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Graded long-distance hiking trail Multistage route

Lahnwanderweg 01-19 upstream (entire tour, tour with stages)

Graded long-distance hiking trail · Lahntal · open
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  • Burg Gleiberg
    / Burg Gleiberg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht vom Mehrsberg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Uferpromenade Bad Ems
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Klettersteig Obernhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Grafenschloß-Jugendherberge
    Photo: Dominik Ketz / Tourist-Information Diez
  • /
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahn kurz hinter Villmar
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Am Hauseleyfelsen bei Weilburg - Hölzener Steg oberhalb der Lahn
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Fachwerk in Braunfels
    Photo: © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V. / Foto: Martin Prasch
  • / Braunfels
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Unterwegs auf dem Lahnwanderweg (11. Etappe: Braunfels-Wetzlar)
    Video: Braunfelser Kur GmbH
  • / Wetzlar, Garbenheimer Warte / Bismarckturm
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Die Lahn bei Lollar
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Marburg, Schlossgarten
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Start in Marburg, hinauf zum "Michelchen"
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick auf den Rimberg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick auf Biedenkopf
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahnwanderweg-Wegweiser vor Bad Laasphe
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Schloss Wittgenstein
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahnquelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Mit dem roten LW unterwegs auf dem Lahnwanderweg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 800 600 400 200 250 200 150 100 50 km Limburg (Lahn) Weilburg Bf Caldern - Bahnhof Perfstausee Bad Ems Hbf Aumenau Bf Biedenkopf Bf Obernhof Bf Niederwalgern Bf Villmar Bf

The Lahnwanderweg trail will make hikers‘ dreams come true. It will lead you through some very different, beautiful landscapes and you will come along picturesque towns and castles.
open
difficult
294.5 km
86:00 h
7008 m
6454 m
The Lahnwanderweg trail roams the landscapes of the valley of the river Lahn thereby charmingly linking lively places and their sights. There will be plenty of possibilities to step outside of your daily routines and enjoy nature. In the lower Lahn valley, the river meanders along precipitous rocks in a wild and romantic way. The floodplain landscapes in the middle Lahn valley offer plenty of chances to look into the distance. The landscape in the upper Lahn valley and at the source of the Lahn evoke an enchanted atmosphere. With a total distance of 290 kilometers, the Lahnwanderweg trail reveals the full beauty of the river valley with its sublime castles and palaces, its lively villages and towns and its peaceful forests and floodplains. You can even try to accomplish an easy via ferrata. Either way, there will be magnificent views at different parts of the route. Besides, the train connections are excellent.

Author’s recommendation

Tour suggestions for long hiking weekends:

  • Lahnstein - Balduinstein (3 stages)
  • Balduinstein - Weilburg (4 stages)
  • Weilburg - Gießen (3 stages)
  • Gießen - Marburg (3 stages)
  • Marburg - Biedenkopf (3 stages)
  • Biedenkopf - Lahnquelle (3 stages)
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Author
Jörg Thamer 
Updated: September 17, 2020

Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
664 m
Lowest point
61 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Seeblick
Landgasthof Der Katzenbacher

Safety information

For information on diversions and relocations, please see our "Current Information".

Information on restrictions in the rail network can be found here.

Tips, hints and links

Lahnwanderweg      Lahnwanderweg on Facebook

 

The free pocket guide "Lahnwanderweg" and further information are available at www.daslahntal.de and from

 

Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441-30998-0

info@lahnwanderweg.de

Fax: 03212-1239508

 

www.daslahntal.de

 

Start

Lahnstein-Niederlahnstein (afterwards, take the access route in the direction of Niederlahnstein railway station, Bahnhofstraße 1, 56112 Lahnstein) (70 m) (70 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.316191, 7.600045
DMS
50°18'58.3"N 7°36'00.2"E
UTM
32U 400330 5574724
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Destination

Source of river Lahn near Netphen (Forsthaus Lahnquelle, Lahnhof 1, 57250 Netphen)

Turn-by-turn directions

The daily stages start at the banks of the river Lahn and most of them lead up into the heights as well as into the side valleys. Because of this, cyclists and hikers do not get into each other’s way. The Lahn hiking trail takes you past numerous castles and palaces. Interesting rock formations and vantage points add up to the hiking experience. Hikers can even enjoy an exciting route which includes a number of great views. The Kammweg (small via ferrata) before the Goethepunkt near Obernhof will be a good choice for the brave ones but you can also find a leisurely variant. Underground experiences such as the Kubacher Kristallhöhle or the exciting Ruppertsklamm gorge provide cooling on hot summer days.

 

The Lahnwanderweg connects numerous towns such as Lahnstein, Bad Ems, Nassau, Diez, Limburg, Weilburg, Braunfels, Wetzlar, Gießen, Marburg, Biedenkopf and Bad Laasphe. At the end of the stage you can often cool your feet in the Lahn or in a Kneipp pool or even swim a few lengths in the public open-air swimming pool.

 

If you want to walk the Lahnwanderweg in one go, you will need about three weeks’ time. But since there are excellent rail connections at the starting points and the destinations, the trail can also be walked in 19 daily stages. Walking the entire trail in walking direction to the source, you will start at the mouth of the Lahn in Lahnstein (rheinland-pfälzisch). After the first beautiful kilometres through Rheinland-Pfalz, the Lahnwanderweg leads through Hessen and ends in the nordrhein-westfälischen Rothaargebirge at the Lahn source at 628 m above sea level after a total of more than 290 hiking kilometres.

 

It might be hard to decide since the Lahnwanderweg’s markings are excellent in both directions. Here you can find the Lahnwanderweg in walking direction to the mouth.

 

 

Marking and signposting

 

In order for you to know that you are on the right track anytime, the Lahnwanderweg is marked with the red LW on a white background continuously. This applies for both directions, no matter whether you will walk towards the source of the Lahn or Lahnstein. On straight sections, you will find the red LW at regular intervals, as well as at all crossings and junctions. When the path turns, this will also be indicated by arrows. The access routes between the Lahnwanderweg and many railway stations, sights and locations of the stages are marked with the red LW on a yellow background.

 

Signposts at junctions and crossroads indicate the direction and distance to towns and places of interest. The blue peak marks the main path while a yellow peak shows access paths. In addition to the information about distances, pictograms indicate services that hikers can find at the respective destination such as overnight accommodation or local transport stops.

 

The location sign, which you will find on every signpost, is meant to help with the orientation. In addition to the name of the location and information on the altitude, you will also see the corresponding GPS coordinates. We also provide the telephone number of the regional route management that you can use to report any defects, for example.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The public transport connection is excellent. 18 of the 20 townships where stages start or end can be reached directly by train and one additional by bus.

You only need a taxi-transport from the Feudingen railway station, if you want to start or end at the source of the Lahn.

Railway station at the mouth of the Lahn: Niederlahnstein Nearest railway station to the source of the Lahn: Feudingen

Long-distance train stations with ICE connections: Marburg, Gießen, Limburg-Süd, Koblenz

www.bahn.com

Getting there

A3 or A61 plus A48 and B 42 to the mouth of the Lahn in Niederlahnstein

Approach to further stages on the Lahnwanderweg (a selection)

A5 and B3 to Marburg, Gießen, Wetzlar

A5 or A3 plus B 49 to Weilburg

A3 to LimburgA3 (AS Montabaur) plus B49 to Bad Ems

A45 (AS -Siegen or AS-Olpe) to source of river Lahn or to Feudingen

Coordinates

DD
50.316191, 7.600045
DMS
50°18'58.3"N 7°36'00.2"E
UTM
32U 400330 5574724
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pocketguide "Lahnwanderweg" (free) at  www.daslahntal.de or order at Lahntal Tourismus Verband (see "details") 

Hikeline Lahnwanderweg, 14,90 €, 1. Auflage 2014 ISBN: 978-3-85000-535-7

Rother Wanderführer Lahnwanderweg, 14,90 €, 1. Auflage 2016 ISBN: 978-3-7633-4492-5

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinland-Pfalz-App free download

Equipment

Ordinary hiking equipment for uplands (sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, drinks and, if necessary, food)

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Status
open
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
294.5 km
Duration
86:00h
Ascent
7008 m
Descent
6454 m
Point-to-point Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights

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  • 19 Stages
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 19 upstream Mouth of Lahn - Bad Ems
moderate Stage 1 open
16.4 km
5:15 h
395 m
389 m
If you hike the Lahnwanderweg trail from the mouth of the river to its source, this stage will be the first one to accomplish. Its 16,4 kilometers ...
from Jörg Thamer,   Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 18 upstream Bad Ems - Obernhof
difficult Stage 2 open
19.4 km
7:15 h
723 m
710 m
This stage will delight people who love good views as well as those who love culture. You will get to the Nassau castle, the Schiefe Turm of ...
from Jörg Thamer,   Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 17 upstream Obernhof - Balduinstein
difficult Stage 3 open
19.3 km
6:45 h
798 m
774 m
This stage will be sporty! It even includes a small via ferrata. Highlights of this trail will be wonderful views such as Goethepunkt, Wolfslei or ...
2
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 16 upstream Balduinstein - Limburg
moderate Stage 4 open
14.1 km
4:15 h
329 m
328 m
Castles, fortresses, half-timbered houses and rocks will be the highlights of this stage. Yet there is even more to discover!
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 15 upstream Limburg - Villmar
moderate Stage 5 open
13.4 km
4:45 h
159 m
148 m
Although it's hard to leave Limburg, the next highlight is already ahead: the medieval town of Runkel. Hikers who are fans of nature and great ...
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 14 upstream Villmar - Aumenau
easy Stage 6 open
12.7 km
4:15 h
166 m
165 m
The meadows and forests high above the river Lahn are fascinating aspects of the area that is “home” to the Lahn marble. Whenever the weather is ...
from Jörg Thamer,   Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 13 upstream Aumenau - Weilburg
moderate Stage 7 open
19.5 km
6:15 h
393 m
353 m
This stage provides a lot of pure peace and quiet. Before arriving at Weilburg city, a real highlight awaits you as soon as you reach the Ernst ...
from Jörg Thamer,   Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 12 upstream Weilburg - Braunfels
difficult Stage 8 open
17.9 km
6:15 h
332 m
243 m
This tour is highly diversified and offers many highlights: Kubacher Kristallhöhle, the animal park in Weilburg, the pond near Braunfels and two ...
1
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 11 upstream Braunfels - Wetzlar
easy Stage 9 open
13 km
4:15 h
151 m
237 m
Starting from Braunfels castle, you will get through the nature and bird sanctuary Weinberg. Moreover, you will walk through the castle ruins of ...
from Jörg Thamer,   Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 10 upstream Wetzlar - Rodheim-Bieber
moderate Stage 10 open
16.4 km
4:45 h
332 m
298 m
Through the park of the Ilmenau Anlage (park) you will get up to the Garbenheimer Warte. Afterwards, walking through the Lahn meadows will finally ...
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 09 upstream Rodheim-Bieber - Lollar
moderate Stage 11 open
21.4 km
6:45 h
368 m
403 m
Fans of castles will quite like this part of the trail. Through the Wißmarbachtal you will get up into the forest, after which the route takes you ...
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 08 upstream Lollar - Fronhausen
easy Stage 12 open
11.9 km
3:45 h
215 m
205 m
A comfortable day is waiting for hikers of this tour with wide views from the Altenberg. There used to be eight mills in the romantic Salzbödetal.
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 07 upstream Fronhausen - Marburg
moderate Stage 13 open
24.6 km
7:30 h
352 m
331 m
This will be the king's stage: a length of 25 km as well as more than 680 meters of altitude difference have to be mastered today. But this won’t ...
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 06 (upstream) Marburg to Caldern
moderate Stage 14 open
15.9 km
5:15 h
398 m
356 m
This tour begins at the famous Elisabethkirche. The short detour to the ruins of Weißenburg is worth it. Afterwards the hike goes along the river ...
1
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 05 upstream Caldern - Buchenau
moderate Stage 15 open
13.3 km
4:00 h
436 m
433 m
Let’s hope that you will be lucky with the weather for today’s tour in order to be able to enjoy the views. One of its highlights is the Rimberg.
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 04 upstream Buchenau - Biedenkopf
easy Stage 16 open
12.5 km
3:45 h
338 m
299 m
Buchenau and Biedenkopf are not only connected by the Lahnwanderweg but also by the tradition of the Grenzgänger. It is an ancient custom that is ...
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Lahntal
Lahnwanderweg stage 03 upstream Biedenkopf - Bad Laasphe
moderate Stage 17 open
17.5 km
5:45 h
576 m
524 m
Because of his height of 535 meters, the Entenberg is a popular take-off point for hang- and paragliding. It also offers a great view of ...
from Jörg Thamer,   Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Siegerland-Wittgenstein
Lahnwanderweg stage 02 upstream Bad Laasphe - Feudingen
moderate Stage 18 open
16.8 km
5:15 h
484 m
413 m
Now that we are on our way to Feudingen, we will have to accomplish further meters of altitude. The section through the romantic Ilsetal promises ...
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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Bad Laasphe
Lahnwanderweg stage 01 upstream Feudingen - Lahnquelle
moderate Stage 19 open
14.3 km
4:15 h
459 m
244 m
Today we will visit the birthplace of the river Lahn because this stage ends at the source of the river Lahn which is situated at an altitude of 606m.
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