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Hunsrück, Nahe and Glan
A walkers' paradise

House in front of bizarre rock formation in Bad Münster am Stein

The highland scenery of the Hunsrück region provides a stunning backdrop to the enchanting countryside along the Moselle, Nahe, Saar and Rhine rivers. The Hunsrück is a walkers' paradise, a wonderful place to experience the romantic, unspoilt countryside at first hand.

This region is also full of history. Sometimes visitors may believe they have taken a step back in time to the days when Schinderhannes, the legendary outlaw, still roamed the land. The Hunsrück region became famous around the world through the TV series, "HEIMAT", which was filmed here and depicted life in Germany over the last 100 years. Dating back more than 400 million years, Hunsrück slate has been extracted at underground mines here since the Middle Ages.

Aerial view of the reservoir in Kell am See

The "Schiefergrube Herrenberg" mine is now open to visitors. In this historical slate mine you can also see a fantastic variety of marine fossils enclosed in the slate. Ancient Celts, Romans and Franconians once settled here. In the Middle Ages and early modern age, aristocratic families built a number of castles and palaces here reflecting the history of this region. These and other historical buildings and natural monuments, Celtic and Roman sites, mines and observation towers, natural history and cultural museums, as well as educational and discovery trails make for interesting days out, while old half-timbered buildings and farmhouses, churches with their famous Stumm organs, mills and gem-cutting factories show us today how the people of the Hunsrück region once lived.

The Hunsrück countryside, including the Saar-Hunsrück and Soonwald-Nahe nature reserves, is a remarkable mix of deeply indented valleys, mountain ridges with the highest peak in the Rhineland-Palatinate, the Erbeskopf (818m), and high plateaus. With its wild, romantic streams, bizarre rock formations and wide expanses of forest, it is a perfect destination for walking and relaxation.

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Highlights in brief

  • Idar-Oberstein
    Gemstones, Church of the Rock, gemstone museum
  • Bad Kreuznach
    Health resort, salt-evaporation works, arch bridge with bridge houses
  • Bad Münster am Stein
    Health resort, Schmittstollen visitor mine, museums
  • Simmern
    Centre of the Hunsrück, museum, St. Stephan's Church
  • Bad Sobernheim
    "Barefoot path", open-air museum
  • Gemünden
    Baroque castle
  • Bundenbach
    Altburg Celtic settlement, fossil museum, Herrenberg slate mine
  • Morbach
    Telephone museum
  • Fischbach
    Historical copper mine
  • Kirchberg
    Outdoor kart track, climbing hall, historical paths (2000-year old Ausonius Roman Road)