Weingut Prinz Salm - Rhineland-Palatinate - Germany
Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park
Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park is situated roughly between the main crest of the Hunsrück mountains (to the northwest) and the Nahe valley (to the southeast), behind which the Saar-Nahe Uplands rise. The Soonwald extends over about 40 km in a southwest to northeast direction from the Simmer valley on the Nahe to the valley of Guldenbach, which lies on the boundary of the Soonwald with the Bingen Forest, west of the Rhine knee near Bingen. Numerous woodland paths are also signed cycle and tracking ways.
Naheweinstraβe offers various tourist attractions: castles and monasteries, the gemstone town of Idar-Oberstein, Bad Kreuznach, Bad Sobernheim and saline valley. It is an avenue along famous wine estates, which connects 35 wine villages on a 135 km long route. Along the way you see castles and manors and other scenic views.
Another interesting place to visit is the Church of Pilgrimage Mariä Himmelfahrt in Spabrücken.
Wallhausen is located at the edge of the Rhenish Massif and the Saar-Nahe-Basin, and thus to a large geological interface. Unlike old clays, loams, sands and gravels occur frequently. Each of these soils has its own colour, structure and composition, which gives the Wallhäuser wines an exceptionally wide variety of flavours.
The Catholic church St. Laurentius, designed by Peter Jung, was a classical hall building with temple façade and was built in 1794. In 1565 the Lords of Dalberg built Schloss Wallhausen from local green slate. Till the 18th century the Lords of Dalberg lived at the Dalberg near to Wallhausen, but with the technical weapon progress the exposed position offered no advantage and they moved to Schloss Wallhausen. Previously it had been the administrative centre of the Dalberg’s government. Schloss Wallhausen is located in the valley next to the village and not exposed on top of a hill above the village.