A fantastic round trip taking in enchanted valleys, rushing streams, deep tunnels and ancient ruins from Celtic and Roman times and the age of chivalry is waiting to be discovered here on the “Masdascher Burgherrenweg”, right in the middle of the delightful Hunsrück landscape! Hikers looking for tranquillity and pristine nature will not only get their money’s worth on this dream loop with its many rest areas, but also experience breath-taking vistas in its climactic finale.
The trail has been awarded 84 experience points by the German Hiking Institute.
The route is of medium difficulty owing to a number of steep ascents leading out of the stream valleys (465 m difference in altitude altogether). But the effort required to negotiate them is not that great because they are quite short.
Balduinseck castle: This castle was built between 1325 and 1330 by Balduin von Luxemburg, archbishop of Trier, and was a stunning building in its time. The rectangular four-storey structure measures an imposing 22.70 m x 14.50 m. In the north-eastern corner of the building, a spiral staircase of notable luxury for the time connects all four storeys, each of which used to feature large chimney fixtures. A 1.5 diameter well was integrated on the ground floor. Balduinseck was leased out in 1675 and then already registered as desolate in 1711. Dilapidated since 1780, the castle ruin has been laboriously renovated in recent years.