Barefoot into happiness: Clay feet and a sense of freedom on the Barefoot Path

Sink barefoot into the warm sand, knee-deep in the cool clay – for decades, the Barefoot Path in Bad Sobernheim has been one of the most popular excursion destinations in Rhineland-Palatinate. Not surprisingly: on the 3.5-kilometre-long circular trail, visitors can fill up on good humour, fresh air and experience nature up-close. The path is mastered barefoot through slippery clay, cool water, across alternating surfaces, and balance and climbing elements. An enjoyable side effect is a stimulating and relaxing foot reflex zone massage resulting from your bare feet coming into contact with the various materials.

Clay, air, light and water: The concept of the Barefoot Path is based on the Felke Therapy.

The Barefoot Path in Bad Sobernheim is truly genuine: The concept of the very first barefoot path in Germany is based on the Felke Therapy. Its founder, Pastor Emanuel Felke (1856-1926), achieved remarkable healing successes in Bad Sobernheim at the beginning of the last century. Pastor Felke relied on the natural elements of clay, air, water and light as part of a health theory based on movement and body awareness.

Whether in a group or as a family – everyone has fun on the Barefoot Path. The path begins with the clay pool, through which the barefoot walkers wade like storks. The trail continues over bark mulch, meadow, gravel and through cool water, over wooden and balancing equipment to the Nahe ford. Here you have to make your way along two ropes through the Nahe river. Along the way, visitors learn exciting facts about the intriguing geology of the Nahetal valley, e.g. that it was a sea thousands of years ago. To this day, evidence of the earth's history can still be found in stones here.


During a short break, you can watch trout jumping, have a picnic on the large playground, play on the trampoline or try out your balance on a wobbly tree trunk. Later you can return to the starting point via the suspension rope bridge or in a small flatboat: The Barfoot Path is a wonderful experience. Afterwards, have a refreshment in the restaurant in the Nahegarten – a perfect day.

Opening hours

The Barefoot Path is scheduled to open on 1 May 2021. Weather permitting, it will be open daily until October from 9 am to 8 pm (school holidays until approx. 9 pm).
Tickets can be booked online here, in advance.

Ticket prices

  • Adults € 5.00
  • Children 3-17 years old € 3.00
  • Tourist pass (Kurkarte) holders € 4.00

  • Group discounts 15 %
    (from 20 persons)

  • Severely handicapped persons € 3.00
    and accompanying person

  • Annual single ticket € 15.00
  • Annual family ticket* € 30.00  (parents + own children)

Tickets can be booked online here, in advance.

Holiday Region Nahe-Glan

Bad Sobernheim Office
Bahnhofstr. 4
55566 Bad Sobernheim
Phone: +49(0)6751/81-1163 (Guest services)