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Westerwald-Steig Stage 13: Flammersfeld - Horhausen (East - West)

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  • Klettersteig am Hölderstein mit Blick ins Grenzbachtal
    Klettersteig am Hölderstein mit Blick ins Grenzbachtal
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This stage of the trail runs from Flammersfeld through the Wied Valley to the viewing point in Döttesfeld. After ascending to the Hölderstein mountain and hiking through the restored Grenzbach Valley, the stage ends in Horhausen.

Distance 14.7 km
5:00 h
331 m
236 m
332 m
175 m

From Flammersfeld, the Westerwald-Steig trail continues on a via ferrata and past the viewing point at Döttesfeld to the Grenzbach Valley. The roughly 12 kilometre long valley connects the districts of Neuwied and Altenkirchen. Here, at the Hölderstein mountain, advanced climbers will find another highlight of the Westerwald-Steig trail – a climbing route which leads to an idyllic vantage point overlooking the Grenzbach Valley. Alternatively, you can take another steep path down into the Grenzbach Valley.

Author’s recommendation

For climbing enthusiasts: climbing course on the Hölderstein (

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Michael Sterr
Update: January 23, 2023
Highest point
332 m
Lowest point
175 m
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Hotelpark Der Westerwald Treff

Safety information

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.

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Flammersfeld (235 m)
50.643499, 7.531191
50°38'36.6"N 7°31'52.3"E
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Turn-by-turn directions

From Flammersfeld, the Westerwald-Steig trail leads past the zoo through the valley towards Seifen. It continues on through the village of Döttesfeld along the River Wied, before ascending on the via ferrata to the viewing point. The 12 kilometre long Grenzbach Valley which follows forms the border between the districts of Newied and Altenkirchen. You will also find a Nordic walking park jointly run by the municipalities of Puderbach and Flammersfeld here. The highlight of the stage is the ascent to the Hölderstein, with its beautiful view of the restored Grenzbach Valley, where herds of cattle graze peacefully. The Hölderstein itself offers yet another highlight – a 200m climbing course with large metal rings, stirrups, spikes, 3 ladders and a bridge – allowing you to climb 80 metres. This course is part of the Westerwald-Steig trail. The necessary climbing equipment can be rented at the 'zum Wiedbachtal' hotel, Wiedstraße 14, in Döttesfeld. The trail continues through the Grenzbach Valley, reaching the viewing point at Pleckhausen after a short climb, before descending into the valley once more. Shortly afterwards, the trail arrives in Horhausen, where this stage ends.
Access paths (marking: green W on a yellow background)


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Public transport

Oberwesterwaldbahn train from Au-Limburg to the stop at Altenkirchen (WW), then by bus to the stop at Flammersfeld town hall: bus no. 120
Return journey from Horhausen to Flammersfeld: bus no. 120, 132

Getting there

From the north and west: A3 to the Bad Honnef/Linz exit (34), then continue on the L272 towards Asbach and Flammersfeld
From the east: via the B256, B413 and B414 and the B8 in the north
From the south: A3 to the Neuwied/Altenkirchen exit (36), then continue on the B256 towards Flammersfeld and Altenkirchen


Flammersfeld, entrance to the village near the Raiffeisen museum (Raiffeisenstraße 11)


50.643499, 7.531191
50°38'36.6"N 7°31'52.3"E
32U 396148 5611211
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

- Abenteuer Westerwald-Steig, hiking guide with detailed route outlines and elevation profile, 224 pages, ISBN 978-3-93569-064-5, €12.80 - Westerwald-Steig, Schöneres Wandern Pocket, 17 half-day and full-day walks in a pocket-size map, publisher: ideemedia-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-934342-25-5, €10.95 - Rother Wanderführer Westerwald-Steig, publisher: Bergverlag Rother GmbH, from Herborn to Bad Hönningen, 112 pages with 58 colour illustrations, 16 elevation profiles, 16 1:50 000 scale hiking maps, 6 street maps, one small-scale map, ISBN 978-3-7633-4376-8, €10.90

Author’s map recommendations

- Wanderkarte-Leporello Westerwald-Steig, hiking map with GPS data and tips for day trips, rest stops and leisure activities, map size (w x h): 18 x 20 cm, 39 pages in total, including 29 pages of maps, ISBN 978-3-89920-461-2, €8.95 - Official WesterWaldSteig trail map for hikers and holidaymakers, 1:50 000 scale map, LVermGeo Rheinland-Pfalz, ISBN 978-3-89637-406-6, €8.50


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Daniel Delporte
September 10, 2019 · Community
Eine wunderschöne Etappe. Sehr abwechslungsreich.
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Marc-Andre Scheyer
May 06, 2016 · Community
When did you do this route? May 05, 2016
Friedrich Stahl
April 06, 2016 · Community
Volle Punktzahl fuer diese wunderschoene Wanderung. Diese Tour ist abwechslungsreich und bietet fuer Naturfreunde viel Interessantes zu sehen und er wird mit tollen Aussichten ueber den weiten Westerwald belohnt. Die Wege fueren sowohl durch Laubwald, wie aber auch durchs offene Gelaende und sind sehr gut markiert. Ein paar starke Auf- und Abstiege sind zu bewaeltigen, sind aber nicht uebermaessig anstrengend, und auch ein Klettersteig, (Sicherheitsausruestung und Handschuhe nicht vergessen) bilden eine dankbare Abwechslung. Der Klettersteig kann aber auch umgangen werden. Uhrige Waelder, teils naturbelassene Natur, so geht es an der Wied und am Grenzbach entlang, teilweise quer durch Viehweiden. Die Tour ist fuer jeden Wanderer, der etwas Kondition mitbringt und Abwechslung auf seine Wanderungen liebt, nur zu empfehlen.
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14.7 km
5:00 h
331 m
236 m
Highest point
332 m
Lowest point
175 m
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