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Wäller Tour Eisenbachtal (round tour - premium hiking trail)

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A refreshing walk always along the water! This 9 km long circular path is especially suitable for families with children and is ideal for a hike in summer.
Distance 9 km
3:30 h
157 m
157 m
282 m
183 m
A wonderful trail with undeniable recreational qualities is located northwest of Nomborn in the Eisenbach Valley.  Forest and water provide a pleasant microclimate here, especially on hot days. After starting at the hiking parking lot of the Studentenmühle, the trail leads along the Eisenbach through shady woods to the "Bildches Eich". Here, a small forest chapel from 1963 and a hollowed oak tree with a statue of the Virgin Mary from 1830 await the hiker. Back along the Holbach, where two mills invite you to rest at the end of the circular path.

Author’s recommendation

2 km long detour around the local mountain of the Eisenbach Valley ("Bornkasten"): Grandiose view, basalt quarry with insights into the history of the earth
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Katrin Cramer
Update: January 11, 2023
Highest point
282 m
Lowest point
183 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 3.84%Forested/wild trail 90.03%Path 6.12%
Dirt road
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
8.1 km
0.6 km
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Rest stops

Historisches Landhotel Studentenmühle
Restaurant in der Freimühle
Historisches Landhotel*** Studentenmühle

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.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing adapted to the weather, which will protect you from cold and wet or heat and sun.
  • Take enough liquid with you. It is not possible to stop for refreshments everywhere.Please put on suitable hiking shoes, which will give you sufficient grip even on slippery and steep or rocky and uneven paths.If you feel that certain sections of the path are not accessible to you, you should avoid them.
  • Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths.
  • Especially in autumn, you should also be aware that the foliage lying on the ground can cover unevenness, roots, stones or holes in the path. You must expect this kind of path obstruction when you go on a hike.Although the path is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons.

Tips and hints

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

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


Hiking parking lot at the historic country inn "Studentenmühle", Mühlenstraße, 56412 Nomborn (213 m)
50.434912, 7.903926
50°26'05.7"N 7°54'14.1"E
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Hiking parking lot at the historic country inn "Studentenmühle", Mühlenstraße, 56412 Nomborn

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts at the hiking parking lot directly at the Studentenmühle. The information board points to the main path as well as an excursion to the Bornkasten. Follow the markings of the access road, pass the camping site and turn left at the T-junction and continue towards the edge of the forest. The excellently marked path leads through the wonderful meadow landscape of the Eisenbach valley, always along the meandering course of the stream. From now on, its gentle splashing accompanies the hike through the valley. After about 3.5 km the Eisenbach Valley opens up as a meadow meadow into the Gelbach Valley. The path bends off to the north and then always leads along the Gelbach within sight. Soon the Holbachtal is reached. Here the path bends again and now leads steadily uphill further east towards the Steinernes Kreuz. According to the legend, two foresters fought a duel for the favor of a lady at this cross, which unfortunately ended fatally for both.

After a sharp bend, the path continues downhill to the small chapel "Bildches Eich". It passes under the Cologne-Frankfurt ICE line and then continues along the edge of the forest along the Holbach stream. At a crossroads, a final ascent is made. The path uphill is rewarded with a great view of the surrounding countryside. The parking lot at the Studentenmühle, starting point of the hike, is not far away and will soon be reached. The excursion to the Bornkasten is of particular charm. A steep climb leads past an interesting geological outcrop with fan-shaped basalt columns up to the summit. As a reward, there is a great panoramic view of the forests of Eisenbachtal, Gelbachtal and Montabaurer Senke.


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Public transport

By train to ICE station Montabaur and then by bus to Girod with bus line 450 or 481 and to Nomborn with bus line 450.

Getting there

From Montabaur or Limburg via the L318. The exit "Eisenbachtal" with the sign for the campsite and the two mills is signposted. Follow the path along the "Freimühle" and the camping site to the hiking parking lot at the end of the road.


Hiking parking lot at the historic country inn "Studentenmühle", Mühlenstraße, 56412 Nomborn


50.434912, 7.903926
50°26'05.7"N 7°54'14.1"E
32U 422159 5587562
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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 €.Order in the Westerwald-Shop!

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map-Leporello Wäller Touren, GPS-accurate hiking map with excursion destinations, tips for refreshments and leisure activities, street names and elevation profiles, map size (W x H): 20 map pages à 18 x 20 cm, 9 red. Pages, 11,99 €Order in the Westerwald-Shop!


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Klaus mmm
January 02, 2023 · Community
Achtung: Abzweig Gelbach zum Holbachtal da steht das Schild um 90 Grad verdreht. Aus dem Holbachtal kommend nichts rechts dem Gelbach folgen, der Weg führt links weiter.
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When did you do this route? January 01, 2023
Lee C. Steffes
June 13, 2021 · Community
Verwöhnt von den Traumpfaden hier im Lande habe ich die gute Beschilderung an einigen Stellen vermisst. Ebenso die Rastmöglichkeiten. Ohne Picknickdecke wäre ich gezwungen gewesen mich irgendwo auf einen Baumstumpf zu setzen. Die Wege sind zum großen Teil mit grobem Schotter belegt und durch starke abgeholzte Waldstücke dadurch extrem aufgeheizt. Landschaftlich schön und am Ende im Biergarten gesessen. Das war somit ein gelungener Tag!
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Markus Schaller
October 31, 2020 · Community
Samstag, 31. Oktober 2020 16:36:32
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9 km
3:30 h
157 m
157 m
Highest point
282 m
Lowest point
183 m
Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights


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