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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 11

Saar-Hunsrück-Steig - Stage 11: Morbach – Langweiler – Kempfeld

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  • Wanderer auf dem Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
    / Wanderer auf dem Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
    Photo: K.-P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Wiesenpfad mit Blick zur Steinbachtalsperre
    Photo: K.P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Blick von der Wildenburg
    Photo: K.-P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Die Wildenburg
    Photo: K.-P. Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Wildfreigehege Wildenburg
    Photo: phormat/Eike Dubois, Edelsteinland
  • / Wildenburgturm
    Photo: phormat/Eike Dubois, Edelsteinland
m 800 700 600 500 400 300 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Hotel-Café-Restaurant Steuer Galerie am alten Sägewerk
03.12.2021: Closure due to a driven hunt. A shuttle service has been set up and runs every half hour from 08:30 to 14:00.

17.12.2021: Closure due to a hunt across hunting grounds. A shuttle service is arranged

With a length of approx. 17 km, the 11th stage of the Saar-Hunsrück Climb has a lot to offer. Hikers can enjoy the Hunsrück to the fullest on this route.

Distance 18.3 km
5:15 h
702 m
571 m
From the Ortelsbruch nature reserve, we climb to the heights of the Idarwald and in between enjoy the views of the Hunsrück in the direction of the Moselle. At the end of the descent, an idyllic pond invites you to take a rest. The first place after the descent is Langweiler, where we can experience a wonderful distant view to the Steinbachtalsperre and the Wildenburg.

Through agriculturally used areas we go downhill from Langweiler. We cross the informative geopark Krahloch andclimb up again to the impressive rock landscape "Kirschweiler Fortress". The descent into the Idarbach valley is full of experiences. It leads past rock formations, giant trees, views and partly over serpentines.

The ascent to the Wildenburg leads through gigantic Rosselhalden. Afterwards we walk through high forests and reach the Wildenburg with the worth seeing game enclosure. From the Wildenburg, a 1.5 km long access road leads to Kempfeld.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the wildlife enclosure Wildenburg.
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Update: November 10, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
709 m
Lowest point
389 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Waldgasthaus am Schwarzenbruch

Safety information

The Saar-Hunsrück Climb is a near-natural trail, 65% of which is over soft forest soil, grassy paths or along streams. However, this special quality can also lead to problems after longer periods of rain and make parts of the trail difficult to walk on. Sturdy shoes are highly recommended!

Tips and hints

Tourist Information EdelSteinLand:

Office Herrstein
Brühlstrasse 16
55756 Herrstein
Phone: + 49 (0)6785 - 79 1400

Fax: + 49 06785 - 79 8 1400


Office Idar-Oberstein
Main street 419
55743 Idar-Oberstein
Phone + 49 (0)6781 - 64 871

Fax: +49 6781 - 64 878


Website of the Saar-Hunsrück Climb:


Saarland Tourist BoardPhone:
0681 - 9 27 20 - 0


Ortelsbruch nature reserve, 54497 Morbach (504 m)
49.796088, 7.130284
49°47'45.9"N 7°07'49.0"E
32U 365440 5517636


Wildenburg, 55758 Kempfeld

Turn-by-turn directions

The 11th stage of the Saar-Hunsrück Climb leads from Morbach via Langweiler to Kempfeld. The start is in the Ortelsbruch nature reserve in Morbach. Parking spaces can be found here "Am Kirschbaum".

First we walk on a wide path through the nature reserve, before we turn left and immediately right downhill again. After passing the nature trail, an asphalted path awaits us and we continue our steep descent. On the way down we pass a sensory bench, which invites us to take a rest. Likewise the following forest pond. Down the valley we go along the stream to the intersection with another rest area. Here we turn right and then left again.

We have already arrived at the edge of Langweiler, the "pearl of the Hochwald". Langweiler is often called that because from here you can enjoy a beautiful view to the castle Wildenburg and at the same time to the Steinbachtalsperre. In Langweiler we pass the country road 162 near Sensweiler, before we pass the pond directly at the Geopark Krahloch. The Geopark provides information about geology, rocks, mining and nature on a 1 km long circular trail.

A short time later we arrive in the Idarbachtal. There we cross the main road to Idar-Oberstein and after a few minutes we enter the area of the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park. Here the path leads us upwards, at the height of the Silberich, i.e. to the so-called "Kirschweiler Fortress". We have to pass the large, elongated quartzite massif. Thus we reach the viewpoint "Steinbachtalsperre". Those who need a break will find resting possibilities here. Behind it the path goes steeply down again, on narrow paths, into the Idarbach valley. The trail continues in the direction of the Wildenburg wildlife enclosure. Next to the wildlife enclosure, the ruins of Wildenburg Castle await you. From here, an approx. 2 km long access road leads to Wildenburg Castle in Kempfeld and thus to the end of the tour.


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Public transport

Information on how to get there can be found on the Saar-Hunsrück Climb page under



Car Parc "Am Kirschbaum" Morbach


49.796088, 7.130284
49°47'45.9"N 7°07'49.0"E
32U 365440 5517636
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Hiking shoes required!

Our tips for carefree hiking pleasure: Hiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothes and shoes it is twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable backpacks are comfortable when hiking. Indispensable, however, are good shoes. For longer walks, we recommend sturdy hiking boots with a grippy, non-slip sole. Also remember sunscreen and take a drink with you. A liter of water is ideal.Translated with (free version)

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
  • Blister kit
  • 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 Burkhard Bunge · October 02, 2020 · Community
Etappe 12?
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Answered by stefanie seifarth · October 02, 2020 · Community
Hallo Burkhard, da habe ich mich vertan. Korrekt ist Etappe 11. Die Etappe Morbach nach Kempfeld ist für mich bis jetzt eine der schönsten. Allerdings habe ich noch die Strecken 15- 24 zu laufen. Grüße und danke für die Richtigstellung.
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Felix Keppler
April 17, 2021 · Community
Eine Beschreibung und mehr Bilder der Wanderung findet ihr auf Facebook in meiner Gruppe " Draußen mit Felix ". Wenn Ihr mehr über verschiedene Wanderwege erfahren möchtet abonniert gerne mein Seite :)
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When did you do this route? November 01, 2020
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When did you do this route? May 23, 2020
Simeon W
July 05, 2020 · Community
Tolle abwechslungsreiche Tour. Abwechslungsreiche Wege, von Traumpfaden, Wiesen, Schotterpisten bis zum Kilometerlangen Holzsteg ist alles dabei. Die 3 Anstiege haben es in sich.
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