This stage of the trail goes from lake to lake, first following the River Wied and then ascending to the Alpenroder hikers' hut with a view of the lofty heights of the Westerwald. The highlight of this stage comes at the end with the chance to see the ancient Stöffelmaus, a fossil of a now extinct rodent.
This stage of the trail begins at Freilingen, passing the Postweiher lake and leading along the Dreifelder Weiher lake on its way to Dreifelden. At Linden, the Westerwald-Steig arrives at the source of the River Wied. It continues through beech forest over the Großer Weißenstein mountain to the Gräbersberg mountain. Have a rest at the Alpenroder hikers' hut and enjoy the panoramic view from the viewing tower. A particular jewel of this stage of the trail is Stöffel Park, a geological and industrial theme park, situated between Nistertal, Enspel and Stockum-Püschen. It's worth giving yourself plenty of time to visit the theme park.
For water babies: cool down in the lido at the Postweiher lake
For great views: the viewing tower on the Gräbersberg mountain
For those interested in geology and families with children: visit Stöffel Park
Rest stopsPizzeria Il Lago
Camping Park Café-Restaurant "Haus am See
Gasthof-Pension Zum Seeweiher
Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate, weatherproof clothing that protects you from cold and wet or heat and sun.Take enough liquid with you. There are not always places to stop for refreshments.Please wear walking shoes appropriate for the trail, which will give you sufficient grip even on slippery and steep or rocky and uneven paths.If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, then you should avoid them. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths.Especially in autumn, you should also be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide uneven surfaces, roots, stones or holes in the path. You must expect path impairments of this kind when you undertake a hike.Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons.
Tips and hints
Getting thereB255 or B413 to the Freilingen exit and continue on the B8 to the Postweiher lake near Freilingen
ParkingFreilingen hikers' car park (on the B8 outside the town, opposite the Postweiher lake)
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
Suitable weatherproof clothing
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