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Canoe trip Lahn - Nassau to Nievern

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  • Mit dem Kanu auf der Lahn
    Mit dem Kanu auf der Lahn
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m 200 150 100 10 8 6 4 2 km Kanuverleih Thomas Kreutz Hauptbahnhof Bad Ems 38) Nassau Schiffsanlegestelle Dausenau Bootsverleih Bad Ems Kettenbrücke Campingplatz Dausenau Kursaalgebäude Bahnhof Dausenau Campingplatz Bad Ems Quellenturm Schleuse Nassau Historischer Bohrturm Bahnhof Nievern
The River Lahn is one of the most beautiful canoe rivers in Germany. Far away from any hustle and bustle and past untouched river meadows or steep rock faces, there is something new to discover around every bend of the river, and there are plenty of it in the lower part of the River Lahn between Limburg and the mouth of the Rhine in Lahnstein.
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Distance 11.4 km
2:15 h
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82 m
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On this tour, in addition to nature experiences, cultural highlights are also on the daily program. We start in Nassau below Nassau Castle, which towers over the river and is the ancestral seat of numerous European monarchies. Further on, you will pass the medieval town wall of Dausenau, which nestles against the River Lahn as a film-like backdrop, before reaching the imperial spa of Bad Ems. Here you paddle up close to architectural gems from the baroque and spa era.

Author’s recommendation

In Bad Ems there is a resting place directly in the spa gardens on the right side of the river at the level of the St. Martin's Church. Just land here and explore the historic spa district of Bad Ems a bit. More info at https://www.badems-nassau.info/poi/kanurastplatz-bad-ems
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ZZ-Ulf Klimke
Update: January 16, 2023
Difficulty
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Highest point
82 m
Lowest point
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Safety information

The River Lahn may not be navigated when the water level is high; the "Leun" water level is decisive here.

For the river gauges Leun and Kalkofen a maximum navigation water level (HSW) of 360 cm applies.

Click here for the current water levels of the Lahn:

https://www.elwis.de/DE/dynamisch/gewaesserkunde/wasserstaende/wasserstaendeUebersichtGrafik.html.php?gw=LAHN

Water level telephone Leun: Tel. 06473 19429 (Badenburg river-km -11 to Steeden river-km 70)

Water level telephone Kalkofen: Tel. 06439 19429 (river-km 70 to mouth into the Rhine at river-km 137)

Tips and hints

If you want to take a relaxed canoe trip and don't want to worry about the organization, you can book a ready-made canoe arrangement. More info at https://www.lahn-taunus.de/Arrangements.php/kanufahren

Houseboats in Nassau: Huckleberry-Inn, Hausboote Lahn

Houseboat in Bad Ems: Wilhelm von Nassau

Start

Nassau (82 m)
Coordinates:
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50.311955, 7.795765
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50°18'43.0"N 7°47'44.8"E
UTM
32U 414256 5574009
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Destination

Nievern

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Nassau train station

Getting there

Via B260 from Wiesbaden or Lahnstein to Nassau to the main station.

Parking

At the open-air swimming pool Nassau there is a free parking lot https://www.badems-nassau.info/poi/parkplatz-am-freibad-gebuehrenfrei

Coordinates

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50.311955, 7.795765
DMS
50°18'43.0"N 7°47'44.8"E
UTM
32U 414256 5574009
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Lahn travel guide for one of the most beautiful federal waterways: in Germany, the River Lahn, with lots of helpful information for cruising skippers and friends of the Lahn. 36 pages, DIN A4.

Free download: https://www.prolahn.de/downloads.htm

Equipment

Locks:

Locks are open from April 1 to October 31 from 10:00 to 18:30. Last entry at 6:15 p.m. at the latest.

Toilets are placed at important entry and exit points as well as resting places along the Lahn River during the waterway season. The use is free of charge. The project is a cooperation of the cities and municipalities as well as the canoe tour operators and canoe rental companies in the Lahn Valley under the leadership of the Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. and the BVKanu.


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
11.4 km
Duration
2:15 h
Descent
10 m
Highest point
82 m
Lowest point
72 m
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