The trail follows the Kleine Nister River past the 'Deutsches Eck der Kroppacher Schweiz' in Heimborn, where the Kleine Nister and Große Nister rivers meet, and through alpine terrain to Marienthal Abbey.
From Limbach, the trail heads along the Heunigs Höhlenweg path to the viewing point on the Hohe Ley rock, where you can visit a small slate mine. The trail continues to follow the River Nister, passing Astert and Heuzert to reach Heimborn, where the Kleine Nister and Große Nister meet. It continues to the Spitzen Ley rock, with its view of Steinwingert. The highlight of this stage of the trail is the narrow Weltende ('World's End') path, which is a difficult climb. The trail then continues on more gentle paths past Racksen and the state forest at Altenkirchen down to Marienthal Abbey.
For explorers: visit the medieval 'Assberg' slate quarry (open all year round; free)
For romantics: picnic at the 'Deutsches Eck der Kroppacher Schweiz'
For adventurers: 'Weltende' ('World's End') nature trail
For culture vultures: visit Hamm/Sieg (birthplace of Friedrich-Wilhelm Raiffeisen, a founder of cooperative banks and rural credit unions) or Wissen
Rest stopsRestaurant Peter Hilger GmbH
Wilhelmsteg - Café. Campsite. Wilderness Days
Guesthouse and Pension zum Nisterstrand
Hotel Germania Wissen
Landhotel Marienthaler Hof
Monastery gastronomy Marienthal
Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate, weatherproof clothing that protects you from cold and wet or heat and sun.Take enough liquid with you. There are not always places to stop for refreshments.Please wear walking shoes appropriate for the trail, which will give you sufficient grip even on slippery and steep or rocky and uneven paths.If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, then 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 leaves lying on the ground can hide uneven surfaces, roots, stones or holes in the path. You must expect path impairments of this kind when you undertake a hike.Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons.
Tips and hints
Getting thereFrom Hachenburg (south east): via the B414 until the end to Betzdorf/Nister and then continue on the L288 to the Limbach exit
From Altenkirchen (south west): via the B414 until the Gebhardshain/Limbach/Mörsbach/Heimborn exit and then continue on the L265 to the Limbach exit
From Betzdorf (north east): via the L288 to the Limbach exit
From Wissen (north west): via the L289 or L265 to the Limbach exit
ParkingLimbach, Haus des Gastes (Hardtweg)
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
Suitable weatherproof clothing
Rucksack with provisions
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- 14 Waypoints