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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 15

Lahnwanderweg stage 15 Villmar - Limburg

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  • Blick auf den König-Konrad-Felsen | Lahnwanderweg Etappe 15
    Blick auf den König-Konrad-Felsen | Lahnwanderweg Etappe 15
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 200 150 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Blick auf … Lahntal Diözesanmuseum mit … Domschatz Unica-Bruch Burg Runkel Runkel Bf ehem. jüd. Friedhof Limburg (Lahn) Hoher Dom zu Limburg
Hikers who are fans of nature and great views will definitely enjoy the path that runs along the edge of the "Wehrley" nature reserve. And the next highlight is already ahead: the medieval town of Runkel.
Distance 13.4 km
4:45 h
148 m
159 m
166 m
108 m
Right at the beginning you will find the Lahn Marmor Museum. With the view of the König-Konrad-Felsen on the opposite side of the Lahn, we say goodbye to the marble town Villmar. Being above the Wehrley might also be a nice spot. The "Wehrley" has been a nature reserve since 1978. Runkel with its massive castle above the sluice and the old Lahn bridge is fascinating. Another highlight is waiting for you at the destination of the stage: Limburg. Enthroned on a rock, you see the town´s landmark: Limburger Dom with its seven towers. And the 12th century old town of Limburg has been preserved to almost full extent.

Author’s recommendation

Latest opening in Villmar is the new Lahn Marmor Museum - well worth seeing!

The old town of Limburg is a jewel! You should try the local speciality "Limburger Edelsäcker" (stuffed pork loin with dried meat, cucumber and sauerkraut).

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Jörg Thamer 
Update: February 03, 2023
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
166 m
Lowest point
108 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 13.68%Dirt road 14.28%Forested/wild trail 34.37%Path 22.90%Road 3.40%Unknown 11.34%
1.8 km
Dirt road
1.9 km
Forested/wild trail
4.6 km
3.1 km
0.5 km
1.5 km
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Safety information

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

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

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The free pocket guide "Lahnwanderweg" and further information are available at and from


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441-30998-0

Fax: 03212-1239508


Tourist Information Limburg

Barfüßerstr. 6, 65549 Limburg

Tel. 06431/61 66



Villmar, railway station (121 m)
50.395374, 8.186702
50°23'43.3"N 8°11'12.1"E
32U 442193 5582907
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Limburg, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts at the Villmar railway station. From there, follow the signposts and markings of the access trail towards Limburg. A real rarity is the call train barrier, which you have to pass on your route up to the heights. Press the lever, ask friendly for opening the barrier and it lifts itself up as if by magic. After crossing the railway tracks, the trail climbs with a beautiful view of the König-Konrad-Denkmal and past the venerable Ibach Eiche (oak tree).

At the top, at the Villmar Süd signpost, keep left and continue along the edge of the forest. A short detour to the left leads us to a worthwhile vantage point overlooking the Bodensteiner Lay and the König-Konrad-Denkmal. Next you walk across a meadow and along fields. Following the markings, you descend to the railway tracks again. There a path to the right leads uphill through the Wehrley nature reserve of Runkel.

Next highlight is waiting ahead: The Otto-Bruchhäuser-Tempel, a viewing pavilion that is situated high above the Lahn. Afterwards, you will leave the nature reserve and hike down the paved road to the medieval town of Runkel, which you will reach via the beautiful Lahn bridge. Tip: You should definitely make sure to visit the enormous castle complex!

Past Runkel, you will have to walk for a short distance along the Lahn and underpass the road L 3020. Now a beautiful path leads uphill and along a Jewish cemetery. Then the path runs parallel to the Lahn and along the heights. At the Blücher Schanze one can commemorate the 250 soldiers of the Prussian army who were buried here in 1813. Still follow the markings through the forest. Before reaching Eschhofen, you leave the forest and the view opens up to the gigantic church of St. Lubentius in Dietkirchen. In Eschhofen turn right at the signpost towards the Lahnauen. Cross these and you will finally reach Limburg by walking on an old towpath which leads you underneath the new autobahn bridge and the ICE bridge. In Limburg you will continue along the Lahn for quite some time.

Passing Römer 2-4-6, one of the oldest free-standing half-timbered houses in Germany, you climb the stairs up to Limburg's landmark, the cathedral. From there you descend to the picturesque old town with its wide range of culinary and cultural attractions. From Kornmarkt you can easily get to the railway station if required.


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Public transport


By train to Villmar and Limburg

Getting there

A3 or B49 to Limburg, B49 to Villmar


Villmar, railway station


50.395374, 8.186702
50°23'43.3"N 8°11'12.1"E
32U 442193 5582907
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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

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

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Karsten Bike 
March 12, 2022 · Community
Kurz vor Runkel von Vilmar aus wird es schön. Davor etwas Leerlauf
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When did you do this route? March 12, 2022
Andreas Roos
October 03, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöner Abschnitt mit viel Nähe zur Lahn. Das Lahn-Marmor-Museum mir dem Unica-Bruch (auch bei geschlossenen Museum zu bestaunen) ist sehr zu empfehlen. Der Abschnitt zwischen Villmar und Runkel ist ein traumhafter Pfad mit vielen Blicken auf die Lahn. Zum Schluss läd Limburg mit dem Dom und der Altstadt zum schönen. Abschluss ein. Tolle Tour !
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When did you do this route? October 03, 2021
Thomas Schneider
June 21, 2015 · Community
Leider sind die Bäume zwischen Runkel und Eschhofen noch nicht entfernt. Man kommt jedoch "durch". Ein schöner Abschnitt ist es trotzdem mit dem Ziel der schönen Altstadt in Limburg.
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When did you do this route? June 21, 2015

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13.4 km
4:45 h
148 m
159 m
Highest point
166 m
Lowest point
108 m
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