This stage from Fischbachtal to historic Herrstein leads along wooded paths, whilst this section is characterised by ups and downs.
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
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.
Rest stopsHerrsteiner Dorfladen
A sure footing is recommended.
Tips and hints
Bahnhofstraße 37, D-55606 Kirn
Telefon: +49 (0) 6752/137610
Fax: +49 (0) 6752/137620
Tourist Informations in the EdelSteinland:
Brühlstr. 16, 55756 Herrstein
Fon +49 6785 - 791400
Fax +49 6785 - 7981400
Hauptstr. 419, 55743 Idar-Oberstein
Fon +49 6781 - 64871
Fax +49 6781 - 64878
Getting thereExit 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
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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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