In the Rhine-Moselle-Triangle
Emmelshausen is only a few kilometres from the Rhine River and Moselle River, but the route to the rivers is quite spectacular. Narrow paths, steep rocks and deep ravines through the ‘Ehrbach Gorge’ and the ‘Baybach Valley’ lead to the Moselle, while the ‘Rheinhöhenweg’ or the ‘Gründelbachtal’ lead to the romantic Rhine Valley. And as if this stunning scenery were not enticing enough by itself, the romantic landscape is dotted with old mills and magnificent fortified castles.
The town of Emmeslhausen is located in the Hunsrück holiday region, approximately 60 km to the northeast of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Hunsrück is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. The Hunsrück holiday region is one of Germany's most richly forested areas. Surrounded by the river scenery of the Rhine, the Moselle, the Saar and the Nahe, it is criss-crossed by an extensive network of trails where walkers follow in the footsteps of the Celts and the Romans. There are also quaint little country towns, castles and old mills to visit. ... read more about the Hunsrück holiday region
Emmelshausen is one of the centres for cultural events in the entire Rhine-Moselle-Triangle and home to the largest cultural society in Rhineland-Palatinate. More than 20,000 people visit the ZAP ‘Zentrum am Park’ centre of performing arts each year. Especially well know is the ZAP for its cabaret shows, which are unique between Mainz and Bonn. And these are the stages around Emmelshausen:
- Zentrum am Park (ZAP)
- With 550 seats, professional light & sound, it is one of the large entertainment complexes of the region. The ZAP offers ideal conditions for all cultural events.
- Bahnhof (Railway Station)
- The oldest buildings in Emmelshausen are the station (home of the cabaret) and hotel ‘Waldfrieden’ next to it.
- Museum of Agricultural History
- The museum is located in an old farmers house from the year 1660 that has been totally restored. It is home to a valuable collection of farm equipment from the early period up to now. Its exhibits give an vivid insight of developments in farming methods over the centuries. The museum is location for open-air-festivals.
Emmelshausen is in a unique location. Surrounded by four romantic river valleys (Moselle, Nahe, Saar, and Rhine), it offers a broad diversity in river landscapes, mountainous countryside of the Hunsrück, wine-growing districts at the Moselle and UNESCO World Heritage sites at the Rhine.
Boasting a unique position surrounded by four romantic river valleys, the Moselle, Nahe, Saar and Rhine, this region is one of the most attractive low mountain ranges in Germany and, what is more, an expert report commissioned annually by the Federal Office for the Environment confirms that the air is of the purest quality. A rich variety of flora and fauna testifies to an area of unspoilt nature, where it is not rare to see wild cats, badgers and kingfishers. Walkers can discover extensive orchid and daffodil meadows in the spring, and mushroom-lovers can fill their baskets to their heart’s content in the autumn. The natural unspoilt landscape is richly varied with extensive woodland areas, meadows, river valleys and brooks, moorland and characteristic rock formations. It is not surprising, therefore, that the large-scale nature reserve, Saar-Hunsrück National Park, has some topographical features which beckon the visitor to experience the natural landscape in the Hunsrück with all the senses.
Far away from industry and the bustle of the city, the region is a showcase for cultural treasures, such as imposing castle ruins or picturesque churches. Little towns such as Hermeskeil, Simmern, Kastellaun and Kirchberg have just as much presence as many pretty villages. The Hunsrückhöhenstraße road, also called ‘Straße der weiten Aussicht’ (far view road) traverses the highest points of the wooded mountain range. The highest elevation at 818 m is the Erbeskopf near Thalfang. It is also the highest elevation in the whole of the Rhineland-Palatinate and is one of the few places in the region which has winter sports facilities. There are downhill pistes, toboggan runs and prepared cross-country ski-runs. The low mountain region is a feast of colours all year round. In spring the golden yellow rapeseed is clearly visible in the distance while in the summer the shady expanse of forest provides welcome relief from the heat of the sun. The rich colours of autumn in the Hunsrück are an absolute delight, and winter too is keen to share its charms.
Movement and exercise of all kinds are an important aspect of life in the Hunsrück region, where there is an extensive network of footpaths leading to areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as the wild and romantic streams of the Ehrbach, Baybach and Hölzbach gorges. Everywhere the walker stumbles upon signs that bear witness to some two thousand years of settlement history. For example, some parts of the ‘Ausoniuswanderweg’ (Ausonius trail) are on an original Roman road. The bicycle too is becoming increasingly popular. A full 207 km of cycling pleasure, the ‘Nahe-Hunsrück-Moselle’ cycle path runs from Bingen to Trier. The Schinderhannes cycle path between Emmelshausen, Kastellaun and Simmern is a gentle cycle on even terrain enjoyed by both young and old. And since all the happiness in the world is known to be on horseback, the initiative ‘Hunsrück zu Pferd’ (Hunsrück on horseback) has been launched to introduce horse riding to the low mountain region. For holidays in the Hunsrück there is a large range of holiday apartments, houses and complexes. Cosy village guest houses or distinguished luxury hotels are equally inviting places to stay.
‘It bursts through them and the rocks move aside and look down on it in amazement and awe’, wrote Heinrich von Kleist on his 1803 travels in the Rhineland, musing on the way in which the 1,320 km-long river cuts through the Schiefergebirge mountains between Bingen and Koblenz. In 2002 UNESCO declared the Middle Rhine Valley a World Heritage site. In the face of such acclaim, the Middle Rhine Valley has a clear obligation that extends beyond mere conservation to sustainable development. The gifts bequeathed to this region by previous generations are sunny positions for the grapes to thrive and flourish, a powerful river, and a mature landscape with a versatility appreciated by all who are more than mere observers from the window of passing trains or steamers. The 21 castles and ruins between Koblenz and Bingen are particular attractions, their density unequalled anywhere else in the world. Only two castle buildings are preserved in their original state, namely the Pfalzgrafenstein near Kaub on the Rhine and the Marksburg near Braubach. Nonetheless it is the ruins which lend the Rhine its very romanticism.
The Romans brought the wine to the region. On the terraces so typical for the valley the winegrowers pick grapes such as the Riesling, Silvaner and Grauburgunder, known and loved the world over. Impressed by the fantastic rock and river landscape, the English men Lord Byron and William Turner, and later the French men Alexandre Dumas and Victor Húgo, inspired generations who travelled to the Middle Rhine. In the 18th and 19th centuries Heinrich Heine, Clemens von Brentano, Heinrich von Kleist and, in particular, Josef von Eichendorff sparked a wave of pure Rhine romanticism. The Lorelei song is known and loved as far as Japan.
Nature, culture and wine await the holidaymaker. The Moselle meanders idyllically through its valley encountering homely wine villages and towns along the way. One still stumbles across characters by the wayside who lend the Moselle country its peculiar charm. Vestiges of its 2000-year-old Roman history can be seen in many towns and villages, with the most famous buildings, such as Porta Nigra and Kaiserthermen, to be found in the chief city on the Moselle, Trier. Medieval fortresses and castles rise up out of the mountains and work their historic magic on visitors during guided tours and feudal banquets. Characterised by steep vineyards and woodlands, the varied landscape is an inviting place for nature lovers to walk and cycle. The footpaths are often on ridges with superb views opening up into the valleys, while the well-signposted cycle paths meander through the countryside following the course of the rivers, thus proving an ideal terrain for everyone.
The region of Emmelshausen ‘right at the front of the Hunsrück’ offers you the chance to ‘go and do’ three landscapes at once, namely the Rhine, Moselle and Hunsrück, a unique combination in Germany.The Tourist Information Office will be happy to make the arrangements for you.
- Ehrbach Gorge:
- It takes about four hours to walk through the entire Ehrbach valley. It is 17 kilometres in length, extending from Emmelshausen to Brodenbach. There are four mills offering a welcome break and refreshment en route through this unique little spot and three medieval castles waiting to be discovered.
- Baybach Valley:
- The actual Baybach valley is a narrow gorge enclosed on both sides by rocks which rise up high out of the river bed like church towers. The path is full of variety with some parts running along flat river beds and other parts past steep slopes. Since it is built into the rock in many places sturdy walking boots are recommended.
- Middle Rhine Valley:
- Hike to the Rhine including a cruise on the Rhine river to the Lorelei. Or discover the Gründelbach valley to St. Goar on the Rhine and Castle Rheinfels — the largest fortress building on the Middle Rhine.
- Hikers Bus
- The Wandererbus (hikers’ bus) runs between May 1st and October 31st on two routes (St. Goar-Oberwesel-Emmelshausen and Treis/Karden-Burgen-Brodenbach-Emmelshausen) , bringing back holidaymakers who have been hiking through the Ehrbach or Baybach valley or that have been visiting the Moselle or Rhine rivers. Booking is essential as it is normally fully booked. You can book a bus ticket at the Tourist Office.
- Cycle Hire
- For your convenience, cycle hire is available at the Tourist Office. Cycle hire 7-speed hub with coaster brake. Tandems available. Booking recommended for groups. Up to 40 bicycles available if booked in advance.
- Schinderhannes Cycle Path
- The cycle path on the old railroad between Emmelshausen, Kastellaun und Simmern offers 38 km of non-stop cycling fun for big and small. Far from the busy roads, the path meanders through beautiful countryside with wonderful views of the Hunsrück hills.
- Cycling to the Rhine
- The Schinderhannes Cycle Path will take you to Simmern, from where you continue to the Rhine river. You may either go to the famous Lorelei or take the Rheingau Tour to Bingen and Rüdesheim on the Rhine.
- Cycling to the Moselle
- Enjoy the variety of the Moselle. You may decide to go on the "Deutsches Eck" tour that will take you to the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine river. Or discover the Middle Moselle around the city of Cochem. Or you may choose to explore the Lower Moselle Cycle Path.
- Cyclers' Bus
- The Wandererbus (cyclers’ bus) runs between May 1st and October 31st on two routes (St. Goar-Oberwesel-Emmelshausen and Treis/Karden-Burgen-Brodenbach-Emmelshausen), bringing back holidaymakers who have been cycling. Booking is essential as it is normally fully booked. You can book a bus ticket at the Tourist Office.
There is always something happening — whether it is art, music, wine festivals or a host of other activities. The Events Finder gives you an overview about what is on, where and when. Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.
Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.
Buses run from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Emmelshausen.
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