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Kannenbäckerland Route: Variety between potteries, Westerwald Cathedral and Erlenhof Lake

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This beautiful route offers not only wonderful highlights, but also challenging climbs. With breaks and sightseeing, I plan almost a whole day, because cycling alone takes close to four hours.
Distance 48.3 km
3:50 h
528 m
528 m
370 m
196 m
Depending on when I take this tour, I visit the Westerwald Ceramics Museum in Höhr-Grenzhausen before or after, the largest of its kind in the world. The town is one of the centers in Kannenbäckerland, the land of pottery. From the Schlossberg in Grenzau, the castle with its triangular keep greets us on the left. Later, when I arrive in Selters, I take some time to explore the historic town center of this village, which is one of the oldest in the Westerwald. I continue to Mogendorf. Here, wonderful ceramic objects are produced partly by hand in the many potteries, most of which have the typical salt glaze of the Kannenbäckerland. In Siershahn waits the Tonbergbaumuseum, which is open in the afternoons between April and November and otherwise by appointment. In Wirges, I like to visit the Westerwald Cathedral, and the Sculpture and Miniature Museum in the Fackelhahn/Rohr industrial park on the A 3 also attracts me with its large collection.

Author’s recommendation

You can get on this circuit almost anywhere, for example in Ransbach-Baumbach. Then the lake including the park forms the relaxing end of the tour.
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Maja Büttner
Update: January 19, 2022
Highest point
370 m
Lowest point
196 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 31.52%Dirt road 34.32%Forested/wild trail 6.56%Path 3.14%Road 24.26%Unknown 0.18%
15.2 km
Dirt road
16.6 km
Forested/wild trail
3.2 km
1.5 km
11.7 km
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Römerterrasse - Restaurant
Eisbach's Restaurant
Bäckerei-Konditorei-Café Meurer
JoCo-LoCo Restaurant-Bistro-Bar-Kneipe
Hotel Restaurant Zur guten Quelle
Landhotel Wolf-Mertes***S
Restaurant Z im Hotel Zugbrücke Grenzau
Rudolf's - Restaurant's im Hotel Heinz
Gaststätte "Till Eulenspiegel"
Waldgaststube "Flürchen"
Ristorante "Di Vino"
Landgasthof Zur Burg Grenzau
Gasthof "Zum Schützenhof" - bei Pino
Meurer's Stadt Cafe
Asia - Express "King Koong"
Ristorante "Lucania"
BREXX am Hotel Zugbrücke Grenzau
Landhotel Adler
Pizzeria San Marco
Restaurant Nova

Safety information

Very good physical condition required.

Tips and hints

Westerwald Touristik-Service
Kirchstr. 48 a
56410 Montabaur
Tel.: +49 (0)2602 - 30 01 - 0


Tourist-Information Wirges
Bahnhofstraße 10
56422 Wirges
Tel.: +49 (0)2602 - 68 90 

Rheinstraße 50
56235 Ransbach-Baumbach
Tel: +49 (0)2623 - 86 50 0

Lindenstraße 13 - Keramik-Museum
56203 Höhr-Grenzhausen
Tel: +49 (0)2624 - 19 43 3

Tourist-Information Selters
Am Saynbach 5-7
56242 Selters
Tel.: +49 (0)2626 - 76 45 8


Wirges, train station (284 m)
50.468332, 7.787009
50°28'06.0"N 7°47'13.2"E
32U 413917 5591407
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Wirges, train station

Turn-by-turn directions

I start in Wirges at the train station. I go around the Massenberg near Ebernhahn and ride right through Ransbach-Baumbach. After crossing the A 48, I dive deep into the Nassau Nature Park before arriving in Höhr-Grenzhausen. The route continues with some angles to the north and down towards Grenzau, which lies in the Brexbach valley. Then follows an ascent and in a wide western arc it goes to Sessenbach and then to Wirscheid. On the way I enjoy wide views into the Westerwald and the Rhine valley. Descending again, I enter the Sayn valley and pass Breitenau and Deesen. I cross the A 3 and cycle via Ellenhausen to Selters. Here begins the tour to the south. The high forests of Siershahn provide shade. Soon the Westerwald Cathedral greets me in Wirges and my tour takes me close to the city center and back to the train station. For the challenging 48 kilometers of this circuit, I should plan more than three and a half hours without breaks.


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Public transport


By train to the station in Wirges.

Getting there

  • From Cologne: Take A3 to L307 in Mogendorf, on A3 take exit 38-Ransbach-Baumbach, take L313 to Siemensstraße in Wirges
  • From Frankfurt: Follow A3 to B255 in Heiligenroth, on A3 take exit 40-Montabaur, follow B255, take L300 and Bahnhofstraße to Siemensstraße in Wirges
  • From Koblenz: Take A48 to Rheinstraße in Mogendorf, on A3 take exit 38-Ransbach-Baumbach, take L313 to Siemensstraße in Wirges
  • From Siegen: B62N, B62, L288, K21, ... and take L307 until Siemensstraße in Wirges
  • From Limburg a.d. Lahn: take A3 to B255 in Heiligenroth, on A3 take exit 40-Montabaur, follow B255, take L300 and Bahnhofstraße to Siemensstraße in Wirges


Wirges train station


50.468332, 7.787009
50°28'06.0"N 7°47'13.2"E
32U 413917 5591407
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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For bags and backpacks not only the back offers space on a bike tour - the weight of the equipment should be best distributed over several parts of the body and wheel. Driving wind, rain or sun can lead to very different temperature sensations on the bike - a cold can best be avoided with a professional bike clothing. You should always have a suitable change of clothes on hand on a multi-day tour to be prepared for any eventuality. Among other important equipment, the necessary tools and repair utensils should not be forgotten. At high speed, it is easy to take a wrong turn on a bicycle tour: For orientation, traditional and modern aids such as a bike map or a GPS device. You should always have a small emergency kit with you.

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Thorsten Thiel
May 07, 2021 · Community
Landschaftlich ganz nett - wenn man nicht gerade eine Ortschaft durchquert oder auf der Landstraße unterwegs ist. Strecke ist gut mit einem Tracking Bike und ohne E-Motor machbar. Für den ein oder anderen mag der Anstieg in Grenzau etwas herausfordernd sein. Richtige Mountainbiker werden dennoch eher enttäuscht sein von den zu gut ausgebauten Wegen.
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When did you do this route? April 28, 2021
Frank Kasolowsky 
August 21, 2020 · Community
Landschaftlich sehr schön und große Teile durch den Wald! Auch für wärmere Tage empfehlenswert.
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When did you do this route? August 16, 2020
günter kröll
April 25, 2020 · Community
schöne Tour,mit E-Bike gemacht.Aber doch einige Schotterstrecken.Von Grenzau kommend an der L306 muß die Beschilderung verdreht worden sein.Wir sind Richtung Sessenbach rechts gefahren.Das war falsch! Aber sonst war es ein schöner Tag Danke für die Arbeit.
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When did you do this route? April 24, 2020

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48.3 km
3:50 h
528 m
528 m
Highest point
370 m
Lowest point
196 m
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