Since medieval times Oberthal has been known for its sanguine, an ore rich in iron, which ship builders used as sealing material. A drawing school keeps up the tradition and still offers drawing courses using sanguine. Sanguine is only known to be found in three locations throughout the world. Famous painters, such as Leonardo da Vinci, who used sanguine to sketch his famous murals in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, used it. This drawing material was also used by Rubens and Michelangelo.
Apart from the art, the well developed hiking trails through the delightful forests are an advertisement for the community. The premium hiking trail “Rötelsteinpfad” leads through the upland moor with the “Oberthaler Bruch” which has a unique flora and fauna. Since 1984 the wetlands, with their scenic ponds and waters, have been under protection. When hiking through this unrivalled nature you will meet with places steeped in legends such as the “Wildfrauenhöhle” (“cave of the wild women”) or “Teufelskanzel” (“devils pulpit”).
A good connection of art and nature is the “Straße der Skulpturen” (“Road of Sculptures”) which passes close to Oberthal. The sculptures are designed to make the hiker stop and think. Stone witnesses of the piety of the people are the stone Stations of the Cross in Güdesweiler.
From St. Wendel to the Bostalsee lake one can experience a 17 km long open-air gallery with examples of contemporary art. The exceptionally attractive countryside in combination with the sculptures offers the rambler an extraordinary experience.
The sculpture symposium on the hill between St. Wendel and Baltersweiler, which took place in the years 1971/72, formed the start of the...
The Valentinskapelle (Chapel of St. Valentine) was built in its original style between 1761 and 1764 by the hermit Johann Nonninger.
According to legend the reason for the construction was the death of a young Jew. Nonninger was, as a mariner from the town of Koblenz, responsible for the boy´s drowning and built the chapel with the hope of regaining his inner peace. In the Middle Ages the...