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Hunsrück-Radweg (Hunsrueck Cycle Route)

  • start: Saarburg (Saar)
  • destination: Bacharach (Rhine)
  • difficult
  • 162,37 km
  • 13 hours
  • 1700 m
  • 814 m
  • 74 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 80 / 100

The Hunsrück Cycle Route is the best way to discover this area by bike, taking you straight through the middle and connecting the Saar with the Rhine.

Climbing out of the Saar Valley and continuing along the northern edges of the High Black Forest, the Hunsrück Cycle Route takes you along steadily rising forest paths almost all the way to the top of the Erbeskopf mountain before you gently roll downhill towards Morbach. Gently does it as you skirt around the northern side of the Idar Forest, passing through Büchenbeuren, Sohren and Kirchberg. By following the old Roman road, you will reach Simmern before eventually arriving at Rheinböllen near the Soonwald Forest, your last stop before the Rhine hills. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a swift downhill ride into the Rhine Valley.

General information


1. Saarburg – Kell, 30 km: ‘Saar Valley and Hunsrück hills’:
there is a good 350 m difference in elevation between the Saar and the Hunsrück hills near the River Ruwer in Kell, most of which come during the approx. 5 km uphill climb between Irsch and the Speiner Bildchen Chapel.  

2. Kell – Hermeskeil – Morbach, 45 km: ‘Erbeskopf stage’:
running almost exclusively through thick forests with occasional glimpses of the view beyond the trees, this stretch takes you within a kilometre of the Erbeskopf summit.

3. Morbach – Kirchberg – Simmern, 45 km: ‘Hunsrück plateau’:
the flattest stage of the route heads straight across the Hunsrück over its level plateau. 

4.  Simmern – Rheinböllen – Niederheimbach – Bacharach, 35 km: ‘Hunsrück hills and Rhine Valley’: 
starting from the Hunsrück plateau, heading across the ridge of the Rhine hills and down to the Rhine, this downhill stretch provides compensation for the climb beginning at Saarburg.

Safety Guidelines

Suitable for experienced, frequent and occasional cyclists. The gradient of the climb out of the Saar Valley and the Rhine Valley reaches 10% on some short sections – the inclines on the way up the Erbeskopf are shorter and not so steep. All uphill stretches follow forest and farm roads, far away from and undisturbed by motor traffic.

  • Helm
  • Handy mit vollem Akku
  • Bargeld, Ausweis
  • Navigationsgerät, Kartenmaterial
  • Luftpumpe / Druckluftkartusche
  • Ersatzschlauch
  • Ausreichend Getränke
  • Energieriegel / -gel
  • Wind- / Regenjacke

Planen Sie unbedingt einen Abstecher zur höchsten Erhebung in Rheinland-Pfalz, dem 816 Meter hohen Erbeskopf mit seiner Windklangskulptur ein.

Getting there

Über die B 51 oder B 419 von Trier bzw. Saarbrücken.


Parkplätze befinden sich in der Brückenstraße gegenüber der Postfiliale. Hier können Mehrtagestickets erworben werden.

Public transit

Der Bahnhof Saarburg liegt an der Strecke Trier-Saarbrücken. Bacharach und Niederheimbach liegen an der Mittelrheinstrecke. Die Rückfahrt mit der Deutschen Bahn ist möglich.




Additional Information





Anregungen, Auffälligkeiten oder Mängel? Kontaktieren Sie per Mail: radwege@lbm.rlp.de


  • Unknown (5%)
  • Street (13%)
  • Asphalt Coating (27%)
  • Crushed Rock (48%)
  • Hiking Trail (7%)


This tour is presented by: Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH, Author: Iris Müller

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