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Wäller Tour chaffinch country

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  • Familien Braunbär im Wild- und Freizeitpark Gackenbach
    Familien Braunbär im Wild- und Freizeitpark Gackenbach
    Photo: Verbandsgemeinde Montabaur, Verbandsgemeinde Montabaur
m 400 300 200 100 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Landgasthof Zum Wiesengrund Gaststätte Zum Grünen Baum Hübinger Treff Hübinger Treff

Up and down it goes on the Wäller Tour Buchfinkenland. The hiking trail with 14 kilometers of track around the Westerwald Wildlife and Leisure Park attracts visitors with some historical sights.

Distance 14.7 km
5:30 h
403 m
403 m
405 m
164 m

The chaffinch country is located in theNassau Nature Park. The chaffinches that give the area its name accompany meaccompany me on the way through thelandscape. I start at the Gackenbach hikers' car park and take the shortand take the short access road to the main path.I walk uphill to the hunting lodge anda winding path to a fallow deera fallow deer enclosure and afootball pitch. I then reach Horbach. Beyond the villageI walk through the forest andreach the Altwei areas. Thelegend tells that the women of the Westerwaldwomen danced around the tree tomore freedom from their husbands.from their husbands. The lordsdid not manage to cut down the oak.I reach the deserted village of Willgenhausen and later cross two country roads. Then the path leadsdown into the Seelbach valley. Here I followI follow the bed of the stream and walk along fish ponds. I marvel at thethe ruins of a smelting works that stillsilver and ores in the 18th century.smelted silver and ores. Now I turnsoutheast towards Dies andalong more fish pondsfishponds. I then cross thethe L 326, climb the mountain andand enjoy the view. FinallyI return via Gackenbach.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the Wild- und Freizeitpark Westerwald in Gackenbach - here a visit of the two bears and the other native wild animals is always worthwhile.

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Update: October 21, 2022
Highest point
405 m
Lowest point
164 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 2.74%Dirt road 21.88%Forested/wild trail 59.30%Path 0.77%Road 3.21%Unknown 12.07%
0.4 km
Dirt road
3.2 km
Forested/wild trail
8.7 km
0.1 km
0.5 km
1.8 km
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Rest stops

Hübinger Treff
Landgasthof Zum Wiesengrund
Gaststätte Zum Grünen Baum

Safety information

In the winter months, the quality of the path may be impaired due to wood clearing work on individual sections of the path.

Due to the dryness and the extreme increase of bark beetles resulting from it wood felling work must be accomplished on the Wäller tour chaffinch country. for this reason the footpath is probably diverted to at the end of of July on the distance between Gackenbach and Dies in some places. The detour is signposted. Thank you for your understanding.

Tips and hints

A hiking map and a hiking guide to the Wäller tours are available in the Westerwald-Shop.

Information on the game and leisure park is available at

Further tourist information under:Tourist Information Montabaur MunicipalityLarge market 12, 56410 Montabaur Phone: 02602/9502780, Fax: 02602/,


Small parking lot for hikers in the Kirchstraße, 56412 Gackenbach in front of the parish church (331 m)
50.367250, 7.854216
50°22'02.1"N 7°51'15.2"E
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Small parking lot for hikers in the Kirchstraße, 56412 Gackenbach in front of the parish church

Turn-by-turn directions

The chaffinch, who lives here, was the godfather for this circular hiking trail, which circles the villages of Gackenbach, Hübingen and Horbach and thus the "chaffinch country" on 14 km. From Gackenbach it goes down into the Gelbachtal, past the extensive area of the game and leisure park. Worth seeing along the way are the ruins of the old smelting works in Seelbachtal and the deserted village of Willgenhausen, a settlement that was already abandoned in the 17th century.


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Public transport

Arrival with buses of the public transport from Montabaur with the line 8443 from ICE station Montabaur possible.Return journey possible with the same bus line from Gackenbach and Hübingen.

Getting there

From the north:A3 exit 40 - Montabaur on the B255 direction Montabaur.- Pass Montabaur (bypass) onto the B49 in the direction of Koblenz, Bad Ems, Nassau.- Turn right onto the L326 towards Holler.- Drive through Holler, Untershausen, Daubach and Horbach; continue on the L326 to Gackenbach. Below the Ignatius-Lötschert-Haus, located at the edge of the forest, turn left into Kirchstraße in Gackenbach; continue to the parish church (parking for hikers just behind the parish church).

From the south:- A3 exit 41 - Diez, pass under the freeway, turn right in the direction of Görgeshausen- before Görgeshausen turn right in the direction of Eppenrod / Isselbach.- In Eppenrod first turn left in the direction of Holzappel, then immediately turn right in the direction of Gelbachtal / Isselbach.- follow the L325 through Isselbach and Giershausen for approx. 5 km, then turn right onto the K171 to Gackenbach- Hikers' parking lot in the upper village immediately after entering the village and in front of the parish church.


Small parking lot for hikers in Kirchstraße, 56412 Gackenbach in front of the parish church


50.367250, 7.854216
50°22'02.1"N 7°51'15.2"E
32U 418513 5580092
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Official hiking guide Wäller Touren (plus adventure loops on the WesterwaldSteig), publisher: IdeeMedia, 176 pages with many photos, map sections, elevation profiles, €11.95

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map-Leporello Wäller Touren, GPS-accurate hiking map with excursion destinations, refreshment & leisure tips, street names and elevation profiles, map size (W x H): 20 map pages à 18 x 20 cm, 9 red. Pages, 6,95 € - You can get the hiking map and the hiking book in the Westerwald-Shop at!


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Benedikt Strauch
February 13, 2022 · Community
Schöne Tour. Lässt sich auch im Winter und bei schlechterem Wetter mit entsprechenden Schuhen gut bewältigen. Ohne Pausen schafft man es locker in drei Stunden, ohne zu hetzen.
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Kerstin Soller
September 25, 2020 · Community
Perfekte Wegmarkierung, absolut verirrsicher. Die Runde ist gut geeignet für Leute, die breite Forstwege in Wirtschatftswald mögen, auf denen man nebeneinander laufen und sich unterhalten kann. Trotzdem ist für einige sehr wenige Stellen festes Schuhwerk erforderlich. Die Runde ist auch für nasses Wetter geeignet oder für sehr heiße Tage, da überwiegend im schattigen Wald. Nicht geeignet ist dieser Weg für Leute wie mich, die gerne über schmalere Pfade durch abwechslungsreiche Landschaften und Vegetation laufen. Das wiegen auch die vereinzelten Ausblicke über den Westerwald nicht auf.
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When did you do this route? September 18, 2020
Robert Backhaus
July 10, 2020 · Community
Eine Wanderung ohne große Highlights. Für Leute die Ruhe und Entspannung suchen aber ideal.
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When did you do this route? July 07, 2020
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14.7 km
5:30 h
403 m
403 m
Highest point
405 m
Lowest point
164 m
Circular route Cultural/historical interest


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