Hunsrück – National Park, Museums and Film History

In the Hunsrück region they have the wonderful word "Gehaichnis", which is tricky to translate. It describes a particular feeling of wholeness and well-being. A "Gehaichnis" can be having the host's home-made strawberry jam for breakfast, or the birds twittering on the Erbeskopf plateau. It's the height of contentment. The Erbeskopf in Deuselbach is even the highest mountain in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is 816 metres high, well to be precise, you need to add another 32 centimetres. The people of the Hunsrück are very modest and tend not to call it a mountain, but from the viewing platform on the Erbeskopf you can see far across the vast Hunsrück region. You can easily go along the skywalk on two wheels or four.

Viewing Platform on the Erbeskopf

Obstacle-free Summit Plateau and Sculpture Path

In doing so you pass through the summit sculpture, "Windklang 816 m" ("Wind Tone 816 m), which looks like an oversized window on to nature. This work of art by sculptor Christoph Mancke produces its own particular melody when the wind blows through the treetops. Above the summit plateau, the easy and fully accessible sculpture path leads to six additional works of art. The circular route leads walkers past the viewing tower and back to the car park. From there it's well worth making a short detour to the Hunsrück house at the foot of the Erbeskopf. Here you can visit an interactive exhibition on Hunsrück nature, or visit the sensory garden to feel, smell and hear the forest. Since Whitsun 2015 the Hunsrück House has been a gateway to the new Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park, and a starting point for guided ranger tours of the protected beech woods and upland bogs, including tours designed for guests with limited mobility.

Visual landscape of Hunsrück

Relaxed Break at Café Heimat

The "Heimat" films directed by Edgar Reitz have a great number of fans. At Café Heimat in Morbach you are very close to the life and work of the Hunsrück film-maker, as the house where Edgar Reitz grew up is the backdrop to this homely and contemporary café. His father, Robert Reitz, and later his brother, Guido, ran their watchmaker business here for many years.

With home-made apple cake and selected varieties of coffee, guests can browse through books connected with the Heimat films. The new, fully accessible terrace is an extension of the light and friendly café where it is a veritable pleasure to linger awhile.

Fire Brigade Museum in Hermeskeil

In Hermeskeil, the colour red is a key feature. The red walls of the new museum building on the market square indicate that the Rhineland Palatinate Fire Brigade Museum is based here. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the development of fire safety from the very beginning right up to the present day. Once visitors have picked up their entry ticket at the fire-red counter, they are greeted by over 1000 square metres of themed exhibits that soon make them feel like firemen themselves. An interactive route, developed using modern technical media, ensures that the museum is not only of interest to fire service people, but also to families and the general public. Throughout the museum there are information boards with drawers to pull out. In the "Protagonists" area there are listening stations and films telling stories of rescue operations from the point of view of both rescuers and victims.

Exterior View of the Fire Brigade Museum in Hermeskeil

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