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Bad Marienberg - Through the Bacher Lay nature reserve with Pfaffenmal - M4

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  • Basaltwand in der Bacher Lay
    Basaltwand in der Bacher Lay
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Touristinfo Bad Marienberg
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The idyllic Bacher Lay, a dwarf folk and the Park of the Senses await you here.

easy
Distance 7.2 km
2:00 h
125 m
125 m
530 m
435 m

Nature, water and basalt - this is how you could describe the M4 circular hiking trail. In the idyllic Bacher Lay you can still see the remains of former basalt mining. In the meantime, however, nature has reclaimed its space and shows itself with rare plants, colourful butterflies and lots of green. In winter, a few dead plants and trees left to their own devices create a morbid atmosphere that is only surpassed by the icy basalt wall.

The Pfaffenmal, a natural monument, can be reached via a short detour after leaving the Bacher Lay and climbing the first few metres towards Stockhausen-Illfurth. On a plaque you can read the legend of the dwarves at the Pfaffenmal, who once guarded gold and silver.

Back in Bad Marienberg, you can enjoy free wellness for your feet on the barefoot path in the Park of the Senses. In the adjacent apothecary garden you will find herbs whose effects and uses are explained on display boards.

Author’s recommendation

You should definitely make a photo stop at the impressive basalt wall in the Bacher Lay. Especially beautiful in winter with ice and snow.

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Yvonne Höller
Update: September 05, 2022
Difficulty
easy
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Landscape
Highest point
530 m
Lowest point
435 m
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Track types

Asphalt 11.51%Dirt road 43.09%Forested/wild trail 33.31%Path 4.80%Road 6.80%Unknown 0.46%
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0.8 km
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3.1 km
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2.4 km
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0.3 km
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0.5 km
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Safety information

Especially in autumn, be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path.

Path impairments of this kind are to be expected on every hike.

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Bad Marienberg

Wilhelmstraße 10

56470 Bad Marienberg

Tel. 02661 7031

E-mail: touristinfo@badmarienberg.de

www.badmarienberg.de 

Start

At the Tourist Info, Wilhelmstraße 10, 56470 Bad Marienberg (452 m)
Coordinates:
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50.651320, 7.953992
DMS
50°39'04.8"N 7°57'14.4"E
UTM
32U 426054 5611573
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Destination

At the Tourist Info, Wilhelmstraße 10, 56470 Bad Marienberg

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the M4 marking up Wilhelmstraße and past the Protestant church. Turn right and follow the path to the Marienquelle spring. After 1 km you reach the Bacher Lay nature reserve, a former basalt quarry with an imposing basalt stone wall.

Then turn right at the first houses and take a detour to visit the Pfaffenmal natural monument 150 m away, an approx. 18 m high basalt dome with pillars in milestone position.

Return briefly, then take the M4 up to the heights past the Stockhausen-Illfurth cemetery, cross the L 295 and return downhill to Bad Marienberg.Finally, the trail leads through the Park of the Senses before ending at the tourist information office.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Nistertal/Bad Marienberg railway station, bus no. 483 or 962 to Bad Marienberg, Neuer Weg bus stop.

The bus only runs Monday-Friday!

www.bahn.de 

Getting there

- From Cologne: A3 exit Hennef/Sieg via B8 and B414 to Bad Marienberg.

- From Frankfurt: A3 exit Limburg via B54 and B414 to Bad Marienberg

- From Dortmund: A45 exit Haiger/Burbach via B54 and B414 to Bad Marienberg

- From Giessen: A45 exit Herborn via B255 and B414 to Bad Marienberg

- From Koblenz: A48 and A3 exit Montabaur via B255 to Bad Marienberg

Parking

Free parking at the Tourist Info, Wilhelmstraße 10, 56470 Bad Marienberg

Coordinates

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50.651320, 7.953992
DMS
50°39'04.8"N 7°57'14.4"E
UTM
32U 426054 5611573
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

The map "Hiking trails in the Westerwald" of the regions Bad Marienberg, Rennerod and Westerburg is available for € 5.95 at the Tourist Info.

Scale 1:25,000

Equipment

Sturdy shoes are recommended, as well as appropriate clothing for the weather, which protects against cold and wet or heat and sun.

Also take enough liquid with you, there are no refreshment stops along the way.


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
7.2 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
125 m
Descent
125 m
Highest point
530 m
Lowest point
435 m
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