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Lahnwanderweg stage 01 Lahnquelle – Feudingen

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  • Lahnquelle
    / Lahnquelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Der Quellteich der Lahnquelle - Etappe 1
    Photo: Paavo Blåfield, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / The little trickle leaving the spring pond ist the start of the river Lahn - stage 1
    Photo: Paavo Blåfield, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Entspannt am Lahnhof kurz hinter der Lahnquelle
    Photo: Paavo Blåfield, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Ilsequelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Ilsequelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Teich bei Ilsequelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Fachwerk Heiligenborn
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Rastmöglichkeit Heiligenborn
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahnhelle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
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    Photo: Joachim Lutz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 700 600 500 400 300 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Heiligenborn Etappenpunkt / … Feudingen Lahnquelle Ilsequelle Wanderparkplatz Heiligenborn Blick in das Lahntal
We start at the birthplace of the river Lahn! Because the Lahnwanderweg trail sets off from the source of the Lahn at an altitude of 606 m in the Rothaargebirge. Silent forests, cosy places and heavenly peace.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

Distance 14.3 km
4:15 h
244 m
459 m
Cheerful and light-hearted, the small river Lahn has its source at an altitude of over 600 m in an idyllic spring pond at the Lahnhof in the Rothaargebirge. From here the tour continues along wonderful forest paths. At the Ilsequelle you can satisfy your thirst with healthy water. It has already been known as a sacred spring in the Middle Ages. The upper Ilsetal inspires. Here you will walk along a wild and romantic brook. Finally, the Lahnwanderweg trail leads us along scenic paths through quiet forests down to Feudingen.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at the "Heilige Ilsequelle". In the Middle Ages it was one of the most famous healing springs in Central Europe.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: November 23, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
664 m
Lowest point
392 m
Best time of year

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 and hints


Touristikverband Siegen-Wittgenstein e. V. 

Koblenzer Str. 73, 57072 Siegen

Tel. 0271/333 10 20


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441/30998-0, Fax 03212/1239508,


Source of river Lahn near Netphen (Forsthaus Lahnquelle, Lahnhof 1, 57250 Netphen) (606 m)
50.892508, 8.241335
50°53'33.0"N 8°14'28.8"E
32U 446642 5638145



Turn-by-turn directions

The small spring pond’s amazing green beautifully shimmers in the early day light. From the Forsthaus Lahnquelle, follow the road slightly uphill to the Hotel Lahnhof. In front of the hotel your trail goes up to the right. Passing a car park for hikers, please cross the state road L722. Enjoy the view of the headwaters of the rivers Lahn, Eder and Sieg at the edge of the forest where you will reach the highest point of the hike at 664 m above sea level.

The Lahnwanderweg trail now joins the fairy tale trail “Kleiner Rothaar” (little Rothaar) for a while where you can learn about the life of the little redheaded dwarf Rothaar who cares about nature. Over a wooden bridge the signposting of the Lahnwanderweg trail leads us into the wild and romantic upper Ilsetal without getting wet. Now you will have a wonderful walk along the river Ilse. At the holy spring of the Ilse you should take an inspiring break on the hiking wooden lounger. Afterwards cross the small brook again and follow the markings up to Heiligenborn.

A secluded spot with pretty half-timbered houses. For a short distance the stage now runs parallel to a district road with little traffic and, immediately behind a car park for hikers, leads straight ahead into the forest towards Feudingen. Hurricane Kyrill has provided some beautiful views in this section. From Lahnquelle onwards, you hike almost exclusively downhill. Silently and contemplatively, the walk continues through the cosy forest.

Where the trail leads out of the forest, you will have an openened up view over the hilly landscape. A small rest area at the entrance to Feudingen offers a beautiful panorama of the small climatic health resort. Following the road "Zum Eichholz" you reach the hiking portal in Feudingen after walking a few hundred metres. Here the second stage of the Lahnwanderweg trail starts. From the hiking portal you can easily reach the centre of the village near the church, the railway station and the accommodations in the village.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Feudingen,, then shuttle from railwaystation Feudingen to Forsthaus Lahnquelle.

Getting there

L718 to Banfe, then continue via K17 to Forsthaus Lahnquelle


Parking opposite to Forsthaus Lahnquelle


50.892508, 8.241335
50°53'33.0"N 8°14'28.8"E
32U 446642 5638145
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pocketguide "Lahnwanderweg" (free) at 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

- Rad- und Wanderkarte Oberes Lahntal  Lahnwanderweg 6,50€ Maßstab 1:25.000 • ISBN 978-3-86973-129-2


Ordinary hiking equipment required. Take backpack vespers and drinks with you. Refreshments at the source and in Feudingen or (by access) in Glashütte.

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
  • Blister kit
  • 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Franca Matthews  · September 28, 2019 · Community
Guten TAg, gibt es Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten in Feudingen? VG Franca Matthews
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Answered by Andreas Könne · September 28, 2019 · Community
Direkt gegenüber vom Bahnhof Feudingen ist ein Hotel. Wir sind da bei einem Regenschauer zum Kaffeetrinken rein gegangen. Das sah allerdings recht teuer aus.
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Andreas Roos
August 03, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöner Start in den Lahnwanderweg. Eine erste Rast haben wir gemütlich auf einem Hangsofa direkt an der Ilsequelle verbracht. Der weitere Weg ging sehr schön durch den Wald.
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When did you do this route? May 24, 2021
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
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Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Susanne Groos 
May 18, 2018 · Das Lahntal

Lieber Lars Baumgärtner,

wir bedauern es sehr, dass Ihre Wanderfreude durch die unerwarteten Kosten für das Taxi getrübt wurde! Ihrem HInweis werden wir noch weiter nachgehen, auch wenn wir wissen, dass es bei den Taxiunternehmen unterschiedliche Preis-Strategien gibt und nicht alle die Anfahrt separat berechnen.

Wenn Sie so freundlich sein könnten, uns die weiteren Details zu Ihrem Erlebnis an die zu mailen, wäre das für uns hilfreich. Vielen Dank.

Mit wanderfreundlichen Grüßen aus dem Lahntal

Ihr Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.

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14.3 km
4:15 h
244 m
459 m
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