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Saar-Hunsrück Climb - 20th Leg: Mörsdorf - Bell – Kastellaun

· 6 reviews · Long Distance Hiking · Hunsrück
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  • Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay
    Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
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The leg is characterised by wild, silent valleys lined with streams but also a brief trip to the Middle Ages and some rocky sections provide excitement.
Distance 14.7 km
5:00 h
716 m
552 m
494 m
217 m
The leg is medium/difficult due to the inclines/descents; you should be reasonably steady on your feet. The first part goes through the valley of the Mörsdorfer and Mastershausener stream. The untouched valley delights with excellent flora and glorious silence. At the confluence with the Sosberger Bach we meet the “Masdascher Burgherrenweg” Dream Loop and jointly conquer the castle hill on a sometimes rocky path. After a well-earned rest in the original hunter’s hut, we hike over a plateau and return from there to the dreamy stream valley. The restored Balduinseck ruin then whisks us away to the Middle Ages. We pass the relics of quaint mills and secretive tunnels that are evidence of mining. Via Dielaysteig we conquer the plateau near Bell. We walk through Bell and ascend to Hunsrückhöhenstraße. A path links us here to the new Bell Animal Safari Park. After crossing the street we pass long-forgotten Celtic graves in the high mixed wood before reaching a great view towards Kastellaun from the “Hohe Buch” viewpoint. We then slope down gently to Burgstadt.

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Balduinseck castle ruins

The ruins come from 1325 and were built by Trier archbishop Balduin to protect his property from the Sponheimers. From the 17th century the once stately castle lost its glamour until it finally became uninhabitable in the 18th century, turning it into a ruin.


Animal Safari Park at Bell

At the new Bell Animal Safari Park you can not only stroke goats, Shetland ponies and guinea pigs but also observe local wild animals close up. The tiger enclosure in which four Siberian tigers play brings the exotic touch. There is also a play area and delicious reinforcements for young and old at the waffle café.


Kastellaun castle and house of regional history

Kastellaun castle was built as far back as the early 13th century by the Sponheim counts. The castle’s history is very varied, after its destruction in the Palatinate War of Succession, in 1815 it was controlled by the French before the Prussians overcame the regiment via the now heavily ruined walls. In 1884, the town bought the castle and it has been carefully restored ever since. The castle is now home to the Kastellaun “house of regional history” and has exhibitions that are worth a look.


Historic old town of Kastellaun

Slate, quarry stone, semi-timbered buildings and tight, narrow lanes characterise the old town of Kastellaun and give the small town of Hunsrück its picturesque character. The town is crowned by the castle ruin from the Middle Ages enthroned on a vertical rock.

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Update: February 02, 2022
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Highest point
494 m
Lowest point
217 m
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Tourist-Info Kastellaun
Marktstr. 16
56288 Kastellaun
Telefon: +49 6762 401873 


Internetseite des Saar-Hunsrück-Steiges: 


Mörsdorf (246 m)
50.091533, 7.338118
50°05'29.5"N 7°20'17.2"E
32U 381126 5550130
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Car park at Balduinseck castle ruin

Car park in the centre of Masterhausen via Bell path

Bell station car park on the B 327

Kastellaun, Perlengasse car park & multi-storey


50.091533, 7.338118
50°05'29.5"N 7°20'17.2"E
32U 381126 5550130
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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.

Questions and answers

Question from Anne Schloune · November 08, 2019 · Community
Est il possible de faire une boucle au départ de Mondorf ou y a t'il possibilité de navette pour revenir à sa voiture? Merci
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Answered by Iris Müller · November 08, 2019 · Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
Bonjour, nous vous recommandons de prendre le bus et de marcher de Kastellaun à Mörsdorf, puis de prendre le bus de retour. Des bus de Mörsdorf à Kastellaun circulent toutes les 2 heures. Horaires sur et week-ends Votre Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH


Thomas Kunzelmann
September 18, 2022 · Community
Schöner Anfang mit der Hängebrücke, sehr gut ausgeschildert. Einziger Kritikpunkt ist die Strecke Längenangabe. Etappe war angegeben mit 14,7 Km Länge aber mit Ein- und Ausstieg vom Steig kommen schnell über 20 Km zustande.
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When did you do this route? September 11, 2022
Bettina Werner 
July 18, 2020 · Community
Wir sind von Geierley nach Kastellaun gelaufen. Die ersten ca. 10 km der Strecke sind wirklich schön. Hoher Pfadanteil, viel Schatten. Danach wird der Weg breit. Wirtschaftszweige und breite Wiesenwege.
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Tina Knauf
June 11, 2019 · Community
toll. sind in mörsdorf gestartet. von da geht der Weg über die Hängebrücke. schönes Tal mit viel Bach. super geschildert und top Rast Plätze.
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When did you do this route? June 08, 2019
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14.7 km
5:00 h
716 m
552 m
Highest point
494 m
Lowest point
217 m
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