It begins with a veritable treasure: sparkling gemstones in and around Idar-Oberstein. Then the trail ascends to the forested crests of our low mountain region the Hunsrück. This area has remained natural and quiet, giving some hikers a bit of feeling of adventure when the trail leads across bizarre accumulations of scree on the Möscheider Burr or across the highest elevation in Rhine-Palatinate, the Erbeskopf, or through the bog landscape of the Ortelsbruch and the Weyrichsbruch. And, finally, just waiting for the Saar-Hunsrück explorer at the end is an equally rich treasure chest: Trier, Germany’s oldest city with its Roman monumental structures.
Please note: No arrival on tuesdays!
What you can expect
Medium difficult hike of the highest standard. Trekking passages, level stretches. Good condition required for the greater elevation differences.
How you'll live
Hiker-friendly hotels / boarding houses (pensions) / guest houses (some transfers to / from the hiking trail)
8 x overnight stays in rooms with shower/WC
8 x fortifying hiker's breakfast
7 x box lunches
1 x Accordion-fold hiking map “Saar-Hunsrück-Steig” (1:25.000), 1 per group
From Idar-Oberstein up into the Hunsrück and past the impressive heaps of blocks of the Mörscheid Burr to Kempfeld.
Kempfeld - Morbach
about 18 km
With the starting point at the Wildenburger Kopf with the Celtic fortified refuge and the outlook tower, 72 ft/22 m high, on to the Krahloch Geopark. From there through the Idarwald forest into the Ortelsbruch recreational area near Morbach.
Morbach - Hunsrückhaus
about 14 km
Hiking over soft forest floor and past two railroad viaducts to the Hunsrückhaus (with transfer).
Hunsrückhaus - Einschieder Hof
about 10 km
Over the 2,677 ft/816 m Erbeskopf. Into the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park. From there through deep forests to Einschieder Hof.
Einschieder Hof - Nonnweiler
about 15 km
Wide panoramas and grassy paths on the Dollberg Ridge. Then over the wall of the Celtic Ringwall near Otzenhausen to the Prims Valley Reservoir near Nonnweiler.
Nonnweiler - Reinsfeld
about 21 km
On paths through forest, meadow, and field past the town of Hermeskeil to the Keller Steg and on to Reinsfeld.
Reinsfeld - Bonerath
about 20 km
Through dark fir forest past the Kell Lake to Bonerath (with transfer).
Bonerath - Trier
about 23 km
Enjoy the grand finale on the hike to Trier, into the city with eight UNESCO World Heritage sites: Porta Nigra, Amphitheater, Imperial Baths, Barbara Baths, Cathedral, Church of Our Lady, Roman Imperial Throne Room (Basilika), and Roman Bridge.