Saar-Hunsrück Climb - 13th Leg: Idar-Oberstein (Altstadt) - Fischbach – Herrstein

Long Distance Hiking

The route uses narrow paths via spectacular rock formations to provide great views of Nahetal.

15.11.2021: Closure due to forestry operations in the Schlossweiher area

  • Type Long Distance Hiking
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 7:00 h
  • Distance 19,6 km
  • Ascent 947 m
  • Descent 976 m
  • Lowest point 233 m
  • Highest point 432 m


From Oberstein Old Town, the route goes steeply uphill past the church-in-the-rocks to the castle. The church-in-the-rocks is a sacred emblem of Idar- Oberstein. It was built around 60 metres high in the rock between 1482-1484, to atone for a fratricide. From there we hike parallel to the “Nahe- Felsenweg” Dream Loop. The route uses narrow paths via spectacular rock formations to provide great views of Nahetal. After a long incline, there comes a very natural section with beautiful, quiet stream valleys, ancient woods and fantastic views when crossing ranges of hills. Due to its length and some steep inclines, this leg is very demanding. Those wanting to break the journey can find accommodation options via the tourist information. The copper mine in Fischbach is worth visiting and can be reached on foot. At the end of the leg we reach Herrstein with its numerous half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages.

From the old town of Oberstein, the route goes steeply uphill past the Felsenkirche to the castle. The Felsenkirche is the sacred landmark of Idar-Oberstein. It was built around 60 metres high in the rocks in 1482-1484 as atonement for a fratricide. From there we walk parallel to the dream loop "Nahe-Felsenweg". The path leads along narrow paths over spectacular rock formations with great views into the Nahe valley. After a long ascent, a very natural passage begins with beautiful quiet brook valleys, old forests and crossing mountain ranges with wonderful views. The stage is very demanding due to its length and some steep climbs. If you do not want to walk it in one piece, you can find accommodation at the tourist information offices. In Fischbach it is worth visiting the copper mine, which can be reached via an access road. At the end of the stage we reach the medieval town of Herrstein with its numerous half-timbered houses.

Hiking boots required!

Our tips for carefree hiking pleasure:

Hiking is the perfect sport. With the right clothes and shoes it is twice as much fun. Functional clothing, poles and breathable backpacks are pleasant when hiking. But good shoes are indispensable. For longer walks, we recommend sturdy hiking boots with non-slip soles. Also remember to bring sunscreen and a drink. A litre of water is ideal.

At the end of the stage, the historic town centre with 60 restored half-timbered houses awaits you.

A short tour is worthwhile!

The Saar-Hunsrück Climb is a near-natural trail, 65% of which is over soft forest soil, grassy paths or along streams. However, this special quality can also lead to problems after longer periods of rain and make parts of the trail difficult to walk on. Therefore, sturdy shoes are highly recommended.

A61 exit Bad Kreuznach, direction B41 Idar-Oberstein exit "Tourist-Information", follow municipal parking guidance system.

A 62 to Birkenfeld exit, continue towards Birkenfeld B41 to Idar-Oberstein "Festhallenknoten" exit, follow municipal parking guidance system

Car park at Schlossweiher Oberstein

Car park at Idar-Oberstein station

Church-in-the-rocks car park

Old town car park

Nahe Centre car park

Hintertiefenbach car park (via a path)

Copper mine car park

Fischbach (via a path)

Car park Brühlstr., Herrstein

To the starting point:

Idar-Oberstein railway station, continue with city transport lines 801/802/805/806/870 to the municipal theatre. Or walk 500 metres from the station.  From the Idar-Oberstein Tourist Information on the Oberstein market square (near the German Mineral Museum), the access route to the starting point is marked above Idar-Oberstein Castle.


Direct journey from Idar-Oberstein railway station to Oberstein Castle possible via call bus 829.

Timetable at www.rnn.info

Return journey from Herrstein to Idar-Oberstein with bus lines 855, 856 (call bus).

We recommend planning the connections with www.rnn.info

Map and arrival

Elevation profile

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