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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.

Relaxing, 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.

vSpacer Colorful maple trees: harbingers of autumn in the Idarwald («Idarwald» Forest)

Hiking guides
Wolfgang Bartels: Hunsrück; DuMont Buchverlag, 1996
Norbert Forsch: Hunsrück; Deutscher Wanderverlag, 2000
A picture book worth looking at
Uwe Anhäuser: Heimat am Idarwald; VG Rhaunen, 2001
Photo: Idarwald main ridge — colorful maple trees in autumn

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