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Lahnwanderweg 09th stage Access route Gießen

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With its excellent public transport connections and the wide range of accommodation and cultural activities on offer, Gießen is a very interesting starting point or destination for a tour along the Lahnwanderweg


Distance 7.2 km
1:51 h
70 m
9 m
224 m
154 m

Use for a tour start: 

The Gie&szlig access path leads in 7.2 km across the Lahn meadows to the Lahnwanderweg in Krofdorf-Gleiberg. From there you can choose to walk along the Lahnwanderweg in the classical direction or in the direction of the source, i.e. upstream. In the first case, you will reach the stage town of Rodheim Bieber (LAWA stage 9) in another 5.4 km. In the second case, you hike on the stage 9 upstream in another 15.6 km to the stage town of Lollar.

Use for a tour end: 

Gießen is an interesting alternative destination for the LAWA stage 9 (from Lollar) which then offers 21.5 km total distance. If you hike LAWA stage 9 upstream, Rodheim-Bieber is the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

Tour of the Mathematikum - hands-on mathematics

Gießen - mathematics at your fingertips


Even maths sourpusses have fun and are amazed. The strength of the Mathematikum is the presentation of scientific phenomena in the form of interactive experiments.

There is nothing that is not explained in a really vivid way!

Mathematikum, Liebigstraße 8, 35390 Gießen
Telephone 0641 - 96 97 97-0
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Thursday until 8.00 p.m.
Weekends and public holidays 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.


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Joachim Lutz
Update: June 09, 2023
Highest point
224 m
Lowest point
154 m
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Safety information

For information on reroutes please see our "Current Information".

Information on restrictions on the rail network can be found 

For information on restrictions on the rail network please see here.

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The free pocket guide "Lahnwanderweg" and further information are available at and from


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441-30998-0


Landkreis Gießen - Stabsstelle Wirtschaftsförderung/Tourismus

Riversplatz 1-19, 35394 Gießen

Tel. 02752/8 98


Giessen railway station car park west side (Lahnstraße 98, 35398 Giessen) (162 m)
50.581015, 8.661803
50°34'51.7"N 8°39'42.5"E
32U 476055 5603288


Rodheim-Bieber, Pfarrgasse

Turn-by-turn directions

From the station, take the bridge at platforms 1 to 5 to the car park on the west side and take the lift down. Lahnstrasse is immediately on the right. The first signpost for the access road is at the passage between the bicycle stands and the multi-storey car park. This is the start of the 7.2 km long „Gießen Zuweg zum Lahnwanderweg“. Follow the road, after the Wieseckbrücke turn left towards the Lahn past the weir with boat lane. Then before the Lahn bridge turn right üover the ramp to the car park and to the crossroads. On Heuchelheimer Straße üover the bridge: on the left side of the crossroads cross Heuchelheimer Straße üand then left on the footpath üover the bridge to the end. At the height of the city cleaning department, take the stairs down and cross under the bridge. Pass the municipal cleaning site on the right. Pass the garden centres, cross a small bridge and turn right along the canal. First on a field path, then through an underpass into the industrial estate. Before the stream, turn right towards Heuchelheim. On the plateau to the Bismarck Tower. Continue in the direction of Wettenberg past „Oberen Hardthof“ and to the Lahnwanderweg. Follow this in the direction of Krofdorf-Gleiberg. Turn left at the car park of Gleiberg Castle, then towards Krofdorf. After the bridge, cross the L3047, where the Kelten-Römer-Pfad branches off, and the open field to the K169. Left on the footpath below the ruins of Vetzberg Castle, right uphill to the ruins. Again across the open field, then Rodheim-Bieber soon comes into view. Shortly along the cemetery and then left to the bus stop at the church. Voilà! (LAWA stages 9 or 10 or connect to the Celtic-Römer path).  


What to see and do in Gießen

In the centre of Gießen is the Old Castle, a moated castle that was reconstructed after the destruction of the war in the 1970s. The core of the building and the five-storey thieves' tower date back to the 14th century. The Old Castle is also the headquarters of the Oberhessen Museum: Gießen is a museum city. For example, the Mathematikum or Liebigmuseum. In the centre of Gie&szlig it is also green and flowery. The Botanical Garden is the oldest university garden in Germany that is still on its original site. It was established in 1609 by the physician and botanist Ludwig Jungermann. Around 7,500 plant species from all over the world grow on an area of 3 hectares. City walkers appreciate this spacious and idyllic oasis in the middle of Giessen's city centre. Beautiful walking trails lead around the Silbersee lake to the north of the town, as well as around the two Heuchelheim leisure lakes to the south of Heuchelheim. From the Heuchelheim lakes you have a beautiful view üover the Lahnaue and across to the Gleiberger Land. Water sports enthusiasts and sun worshippers get their money's worth.

Public transport


The local and long-distance rail connections to Gießen Hbf are excellent.
All details and current information at


Footpath to the start of the tour: From Gießen main station over the bridge at tracks 1 to 5 into the car park on the west side, there take the lift down. Immediately on the right-hand side is Lahnstraße. The first signpost for the access route is at the passage between the bicycle stand and the multi-storey car park.

By road

A5, B49, B3 to the Gießener Ring. Take the B429 and exit Heuchelheim/Gießen,  L3020 towards Gießen, after the Lahn bridge turn right into Lahnstraße until you reach the car park Bahnhof/Westseite.


Pouring station/west side car park 


50.581015, 8.661803
50°34'51.7"N 8°39'42.5"E
32U 476055 5603288
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

- Pocket guide "Lahnwanderweg" (free of charge) at download or order from Lahntal Tourismus Verband (see "Info")
- Hikeline Lahnwanderweg, 1:35.000,
<   11,90 €, 2nd edition 2016 - ISBN: 978-3-85000-709-2
- Rother Wanderführer Lahnwanderweg, 1:75.000,
<   14,90 €, 1st edition 2016 - ISBN: 978-3-7633-4492-5

- Münzer, Rad- und Wanderkarte Lahntal Marburg bis Gießen, 1:25.000,
   9,80 € 1st edition 9/2019 - ISBN: 978-3-9817589-3-1
- Rheinland-Pfalz-App here's how to download it for free

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Normal hiking equipment required. Take backpack snacks and drinks with you.


Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language

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Armin Feulner (Marburg Stadt und Land Tourismus)
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Umleitung Zuweg Gießen zum LAWA
Photo: Armin Feulner (Marburg Stadt und Land Tourismus), Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
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7.2 km
1:51 h
70 m
9 m
Highest point
224 m
Lowest point
154 m
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