The first 3 km of the leg are in the National Park. At the start there is a wildlife park with wild cat centre. Then comes Wildenburg, which was built in the Middle Ages. The tower there offers a glorious all-round view. We then experience the quaint boulder field environment and Mörschieder Burr, which shows Taunus quartzite and its erosion.
Petrified Visitors' Book
Since 1976 it has been a memorial to numerous prominent visitors on the German Gemstone Route. The stones signed by guests from politics, business and culture, set up along one of the circular routes linked with the SHS.
Mörschieder Burr (646 m)
The rock mass was once used for defence and is now popular thanks to its hiking options and the fantastic view. The Mörschieder Burr is an especially typical example of Taunus quartzite and its erosion in the western Hunsrück. Along with the natural vegetation, the boulder fields offer an impressive view.
Historische Weiherschleife (gem-grinding waterwheel) in Idar-Oberstein
At the historic gem-grinding waterwheel from 1634, grinders demonstrate how they worked in yesteryear on the last water-driven wheel on Idarbach. A multimedia show and mineral room amazes visitors.
Petrified Visitors' Book car park,
Car park at Schlossweiher Oberstein