gate of Wartenstein Castle.

Now it’s time to take a breather, which is easy on the wide forest path and the gentle slope. But at the Pidoll oak at the latest, it becomes more strenuous again as the Three-Castles-Trail begins its ascent to Oberhausen. Initially on a rustic forest path lined with rocks, then later through open meadows and fields, you gain significant height. With a small detour, you pay a flying visit to the village before heading below the houses in the direction of the sports field. Before entering the forest, you cross an asphalt path: here the access road branches off to the nearby car park at the Oberhaus sports field, which is also a suitable starting point for the hike.

The Three-Castles-Trail dips into the green of the forest and leads via several forks to the proverbial highlight of the tour: The Kirner Dolomites! A bench offers the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic panorama of Kirn and the Nahe Valley in peace, while the surrounding rugged rocks give many a climber a challenge. But now comes a real challenge for hikers as well: The descent along the rocks. The path is steep and narrow and, especially in wet conditions, a very sure footing and sturdy hiking boots are absolutely necessary. After the successful descent, enjoyable hiking is again the order of the day, as an almost level, lightly paved path leads framed by copses to a meadow orchard. Across this, a meadow path leads downhill to another dirt track heading southwest. Wonderful views of Kirn and Kyrburg Castle accompany this section of the tour. In a copse, you meet the Soonwaldsteig trail and descend together with it to the outskirts of the town. Via footpaths you reach the Hahnenbach Valley and finally separate from the Soonwaldsteig. After crossing the Hahnenbach stream, walk past the shopping centre, which offers refreshments, except on Sundays. Now the final ascent is calling, so cross the L182 at the zebra crossing and take the stairs to the Jewish cemetery. Straight ahead you walk through the middle of the old cemetery, whose old trees create a sublime atmosphere. At a crossroads, leave the cemetery and walk to the left until you reach the access road to the Kyrburg. But instead of striving uphill on the road, you can tackle the last energy-sapping metres of altitude on the meadow next to the avenue of trees. The route rewards this effort with an unusual attraction, because just 100m below the car park there is a huge XXL bench (Gulliver’s bench) ready for you to enjoy a rest.

After this last panoramic rest, you reach the Kyrburg car park, where after 13.5 km the loop on the Three-Castles-Trail comes to an end.

Other starting points:

Kallenfels car park:   N49° 47´ 56.9´´         E7° 26´ 03.3´´

Oberhausen car park (200m access route):    N49° 48´ 14.1´´         E7° 27´ 08.3´´

Text: Frau Dr. Poller, Schöneres Wandern

Public transport


There are good connections by regional express from Frankfurt/Mainz/Bad Kreuznach and from Saarbrücken/St. Wendel/Idar-Oberstein

The nearest railway station is in Kirn.

All train connections can be found in the German railways route planner 

All timetables can be found in the RNN timetable information at – ticket tips: Single or group day ticket!

Destination stop: Kirn (train station) or Kirn, cemetery



By road

B 41: Coming from Bad Kreuznach exit at Kirn; from the direction Idar-Oberstein exit at Kirn-West

from the direction Flughafen-Hahn: Rhaunen - Hahnenbachtal

 The destination is the Kyrburg hiker car park


Kyrburg car park: N49° 47´ 14.9´´            E7° 27´ 12.5´´

Kallenfels car park: N49° 47´ 56.9´´         E7° 26´ 03.3´´

Oberhausen car park (200m access route):  N49° 48´ 14.1´´         E7° 27´ 08.3´´


49.788461, 7.454244
49°47'18.5"N 7°27'15.3"E
32U 388737 5516257
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The flyer “Vitaltour 3-Burgen-Weg” is available from the Tourist Information Office Kirner-Land.


A very good sure footing and ankle-high, sturdy hiking boots are therefore also necessary for the trail. Sticks are helpful. Walking on ice and snow is not advisable. / Our tips for carefree hiking fun: Hiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothes and shoes, it’s twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable backpacks are good choices when hiking. But good footwear is indispensable. Sturdy jogging or leisure shoes are at best only suitable for short distances on flat paths. For longer walks, we recommend sturdy hiking boots with non-slip soles. Also remember to take sunscreen and a drink. A litre of water is best.

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Gerhard Brand
July 23, 2023 · Community
Toureinstieg in Kirn: Friedhof/Abzweig Burg Kryl. Top Tour, herrliche Gegend, 1 a ausgeschildert! Nach Ankunft mit Bahn im Touristenbüro nach dem Weg zum Start gefragt: die Dame war sehr kompetent, nett und außerordentlich hilfsbereit!
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Route done on July 22, 2023
Anja Habermann 
October 26, 2021 · Community
Eine wunderschöne Tour mit landschaftlich herrlichen Momenten. Das Trübenbachtal ist für Naturfreaks gewiss ein Highlight. Alte Baumriesen säumen den Pfad am Bach entlang. Die Schlussetappe durch die Stadt finde ich auch nicht optimal aber auf jeden Fall entschädigt die ansonsten wirklich schöne Strecke. P.S. Der Friedhof von Kirn ist bei genauer Betrachtung auch schon schön 😃
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Route done on October 26, 2021
Uli Grohmann 
October 09, 2021 · Community
Eine schöne Tour. Der Anfang durch das Trübachtal war sehr schön. Sehr abwechselungsreich. Die Burgen waren ebenfalls ein Highlight der Tour, sowie die Dolomiten. Viele Wege waren allerdings breite Forstwege. Die fand ich jetzt nicht so klasse. Ebenso am Ende durch die Stadt. Sie war super ausgeschildert, wie so alle Vitaltouren.
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13.9 km
4:10 h
441 m
442 m
Highest point
425 m
Lowest point
194 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest

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