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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 19

Saar-Hunsrück Climb - 19th Leg: Blankenrath - Mittelstrimmig – Mörsdorf

Long Distance Hiking · Hunsrück
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  • Auf der Höhe bei Mittelstrimmig
    / Auf der Höhe bei Mittelstrimmig
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • / Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay
    Photo: Iris Müller, Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
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Soothing forests and beautiful brook valleys, that's what we experience on the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig between Blankenrath, Mittelstrimmig and Mörsdorf.
Distance 13.3 km
5:00 h
251 m
413 m
428 m
194 m

The first part of the leg passes through a hilly and quiet wooded landscape and we cross two idyllic stream valleys. Then the route goes over a ridge used for agriculture that offers grandiose views of the Eifel and Hunsrück.

After crossing the L202, the path runs parallel to the “Layensteig Strimmiger Berg” Traumschleife (Dream Loop). Once past the villages of Mittelstrimmig and Altstrimmig, it goes downhill into the beautiful scenery of the Bildbach stream valley that merges with the Mörsdorfer Bach valley. There the route cuts through a deeply etched, quiet valley along the Mörsdorfer Bach. There is a path that goes 1.5 km uphill to the destination Mörsdorf.

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Roman excavations near Mittelstrimmig

Near Mittelstrimmig the remains of a Roman settlement (vicus) were found during excavations. It was on an important Celtic-Roman road.


"Schockkapelle” at Mittelstrimmig

It stands on the route of the gallows of the Winneberg-Beilstein counts from the Middle Ages. Those sentenced to death were led past the chapel to the gallows in the Middle Ages.


The Mittelstrimmig parish church, a three-aisled, five-bay hall church, was built between 1766 and 1769.


Geierlay suspension bridge - the most beautiful suspension bridge in Germany is connected to the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig via an access path. 360 meters long and 100 meters high above the Mörsdorfer Bachtal between the communities of Sosberg and Mörsdorf, the bridge is an attraction for adventurers and those with a head for heights.

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Iris Müller
Update: March 22, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
428 m
Lowest point
194 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Zeller Land Tourismus GmbH  

Balduinstr. 44
56856 Zell (Mosel)
Telefon: +49 6542 96220


Tourist-Info Kastellaun 

Marktstr. 16 
56288 Kastellaun 
Telefon: +49 6762 401873


Internetseite des Saar-Hunsrück-Steiges: 


Blankenrath (395 m)
50.039400, 7.299669
50°02'21.8"N 7°17'58.8"E
32U 378244 5544396




all notes on protected areas


Car parks in the centre of Blankenrath

Car parks at the start of the “Layensteig Strimmiger Berg” in Mittelstrimmig


50.039400, 7.299669
50°02'21.8"N 7°17'58.8"E
32U 378244 5544396
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


The Saar-Hunsrück Climb is a natural path that is on soft forest floor, grass paths or alongside streams for 65% of its route. But this special quality can result in problems after long periods of rain, making parts of the route difficult to walk. We therefore recommend wearing sturdy shoes.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • 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

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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 Nathalie WIES · June 14, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, Concernant cette ballade, est-ce qu'il s'agit d'une boucle? Si non, est-il possible de revenir au point de départ? Y a-t-il un restaurant ou un endroit où manger sur cet itinéraire? Autre question : est-il possible de passer sous le pont pour les personnes qui ne souhaitent pas passer dessus? Cordialement. Nathalie.
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Answered by Iris Müller · June 15, 2020 · Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
Bonjour, il s'agit d'une randonnée d'itinéraire et non d'une randonnée circulaire. Il est possible de revenir à Blankenrath en taxi ou en bus en semaine. La connexion de bus passe par Kastellaun et dure plus de 2 heures. Sur le chemin, il y a un endroit à Mittelstrimmig (Gasthaus Zur Buche, uniquement le vendredi et le week-end) et un hôtel à Liesenich (Motorrad-Hotel Moselhöhe, un peu en dehors de l'itinéraire). À la fin de la randonnée à Mörsdorf, vous avez plusieurs options pour vous arrêter. Le pont suspendu est uniquement relié à la Sarre-Hunsrück-Steig par un chemin. Cela signifie que vous n'avez pas à traverser le pont si vous ne le souhaitez pas et pouvez également atteindre la vallée de Mörsdorf sur une plus longue distance. Si vous voulez faire une randonnée circulaire autour du pont suspendu (qui comprend le pont), il y a la Tour Geierlayschleife ( Cordialement votre Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH


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5:00 h
251 m
413 m
Highest point
428 m
Lowest point
194 m
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