Lahnstein-Niederlahnstein (then a short walk to Niederlahnstein railway station, Bahnhofstraße 1, 56112 Lahnstein).
Even the first kilometres are a pleasure! From the source of the Lahn at the Lahnhof
, you roll leisurely along the well-marked path down to Feudingen
and enjoy the forest landscape along the still very young Lahn. Bad Laasphe
, located on the southern side of the Rothaargebirge
, soon awaits with its old town worth seeing and its pretty half-timbered facades.
In Biedenkopf, a trip to the landgrave's castle, which can be seen from afar high above the town, is worthwhile. Through wide meadows and fields, past inviting places such as Buchenau, Caldern, Lahntal or Cölbe, you can continue cycling along the Lahn without much effort. The university town of Marburg, with its ensemble of the old town and the castle, is undoubtedly a cultural and historical highlight. Via Niederweimar, Odenhausen, Ruttershausen and Lollar, you continue into the Gleiberg region, which is characterised by its striking castle ruins of Gleiberg and Vetzberg.
Near Wettenberg-Wißmar, the Wood + Technology Museum invites you to an informative and exciting visit. There is also a lot to experience in Gießen. Here, highlights such as the observation platform Gießen Weststadt or the Lahnfenster Hessen, through which the underwater world of the Lahn can be explored, as well as the new palace, the armoury and the botanical garden, all attract visitors. You can join in and experiment at the Mathematikum museum. Numerous places to stay and stop for refreshments as well as good rail connections make Gießen a popular stage stop on the Lahnradweg.
From Gießen you cycle on through the middle Lahn valley. Wide green meadows and idyllic little lakes lie along the way. And Wetzlar, the next lively half-timbered town, is already waiting. If you have time for a break, stop off at one of the many restaurants and cafés in the old town or simply enjoy the sun in one of the relaxing green spaces in the Goethe and optics town.
The route continues along the Lahn, sometimes to the left, sometimes to the right, via Solms, Leun and Löhnberg to Weilburg. The baroque castle complex of the residential town is definitely worth a visit. You should also take a look at the oldest and longest ship tunnel still navigable today. Weilburg has a lot to offer.
From Weilburg, the Lahn, and with it the Lahnradweg, make numerous twists and turns. This is precisely what makes the landscape so appealing. Here you often have the feeling of being isolated from the world. And around the next bend, another postcard view awaits. You glide tranquilly through pure nature and admire little gems like Villmar or Runkel. And before you know it, the famous Limburg Cathedral appears on the horizon high above the Lahn.
In Limburg, too, you should leave the Lahn for a short stroll through the town. In the medieval old town with its many lovingly restored half-timbered houses, small shops, cafés and restaurants invite you to linger. The cathedral is a must-see, also from the inside, of course, and the "Römer 2-4-6" is one of the oldest free-standing half-timbered houses in Germany.
The Lahnradweg now leads under the old Lahn bridge into the romantic lower Lahn valley. At Staffel, you leave Hesse and cycle through Rhineland-Palatinate, where you are immediately greeted by the picturesque Oranierstadt of Diez. Here you will find two castles worth seeing, Oranienstein Castle and the Count's Castle, both of which also house museums.
Picturesque is probably a fitting description for the landscape through which you now continue to roll. The Lahn meanders through wooded slopes and glistens in the sunlight. The village of Balduinstein appropriately completes the scenery and via Geilnau and two newly built bicycle and pedestrian bridges, the route continues in a relaxed manner always along the river Lahn.
With constant contact to the Lahn, the Lahnradweg also leads from Laurenburg to Obernhof. A place with a long wine-growing tradition. With a civic vineyard, this tradition has recently experienced a real renaissance. A bottle of Riesling or Spätburgunder will certainly fit in your saddle bag. The route continues through the nature park to Nassau with Nassau-Oranien Castle perched high on the hill. Here, too, it is worth taking a break in one of the lovely cafés in the lively town centre.
Via Dausenau, whose medieval town centre with its town wall and leaning tower lies on the opposite side of the Lahn, you now reach the sophisticated spa town of Bad Ems. Imperial spa, summer capital of Europe, world spa - and since 24.07.2021 now even a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Bad Ems is proud to have received this high international distinction. Strolling through the town, it quickly becomes clear that Bad Ems, with its elegant buildings, deservedly belongs to the "Great Spas of Europe".
Once again, the route continues along the Lahn. Until it finally flows into the Rhine in Lahnstein. The view of the Lahn, which has now matured into an adult river, the arrival at Father Rhine and the romantic castles of Lahneck and Stolzenfels make you reminisce about the various daily stages, into which you can divide the Lahnradweg sensibly and flexibly thanks to the many overnight accommodation options.
The Lahnradweg is marked throughout with its own square logo and signposted in accordance with the ADFC marking guidelines. Every turn has a full signpost. This is in red in North Rhine-Westphalia, otherwise in green.