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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 8

Lahnwanderweg stage 08 Fronhausen - Lollar

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  • Steinbrücke über die Salzböde - Panorama
    / Steinbrücke über die Salzböde - Panorama
    Photo: Lutz + Malecha, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Steinbrücke über die Salzböde
    Photo: Lutz + Malecha, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht vom Altenberg bei Lollar Richtung Norden
    Photo: Dominick Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Auf dem Lahnwanderweg bei Lollar (Altenberg Richtung Norden)
    Photo: Paavo Blåfield, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Durchs Salzbödetal
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 300 250 200 150 10 8 6 4 2 km Konditorei & Café Schönemühle Fronhausen Bf Altenberg Etappenstart Abzweig Zuweg Lollar Bahnhof Lollar
A comfortable day is waiting for hikers of this tour with wide views from the Altenberg. Once, there used to be eight mills in the romantic Salzbödetal. Today you can make a break at the Schönemühle café and the Schmelzmühle inn.
Distance 11.9 km
3:45 h
205 m
215 m
Here is the promise for a really easy-going hiking day. The first part of the tour, hikers will walk through the romantic Salzbödetal at the edge of the Krofdorf forest. Rilke described the Salzbödetal as a particularly attractive landscape as early as 1905. Next we will climb the Altenberg mountain, which overlooks the landscape with its 299 m and offers far-reaching views.

Author’s recommendation

Delicious gateaux and cakes are served at the Schönemühle in the Salzbödetal (You should ask about opening hours in advance).
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: December 01, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
275 m
Lowest point
163 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Die Schmelz Mühlengasthaus im Grünen
Konditorei & Café Schönemühle

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


Landkreis Gießen - Stabsstelle Wirtschaftsförderung/Tourismus

Riversplatz 1-19, 35394 Gießen

Tel. 02752/8 98



Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. 

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

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



Fronhausen, railway station (166 m)
50.706229, 8.698575
50°42'22.4"N 8°41'54.9"E
32U 478715 5617200


Center of Lollar

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts in the rustic half-timbered village of Fronhausen with its choir tower church from the 12th century. To begin with, follow the access path signs of the Lahnwanderweg trail (red LW on yellow background). The trail will climb with a rather easy ascent and after about 2.5 km you will join the Lahnwanderweg trail on the hilltop again, which takes you from here towards Lollar. Keep to the left and walk leisurely through the forest downwards to the Salzbödetal. Within just one kilometer you will reach the small village of Schmelz.

The Schmelzmühle will be on your right. Here you can have a look at an old document (a license for using the mill) as well as the big mill wheel. The hospitable mill has been owned by the family since 1844. It is not only locals who appreciate the bread menu with farmer's breakfast, well-ripened hand cheese and a hearty homemade sausage. Afterwards hikers will walk through the meadows along the edge of the forest, through the idyllic Salzbödetal.

The Schönemühle at the entrance to Salzböden is the ideal place for a coffee break. Passing Salzböden and crossing the little brook that gives the village its name, the trail now ascends steeply to the Altenberg with an altitude of 299 m. At the top there is a wonderful place to rest and unwind. After approximately 600 comfortable meters you will reach the branch off to Lollar. Now please follow the access path signposts again.

In the Wehrholz you have the possibility to admire the bird shelter with its many different and decorative bird houses. Just before reaching Lollar as your stage destination, you finally cross the Lahn, which has meanwhile become a stately river. Take the Marburger Straße to the right to reach the centre of the village. Compared to the rural village of Fronhausen, Lollar appears quite urban. Time for a stroll, a cup of ice cream or a nice stop for a bite to eat.


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Public transport


By train to Fronhausen and Lollar

Getting there

B3 to Fronhausen or Lollar


Fronhausen, railway station


50.706229, 8.698575
50°42'22.4"N 8°41'54.9"E
32U 478715 5617200
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

Münzer, Rad- und Wanderkarte Lahntal Marburg bis Gießen, 1:25.000,   9,80 € 1. Auflage 9/2019 - ISBN: 978-3-9817589-3-1


Ordinary hiking equipment required. Take backpack vespers and drinks with you.

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.

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Andreas Roos
October 03, 2021 · Community
Schöne kurze Tour mit super leckeren Kuchen. Auf den Altenberg sollte man unbedingt hoch gehen und Ausblick genießen. Die Kuchenempfehlung können wir auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen.
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When did you do this route? July 28, 2021
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Jutta Weisel
March 28, 2021 · Community
Die Rundumsicht auf dem Altenberg sollte man sich auch bei wolkigem Wetter nicht entgehen lassen. Von Salzböden kommend folgt man an der Stempelstelle unterhalb vom Altenberg nicht der Beschilderung sondern geht in die Gegenrichtung nach links bis rechts ein Weg abzweigt, der über den Altenberg zurück auf den Lahnwanderweg führt.
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When did you do this route? December 07, 2020
Photo: Jutta Weisel, Community

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11.9 km
3:45 h
205 m
215 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Flora and fauna Refreshment stops available Linear route


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