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Westerwälder Seenplatte

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  • Luftaufnahme
    / Luftaufnahme
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Postweiher
    Photo: Fandler
  • / Hausweiher
    Photo: Foto Fandler
  • / Brücke am Dreifelder Weiher
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Hofmannsweiher
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Haidenweiher
    Photo: Fandler
  • / Brinkenweiher
    Photo: Fandler

The Dreifelder Weiher, the Haiden-, Hofmanns-, Brinken-, postal, Wölferlinger- and Hausweiher together form the Westerwälder Seenplatte.

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Picturesquely situated at an altitude of more than 400 m, the plateau with the seven ponds (Dreifelder Weiher, Postweiher, Brinkenweiher, Hofmannsweiher, Haidenweiher, Hausweiher and Wölferlinger Weiher) of the Westerwald Lake District is bordered by gentle hills in the north and extends into the Saynbach Valley in the south.
Hike along the 7-pond hiking trail through beautiful forest passages along lonely banks and enjoy the unique panorama. Relax on a pedal boat ride, jump into the cool waters of the Dreifelder Weihers or the Postweiher.
Birdwatchers and amateur photographers take note: You can discover the home of great crested grebes, grey herons and coots here. Enjoy the idyll of the designated bird sanctuary!

With its 123 ha, the Dreifelder Weiher is the largest body of water in the Westerwald lake district. It stretches over a length of 2000 m and is up to 800 m wide. The main tributary of the pond is the Wied, which rises about 2 km north-east of Linden.
Our tip: Take a leisurely 6 km hike around the Dreifelder Weiher and let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the Westerwald lake district.

The Haidenweiher was first documented in 1691. With a water surface area of around 30 hectares, it is the second largest pond in the Westerwald Lake District and is now used for stocking fish. It is connected to the Dreifelder Weiher via its drainage ditch. The Haidenweiher has been designated a nature reserve since 1979. It has not always been surrounded by closed forest areas. Its name refers to the condition of the landscape at the time of its creation. At that time and until the 19th century, large areas of heathland adjoined the pond. They had developed on former forest land in the course of centuries of cattle grazing by the neighbouring communities.

With an area of 21 hectares, the Brinkenweiher is the third largest pond in the Westerwald lake district. It was created around 1660 by damming the source streams of the Holzbach. It has been a nature reserve since 1977. The protected area includes the actual pond area, adjacent meadows and pastures as well as near-natural deciduous forest areas.

The Postweiher, which was dammed after 1665 by damming the source streams of the Holzbach, is located behind the Westerwald lake district. In its day, day-trippers came here for fun and recreation as hikers or in winter for ice skating. In 1912, a bathing jetty was approved at the Postweiher for the first time. In 1929, the Freilingen lido was built, and it was not until 1950 that the campsite was established. Today, in addition to fish farming as its main use, the Postweiher is still managed as a recreational water body with a camping site and bathing beach. Pond farming, tourism and nature conservation represent important utilisation interests at the lake site.

The Wölferlinger Weiher, located north-east of the small village of Wölferlingen of the same name, is part of the Westerwald Lake District. The Wölferlinger Weiher, which is only 1 ha in size, is surrounded by a belt of reeds and is thus hardly ever found by visitors. Since its designation as a nature reserve, it has been an ideal terrain for animal observation and plant exploration and a pure nature experience for hikers. It is home to rarely occurring bird and plant species such as the blue ladder of heaven and the two-leaved forest hyacinth. The lake has marshes and shallow water zones at its edges. The nature reserve surrounding the lake has a size of about 90 h.

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Open Feb 21, 2019 through Dec 31, 2039 from 00:00–23:45.

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50.592243, 7.817082
50°35'32.1"N 7°49'01.5"E
32U 416270 5605150
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Westerwälder Seenplatte

Perlengasse 2
57627 Hachenburg
Phone (0049) 2662 958339 Fax (0049) 2662 958357

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Top easy
20.4 km
1:25 h
124 m
105 m

This short bike trail (just under 20 kilometers) is suitable for almost everyone. It leads through the pond landscape near Dreifelden and can also ...

from Maja Büttner,   Westerwald Touristik-Service
Top moderate
13 km
3:15 h
74 m
74 m

7 ponds have given this hiking route its name and on 16 display boards we experience the area of the Westerwald Lake District at selected points.

from Lisa Effert - Hachenburger Westerwald,   Westerwald Touristik-Service
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