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WesterwaldSteig adventure loop "Hills, lakes and a gorge

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  • Holzbachschlucht
    Photo: Westerwald Touristik-Service, Fotograf: Dominik Ketz
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This panoramic circular tour runs mostly on natural paths. The idyllic Holzbach Gorge awaits the hiker as a highlight.
Distance 16.6 km
5:00 h
163 m
163 m
506 m
343 m
The area around the town of Rennerod presents itself to the visitor as a gently rolling plateau with small forests and green meadows at a rather rough altitude for low mountain ranges. The presented hike leads from Rennerod for a large part over the Westerwald-Steig into the Holzbachschlucht (gorge), one of the oldest Westerwald nature reserves. Already in 1929 Prussian authorities placed the gorge under protection. The visitor is presented with a picture as if painted: Maple, ash and elm trees bend at an acute angle over crystal-clear water that gurgles and falls over mighty stones. Rock walls tower 30 m high steeply into the sky. For tens of thousands of years the Holzbach has worked on this idyll, boring its way millimetre by millimetre through the basalt and creating one of the most impressive brook openings in the Westerwald. Especially as the vegetation is the same as in the past: there are beech hall forests, bizarre dead wood formations and numerous wild herbs. On both sides of the brook a path leads the hikers through nature. Boards with explanations are placed everywhere and make it easier for visitors to identify plants and animals.

Author’s recommendation

Stop at the Hofcafé Dapprich at the entrance to the Holzbachschlucht. Home-baked cakes and tarts or a hearty snack await you here.
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Michael Sterr
Update: September 07, 2021
Highest point
506 m
Lowest point
343 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 12.30%Dirt road 9.08%Forested/wild trail 53.49%Path 24.20%Road 0.90%
2 km
Dirt road
1.5 km
Forested/wild trail
8.9 km
4 km
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Restaurant Pizzeria La Vita
Die Mühlenbäcker Filiale Rennerod
Restaurant Elegance
Gasthaus Weiherhof
Hofcafé Hofgut Dapprich
Restaurant Damaskus
Pub-Bistro B54

Safety information

Each section of the trail is marked as a hiking trail with at least one independent sign. However, it is expressly pointed out that this adventure loop does not have a continuous independent marking sign. Therefore, orientation safety in the terrain and basic knowledge of maps are required.

Tips and hints


Tourist Information Hoher Westerwald, Westernoher Str. 7 a, 56477 Rennerod (457 m)
50.606825, 8.064677
50°36'24.6"N 8°03'52.8"E
32U 433816 5606521
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Tourist Information Hoher Westerwald, Westernoher Str. 7 a, 56477 Rennerod

Turn-by-turn directions

In the centre of Rennerod, cross the main road (B54) from the tourist information office, turn right onto the cemetery path and walk uphill. Pass the cemetery and continue straight on to the edge of the forest, then follow the signs for the WesterwaldSteig on the left. The path leads past the legendary Seitenstein - a basalt formation that rises about 20 m out of the ground. The trail continues to the K51 (Hellenhahn-Schellenberg-Seck), which is crossed. The path leads past the Great and Small Secker Ponds. At the Großer Secker Weiher there is a camping site with a restaurant. Following the signs of the WesterwaldSteig, you will reach the Dapprich farm. The path leads into the Holzbachschlucht nature reserve. This can be circumnavigated in both directions on natural paths following the hiking trail R29. A bridge at the end of the gorge connects both sides of the bank. Back at Hof Dapprich (refreshment possibility in the Hofcafe) you continue on the R24 towards Seck. First on a small path, later on a gravel path, the trail leads to the entrance of Seck, where, after crossing the main road, we turn left on the R21 and walk along the Ferdinand-Werner-Straße and Schinnhohl to the church. Turn left at the cemetery and left again at the fire station into Hellenhahner Straße, then turn right over Fackenhahner Weg and leave the village and follow the main R21 path back to Rennerod.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

by ICE to Montabaur and continue with line 480 to Rennerod (Busbf).

by Vectus train to Westerburg station and continue with line 116 to Rennerod (Busbf)


Getting there

Coming from the south or north via the B54 to Rennerod

coming from the west or east via the B255 to Rennerod

in Rennerod follow the main road to the centre of the village/ turn-off to Westernoher Straße

in Westernoher Straße you will find the Tourist Information on the left-hand side.


Parking at the Tourist Information, Westernoher Str. 7 a, 56477 Rennerod


50.606825, 8.064677
50°36'24.6"N 8°03'52.8"E
32U 433816 5606521
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

WällerTouren - The official hiking guide. Schöneres Wandern Pocket: The most beautiful Prädikats-Wanderwege in the Westerwald. Plus adventure loops on the WesterwaldSteig. ideemedia. ISBN: 978-3-942779-36-4 (order directly online here)


GPS device or printed tour description (although the loop runs on signposted paths, it is not marked with its own signpost on the spot)

Hiking boots

Weather-adapted, functional clothing

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Heinz-Wolfgang Heil
July 04, 2019 · Community
Der Wechsel zwischen Westerwaldsteig und Wällertour war leicht zu übersehen, besser währe ein Verweis auf R21. Sonst super Wege und Aussichten
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Thomas Ronig
September 05, 2017 · Community
Schöne Wanderung. Besonders die Holzbachschlucht hat begeistert. Die Strecken zwischen den Orten waren hier und da etwas langweilig. Aber die Secker Weier und die o.g. Schlucht entschädigen dafür ausreichend.
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When did you do this route? September 02, 2017
Photo: Thomas Ronig, Community
Blick auf die Secker Kirche
Photo: Thomas Ronig, Community
großer Secker Weier
Photo: Thomas Ronig, Community
September 22, 2016 · Community
Ich fand die Wanderung nicht so attraktiv, Highlights waren der große und kleine Weiher (ganz nett anzusehen) und natürlich die Holzbachschlucht - so schön wie beschrieben, jedoch bei gutem Wetter sehr überlaufen, ebenso das besagte Café. Über den Feldern oft Strommasten und -kabel. Ein paar Wald- und Feldwege waren recht hübsch, auch sehr schön das Waldstück im Naturschutzgebiet der Schlucht. Ab und an ein paar schöne Weitblicke, ansonsten unspektakulär, aber dennoch eine leichte und abwechslungsreiche Wanderung.
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When did you do this route? September 18, 2016

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16.6 km
5:00 h
163 m
163 m
Highest point
506 m
Lowest point
343 m
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