Idarwald mountain range with Idarkopf (746 m)
Lonely forests, peaceful creek valleys, and sheltered moors are the distinguishing
features of the Idarwald mountain range, a quartzite ridge whose two highest
points are An den zwei Steinen (766m) and Idarkopf (746m).
However it is not only the extensive stretches of unspoilt natural beauty
that fascinates visitors and draws them from near and far. The "German Gem
Road" from Idar-Oberstein passes through such picturesque places as Herrstein,
Schauren, and Allenbach into the heart of the region.
Relaxation, enjoyment of nature and the landscape, looking for minerals, and
an interest in the manufacture and processing of gemstones —all this can be
combined here in the most pleasant way. A further feature are the distinct
traces of a very old cultural landscape with roots reaching far back into
prehistoric times, which can be found everywhere. The reconstructed Celtic
"Altburg" fortress near Bundenbach or the "Belginum" archaeological park near
Morbach allows you to experience this era At first hand. The only castle surrounded
by water in Hunsrück is located near Morbach and reminds us of the Trier Archbishop
and Elector Balduin von Luxemburg, one of the greatest protagonists of the
Middle Ages in Hunsrück.
A picture book worth looking at: Uwe Anhäuser, Heimat am Idarwald, VG Rhaunen, 2001
Hiking guides: Wolfgang Bartels, Hunsrück; DuMont Buchverlag, 1996
and Norbert Forsch, Hunsrück; Deutscher Wanderverlag, 2000