The Centre of the Hunsrück
Morbach is the centre of the Hunsrück. This is Napoleon's fault. Straight through the Hunsrück he had a road built that led from Birkenfeld to Bernkastel-Kues on the Moselle River. The road crosses precisely at Morbach with the ‘Hunsrückhöhenstrasse’ from Trier to Koblenz. The result: the small town of Morbach became the centre of the Hunsrück — and the ideal starting point for a multitude of excursions. A trip to Morbach is also a trip into the history of the Hunsrück. Numerous historical monuments bring to mind the ever-changing fate of the region. Among the sights are unique archaeological ensembles from Celtic-Roman times, medieval and baroque ages.
The town of Morbach is located in the Hunsrück holiday region, approximately 22 km to the southwest 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
In the heart of the Hunsrück, at an altitude of 430 – 770 metres, lies the nationally recognised climatic spa of Morbach. This cultivated landscape includes the township of Morbach and its 19 districts. The total area of the climatic spa of Morbach spans about 122 km² with approximately 11,000 habitants. It is enclosed in the area of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, which is among the largest and most beautiful nature parks in Germany. The predominantly fog-free, stimulating climate supports the beauty of the picturesque, highland scenery at any time of the year. Here you can experience nature in a way that you will remember for a long time to come.
The Hunsrück can be described as a liberating beauty. Its highland offers a view that reaches into the depths of the Hunsrück Timber Forest as well as over the nearby Moselle Valley and into the Eifel Mountains. In the Hunsrück you will find wildly romantic streams, bizarre rocky scenery and wide-stretching forests. The idyllic towns, impressive views and castles that tell tales from the olden aristocratic times invite you to linger in their surroundings. The variety of nature offers nature lovers and holiday-makers, adults and children a wide range of possibilities for relaxation and active leisure time activities.
Everything is Napoleon’s fault. Straight through the Hunsrück he had a road built that led to Bernkastel on the Moselle River. The road crossed precisely at Morbach and the Hunsrückhöhenstrasse that connects Trier with Koblenz. The result: the small town of Morbach became the centre of the Hunsrück — and the ideal starting point for a multitude of excursions. A trip into the history of the Hunsrück is worthwhile. Numerous building monuments bring to mind the ever-changing fate of the region. The Baldenau castle ruin — built in the 14th century by Kurfürst Balduin of Luxemburg — is the only existing water castle in all of the Hunsrück. No less impressive is the Hunolstein castle ruin. Built upon major quartzite rocks, it is well worth the climb to enjoy a fairy-tale view of the Dhron Valley. Go past the old mill and the chapel and you will find another eye-catcher. This time it is the work of the human hand, the viaduct next to the village of Hoxel. The stone railway bridge is one of the highest of its kind in all of Germany.
- Archäologiepark Belginum
- In the museum that was built on the historical site of a Roman settlement, you will discover the theme ‘Life on a far-away street’ that was on and under the Roman road (today the Hunrückhöhenstrasse) 2,000 years ago. The museum uses the latest technology to present the history of settlement on the Belginum plateau. The unique archaeological ensemble comprises the ‘Hochgerichtsheide’ Celtic-Roman burial ground at Wederath, the Roman-era ‘Belginum’ settlement and the early Roman camp.
- Historische Öhlmühle
- In the romantic Morbach Valley you will find the 250 years old ‘Historical Oil Mill’ (‘Historische Ölmühle’). Here is where the production of the cold pressed rapeseed oil is visually presented. Very popular for walking and cycling is the Nahe-Hunsrück-Mosel bicycle path that passes by the Oil Mill.
- Hunsrücker Holzmuseum
- You can experience wood using all your senses in the ‘Wood Museum’ (‘Hunsrücker Holzmuseum’). Each step, from harvesting the wood to transporting it and processing it at the lumber mill, can be visually displayed.
- Deutsches Telefonmuseum
- Visitors to the ‘German Telephone Museum’ (‘Deutsches Telefonmuseum’) are interactively introduced to telephony and telegraphy. The collection includes more than 1,200 connected and functioning pieces of equipment. This collection is the largest of its kind according to the ‘Guiness Book of World Records’. In a film room you can follow the complete story behind the development of telecommunications.
- Morbacher Energielandschaft
- The ‘Morbacher Energy Landscape’ (‘Morbacher Energielandschaft’) with its theme park of 145 hectares in size for the extraction of regenerative energy (wind, sun and biomass energy) is the only one of its kind in Europe. A total of 14 wind turbines, a 4,000 m² photovoltaic array, and a biogas facility produce three times the electricity needed by the town’s 11,000 residents. An information centre and an energy adventure path highlight the park’s successful concept. Environmental protection and environmentally friendly energy sources are brought closer to you. You can increase your own knowledge in this area through tours or lessons with the help of computer presentations, info displays and models. In 2007, Morbach won the ‘German Solar Award’ for its energy park and Morbach is also a winner of the ‘365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas’ contest in 2008, presenting 365 landmarks in Germany where the future is shaped.
Expanded cross-country skiing for 38 kilometres is possible between the Erbeskopf and the Idarkopf winter sport centres. The winter sport area of Erbeskopf (818 metres above sea level), is the highest point in Rhineland-Palatinate. The floodlighting allows you to continue into the late evening, and in the face of uncooperative temperatures, the modern snow-making system guarantees you top slope conditions. There are alpine skiing starting slopes available with two 800 m long ski-lifts and a halfway-lift. Plus, there’s a skiing school and ski and snowboard rental facilities. Cross-country skiers can choose between different tracked runs and a course over 38 km in length. Families with children can look forward to the 600 metre long tobogganing course, promising a great experience for thrill-seekers of all ages and sizes.
Well signposted roads lead you through the countryside, whether you are climbing the mountains with a mountain bike, taking a pleasant walk or whether you are inline-skating. Many of the recreational facilities, that are adapted to the natural surroundings, such as pubs, nature and wooded area nature trails as well as sport areas and a playground make the area inviting to those who love nature, sports and walking. There are many activities to choose from: Tennis, bowling, swimming, fishing, cycling, walking, shooting, climbing, carriage rides, horse riding, forest walks, model gliding, golfing at the Hahn golf course, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and much more. There is something for everyone throughout the whole year!
Its central location makes Morbach the ideal town for business and pleasure. On the Hunsrückhöhenstrasse (B327), the mixture of traditions that have been passed-down for generations, the love for one’s country and the human solidarity is the ideal environment to enjoy life. The culinary pleasures are as diverse as the region itself. From rustic country coffee breaks to Nouvelle Cuisine, there is something for every taste. Enjoy the flair of all the shopping expeditions, strolling past attractive windows of the many small shops and boutiques. Or let yourself be pampered. There is plenty of parking, no matter whether you arrive by car, mountain bike or camper. Campgrounds are within walking distance from Morbach. Morbach is not only worth the trip because of its recreation activities and friendly people, but also because you can take a day trip by plane to any large metropolis in Europe, such as Berlin, London, Pisa, Mailand, Barcelona, Rome for extremely reasonable prices — you are only 25 minutes from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport by car. You can be in London in just over an hour with Ryanair.
Morbach has many faces: the old face with 2,000 years worth of stories and the new face with the nightlife, art and culture. Be it the opera, the free theatre, musical or culture — Morbach offers you a wide variety of cultural events. There is something for everyone here! For example, enjoy culture in the historic surroundings of the Open Air Theatre at the Hunolstein Castle on a warm summer night. Or use the Baldenau hall for sport, culture, conferences or many other types of events. Internationally renowned artists mingle with each other here from time to time. Experience traditional regional festivities and get to know the ‘Joie de Vivre’ of Hunsrück traditions. So that your holiday will be an unforgettable experience, the tourist information office is always available to provide you with up-to-date events.
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 Morbach.
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