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National Park dream loop Trauntal high-level trail

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  • Pforte zum Trauntal - Höhenweg
    Pforte zum Trauntal - Höhenweg
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
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From Traunbach valley up to the Wehlenstein with its beautiful view on the national park and past the mythical Vorkastell.
Distance 13.9 km
4:00 h
281 m
281 m
657 m
433 m
In the heart of the Hunsrück there is a varied path that is extremely rich, mysterious and full of surprises: the Trauntal Höhenweg National Park Dream Loop. It leads over the Wehlenstein with its wonderful view and finally through the middle of the national park up to the "Vorastell", a Celtic fortification. From there, another breathtaking view opens up into the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park. The route is very varied, sometimes a view, sometimes deep forest, some passages lead through damp sections in which the moor gradually reclaims its space. Romantic stream passages, paths between boulders and Rosselhalden, here the hiker is surrounded by the sounds of the forest and the water, and nothing else. If you are interested in the legends that surround places along the way and in the vicinity, you will find more here Information.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the local cuisine or a freshly caught trout. The gastronomy along the way offers just the right thing for every taste.
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Sandra Wenz
Update: July 06, 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%Nature trail 35.26%Path 50.35%Road 0.65%Unknown 1.35%
0.4 km
Dirt road
1.3 km
Nature 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 of the Birkenfelder Land, Friedrich-August-Straße 17, 55765 Birkenfeld, Tel.: 06782-9834570,,

The Trauntal-Höhenweg is one of 111 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 High Forest National Park.

Information about the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park and the National Park region, dream loops in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park and many activity offers are summarised in compact form at


Rinzenberg, parking lot at 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, parking lot at the pond in Hochwaldstraße

Turn-by-turn directions

The start is at the pond in Rinzenberg. From here it first goes uphill to the Wehlenstein. On the way you pass a forest where a lot of spruce trees were recently infested with the bark beetle and had to be removed. The forest passage doesn't look very nice at the moment, forest has to grow back here. However, there are wonderful views to the south for the hiker for the next few years. The Wehlenstein is soon reached, the detour up the rock is worthwhile, as there are great views into the heart of the national park. The path now leads down to the Saustäbel, a former forest pasture and hut. The covered veranda is ideal for a leisurely rest. From here the path leads up to the "fore fort". From this legendary Celtic refuge you have a wonderful view of the landscape. The descent to the Forellenhof is short and once again offers great insights into nature.Along the river Traun it is now more leisurely, the path is wider here and leads slightly downhill, always accompanied by the rush of the water. Numerous birds can be observed in the meadow landscape to the left of the path. In March / April the following passage is the starting point for all friends of the yellow daffodils. The signs of spring bloom wildly here and make the meadows along the way a special highlight at this time.The former sawmill "Hujetsmühle" now houses a temple of the Hare Krishna movement. Every Sunday there is a Sunday festival around noon, visitors are very welcome. The dream loop leads along the back of the property along the gardens and pastures, following the Traun further and further. The ironworks weir is reached shortly before the adventure. The history of the Hunsrück iron industry comes to life here. The dream loop leads directly along the site of the former Adventurer ironworks. It is impressive to see how the hydraulic engineers of bygone days brought water into the hut area in a sophisticated canal system. The babbling of the Traun offers a nice change and the path nestles idyllically along the small river.The hike continues up to the field near Buhlenberg. Only in a twilight forest environment does the site open up and offer a wonderful view. Several benches and seating groups invite you to linger over the next 2 kilometers, always with a view to the south, with the forest behind you. Shortly before Rinzenberg, the path leads uphill one last time - and is rewarded with another fantastic view.


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Public transport

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

From Einschiederhof you walk down into the valley to the Forellenhof and enter the path here.

Getting there

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


Car park at the Forellenhof Trauntal, In den Quellwiesen, 54422 Börfink-Einschiederhof

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

Hiker's car park in 55767 Buhlenberg, above sports field and Waldhof BuhlenbergCar park in 55767Rinzenberg, opposite Weiher in Hochwaldstraße


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

Book recommendation by the author

Dream Loops brochure from the Saar-Hunsrück Climb Project Office available from the Birkenfelder Land Tourist Information, Tel.: 06782-9834570,,

WanderZeit brochure available free of charge from the Tourist Information Office of the Birkenfelder Land, Tel.: 06782-9834570, 

Gladly to order by mail from

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure map "Rund um den Erbeskopf" - available at the tourist information of the Birkenfelder Land

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Sturdy footwear is required. If you have some rucksack food with you, you will find some nice places for a picnic on 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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