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Kleiner Wäller "Hessentagswanderweg" - walking trail

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Experience Herborn's old town with its picturesque half-timbered houses, the Dillblick observation tower and the game reserve with its friendly inhabitants. Many seats and viewpoints along the way, plus refreshments in the old town. 
Distance 5 km
1:30 h
156 m
156 m
332 m
199 m

Starting point of this varied walk - Kleiner Wäller Hessentagswanderweg - is the 17 m high observation tower Dillblick. Before the start you can enjoy the magnificent panoramic view.

From the tower the path leads through the game reserve. The goats, llamas and donkeys are looking forward to your visit. The fallow deer can be observed from a viewing platform. For children there are great play and climbing equipment.

On the circular path past the war graves site - in summer you can also make a detour to the outdoor swimming pool - you can walk through paths and streets down to the old town with its many half-timbered houses, alleys and corners, cafés and bistros for a little breather. In the city park you can relax under the shady trees with many seats and playground equipment. The circular path leads through parts of the pedestrian zone past many small stores. Parking facilities at the starting point.

Alternatively you can start at the train station. Maps, information and the numerous cafés, bistros and ice-cream parlors in the old town are available at the local tourist information office!

Author’s recommendation

Don't miss an ice cream or a delicious piece of cake in the old town! Special tip: On Fridays there is a weekly market (all day) at the Kornmarkt - a treat for stomach and eyes! 
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Birgit Ernst
Update: September 07, 2021
Highest point
332 m
Lowest point
199 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Bridge construction works on the freeway bridge at the underpass of the freeway in the game enclosure lead to a temporary and partial blocking of the road (as of May 20) in the area of the entrance to the game enclosure at the observation tower and from the other side from the crossing in the game enclosure. The blockade will be lifted at weekends when no work is due. A detour will be signposted. Please note the closures.

Tips and hints

The original concept and idea for the Hessentag hiking trail (created in the course of the preparations for the 2nd Hessentag in Herborn in 2016) comes from the two Herborn associations Wanderfreunde Herborn e.V. and Westerwaldverein Herborn e.V:


Parking at the lookout tower Dillblick, or at the station Herborn Parkplatz Littau (271 m)
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circular route

Turn-by-turn directions

In the variant with the steep ascent to the end - up to the Dollenberg - one holds oneself seen from the lookout tower right first into the game enclosure. After a few paths past the game preserve, you will pass the war cemetery and the war gravesite on the Althusiusstraße near the municipal swimming pool. From Friedrich-Birkendahl-Straße, a small staircase leads into the nature trail. From the Hasenpfad you come out at the Garni-Hotel. A little further along the Schützenpfad you can reach the Bürgerturm and the Corvinsche Druckerei, down the Schulberg hill into the picturesque old town with its many half-timbered houses. Via Bahnhofstraße, through the city park - there are seats and playground equipment under the shady trees - and the Breite Winkel through the Steinerne Pforte and Kallenbachstraße back towards the observation tower. The last thing you have to do in this variant is to master the steep ascent to Dollenberg.

At the beginning, if you walk down the Dollenbergstraße from the lookout tower into the old town, you will have a more moderate ascent through the game reserve on your way back.

To do this, you first walk down the Dollenberg, straight through the Steinerne Pforte, Kleine Grede and Dreihäusergasse, through Mühlgasse and Breiter Winkel into the main street and from there into the city park. In the city park the children are happy about playground equipment, for the grown-ups there are seating possibilities, just like in the game enclosure. It is worthwhile to plan some time in the old town for the many sights, cafés and refreshment stops. Afterwards, the trail leads from the market square past the Hohe Schule (well worth seeing: town museum!) up the Schulberg, past Corvin's printing house below the 1000 year old town church, up to the Bürgerturm and along the Schützenpfad to the Hotel Garni. To the left of the hotel, take the Hasenpfad (hare path) into a grass path, which you are not allowed to walk all the way to the end. In the middle of the path, turn left onto a small staircase up to Friedrich-Birkendahl-Straße, the war gravesite and the cemetery near the outdoor swimming pool. Continue along Althusiusstraße back into the forest and on a direct path to the game reserve. Here you should plan a break and visit the many four-legged inhabitants of the enclosure before you return to the Dillblick observation tower after crossing the A45 again.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Herborn station, footpath to the start of the tour approx. 200 m. There are bus connections via the Herborn bus station (ZOB, directly at the station).

Getting there

A45 Sauerlandlinie, exits Herborn West and South, B255 coming from Westerwald or Marburg, B277 Dillenburg-Wetzlar


Free parking at the Dillblick observation tower (turn off in Kallenbachstraße, follow the signs to Dillblick/Wildgehege) as well as parking at Herborn, Littau station (free commuter parking). 


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50°41'10.3"N 8°17'50.6"E
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map around Herborn 1:25.000 Dr. Münzer


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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5 km
1:30 h
156 m
156 m
Highest point
332 m
Lowest point
199 m
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