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01. Section B: Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Trail stage; Fischbach/Nahe - Herrstein

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  • Kupferbergwerk Fischbach
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m 400 300 200 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Historisches Kupferbergwerk Fischbach Herrsteiner Dorfladen Schutzhütte "Kupfer-Jaspis-Pfad"

This stage from Fischbachtal to historic Herrstein leads along wooded paths, whilst this section is characterised by ups and downs.

Distance 8.7 km
2:47 h
310 m
237 m
421 m
233 m

Stage 1b runs parallel to stage 1, but starts in Fischbach and is thus only about half as long as the entire 1st stage, which runs from Idar-Oberstein to Herrstein.

It is approx. 2.5 km additional kilometres from Fischbach/Weierbach railway station to the start of the pilgrimage trail. There are regular connections with the regional railway from Idar-Oberstein/Saarbrücken or from Bad Kreuznach/Mainz/Frankfurt.

Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Trail

In her fourth book of her Physica, she describes the effects of 26 (precious) stones. On this stage, the Hildegard Way follows the Saar-Hunsrück Trail, which runs in the same direction, to the medieval town of Herrstein.

After the legendary rock church and the spectacular rock formations at the beginning, the natuel trail offers beautiful quiet stream valleys, old forests and magnificent views when crossing the heights.

Hildegard of Bingen, abbess, poet, theologian, naturalist and healer lived in what is now the Nahe holiday region throughout her life.

Brief résumé of St. Hildegard of Bingen

1098: Birth Hildegard of Bingen, presumably in Niederhosenbach near Herrstein

1112: enters the Disibodenberg monastery near Bad Sobernheim, together with Jutta of Sponheim

1136: Hildegard of Bingen becomes, after the death of Jutta of Sponheim, the second Magistra in the Disibodenberg monastery

around 1150: founds her own female monastery in Bingen am Rhein

from 1150: Hildegard writes her visionary medical & musical works. She travels along the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Neckar and preaches in public places.

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

17 September 1179: Hildegard of Bingen dies in Bingen am Rhein

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

7 October 2012: Elevation to Doctor of the Church




Author’s recommendation

It is worth taking a detour to the historic Fischbach copper mine, which was once one of the most important copper mines in Germany. The history of the ores’ development can also be traced in mining chambers up to 30 m high.

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Update: December 19, 2022
Highest point
421 m
Lowest point
233 m
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Rest stops

Herrsteiner Dorfladen
Café-Restaurant Zehntscheune

Safety information

A sure footing is recommended.

Tips and hints

Naheland-Touristik GmbH

Bahnhofstraße 37, D-55606 Kirn

Telefon: +49 (0) 6752/137610

Fax: +49 (0) 6752/137620



Local Adress:

Tourist Informations in the EdelSteinland:

Herrstein office

Brühlstr. 16, 55756 Herrstein

Fon +49 6785 - 791400

Fax +49 6785 - 7981400



Idar-Oberstein office

Hauptstr. 419, 55743 Idar-Oberstein

Fon +49 6781 - 64871

Fax +49 6781 - 64878



55743 Fischbach/Nahe (237 m)
49.746805, 7.375561
49°44'48.5"N 7°22'32.0"E
32U 382973 5511746
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55756 Herrstein, Clock tower in the historical centre

Turn-by-turn directions

From Fischbach, the Hildegard Way follows the Saar-Hunsrück-Trail.

After Fischbach, it is worth taking 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 alleys.


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Public transport

By train (regional train) to Fischbach/Weierbach. From there, walk through Fischbach to the entrance. It is also possible to take the bus (lines 870 and Rufbus 899) to the entrance (bus stops at the end of Fischbach or at the kindergarten).

There are bus connections from Herrstein to Fischbach (Rufbus 899).

All timetable information can be found in the RNN timetable information at 

Getting there

Exit A1 at Mehring, head towards Morbach, taken the B327 to Morbach, continue on L160 to Fischbach/Herrstein.

Exit A61 at Bad Kreuznach, head towards Idar-Oberstein, take the B41 to exit Herrstein/Fischbach

Exit A62 at Birkenfeld, head towards Idar-Oberstein, take the B41 to exit Herrstein/Fischbach


49.746805, 7.375561
49°44'48.5"N 7°22'32.0"E
32U 382973 5511746
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Book recommendation by the author

Hildegard Pilgerbuch, Dr. Annette Esser, publishers: Verlag Ess. - available at Naheland-Touristik or at the tourist information offices in the Edelsteinland

Author’s map recommendations

“Hildegard of Bingen - Pilgrimage Trail” flyer with general map - - 


Hiking footwear recommended!

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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September 23, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? September 20, 2022
Su Diener
January 24, 2022 · Community
Die Tour beginnt mit einem Anstieg was aber mit freier Sicht und Ruhe belohnt wird. Keine besonderen Highlights, trotzdem schöner Weg. Herrstein unbedingt sehenswert. Das Kaffee hat Montags leider Ruhetag.
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When did you do this route? January 24, 2022
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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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8.7 km
2:47 h
310 m
237 m
Highest point
421 m
Lowest point
233 m
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