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Saar-Hunsrück Climb - 15th Leg: Forellenhof Reinhardtsmühle – Rhaunen

Long Distance Hiking

The leg has a great deal to offer, namely natural stillness in the impressive and original river landscape of the Hahnenbachtal.

  • Type Long Distance Hiking
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 4:00 h
  • Distance 12,2 km
  • Ascent 384 m
  • Descent 326 m
  • Lowest point 264 m
  • Highest point 399 m


Shortly after the start we experience fantastic views of Schmidtburg from the Middle Ages. Then we reach the former slate mine with an opportunity for a break. Next it is possible to visit a reconstructed Celtic village. The route then goes sometimes right by the stream, at other points further away, along the Hahnenbach. The last part is over Wartenberg which sometimes features lovely views towards Rhaunen and the surrounding area.
The 15th stage of the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig leads from Forellenhof Reinhardtsmühle, on the outskirts of the village of Bundenbach, through the Hahnenbach Valley to Rhaunen.

At Forellenhof Reinhardtsmühle we find a parking lot for hikers and can start our tour directly from there. The Saar-Hunsrück-Steig runs here parallel to the Soonwaldsteig and also to the Traumschleife Hahnenbachtal Tour.

We start through the Hahnenbach valley, where we reach a vantage point with a beautiful view of the Schmidtburg castle ruins after a short time. We continue to the Celtic settlement of Altburg, where the paths of the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig and the Soonwaldsteig separate again. We hike the Hahnenbach valley a bit more before we enter the Idarbach valley. We now follow the Idarbach to Rhaunen. Sometimes a bit distant, sometimes directly along the stream. In the last part it goes over the Wartenberg, which offers beautiful views of Rhaunen and surroundings at some points. The stage destination is thus reached.

The Saar-Hunsrück Climb is a natural path that is on soft forest floor, grass paths or alongside streams for 65% of its route. But this special quality can result in problems after long periods of rain, making parts of the route difficult to walk. We therefore recommend wearing sturdy shoes
Visit the Schmidtburg castle ruins, the Herrenberg visitor mine and the Altburg Celtic settlement.
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.
From the north:

A61 exit Reinböllen -> B50 exit Kirchberg -> Kirchberg direction Kirn, turn right twice in Rudolfshaus.

From the east/south:

A61 exit Bad Kreuznach -> B41 exit Kirn Ost direction Rhaunen -> In Rudolfshaus: turn right at the end of the village.

From the west:

A62 exit Birkenfeld -> B41 exit Kirn West direction Rhaunen -> In Rudolfshaus: turn right at the end of the village.

Hiking car park Forellenhof Reinhardtsmühle

Car park at Herrenberg visitor mine

From Kirn train station continue with line 352 to the Rudolfshaus stop. Further information at www.rnn.info

Map and arrival

Elevation profile

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