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01. Teil A: Etappe Hildegard von Bingen Pilgerwanderweg: Idar-Oberstein - Fischbach/Nahe

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  • Felsenkirche Idar-Oberstein und Schloss Oberstein
    / Felsenkirche Idar-Oberstein und Schloss Oberstein
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  • Felsenkirche Idar-Oberstein und Schloss Oberstein
    / Felsenkirche Idar-Oberstein und Schloss Oberstein
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ATTENTION REDIRECTION: Due to rock securing work above the Felsenkirche, the path along the Felsenkirche is closed until further notice! A diversion is signposted. The diversion runs through the pedestrian zone in the direction of 'Platz auf der Idar' and from there the Schlossstraße and the Felsenkirchstraße uphill in the direction of Oberstein Castle.

 

Idar-Oberstein - Fischbach/Nahe

We recommend this stage to all pilgrims who are looking for an easy start to the pilgrim trail.

moderate
10.3 km
3:26 h
396 m
417 m
Stage 1a runs parallel to the 1st stage, but ends in Fischbach and is therefore only about half as long as the entire 1st stage, which runs from Idar-Oberstein to Herrstein.

From Fischbach there are about 2.5 additional kilometres to Fischbach/Weierbach station, from where there are regular regional train connections to 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

Due to the shorter stage there is enough time to visit the German Mineral Museum or the industrial monument Jakob Bengel.
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Updated: January 25, 2021
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472 m
Lowest point
237 m
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Tips, hints and links

www.naheland.net
www.edelsteinland.de

Tourist-Informationen im EdelSteinLand :

Büro Idar-Oberstein
Haupstraße 419
55743 Idar-Oberstein
Fon +49 6781 - 64781
Fax +49 6781 - 64878

Büro Herrstein
Brühstraße 16
55756 Herrstein
Fon +49 6785 - 791400
Fax +49 6785 - 7981400

info@edelsteinland.de

www.edelsteinland.de

Start

55743 Idar-Oberstein, Hauptstraße 436 at the German Mineral Museum - signposted from the station (257 m)
Coordinates:
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49.700366, 7.323396
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49°42'01.3"N 7°19'24.2"E
UTM
32U 379100 5506666
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Destination

55743 Fischbach/Nahe

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts at the market place in Oberstein or the tourist information office. The train route from Idar-Oberstein station is already signposted.From here, after visiting one of the numerous cafés and restaurants or the Idar-Oberstein Museum, we can first reach and visit the unique Felsenkirche (Church of the Rock) via a steep footpath, which is designated as an access route. Over a few hairpin bends and through dense forest we then reach the castle complexes of Oberstein Castle and Bosselstein Castle high above the old town of Oberstein. The Hildegardweg follows parallel to the dream loop Nahe-Felsen-Weg, please pay attention to the markings! 

ATTENTION REDIRECTION: Due to rock securing work above the Felsenkirche, the path along the Felsenkirche is closed until further notice! A diversion is signposted. The diversion runs through the pedestrian zone in the direction of 'Platz auf der Idar' and from there along Schlossstraße and Felsenkirchstraße uphill in the direction of Oberstein Castle. 

Our effort of the ascent is rewarded with a fantastic view of the city centre and the wooded heights of the "Prussian Mountains". At the "Schlossweiher", only a few hundred metres away, a barbecue hut and several benches and tables invite us to take a short or even longer break. From here we take the northern route for the continuation of the round hike, as it runs again in the dense forest without steeper sections. The path leads us past brook valleys, some of which are deeply incised, to a vantage point with views of the Nahe valley and the districts of Nahbollenbach and Weierbach.From here the trail follows the Saar-Hunsrück Climb, gently sloping through forests and meadows to Fischbachtal, the end point of the stage.  

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

With the Regional Express / Regional Railway from Saarbrücken or Frankfurt/Mainz/Bad Kreuznach to Idar-Oberstein.

With the regional train from/to Fischbach-Weierbach.

Getting there

Via the B41 from Bad Kreuznach or St. Wendel/Birkenfeld to Idar-Oberstein

Parking

Idar-Oberstein railway station and the car parks/parking garages in the Oberstein district (signposted on site)

Coordinates

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49.700366, 7.323396
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49°42'01.3"N 7°19'24.2"E
UTM
32U 379100 5506666
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pilgerbuch Hildegard von Bingen Pilgerwanderweg, Dr. Annette Esser, Verlag Ess (Hrsg.), 2017, 304 Seiten, 19,80 €, erhältlich bei der Naheland-Touristik GmbH, in den Tourist-Informationen und im Buchhandel.

Equipment

We recommend sturdy shoes, rain and/or sun protection and sufficient drinks.

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S A
July 19, 2020 · Community
Sehr schön, aber ziemlich anspruchsvoll. Haben 5 Stunden gebraucht und den besagten Abstieg vom vorherigen Kommentar teilweise auf dem Hosenboden genommen. Sehr trockenes Wetter, dadurch war der Boden sehr rutschig. Eigentlich mehr ein Klettersteig als Wanderweg und das über eine längere Strecke am Schluss. Sollte ausgebessert werden, dann toller Weg!
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Sonntag, 19. Juli 2020 19:59:21
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Sonntag, 19. Juli 2020 19:59:31
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Andrea Knecht
August 20, 2018 · Community
Sehr anstrengend aber auch abwechslungsreich.schöne Ausblicke und tolle Waldwege. Katastrophal der Abstieg am Ende. Bei Regen gefährlich
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.3 km
Duration
3:26 h
Ascent
396 m
Descent
417 m
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