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Dream loop “Rund um den Zauberwald”

· 19 reviews · Hiking trail · Premium-Wanderregion Saar-Hunsrück
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  • Willy Wurzel der Waldmeister des Zauberwalds
    Willy Wurzel der Waldmeister des Zauberwalds
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Birkenfelder Land
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The dream loop extends the "Zauberwald" nature adventure path from four to ten kilometres. The trail is perfect for families and is easy to shorten in route.

Distance 10.9 km
3:00 h
286 m
286 m
591 m
440 m

An adventurous trail starting from the spring complex of the Sauerbrunnen. The adjacent premium walking trail “Little dream loop Enchanted Forest”, the direct location at the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park, the enchanted Hambach Rock, the 25m high Hattgenstein lookout tower and the magnificent view from the Weißenstein are just a few highlights of this premium trail.

A highlight for children: the directly adjacent premium walking trail little dream loop “Enchanted Forest” with its forest master “Willy Wurzel”.  The dream loop “Zauberwald” was rated 66 experience points by the German Hiking Institute.

Author’s recommendation

This is also where the “Little dream loop Enchanted forest” starts, where forest master Willy Wurzel explains all about nature

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Sandra Wenz
Update: October 05, 2022
Highest point
observation tower, 591 m
Lowest point
440 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 1.23%Dirt road 9.23%Forested/wild trail 40.39%Path 41.60%Road 6.07%Unknown 1.46%
0.1 km
Dirt road
1 km
Forested/wild trail
4.4 km
4.6 km
0.7 km
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Landgasthaus und Partyservice Böß in Schwollen
Imbiss Tropicana im Ferienpark Hambachtal
Hunsrück Ferienpark Hambachtal

Safety information

A sure footing is essential. No mobile phone reception in some areas.

Along the "Zauberwald" dream loop, a mountain bike trail runs alongside the hiking trail and crosses the hiking trail in two places. Hikers and bikers are asked to respect each other.

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Office for the Birkenfeld region, Friedrich-August-Straße 17, 55765 Birkenfeld, Tel.: 06782- 9834570, info@birkenfelder-land.de,  www.birkenfelder-land.de

We are located right next to 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 www.nationalparkregion-hunsrueck-hochwald.de

Information for dog owners:

  • Level of difficulty: medium, little tarmac, few narrow paths, well suited for an adventurous dog walk over uneven terrain
  • Distractions: Over the course of the dream loop “Around the Enchanted Forest”, 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 dream loop “Around the Enchanted Forest” 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 dream loop “Around the Enchanted Forest”, 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


Hikers’ car parks “Sauerbrunnen” and “Zauberwald” on the L174 near 55765 Oberhambach (469 m)
49.687158, 7.141994
49°41'13.8"N 7°08'31.2"E
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Hikers’ car parks “Sauerbrunnen” and “Zauberwald” on the L174 near 55765 Oberhambach

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour begins at the Sauerbrunnen car park. From here, clockwise first uphill through the enchanted forest, past the "Hambacher Felsen" and up to the observation tower. Right next door, there is the opportunity to stop off at the Rothenburghütte. Nicely refreshed, the trail first goes downhill to the Schwollbach stream. This is crossed, followed by a steep climb to the “Weißenstein” viewpoint. From here, it is a few hundred metres until the Schwollbach Valley is reached again.

We cross the stream again, just behind the Schwollen mineral water companies. If you like, you can take a detour to the nearby Schwollen open-air swimming pool - small but a nice place to take a break halfway along the trail. The trail now leads uphill past the youth centre to Hattgenstein, where a visit to the historic bell house is a must. Now continue downhill through wide meadows to Oberhambach and down to the Hambachtal holiday park. Exactly a few metres on you can stop here for a bite to eat at the Tarifa Fun inn.  It is not much further now to the Sauerbrunnen, which marks the end of the tour.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Bus connection from the district town of Birkenfeld to Oberhambach/Ferienpark www.rnn.info


Getting there

Exit A62 at Birkenfeld, continue towards Birkenfeld, then continue on the B269 towards Morbach. Junction to the L174 towards Ferienpark Hambachtal.


Hikers’ car parks “Sauerbrunnen” and “Zauberwald” on the L174 near 55765 Oberhambach / Rothenburghütte at the lookout tower in 55767 Hattgenstein / The car parks are free of charge.


49.687158, 7.141994
49°41'13.8"N 7°08'31.2"E
32U 365983 5505505
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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, info@birkenfelder-land.de, www.birkenfelder-land.de

WanderZeit, free hiking brochure, available from the Tourist Information Office for the Birkenfeld region, tel.: 06782-9834570, www.birkenfelder-land.de

Please order by e-mail at info@birkenfelder-land.de 

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure map “Around the Erbeskopf” - available from the Tourist Information Office for the Birkenfeld region, info@birkenfelder-land.de 

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Sturdy footwear is essential.

Tip for kids: Book an adventurer backpack

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Andrea Neu
October 10, 2022 · Community
Uns hat der Weg sehr gut gefallen. Besonders die riesige Bank und der Blick vom Turm. Allerdings sind wir die Strecke gegen den Uhrzeigersinn gelaufen, was für die Kinder besser war, weil die Höhepunkte am Schluss kommen.
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When did you do this route? October 09, 2022
Christiane We
February 10, 2022 · Community
Toller Weg, viel Pfade, abwechslungsreich, kein Verkehrslärm, überwiegend Wald, sehr gepflegte Wege. Besonderes Highlight ist der Aussichtsturm.
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Stefanie Otterbach 
July 31, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöner Rundweg mit hohem naturbelassenem Waldpfadanteil. Einfach zu gehen, aber nicht mit Kinderwagen. Für größere Kinder ab ca. 6 Jahren gut geeignet. Wenn man allerdings alle Infotafeln lesen und die Lernspiele machen möchte, braucht man gute vier Stunden für den gesamten Weg. Ich werde den bzw. zumindest das kleine Zauberwaldschleifchen sicher demnächst nochmal mit meinen Enkeln machen.
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When did you do this route? July 31, 2021
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3:00 h
286 m
286 m
Highest point
591 m
Lowest point
440 m
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