The Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park stretches from the Hunsrück hills, an area of austere beauty, via the burbling brooks of the Soonwald to the rolling hillside vineyards of sunny Nahe Valley.
This small 73,500-hectare area with its varied countryside and climate is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Bloom-filled forest meadows, fens, orchards, winding streams and river meadows can be found alongside unspoilt, light deciduous forests. The typical dry stone walls and fallow vineyards along the hills of the Nahe river also provide a habitat for plants and animals that thrive in a temperate climate.
Old walls obscured by the forest and countless palaces and castles are monuments to the Middle Ages and the area's Celtic and Roman settlements: evidence from chalk caves near Stromberg shows that there were settlements in the Nahe Valley by 500 BC.
The 85-kilometre Soonwaldsteig Premium Hiking Trail, the Rhine-Nahe Wine Trail, numerous fitness walks (Vitaltouren), picturesque circular walks (Traumschleifen) and cycle routes found in the Nahe Valley and the Hunsrück hills offer attractive options for keen hikers and cyclists. And with three spa towns - Bad Kreuznach, Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg and Bad Sobernheim - visitors searching for rest and relaxation will also be in their element.
The regional cuisine found in the Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park is also reflective of the area's diverse countryside: from fine wines produced by the Nahe Valley's rustic inns to Hunsrück spiessbraten (onion-marinated and flame-grilled steaks), there is something to suit every palate!
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