Gentle hills, extensive leafy forests and wide meadow valleys characterise the landscape of the Upper Westerwald at Westerburg and its surroundings.
Where castle dwellers lived, colourful meadow valleys proliferate and glittering water surfaces seduce.
Hidden beauties. I stroll through the narrow streets of the upper town and discover masterful half-timbered houses, such as the beautiful Burgmannenhaus, or the stained glass windows in the choir of the old castle church. In the museum of traditional costumes of yesteryear, I encounter the simple and hard life of times gone by, and I am glad that I am walking on foot out of desire and not out of necessity. My detour to the nearby Wiesensee immediately gives me holiday feelings. The lake is pure idyll! I will follow the train of fair-weather clouds in the sky and look forward to being accompanied on my hike again and again by the quiet blue of numerous ponds and lakes. The landscape now shows the charm of gentle mountain tops, extensive meadow valleys and sparse deciduous forests. A nature with a special charisma! Perhaps it is precisely because of this that numerous places of pilgrimage have developed here in the Westerwald. Not far from Westerburg, a pilgrimage church has been built in honour of the Virgin Mary. The Liebfrauenkirche puts me in a cheerful mood and I discover the beautiful interior. I will encounter a piece of heaven on earth here again and again. Heavenly beautiful, but of a completely different nature, is the Westerwald lake district. A real stroke of luck for summer visitors, bathers and nature lovers. Here I just want to drift, forget time and play in the water with my bare feet.
Please note that there are currently no refreshment stops or hotels in Freilingen! We recommend Gasthof "Zum Seeweiher" in Dreifelden (Tel. 02666/643, www.zumseeweiher.de), which is another approx. 4 km from Freilingen.If these additional kilometres are too long for you, we recommend leaving the WesterwaldSteig shortly after Himburg and following the main hiking trail II (white II on black background) to Dreifelden.
For small groups: leave the trail to visit the Wiesensee lake and take a trip on the BBQ Donut, an original vessel which promises up to ten people a pleasant trip on the water, with food and drink included.
For lovers of peace and quiet: enjoy your picnic lunch in the Westerwald-Steig hikers' shelter above Kölbingen.
Rest stopsHotel Deynique
Alte Landratsvilla Hotel Bender
Alte Landsratsvilla Hotel Bender
Lindner Hotel & Sporting Club am Wiesensee
Pizzeria Il Lago
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 thereWesterwald-Steig Stage 5: Westerburg - Freilingen (EasFrom the south, west and north: via the B255 to the Westerburg exit
From the east: via the B54 to the Westerburg exit
t - West)
ParkingWesterburg, car park at the 'Zum Katzenstein' campsite or in the town at Burgmannenplatz square (underneath the castle), at the council chambers (Gartenstraße), ‘An der Hofwiese’ or the Park & Ride car park at the train station
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- 22 Waypoints
- 22 Waypoints