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Stage 04 Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage Trail: Monzingen - Disibodenberg

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  • Mittlere Nahe bei Monzingen
    Mittlere Nahe bei Monzingen
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Monzingen – Nussbaum – Bad Sobernheim – Staudernheim - Disibodenberg

This section leads into the centre of the pilgrimage trail, the Disibodenberg monastery ruin.

Distance 13.6 km
3:33 h
107 m
134 m
261 m
137 m

The Disibodenberg, where Hildegard of Bingen spent almost half of her life, is actually in the middle of the trail. Several information boards along the path are dedicated to Hildegard's medicine, which is mainly due to the naturopath Emanuel Felke (1856 - 1926).

The scenic stage from Monzingen via Bad Sobernheim to Staudernheim is lined with vineyards and offers beautiful views of the Nahe Valley. Monzingen is over 1200 years old and one of the oldest wine villages on the middle Nahe. The old village centre with its beautiful half-timbered houses, narrow alleys and nooks has retained its charm to this day. A small herb garden has been lovingly set up at the Protestant church, where some “Hildegard herbs” are thriving.

The naturopath Emanuel Felke made Bad Sobernheim famous and brought it the status of a recognised spa. The late Gothic chapel of St. Mary has a direct connection to the Disibodenberg monastery. It once belonged to the Bad Sobernheim farm of the Disibodenberg Monastery and has now been converted into a brewery.

The Priorhof in Bad Sobernheim now houses a local history museum. A herb garden with important Hildegard herbs has also been planted here.

The village of Staudernheim was first mentioned in 1107 and its history was closely linked to that of the monastery until its dissolution.

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.  The Rupertsberg vaulted cellar is still located at 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.

59 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 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

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

The Rhineland-Palatinate Open Air Museum in Nachtigallental and the first and only 3,500-metre-long barefoot path in Bad Sobernheim, located directly on the Hildegard Path, are worth a detour.

Guests experience a reflex zone massage on the barefoot path while walking over different underground materials such as sand, pebbles, bark mulch and clay. Special features: Pedestrian suspension bridge, ford, boat crossing. Dogs are not permitted.

Over the past 30 years, nearly 40 historic houses have been dismantled stone by stone and timber by timber on location and faithfully rebuilt in the 35-hectare grounds of the Rhineland-Palatinate Open-Air Museum. Divided into four groups, they represent the different regions of Rhineland-Palatinate. The village forgery and water mill, merchant’s shop and skittles alley, vineyards and farms and many other buildings invite you to enjoy an entertaining and informative journey into the past.

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Update: May 11, 2023
Highest point
261 m
Lowest point
137 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 8.75%Dirt road 41.02%Forested/wild trail 11.30%Path 2%Road 34.28%Unknown 2.61%
1.2 km
Dirt road
5.6 km
Forested/wild trail
1.5 km
0.3 km
4.7 km
0.4 km
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Rest stops

DENKMALz - Der Biergarten

Safety information

Hiking footwear recommended!

Tips and hints

Naheland-Touristik GmbH

Bahnhofstraße 37, D-55606 Kirn

Telefon: +49 (0) 6752/137610

Fax: +49 (0) 6752/137620,   


Local Adress:

Ferienregion Nahe-Glan

Touristinformation Bad Sobernheim

Bahnhofstraße 4, 55566 Bad Sobernheim

Telefon +49 6751 81 1163 – Telefax +49 6751 81 1050 



Stamp points in Monzingen: 

  • Evangelische Kirche in der Ortsmitte, Kirchstraße
  • Bäckerei, Hauptstraße
  • Verkehrsverein Monzingen e.V., c/o Gaby Christmann , Hauptstraße


Soonwaldstraße, 55569 Monzingen (173 m)
49.801111, 7.591154
49°48'04.0"N 7°35'28.2"E
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Disibodenberger Hof, 55568 Staudernheim

Turn-by-turn directions

The fourth stage leads from the 1200-year-old wine-growing community of Monzingen to the centre of the Hildegard Path, and this in different two ways. On the one hand, the Disibodenberg, where Hildegard of Bingen lived for about forty years from 1112 to 1150, is actually found in the middle of the hiking trail and also forms the centrepiece in the “Land of Hildegard” for many in spiritual terms. On the other hand, Hildegard’s healing medicine is also the focus today in many respects, which is the most important reason many people to occupy themselves with the saint. Healing medicine is also the topic of the text of the day, which is written by Dr. med. Michael Ptok, the chairman of the International Hildegard Society.

We start at the herb garden in Monzingen, where the Hildegard board on the theme of “Plants” (Board 18) can be viewed alongside the culinary herbs growing here. The list of 217 herbs and staple foods and their uses mentioned by Hildegard in the first book of the Physica can also be considered, which is found in the Pilgrim’s Book.

The trail continues through vineyards to nearby Nussbaum, where the Rhine-Nahe Wine Trail ("Rhein-Nahe Weinwanderweg") accompanies it and runs parallel to it. The “Medicinal Herbs" board (Board 19) can be found for the first time on the village square in Nußbaum. It can still be found in several other places in Bad Soberheim (at Hevert-Arzneimittel, in the Rhineland-Palatinate Open Air Museum and at Priorhof). The topic at the end of Nussbaum is Hildegard’s book on “Land Animals” (Board 20).

The trail then continues to Bad Sobernheim, which has become famous as a Felke spa. In Bad Sobernheim, Hildegard’s vision of the “Synagoga” (Board 21) is the subject of a meditation panel near the Disibodenberg Chapel. This late Gothic chapel of St. Mary once belonged to the Bad Sobernheim farm of the Disibodenberg Monastery and has now been converted into a brewery that also invites pilgrims to take a break. The trail then continues along the popular barefoot path, where “Hildegard’s Medicine” (Board 22) is the theme.

After crossing the Nahe (Celtic: wild river), on the way to Staudernheim, it is worth visiting the “Nature Museum”, where the board on “Hildegard’s Natural History” (Board 23) is located.

At the end of the stage, Hildegard’s vision of the “Angels” (Board 24) can be meditated on at the Catholic church and Hildegard’s vision of the “Redeemer” (Board 25) at the Protestant church.

Public transport


Monzingen train station. The community is located on the Mainz - Saarbrücken line and is easily accessible by regional train (vlexx).

Alternatively, take the regional express to Bad Sobernheim and bus 273 to Monzingen (Soonwaldstraße stop).

All timetables can be found in the RNN timetable information at – ticket tips: Single or group day ticket!

By road

A61 in the east, Bad Kreuznach junction, take B41 to Monzingen.

A62 in the west, Birkenfeld junction, take B41 to Monzingen.


Festhalle Monzingen, Rosengartenstraße 11, 55569 Monzingen


49.801111, 7.591154
49°48'04.0"N 7°35'28.2"E
32U 398617 5517469
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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.

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September 23, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? September 23, 2022
A-Christel Vogt
August 03, 2020 · Community
der Weg ist NICHT das Ziel der Weg auf dieser Etappe ist ganz klar nicht das Ziel, sondern Disibodenberg was dann am ende für vieles entschädigt. der Weg hat absolut null Schatten, geht nur durch Felder und Weinberge, nur auf Asphalt und zum Teil direkt paralell zur Bundestraße. Nach einer rast am Bad Sobernheimer Marktplatz wird es etwas angenehmer aber auch am Nahe Ufer sind viele Radfahrer und Barfußwanderer unterwegs, besinnlich pilgern war das heute nicht. Dafür ist es dann auf dem Disibodenberg um so mehr, ich hatte zum Glück die Ruine schon 2 Tage vorher kurz besucht und die Vorfreude hat mich durchhalten lassen. Hier kann man auch trotz anderer Besucher zur Ruhe kommen, der Stille Weg mit der kleinen Kapelle am ende ist ein weiters Highlight.
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Torsten Hahn 
September 28, 2018 · Community
Weinberge soweit das Auge reicht und ein weites Tal mit tollen Panoramen von Monzingen bis Bad Sobernheim! Meinen zweiten Tag auf dem Pilgerweg starte ich jedoch in Bad Sobernheim, da ich die vorherige Etappe verlängert habe. Also ganz früh los, damit ich den Sonnenaufgang und den Nebelschleier über der Nahe vielleicht noch vom Disibodenberg aus genießen kann! Ich war leider zu früh, denn das Museum hatte noch geschlossen und der Nebel hatte sich mittlerweile verzogen. Da ich das Kloster aber schon kenne, laufe ich einfach weiter und kehre in Staudernheim im Pilgerbüro ein und treffe dort die Chefin vom Berg und einen netten Herr, der mir alles erklärt und mir eine Übernachtungsempfehlung für das nächste Mal mitgibt. Die Bannmühle! Das sehe ich mir noch mal genauer an!
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When did you do this route? September 25, 2018
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13.6 km
3:33 h
107 m
134 m
Highest point
261 m
Lowest point
137 m
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