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National Park dream loop "Trauntal-Höhenweg"

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  • Pforte zum Trauntal - Höhenweg
    Pforte zum Trauntal - Höhenweg
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig

Up to the Wehlenstein with its magnificent view of the National Park, past the legendary Vorkastell and along the little river Traun - a peaceful tour for nature fans.

Distance 13.9 km
4:00 h
281 m
281 m
657 m
433 m
In the heart of the Hunsrück lies a varied trail that is rich in stone and mystery and is full of surprises: The National Park dream loop Trauntal-Heights-Trail. It leads over the Wehlenstein with its magnificent view and finally up through the middle of the national park to the “Vorkastell”, a Celtic hill fort. From there, another breathtaking view opens up into the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park.

The route is very varied, sometimes with views, sometimes deep forest, some parts lead through wet sections where the moor is gradually reclaiming its space. Romantic stream passages, paths between boulders and the Rosselhalde, here the hiker is surrounded by the sounds of the forest and the water, and nothing else - absolutely nothing.

Those who are interested in the legends tied to sites along the trail and in the vicinity will find more information here.


Author’s recommendation

Enjoy a freshly caught trout halfway along the trail at Forellenhof Trauntal.

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Sandra Wenz
Update: December 13, 2022
Highest point
Dieses Feld ist noch nicht in die gewählte Sprache übersetzt., 657 m
Lowest point
Dieses Feld ist noch nicht in die gewählte Sprache übersetzt., 433 m
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Track types

Asphalt 3.02%Dirt road 9.35%Forested/wild trail 35.26%Path 50.35%Road 0.65%Unknown 1.35%
0.4 km
Dirt road
1.3 km
Forested/wild trail
4.9 km
7 km
0.1 km
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Forellenhof Trauntal

Safety information

Paths close to nature that require surefootedness. In some places no cell phone reception. Several short sections can be quite muddy after rain, so please make sure you wear suitable footwear. When hiking, just pay attention to which kilometer you are on and forward this to the rescue control center if necessary, so that it is easy to find it in the forest.

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Office for the Birkenfeld region, Friedrich-August-Straße 17, 55765 Birkenfeld, Tel.: 06782-9834570, / The Trauntal Heights Trail is one of 114 dream loops, the premium circular hiking trails in Hunsrück. Further information and all other dream loops can be found at

We are located in the middle of the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park.

Information on the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park and the national park region, dream loops in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park and many activity offers can be found in compiled form at

Information for dog owners:

Level of difficulty: medium to medium difficult, little tarmac, many narrow paths, well suited for an adventurous dog walk over uneven terrain

Distracting stimuli: Over the course of the Trauntal-Heights-Trail, country or district roads have to be crossed from time to time, roads can sometimes be heard, but this does not detract from the hiking experience. There is a medium volume of hikers on the premium trail, so you should expect to encounter oncoming hikers.

Water/shade: The Trauntal-Heights-Trail leads mainly through wooded terrain. Direct access to water is available to hikers and their four-legged friends at various points on the route.

Rubbish bins/cleanliness: On the Trauntal-Heights-Trail, the principle of “what you take on the trail goes home with you” is applied as far as possible. There are only rubbish bins available at selected points. The waste from dogs and humans should not be left on/along the trail so that the enjoyment of the trail is maintained for all


Rinzenberg, car park by the pond in Hochwaldstraße (562 m)
49.677187, 7.127406
49°40'37.9"N 7°07'38.7"E
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Rinzenberg, car park by the pond in Hochwaldstraße

Turn-by-turn directions

The start is at the pond area in Rinzenberg. From here, we initially walk uphill to Wehlenstein. On the way, a forest area is passed in, in which many spruce trees were recently infested by the bark beetle and had to be removed. The forest section here doesn’t look very nice at the moment because the forest needs to grow back. However, for the next few years, hikers will be offered magnificent views to the south. Soon the Wehlenstein is reached, and the detour up to the rock is worthwhile, as it offers great views into the heart of the National Park. The path now leads down to the Saustäbel, a former forest pasture with a hut. The covered veranda is ideal for a cosy rest. From here, the path leads up to the “Vorkastell”. From this legendary Celtic refuge, you have a magnificent view of the landscape. The descent to the Forellenhof is short and once again offers great views of nature.

The trail now continues more leisurely along the little Traun river, the path is wider here and leads gently downhill, always accompanied by the sound of the water. Numerous birds can be observed in the floodplain to the left of the path. In March / April, the following section is the place to go for all fans of yellow daffodils. The heralds of spring bloom wildly here and make the meadows along the path a special highlight during this time.

The former sawmill “Hujetsmühle” now houses a temple of the Hare Krishna movement. Every Sunday there is a Sunday festival here around noon, visitors are welcome. The dream loop leads along the gardens and pastures at the back of the estate, always following the Traun. Shortly before Abentheuer, the ironworks weir is reached where the history of the Hunsrück iron industry comes to life. The dream loop leads directly along the site of the former Abentheim ironworks. It is impressive to see here how the master hydraulic engineers of days gone by led water into the smelter grounds through an ingenious canal system. The splashing sound of the Traun offers a nice change and the path nestles idyllically along the small course of the river.

The hike continues up to the field near Buhlenberg. In a dusky forest setting, the site opens up and offers a magnificent view. Several benches and seating groups over the next 2 kilometres invite you to pause, always with a view to the south and the forest behind you. Shortly before Rinzenberg, the trail leads uphill for the last time - and rewards you with another beautiful view.

Public transport

By bus from the district town of Birkenfeld to Börfink/Einschiederhof or to Rinzenberg. (

From Einschiederhof walk downhill into the valley to Forellenhof and enter the trail here.

By road

Exit A62 at Birkenfeld, continue in the direction of Birkenfeld B41, after 5 km follow the B269 and from the town centre of Birkenfeld continue in the direction of Abentheuer and Einschiederhof near Börfink.


Hikers’ car park Abentheuer-Hujetsmühle, on the L165 between Abentheuer and Börfink

Hikers’ car park in 55767 Buhlenberg, above the sports field and Waldhof Buhlenberg

Car park at the former Gasthaus Gordner in Hochwaldstraße 30, 55767 Rinzenberg.


49.677187, 7.127406
49°40'37.9"N 7°07'38.7"E
32U 364904 5504423
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Dream Loops brochure of the Saar-Hunsrück-Trail Project Office available from the Tourist Information Office for the Birkenfeld region, tel.: 06782-9834570,,

WanderZeit, free hiking brochure, available from the Tourist Information Office for the Birkenfeld region, tel.: 06782-9834570,  / Please order by e-mail at 

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure map “Around the Erbeskopf” - available from the Tourist Information Office for the Birkenfeld region.  

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Sturdy footwear is essential because dirt on the shoes is just part of this tour. If you have a packed lunch with you or get a filled picnic bag from a local restaurant, you will find some nice places for a picnic along the way.

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Michael Schmidt 
May 08, 2022 · Community
Top Wanderweg, viele tolle Aussichten Viel naturbelassene Wälder Der Wanderweg ist top gepflegt und die Beschilderung ist sehr gut Danke
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Harald Wolffs 
September 20, 2021 · Community
Derzeit mehrere Umleitungen im Wald wegen Forstarbeiten. Einige Wege stark ausgefahren durch Forstmaschinen und daher sehr morastig.
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When did you do this route? September 20, 2021
F. Müller
July 19, 2021 · Community
Ganz nett, aber es gibt schönere Traumschleifen. Wir sind ab Rinzenberg gestartet. Auf den ersten 4 km gibt es keine einzige Bank oder Rastmöglichkeit. Der Weg ist überwiegend schattig und lässt sich bei warmem Wetter gut gehen. Aufgrund der heftigen Niederschläge der vergangenen Tage stellenweise schlammig, dafür ist der Traunbach fast schon ein Wildbach.
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When did you do this route? July 18, 2021
Photo: F. Müller, Community
Photo: F. Müller, Community
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13.9 km
4:00 h
281 m
281 m
Highest point
657 m
Lowest point
433 m
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