The Hunsrück region, located in southwest Germany in Rhineland-Palatinate with the volcanic Eifel region to the North and the Saarland to the south, is a hilly region with vast forests. The mountain range extends about 100 km from southwest to northeast and is about 30-35 km wide. The average height is about 300-500 m with the Erbeskopf being the highest point with 816 m above sea level – and even hosting a few slopes for skiing during winter.
With its gentle slopes, extended forests, moors, rivers, lakes, bridges, historical towns and cities, and fantastic sceneries the Hunsrück is an ideal hiking area.
The Saar-Hunsrück Steig is 421 km long and can be divided into 27 different legs of 10 to 25 km each. It was awarded the “Deutsches Wandersiegel”, one of the highest awards for premium hiking trails in Europe.
The trail is a great way to discover nature and keep fit during all seasons. It is also a good opportunity for the occasional friendly chat along the path and discovery of the local cuisine.
The legs can also be combined with other activities – for example at Kell am See (leg 25) the Steig connects to the Ruwer-Hochwald-bicycle path, which will bring you on the gentle slope of a previous trainline, all the way to Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and its famous Porta Nigra.
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