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Wiedweg 01. Stage Linden - Höchstenbach

Long Distance Hiking · Westerwald Mountain Range
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m 500 400 300 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Dreifelder Weiher Dining Range Skulpturenpark Steinebach/Wied Parkplatz am Friedhof

Where the Wied has its origin and endangered birds find shelter

Distance 15.5 km
3:55 h
40 m
214 m
465 m
288 m
The Wied spring set in natural stone under the roots of a beech tree several hundred years old is an almost magical place to begin the first, approximately four-hour stage of my hike.

I get my first surprising insights into the culture and history of the region at the beginning in the Dreifaltigkeitskirche in Dreifelden, one of the oldest stone churches in the Westerwald with its romantic hall building from the 11th century. Afterwards, I enjoy shady forest passages, sunny forest edges, lonely banks and the wonderful view from the high seat on the Dreifelder Weiher, the largest body of water in the Westerwald lake district. A small, idyllic wooden bridge runs over the inflow of the Wied into the Dreifelder Weiher.

I walk carefully through an oak forest and the numerous protected areas (among others in the south of the pond and further on the nature reserve Oberes Wiedtal). Many endangered birds such as the red kite and the colorful kingfisher as well as other animal and plant species find an untouched habitat here.

Another highlight awaiting me near Steinebach on the Wied is the sculpture park. Here regional historical facts were represented by local artists as sculptures with accompanying information boards. These include a pilgrim's cross, a woman's figure made of oak wood and a blue drop.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy a great view of the Dreifelder Weiher at one of the benches.

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Update: November 24, 2022
Highest point
465 m
Lowest point
288 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 5.33%Dirt road 21.99%Forested/wild trail 41.79%Path 28.31%Road 2.57%
0.8 km
Dirt road
3.4 km
Forested/wild trail
6.5 km
4.4 km
0.4 km
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Rest stops

Gasthof-Pension Zum Seeweiher
Dining Range
Camping Park Café-Restaurant "Haus am See
Born's snack bar

Safety information

  • Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing that is suitable for the weather and protects you from the cold and wet or the heat and sun.
  • Take enough liquid with you. There are not refreshment stops everywhere.
  • Please wear appropriate hiking shoes on the way, which give you enough 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 trails.
  • Especially in the fall, also be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, rocks or holes in the path. You should expect trail obstructions of this nature when you go on a hike.
  • Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable trail map with you for safety reasons.
  • Not suitable for strollers
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Tips and hints

Tourist Information Hachenburger Westerwald

Perlengasse 2

57627 Hachenburg

Phone Number: 02662-958339   


Wiedquelle at the L303 in 57629 Linden (465 m)
50.604450, 7.853284
50°36'16.0"N 7°51'11.8"E
32U 418854 5606467
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Born's Imbiss, Koblenzer Straße, 57629 Höchstenbach

Turn-by-turn directions

I start with the first stage of the 110-kilometer Wied Trail at the source of its namesake, the Wied, in Linden. The Wied spring, set in natural stone, lies under the roots of a beech tree that is several hundred years old. Before I set off on my hike, I inform myself about my exact location and the surroundings on the information board.


I cross the L303 and follow the Wiedweg for about 600 meters on a nature trail before turning right after 200 meters. After a short stretch on a gravel path, I turn left onto a trail that crosses the forest road after about 300 meters and continues straight for about 400 meters to Trift Street. I continue along the path on the other side for 800 meters, leaving the Dreifelden cemetery on my right and then turn right onto a gravel path. After a few meters I keep right again and follow the Wiedweg for 500 meters to Dreifelden. At the Wiedbachstraße I make a detour to the right to the Dreifaltigkeitskirche. After that I go back and follow the road around a right turn before I turn right onto a nature trail. After about 100 meters I turn left, shortly after that right and approach the Dreifelder Weiher.

I follow the path, cross a small bridge and turn left after 200 meters to follow the pond 2.4 kilometers parallel to the shore and finally to the other side of the lake to the campsite Haus am See. I enjoy the view of the water and strengthen myself a little before I turn right onto a gravel path, which after 200 meters leads into a natural path.I follow this for about 400 meters to the shore of the Hofmannsweiher pond and about 1.1 kilometers further. Then I turn left onto a 500-meter gravel path and take a sharp right onto a nature trail.

After 800 meters I reach the sculpture park Steinebach an der Wied. An information board introduces me to the cultural-historical symbols in the Upper Wied Valley and I admire the basalt column, a woman's figure made of oak wood, the meadow weir made of steel and wood as well as the spring symbol for the "Heiligenborn". Then I walk on in the direction of Steinebach an der Wied. After about 900 meters I find myself in the middle of the village and cross the Hachenburger Straße. I cross the Steinebach and come across the Mühlenweg. I follow this to the right until I reach Wiedstraße and turn left. Then I walk almost straight ahead for about six kilometers through the nature reserve Oberes Wiedtal in the direction of Höchstenbach to the end point Born's Imbiss.



all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train from Cologne to Hachenburg station, continue with VRM bus line 433 to Linden (Westerwald)

Train from direction Limburg to train station Hachenburg, continue with VRM bus line 433 to Linden (Westerwald)

Return from gas station, Höchstenbach to Linden (Westerwald): VRM bus line 115 or bus line 415 to Markt, Hachenburg and continue with VRM bus line 433 to Linden (Westerwald). |


Cab company:

Cab Schmidt GbR: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/6119 or 02662/6688

Cab Uwe Bischof: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/944444

Cab Kappi-Tullius: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/939390

Hehn-Touristik: Alpenrod, Tel.: 02662/3366

Cab Hilgers: Bad Marienberg, Tel.: 02661/5055

Cab company Kevin Nagel: Bad Marienberg, Tel.: 02661/5949

Cab Uwe Bischoff: Altenkirchen, Tel.: 02681/2222

Cab Uwe Bischoff: Wissen, Tel.: 02742/1055

Taxi-Mietwagen Jaung, Reinhold: Hamm/Sieg, Tel.: 02682/8555

Getting there

By car via A3 to exit Montabaur, via B255 and B8 to Freilingen and L303 to Linden.


Linden: free parking at the village community center, Waldstraße 11, 57629 Linden (approx. 600 m to the Wiedquelle)

Note: no parking directly at the Wiedquelle/start point!

Höchstenbach: free parking at the cemetery, Friedhofstraße 57629 Höchstenbach


50.604450, 7.853284
50°36'16.0"N 7°51'11.8"E
32U 418854 5606467
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Wanderparadies Westerwald 1:25.000 Topografische Freizeitkarte. Druidensteig, Klosterweg, Wiedweg, Neuwied. Verlag Ideemedia; 1. Auflage (Oktober 2010), ISBN: 978-3934342651. Preis: 5,95€
  • Wanderparadies Westerwald - Schöneres Wandern Pocket-Wanderführer. Druidensteig/Wiedweg /Klosterweg Verlag: Ideemedia; 1. Auflage (23. März 2010), ISBN: 978-3934342576. Preis 11,95€
  • Wanderparadies Westerwald Start-Set. Pocketwanderführer, Karte 1:25.000. Druidensteig, Klosterweg, Wiedweg: Drei neue zertifizierte Wege im Westerwald. Verlag: Ideemedia; Neuauflage (11. Oktober 2010). ISBN: 978-3934342668. Preis: 16,95€

Author’s map recommendations

Topografische Karte 1:25.000 "Ferienland Westerwald Blatt 1", 5. Auflage 2014 (ISBN 978-3-89637-253-6) Preis: 5,00 €, Bestellung hier!


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15.5 km
3:55 h
40 m
214 m
Highest point
465 m
Lowest point
288 m
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