Scenery for connoisseurs in the heart of Rhineland-Palatinate
The Hunsrück is a haven of bright colours: yellowy gold in spring when the rapeseed is in bloom, red and blue in summer when its meadows are bedecked with poppies and cornflowers, and packed with every nuance of shade in autumn.
This colourful display is most intensive when experienced at one's own pace. A network of hiking routes that has been substantially improved in recent years takes hikers to countless natural beauty spots. The views of the landscape en route are incredibly distinctive as far as the eye can see. The views on the Saar-Hunsrück Climb, a long-distance hiking trail, are particularly striking as it wends its way through the Hunsrück. Certified as the best long-distance hiking trail in Germany by the German Hiking Institute, this hiking route more than lives up to its motto of "Experience the Variety". Far removed from civilisation, the Saar-Hunsrück Climb meanders through the region up hill and down dale across 415 km of soft forest floor. The Soonwaldsteig Trail hiking route also offers plenty of unforgettable hikes through the forests and meadows of the Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park, as do the premium-quality circular hiking trails known as the Traumschleifen Saar-Hunsrück (Saar-Hunsrück Dream Loops).
The Hunsrück is still a real insider's tip amongst cyclists. With an incline of just 1%, the Schinderhannes Cycle Route between Emmelshausen, Kastellaun and Simmern, and the Ruwer-Hochwald Cycle Route between Trier-Ruwer, Kell am See and Hermeskeil, both of which run along old railway lines, are an exciting destination for a family excursion. Athletically-minded cyclists can criss-cross the region on the Hunsrück Cycle Route between Saarburg on the Saar and Bacharach on the Rhine.
We know that physical activity helps you to work up an appetite, which is why our regional cuisine has such a broad spectrum of culinary delicacies to offer. A few starred restaurants have really found their niche in the Hunsrück with their top-class gastronomy and high-quality cuisine. Visitors can enjoy long-established local rural cuisine such as filled dumplings, the original Hunsrück version of Schwenkbraten (marinated pork), or Kartoffelwurst (potato sausage).