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01. part B: stage Hildegard von Bingen pilgrimage trail; Fischbach/Nahe - Herrstein

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This stage from Fischbachtal to Historische Herrstein leads along wooded paths. The ups and downs characterise this section.
moderate
8.7 km
2:47 h
310 m
237 m
Stage 1b runs parallel to stage 1, but begins in Fischbach and is therefore only about half as long as the entire first stage, which runs from Idar-Oberstein to Herrstein.

The pilgrim trail starts at Fischbach/Weierbach railway station and is about 2.5 km longer. There are regular connections with the regional railway from Idar-Oberstein/Saarbrücken and Bad Kreuznach/Mainz/Frankfurt.

 

 

Hildegard von Bingen pilgrimage trail

In her fourth book of her Physica she describes the effect of 26 (precious) stones.

On this 1st stage, the Hildegardweg follows the Saar-Hunsrück Climb, which partly runs in the same direction, up to medieval Herrstein. After the legendary Felsenkirche and the spectacular rock formations at the beginning, the near-natural trail offers beautiful quiet brook valleys, old forests and, as you cross the mountain ranges, magnificent views.

Hildegard von Bingen, abbess, poet, theologian, naturalist and healer, lived all her life in the Nahe holiday region.

 

Short vita of St. Hildegard of Bingen

1098: Birth of Hildegard von Bingen, probably in Niederhosenbach near Herrstein

1112: Admission to the Disibodenberg monastery near Bad Sobernheim, together with Jutta von Sponheim

1136: Hildegard von Bingen becomes the second magistra in the Disibodenberg monastery after the death of Jutta von Sponheim around

1150: foundation of a convent in Bingen on the Rhinefrom 1150: Hildegard writes her visionary medical & musical works. She travels along the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Neckarund, preaching in public places.

1165: Foundation of a second convent in Eibingen, today's pilgrimage church of St. Hildegard Rüdesheim-Eibingen

17 September 1179: Hildegard von Bingen dies in Bingen on the Rhine  

10 May 2012: Canonisation of Hildegard von Bingen by Pope Benedict XVI   

7 October 2012: Survey of church teachers

Author’s recommendation

It is worth making a detour to the historic copper mine in Fischbach. This was once one of the most important copper mines in Germany. The history of the ores can also be traced in up to 30-metre-high mining chambers.
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
421 m
Lowest point
233 m
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Tips, hints and links

Naheland-Touristik GmbH, Bahnhofstraße 37, D-55606 Kirn, Germany, Phone: +49 (0) 6752/137610, Fax: +49 (0) 6752/137620, info@naheland.net, www.naheland.net

 

On site:

Tourist Information EdelSteinLand, Office Idar-Oberstein, Hauptstraße 419, D-55743 Idar-Oberstein, Phone: +49 (0) 6781/64-871, Fax: +49 (0) 6781/64-878

Tourist Information EdelSteinLand, Office Herrstein, Brühlstr. 16, D-55756 Herrstein, Phone: +49 (0) 6785/791400, Fax: +49 (0)6785/79 81400, info@edelsteinland.de, www.edelsteinland.de

Start

55743 Fischbach/Nahe (237 m)
Coordinates:
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49.746805, 7.375561
DMS
49°44'48.5"N 7°22'32.0"E
UTM
32U 382973 5511746
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Destination

55756 Herrstein, Clock tower in the historical centre

Turn-by-turn directions

From Fischbach, the Hildegardweg runs parallel to the Saar-Hunsrück Climb. Behind Fischbach it is worth making a detour along the marked access path to the historic copper mine. At the end of the stage, after several ascents and descents, we reach medieval Herrstein with its numerous half-timbered houses and romantic alleyways.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train (regional train) to Fischbach/Weierbach. From there walk through Fischbach to the entrance.From Herrstein there are bus connections to Fischbach. Note: Unfortunately there are no bus connections at the weekend! Timetable information at www.rnn.info .

Getting there

Via the B41 from Bad Kreuznach or Idar-Oberstein to the junction Fischbach/Nahe and Herrstein

Coordinates

DD
49.746805, 7.375561
DMS
49°44'48.5"N 7°22'32.0"E
UTM
32U 382973 5511746
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hildegard Pilgerbuch, Dr. Annette Esser, Hrsg.: Verlag Ess. 2018, 304 Seiten, 19,80 Euro

erhältlich bei der Naheland-Touristik GmbH, Tourist-Informationen und im Buchhandel

Equipment

Hiking boots recommended!

Our tips for carefree hiking pleasure:

Hiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothing and the right shoes, it is twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable rucksacks are comfortable when hiking. But good shoes are indispensable. Sturdy jogging or leisure shoes are only suitable for short distances on level paths at best. For longer distances we recommend sturdy hiking boots with non-slip soles. Also remember to bring sun protection and a drink. One litre of water is ideal.


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Andrea Knecht
August 20, 2018 · Community
Kürzer wie die erste etappe aber auch anstrengend durch ständiges auf und ab. Herrstein absolut lohnenswert. Kirche aber geschlossen. Einkehr im zehnthof und Verzehr von Omas gehüllten Kloss sollte man sich gönnen.
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moderate
Distance
8.7 km
Duration
2:47 h
Ascent
310 m
Descent
237 m
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