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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 16

Lahnwanderweg stage 16 Limburg - Balduinstein

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  • Grafenschloß Diez
    Grafenschloß Diez
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 200 150 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Bahnhof Balduinstein Arzneipflanzengarten am … Grafenschloß Hoher Dom zu Limburg Bahnhof Fachingen Limburg (Lahn) Aussichtspavillon Teufelskanzel
Castles, fortresses, half-timbered houses and rocks will be the highlights of this stage. Yet there is even more to discover!
Distance 13.9 km
4:15 h
327 m
333 m
215 m
104 m
Even if it is not easy to leave the beautiful little town of Limburg your farewell will be richly rewarded. The Grafenschloss Diez high above the Lahn and the town itself welcome you to spend some time here. Fachingen is especially well-known for the water with the same name. With a significant market share, it is the most important source of medicinal water in Germany. The Franzosenley and the Katzenkopp are magnificent vantage points. In Balduinstein with its beautiful Lahn promenade, you can round off the day with a glass of Fachinger water or with a fine beer.

Author’s recommendation

The museum in the Grafenschloss is worth a visit.

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Jörg Thamer 
Update: February 28, 2023
Highest point
215 m
Lowest point
104 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 21.42%Dirt road 7.91%Forested/wild trail 45.49%Path 18.83%Road 6.32%
3 km
Dirt road
1.1 km
Forested/wild trail
6.3 km
2.6 km
0.9 km
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Rest stops

Hotel-Restaurant Balduin

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


Tourist Information Diez  

Wilhelmstraße 63, 

65582 Diez

06432/9 54 32 11


Limburg, railway station (main) (120 m)
50.385128, 8.063158
50°23'06.5"N 8°03'47.4"E
32U 433397 5581871
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Balduinstein, Center

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts at the station forecourt in Limburg. Follow the Lahnwanderweg trail signpost and the markings in the direction of Diez. First you go through the town up to the Schafsberg. From here, the trail descends again, crosses the railway tracks and then continues through meadows and fields. In the Diezer Hain you will find a vantage point: The Teufelskanzel. Afterwards, you walk along the fence of the German Army barracks Schloss Oranienstein. The castle itself can only be visited with a guided tour and on specified dates. Please check in advance!

By following the markings, you now walk on through the Diezer Hain and downwards to the Grafenschloss which is nowadays used as a youth hostel and houses the Museum für Stadt- und Regionalgeschichte. Those who were not happy to leave Limburg and its medieval alleys will certainly be delighted in Diez again. From the Grafenschloss you walk downhill to the picturesque market square of the town.

Then the Lahnwanderweg trail leads steeply uphill to the outskirts of Diez. Here, a wooden lounger invites you to take a break with panorama. Continue in the direction of Fachingen, where a viewing pavilion provides a beautiful view of the small village. Everyone thinks of water when talking about Fachingen because "Fachinger" is a special healing water with a long tradition. Stairs lead down to the railway station. Next you walk parallel to the river Lahn through fresh meadow ground to the Fachinger Grundstollen.

From here, the tour climbs uphill in serpentines. The Franzosenley with its viewing pavilion right above the Lahn is a fantastic location for a rest. You can have a longer stay here, because the destination of the stage is quite close. Through forest and fields you reach Hausen. In the village, turn right downhill to the Katzenkopp vantage point where you have a wonderful view of the Lahn and towards the destination of the stage. Balduinstein with its beautiful Lahn promenade, half-timbered houses and old masonry invites you to finish the stage in a relaxing way.


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Public transport


By train to Limburg and Balduinstein,

Getting there

B54 from Limburg to Diez, continue on L3018 to Balduinstein


Limburg, car park at railway station

Balduinstein, riverside of Lahn


50.385128, 8.063158
50°23'06.5"N 8°03'47.4"E
32U 433397 5581871
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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

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinland-Pfalz-App free download


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

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Andreas Roos
May 16, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöner Abschnitt - mit viel Abwechslung zwischen Stadt, Wiesen, Wald, Trails und Lahn.
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When did you do this route? October 08, 2021
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Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
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Robert Mühlbauer
August 20, 2021 · Community
Wir haben die drei Etappen 16 - 18 in Angriff genommen (die 19. ist derzeit (bis Mitte Sept. 2021) gesperrt. 1. Tag - 16. Etappe: an der Markthalle in Limburg geparkt, die u.s. Ratschläge beherzigt und auf dem Jakobsweg bis Diez gelaufen, um dann am Waldrand von Diez auf den Lahnwanderweg zu kommen. Sehr schöner und abwechslungsreiche Wanderung bis Balduinstein. Übernachtung und Abendessen im Gasthof Hergenhahn, super Essen, Übernachtung auch gut und ausgesprochen freundlich. Bei gemütlicher Gangart haben wir incl. Pause 4 h benötigt.
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Astrid Bender
May 21, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöne Wanderung. Die Beschilderung in Diez kann optimiert werden
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When did you do this route? May 21, 2021
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13.9 km
4:15 h
327 m
333 m
Highest point
215 m
Lowest point
104 m
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