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Stage 02 of the Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Trail: Herrstein - Kirn

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  • Mittelalterliches Herrstein
    Mittelalterliches Herrstein
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Herrstein - Niederhosenbach - Bergen - Kirn

The 2nd stage leads to Hildegard’s roots and it is characterised by medieval impressions.

Distance 15.6 km
4:20 h
276 m
400 m
465 m
186 m

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


Author’s recommendation

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

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Update: December 19, 2022
Highest point
465 m
Lowest point
186 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 5.74%Dirt road 22.93%Forested/wild trail 49.59%Path 8.30%Road 4.65%Unknown 8.75%
0.9 km
Dirt road
3.6 km
Forested/wild trail
7.8 km
1.3 km
0.7 km
1.4 km
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Rest stops

Herrsteiner Dorfladen
Café-Restaurant Zehntscheune
Wanderstation bei de Gerhardts

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



Tourist Information Kirner-Land

Kirchstr. 3, 55606 Kirn

Tel.: 06752 135-155

E-Mail: tourismus(at)  


55756 Herrstein, Hauptstraße/Uhrturmgasse (310 m)
49.780727, 7.336085
49°46'50.6"N 7°20'09.9"E
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55606 Kirn, market square

Turn-by-turn directions

The second stage leads from medieval Herrstein to the small village of Niederhosenbach, which according to the latest research is Hildegard’s probable birthplace. Therefore, the theme of the information board is also Hildegard’s origin (board 6). A facsimile edition of the Liber Scivias can be admired in the Protestant church. This is Hildegard’s main mystical work, through which she became world famous. Since we follow all of Hildegard’s visions in the order given by her on the 27 meditation boards of the Hildegard Way, the theme of creation and sin (Board 5) appears here on the meditation board. In front of the church, the first mediation corner on the path tempts you to spend some time here.

From Niederhosenbach, the trail continues to Bergen. In the forest area there is an information board about Hildegard’s book on trees and shrubs (board 7). In Bergen you can reflect on the universe (board 8) and stop and linger for a while at Fr Krachen’s Pilgrim Centre where the board is located. It is asked that you book in advance. There is a rest area with a food cupboard in the entrance area. – From Bergen, the trail then continues through the romantic Trübenbach Valley to Kirn. The gorge-like, wildly romantic Trübenbach Valley is a special natural experience. Mosses, ferns and a small waterfall surprise the hiker, as do the oak, ash and hornbeam slopes. / On the way there is an information board about Hildegard’s book on birds or rather winged animals (board 9). – We reach the town limits of Kirn below the Kyrburg, the landmark of Kirn, and follow the markings through the town to the market square - our stage destination.

In the evening in Kirn, the weary pilgrim is welcome to treat him or herself to a well-deserved Kirn Pilsner according to Hildegard’s motto “water and beer” (board 10). – For the day’s reading we recommend an article on Hildegard’s mystical book, the Liber Scivias, whose visionary images occupy us on the Hildegard Way.


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Public transport

By train to Idar-Oberstein. The town is on the Mainz - Saarbrücken line and is easily accessible by regional express and regional train (vlexx).

Then continue by bus to Herrstein:

From Fischbach-Weierbach regional station: Line 899 (call bus).

From Idar-Oberstein railway station: routes 850, 856 (call bus) or 855

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 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


Large car park Brühlstraße (at the sports field), car park Bachweg, car park Lindenplatz


49.780727, 7.336085
49°46'50.6"N 7°20'09.9"E
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pilgerbuch, Dr. Annette Esser, Ess publishers, Bad Kreuznach - - 

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.

Questions and answers

Question from Dieter Kaefer · June 02, 2020 · Community
Wie sieht es aus mit Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten auf dem gesamten Pilgerweg?
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Answered by A-Christel Vogt · July 04, 2020 · Community
haben sie zum Thema Unterkunft mehr gefunden? Das ist ja leider sehr unklar.


September 23, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? September 21, 2022
Felix Keppler
March 02, 2021 · Community
Eine Beschreibung und mehr Bilder der Wanderung findet ihr auf Facebook in meiner Gruppe " Draußen mit Felix ". Wenn Ihr mehr über verschiedene Wanderwege erfahren möchtet abonniert gerne mein Seite :)
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When did you do this route? February 28, 2021
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Jeannette Hoffmann
August 30, 2020 · Community
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15.6 km
4:20 h
276 m
400 m
Highest point
465 m
Lowest point
186 m
Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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