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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 21

Saar-Hunsrück Climb - 21st Leg: Kastellaun - Mannebach – Schmausemühle

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  • Wasserfall im Baybachtal
    / Wasserfall im Baybachtal
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / Auf dem Steg im Baybachtal
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / Über die Felsen im Baybachtal
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Projektbüro Saar-Hunsrück-Steig
  • / Schloßstraße in Kastellaun
    Photo: Et cetera, Tourist-Information Kastellaun
  • / Burgweg Kastellaun
    Photo: Jörn Winkhaus, Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
  • / Burg Kastellaun
    Photo: Eike Dubois, Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
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The leg offers an exciting switch from open landscape with great views to the deeply cut gorges of Frankweiler Bach and Baybach.
Distance 17.7 km
6:00 h
542 m
742 m
As a result of the demanding climbing sections at Baybachklamm, the leg is graded as difficult and demands an absolutely secure footing and no tendency to get dizzy. The gorge is impassable if there is ice and snow. It starts in the heart of Kastellaun. Through the attractive old town, the route ascends to the castle ruin where you can take a look across the town. Then the route goes to Kastellaun Lake where adventure playgrounds and benches invite you to take a rest. Shortly after this we follow Trimmbach, then hike over open ground to Uhler Kopf, which reveals fantastic open views. Shortly after we reach Deimerbachtal, passing Junkersmühle and enjoy the exciting switch from idyllic valley meadow to wood for a short time. As this passes, we arrive at Mannebach where we experience an unusual change. We then walk though pretty Mannebach where the Witch’s House invites you to take a delicious break. Over open country with great views to the Eifel volcano, we arrive at Mannebacher Zwillingsbaum, where an info board tells us that 2 scenes from the “Heimat” film epic by Edgar Reitz were filmed. There is a short section, sometimes over fields, sometimes through woods that guides us with great open views to the border of Heyweiler. At the edge of the wood, the most spectacular section of today’s leg starts: linking with the Baybachklamm Dream Loop, the path goes through quaint woods to the edge of the cliff. From the Barreterlei outcrop, we can see the day’s destination deep below in the gorge. The demanding descent to Baybach is an adventure and our adrenaline level is sure to rise again thanks to some climbing sections secured by rope. In the middle of the wild romantic gorge, we finally reach the Schmausemühle, our destination for the day.

Author’s recommendation


All of the senses are brought into play here! The Mannebach Adventure Field invites us to rest a while in an idyllic environment with its exciting adventure stations. Between the lake and meadow, humming stones and wobbly posts sharpen perceptions and break up the hiking day with unexpected experiences.

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Update: February 08, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
443 m
Lowest point
207 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Tourist-Info Kastellaun  
Marktstr. 16
56288 Kastellaun
Telefon: +49 6762 401873

Internetseite des Saar-Hunsrück-Steiges: 


Kastellaun (410 m)
50.071022, 7.441669
50°04'15.7"N 7°26'30.0"E
32U 388485 5547690




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Kastellaun, Perlengasse car park & multi-storey

Hiking car park 56290 Heyweiler (start of the Baybachklamm Traumschleife (Dream Loop))


50.071022, 7.441669
50°04'15.7"N 7°26'30.0"E
32U 388485 5547690
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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The Saar-Hunsrück Climb is a natural path that is on soft forest floor, grass paths or alongside streams for 65% of its route. But this special quality can result in problems after long periods of rain, making parts of the route difficult to walk. We therefore recommend wearing sturdy shoes.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Ernst Brill
August 25, 2016 · Community
Sorry, mein früherer Kommentar betrifft nicht diese Etappe, sondern die Etappe 20. Diese Etappe ist gut beschildert. Leider sind die Wege von Mannebach nach Heyweiler über die grasbewachsenen Feldwege schlecht zu gehen. Die Fußgelenke werden durch die Unebenheiten stark belastet. Alles andere ist super.
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Ernst Brill
July 24, 2016 · Community
Wir sind in Mörsdorf gestartet und über die Hängebrücke gegangen. Dann über die ausgeschilderte Zuwegung zum eigentlichen Steig gegangen. So mussten wir nicht durch die übele, morastige Strecke im Tal gehen. Der Ort Bell macht seinem Namen alle Ehre. Aber durch Bell bis zum Erreichen des Waldes vor Kastellaun mussten wir eine große Strecke bei praller Sonne gehen, was nicht angenehm war. Auch bei dieser Tour war wieder der Streckenabschnitt, der über eine Traumschleife führte sehr schön und gut zu gehen. Die wirklich neuen Streckenabschnitte sind verbesserungswürdig.
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6:00 h
542 m
742 m
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