Herrstein - Niederhosenbach - Bergen - Kirn
The 2nd stage leads to Hildegard’s roots and it is characterised by medieval impressions.
The historic centre of Herrstein with its idyllic little alleys and nooks has received several awards for its successful restoration. According to the latest research, Niederhosenbach is likely to be the birthplace of Hildegard. Therefore, the theme of the information board at the Protestant church is also dedicated to Hildegard’s origins. It also shows an insight into the townscape of the time. Small villages and a varied landscape characterise the stage.
Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Trail
Hildegard of Bingen, abbess, poet, theologian, naturalist and healer lived in what is now the Nahe holiday region throughout her life.
The 137-kilometre Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Trail passes various stations in the life of this probably most famous personality of the Middle Ages. The trail starts in Idar-Oberstein and continues via Niederhosenbach, the family seat and possible birthplace of Hildegard of Bingen, to Bad Sobernheim. Not far from here is the Disibodenberg monastery ruins, where Hildegard spent almost 40 significant years of her life. The Pilgrimage Trail ultimately ends in Bingen am Rhein. Here, the Rupertsberg vaulted cellar still bears witness to Hildegard of Bingen’s last place of work: in 1150, the saint founded the Rupertsberg monastery, which was the place of her work for 29 years. The last stops on this ecumenical pilgrimage trail are the Hildegard shrine in the pilgrimage church of St. Hildegard Rüdesheim-Ebingen and the Abbey of St. Hildegard Ebingen.
The pilgrimage trail is split into 10 stages. The stages vary between 5 and 21 kilometres.
58 information and meditation boards along the entire route provide information about Hildegard as a person, her work and life in the Middle Ages. Hikers approach the spiritual side of Hildegard of Bingen through meditation boards that follow Hildegard of Bingen’s visionary images from her main work of “Scivias - Know the Ways” and give stimulus for meditation. The boards are written in both German and English.
The pilgrim’s passport can be stamped at Naheland-Touristik GmbH, tourist information offices, various way stations and finally at St. Hildegard’s Abbey in Eibingen.
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
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
For the historic centre of Herrstein with its romantic alleys and beautiful half-timbered houses, you should plan time for a tour.
Public guided tours: May-Oct., Thursday 4.30 pm, Saturday 2.30 pm from the clock tower.
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours. Price per person: Adults €5.00, children (6-16 years) €2.50 - more info
Rest stopsHerrsteiner Dorfladen
Wanderstation bei de Gerhardts
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
Tourist Information Kirner-Land
Kirchstr. 3, 55606 Kirn
Tel.: 06752 135-155
Getting thereExit A1 at Mehring, head towards Morbach, taken the B327 to Morbach, continue on L160 to Herrstein.
Exit A61 at Bad Kreuznach, head towards Idar-Oberstein, take the B41 to exit Herrstein/Fischbach, continue on L160 to Herrstein
Exit A62 at Birkenfeld, head towards Idar-Oberstein, take the B41 to exit Herrstein/Fischbach, continue on L160 to Herrstein
ParkingLarge car park Brühlstraße (at the sports field), car park Bachweg, car park Lindenplatz
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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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