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Lahnwanderweg stage 19 Bad Ems - Mouth of Lahn

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m 300 200 100 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Ziegenbeweidung Lemberg Niederlahnstein Bf Kneipptretbecken Fachbach Kurpark Bad Ems Ruppertsklamm Römerquelle Lahnmündung
The final stage of the Lahnwanderweg trail once again presents all the diversity that characterises the Lahnwanderweg trail: views, tranquillity, unspoilt nature and history. 16.4 kilometers that have plenty to offer!
Distance 16.4 km
5:15 h
389 m
395 m
289 m
61 m
Farewell to a realm of multiple facets! A varied hike through three federal states ends where the Lahn enters the Rhine. And the last stage once again presents all the diversity that characterises the Lahnwanderweg trail. You start in the town of Bad Ems where the tour will become historically interesting and glamorous. Pure relaxation can be found in magnificent beech forests as well as at the vantage points high above the Lahn. The journey will become furious as well as wild and romantic as soon as hikers will get on the partially rope-guided way through the Ruppertsklamm gorge. In the district of Niederlahnstein, the banks of the Rhein and Lahn are very calm. Do you feel melancholy? Then just make new plans.

Author’s recommendation

Fill your bottle at the Römerquelle in front of the Kurhaus.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: February 28, 2023
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
289 m
Lowest point
61 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 25.09%Dirt road 6.20%Forested/wild trail 47.85%Path 16.62%Road 4.22%
4.1 km
Dirt road
1 km
Forested/wild trail
7.8 km
2.7 km
0.7 km
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Rest stops

Hotel Restaurant Adria
ehem. Kloster Allerheiligenberg
Pension Historisches Wirtshaus an der Lahn
Bock Hotel Restaurant

Safety information

Be careful in the Ruppertsklamm, especially if the ground is damp.

Boer goats graze in semi-wild keeping on the Lemberg. These can be very curious, but are harmless.

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


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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 Lahnstein

Salhofplatz 3, 56112 Lahnstein

Tel. 02621/914-171



Bad Ems, Kurhaus (77 m)
50.330096, 7.729329
50°19'48.3"N 7°43'45.6"E
32U 409561 5576105
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Niederlahnstein, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts at the Kurhaus in Bad Ems in quite a chic atmosphere. Don't forget to fill your drinking bottle at the Römerquelle before you walk along the Lahn promenade and through the cure quarter to the "Goethe-Gymnasium" school centre. Turn right here and then left through a residential area up to the Lemberg. In this old vineyard area, boer goats live under semi-wild conditions.

In Fachbach you walk uphill the old post road to a vantage point with a summit cross, that towers high above Fachbach and Nievern. Through the mixed forest, which is quite typical in the Lahn valley, you continue to the "Zwei Tannen Hütte". After leaving the forest, you are invited to enjoy an ingenious panoramic section with views of Lahnstein, Lahneck castle, the Allerheiligenbergkapelle and Stolzenfels Castle. The most comfortable way to enjoy this view is sitting or lying down on the wooden lounger in the shelter hut at the Mehrsberg. Close your eyes and hike the Lahnwanderweg trail in review once again!

At the Ruppertsklamm refuge the next signpost leads to the beginning of the exciting path through the gorge of the same name. The wild and romantic path will descend 150 meters downwards for the following 1.5 kilometers. The trail through the gorge is well secured and so you can enjoy the furious natural spectacle. From the lower entrance of the gorge you will soon walk contemplatively along the river and past the Wirtshaus an der Lahn. At the mouth of the Lahn, where the Lahn enters the Rhein, the magnificent long-distance hiking trail comes to a worthy finish with a view of Lahneck castle and Stolzenfels castle. The yellow marked access path guides you to the railway station of Niederlahnstein.


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Public transport


By train to Bad Ems or Niederlahnstein,

Getting there

B 260 to Bad Ems and Niederlahnstein


Bad Ems, indoor car park


50.330096, 7.729329
50°19'48.3"N 7°43'45.6"E
32U 409561 5576105
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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


Sturdy shoes required (wetness in the Ruppertsklamm), apart from that ordinary hiking equipment is required. Take backpack vespers and drinks with you.

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Andreas Roos
May 16, 2022 · Community
Würdiges Finale für unser Jahresprojekt Lahnwanderweg. Wir haben in den letzten 12 Monaten alle 19 Etappen erwandert. Der Weg beginnt in Bad Ems sehr schön, danach - verwöhnt durch die letzten beiden Abschnitte - wird es etwas unspektakulärer. Das letzt Drittel ist dann aber nochmals ein wirkliches Highlight. Man sollte die Rast bei ca. 10,5 km auf der Hütte am Mehresberg einlegen - eine Tolle Hütte mit super Fernsicht. Kurz nach der Hütte startet die Ruppertsklamm welche sich über einen steilen Pfad (teilweise mit Seilen gesichert) wunderschön ins Tal schlängelt („wildromantisch“ - wie es auch auf dem Eingangsschild steht). An der Mündung gibt es noch - mit großer Wehmut - ein Abschiedsbild von dem durchweg schönen und immer gut ausgeschilderten Lahnwanderweg. Vielen Dank an alle Organisationen und Wegparten.
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When did you do this route? May 15, 2022
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Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Patrick Hummer
November 08, 2020 · Community
Nach den schweren aber sehr schönen 2 Etappen vorher wirkt dieser Weg erstmal unspektakulär aber ab dem letzten 1/3 wird man mehr als belohnt
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Wander Verliebt
November 20, 2018 · Community
Vor allem die Abschnitte oberhalb von Bad Ems und die Ruppertsklamm bei Lahnstein sind wunderschön.
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When did you do this route? May 25, 2018
Lahnwanderweg Etappe 19: Bad Ems – Lahnmündung
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5:15 h
389 m
395 m
Highest point
289 m
Lowest point
61 m
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