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Soonwald Steig - The second stage - from Bundenbach into the Simmerbach valley

The second stage - from Bundenbach into the Simmerbach valley

Stage details

Soonwaldsteig The second stage  from Bundenbach into the Simmerbach valley

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Distance: 13 km

Localities: Hahnebachtal, Wassererlebnispfad, Lützelsoon, Teufelsfels, Blickenstein

Stage description 

Behind the Celtic settlement, the trail heads down into the valley and crosses over the Hahnenbach near the castle ruins of the Schmidtburg. This remote valley does not have any streets or roads and, because during summer so many rare butterflies can be seen here, is also known as the 'butterfly valley'. It is a valley full of secrets and forgotten stories of which the attentive hiker can still find traces in old wall remnants, buried tunnels and mine entrances. For children the lively Hahnenbach (stream) offers many possibilities for playing and a water adventure trail for even more fun. 

From the Hahnenbach valley, the trail leads the hiker near Schneppenbach to the craggy ridges of the Lützelsoon. Not far from the trail, on the Woppenroth heights lay the enchanted ruins of the Hellkirch in the forest. The next stop is the Teufelsfels with a lookout tower offering a panorama view of the Hunsrück heights in the north, the Hochwald in the west, the Large Soon in the east and the Donnersberg in the south. From here on, in some places, the trail leads over impressive quartzite scarps, past beautiful views of the Nahe low mountain range to the so-called 'Blickenstein'. Here rock formations, like natural benches, invite hikers to stop and rest for a moment and enjoy the wonderful view of the Kellenbach valley ranging far into the Palatinate. 

Thereafter the Soonwaldsteig trail takes a turn to the north side of the Lützelsoon. Soon the Gemünden Castle comes into view. From one of the huts, which can be reached by making a short detour, you can look down into the Simmerbach valley, the second Soonwald transverse valley. On the Langenstein, a natural monument rock spire jutting steeply out of the forest, peregrine falcons brood. The stage ends, with the northern descent around the Langenstein, at the B 241 (Gemünden-Simmertal) at a pedestrian bridge built especially for the Soonwaldsteig trail.

Altitude profile

Soonwaldsteig Etappe 2 - Bundenbach-Simmerbachtal


Marktplatz 6
55481 Kirchberg
Phone: +49 (6763) 910144

Bahnhofstraße 37
55606 Kirn
Phone: +49 (6752) 137610
Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
Gebäude 663
55483 Hahn-Flughafen
Phone: +49 (6543) 5077030

Parking areas

  • Bundenbach
    Parking area of the slate mine Herrenberg (access via Bundenbach; follow the signs to the Schiefergrube Herrenberg)

Places to stop for refreshments 

  • Bergmannsschänke (at the slate mine Herrenberg)
    Phone: +49 (6544) 9272
    Opening hours: 1 April to 31 October
  • Restaurant "Zur grünen Au"
    55490 Gehlweiler
    Phone: +49 (6765) 607
    Closed Mondays



  • Celtic settlement, Altburg
  • Slate mine Herrenberg open to visitors
  • Fossil museum, Bundenbach
  • Water adventure trail Hahnenbachtal
  • Schmidtburg
  • lookout tower Teufelsfels
  • quartzite scarps, Teufelsfels