That was the result of a re-certification of the Climb by the German Hiking Institute. So, the Saar-Hunsrueck Climb has not just successfully defended the title it achieved in 2009, but has further extended its leading position. With 64 points, the Saar-Hunsrueck Climb has obtained a score never before achieved anywhere in Germany in the assessment by the German Hiking Institute.
The Minister for Trade and Industry, Heiko Maas, also appeared delighted at the renewed distinction for the Saarland Tourist Region: “Not only are we the German hiking trail champions, but with the Saar-Hunsrueck Climb we are also playing across borders, in the Champions League.”
In order that this remains the case, an increasing amount of work is being done on the care and maintenance of the paths, as well as on a better accommodation and catering concept, with a view towards the future. Just recently, the extension from the Saar Loop to Perl, sponsored by the Ministry for Trade and Industry, was opened.
Hence, the Saar-Hunsrueck Climb now runs a total distance of approximately 137 miles (220 km), from Perl as far as the gemstone centre, Idar-Oberstein, with a connection to the Roman city of Trier.
Every hiker who completes the Climb spends one to two extra nights in Saarland. As a result, the Saar-Hunsrueck Climb has for a long time been an economic factor in the region. Meanwhile, there are 64 certified hikers’ establishments along the Climb and another 100 additional facilities in the surrounding area.
Established in 2007, the Saar-Hunsrueck Climb is very important for tourism in the Saar region. It is the only premium long-distance walking trail in the region and is considered to be the backbone of Saarland, the hikers’ Mecca. Even today, the previous route from Nonnweiler to Mettlach-Orscholz alone can already produce up to 100,000 hiking visitors annually and the trend continues to climb.
Source: » www.saarland.de