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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 6

Westerwald-Steig Stage 6: Freilingen - Nistertal (East - West)

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  • Dreifelder Weiher
    Dreifelder Weiher
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This stage of the trail goes from lake to lake, first following the River Wied and then ascending to the Alpenroder hikers' hut with a view of the lofty heights of the Westerwald. The highlight of this stage comes at the end with the chance to see the ancient Stöffelmaus, a fossil of a now extinct rodent.

Distance 18.3 km
5:00 h
249 m
335 m
512 m
321 m

This stage of the trail begins at Freilingen, passing the Postweiher lake and leading along the Dreifelder Weiher lake on its way to Dreifelden. At Linden, the Westerwald-Steig arrives at the source of the River Wied. It continues through beech forest over the Großer Weißenstein mountain to the Gräbersberg mountain. Have a rest at the Alpenroder hikers' hut and enjoy the panoramic view from the viewing tower. A particular jewel of this stage of the trail is Stöffel Park, a geological and industrial theme park, situated between Nistertal, Enspel and Stockum-Püschen. It's worth giving yourself plenty of time to visit the theme park.

Author’s recommendation

For water babies: cool down in the lido at the Postweiher lake
For great views: the viewing tower on the Gräbersberg mountain
For those interested in geology and families with children: visit Stöffel Park

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Michael Sterr
Update: November 03, 2022
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
512 m
Lowest point
321 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 1.90%Forested/wild trail 10.42%Path 4.30%Unknown 17.79%
Dirt road
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
1.9 km
0.8 km
3.3 km
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Rest stops

Pizzeria Il Lago
Dining Range
Camping Park Café-Restaurant "Haus am See
Gasthof-Pension Zum Seeweiher
Alpenroder hut

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.

Tips and hints


Freilingen (416 m)
50.564063, 7.828615
50°33'50.6"N 7°49'43.0"E
32U 417037 5602003
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Turn-by-turn directions

Shortly after the start of this stage, we reach the Dreifelder Weiher lake, through which flows the River Wiede, the largest river in the Westerwald. The entire area of the Westerwald lake plateau is a protected nature reserve. Dreifelden has the oldest stone church in the Westerwald and the mighty peace oak tree. We follow the Wied hiking trail for a short while along the River Wied, until we reach the source of the river near Linden, where we can have a rest at the picnic spot. The trail then continues through beautiful beech forests over the Großer Weißenstein mountain to the Gräbersberg mountain, where you can rest in the welcoming Alpenroder hikers' hut and enjoy the panoramic view from the viewing tower. The trail continues to the legendary Welterstein rock and Monsberg mountain. A particular jewel of this stage of the trail is Stöffel Park, a geological and industrial theme park in Enspel, where you can trace 25 million years of the earth's history in the deposits in a maar lake. A unique industrial complex documents the 100 year long history of basalt mining and shows how rocks are processed. A 'historical workshop' has recently been launched in the forge, which is more than 100 years old, taking visitors on a journey through industrial history and giving them a glimpse of the hardships of working life a century ago. After stopping to see the Stöffelmaus, one of the most famous finds from prehistoric times, we pass a small chapel and reach the end of this stage just after the River Nister. From here, it's about 1 kilometre to Nistertal-Erbach with train station, restaurants and accommodation.
Access paths (marking: green W on a yellow background)


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Public transport

Train to the ICE station at Montabaur, then bus no. 480 to Langenhahn and onwards with bus no. 463 to Freilingen
Return journey from Nistertal to Freilingen: by taxi, no direct bus connection available

Getting there

B255 or B413 to the Freilingen exit and continue on the B8 to the Postweiher lake near Freilingen


Freilingen hikers' car park (on the B8 outside the town, opposite the Postweiher lake)


50.564063, 7.828615
50°33'50.6"N 7°49'43.0"E
32U 417037 5602003
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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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Ariane Funk
November 08, 2020 · Community
Wunderbare Tour. Zumindest von Freilingen bis zur Alpenroder Hütte. Danach geht es etwas langweilig weiter bis Nistertal. Mag aber auch daran liegen, daß ich dem Stöffel nichts abgewinnen kann. Im Stöffelpark ist die Beschilderung nicht gut. Zudem ist die Tour zu lang. Diese ist 18 km, die nächste nur 6 km. Das macht iwie keinen Sinn.
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Heike Baumeister
October 18, 2020 · Community
Wieder eine gut zu laufende Etappe! Einige schöne Aussichten und Highlights.
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When did you do this route? October 18, 2020
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Tina Bast
May 31, 2018 · Community
Schöne Tour, es ist aber ratsam eine lange Hose anzuziehen. Es sind sehr viele Pfade durch Wiesen.
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Aussichtsturm an der Alpenroder Hütte
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18.3 km
5:00 h
249 m
335 m
Highest point
512 m
Lowest point
321 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Geological highlights


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