If you hike the Lahnwanderweg trail from the mouth of the river to its source, this stage will be the first one to accomplish. Its 16.4 kilometers have plenty to offer such as great views, tranquility, unspoilt nature and history.
Distance 16.4 km
Highest point289 m
Lowest point61 m
Let’s go! Right at the beginning of this trail its diversity will become apparent: a placid, furious as well as wild and romantic way with views and passages that invite hikers to relax. The Lahnwanderweg trail begins at the place where the Lahn enters the Rhein. In the district of Niederlahnstein, the banks of the Rhein and Lahn are still very calm. 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. Pure relaxation and quiet can be found in magnificent beech forests as well as at the vantage points high above the Lahn. The stage ends in the town of Bad Ems where the tour will become historically interesting and glamorous.
Enjoy the end of your day at the Emser Therme. Spending time at the thermal bath will relax your muscles and will make sure that there will be a fresh start for the next day!
From Niederlahnstein railway station, take the yellow marked access path directly to the Rhein where the Lahnwanderweg trail begins. At the mouth of the Lahn, where the Lahn enters the Rhein, you have a beautiful view of Lahneck castle and Stolzenfels castle. Past the inn at the Lahn, the tour leads along the river to the lower entrance of the Ruppertsklamm gorge. Now the steepest part of this stage begins. Through the wild and romantic Ruppertsklamm gorge, the trail will ascend 150 meters upwards for the following 1.5 kilometers. The path through the gorge is well secured and you can enjoy the furious natural spectacle.
When you reach the upper exit of the Ruppertsklamm gorge, the path turns right through the forest up to the Mehrsberg. An ingenious panoramic section begins 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 refuge that you can find there. Through the mixed forest, which is typical of the Lahn valley, the Lahnwanderweg trail now continues to the "Zwei Tannen Hütte" and to the summit cross, situated high above the communities of Fachbach and Nievern.
The trail now leads down to Fachbach from where it climbs up again to the Lemberg. In this old vineyard area, boer goats live under semi-wild conditions. The way leads through the residential area down to the town of Bad Ems. Shortly behind the Emser Therme, you will reach the promenade. Bad Ems offers several possibilities for a break with food and drinks. The stage ends at the Kurhaus with the Römerquelle in quite a chic atmosphere.