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Lahnwanderweg stage 01 Lahnquelle – Feudingen

· 6 reviews · Hiking Trail · Bad Laasphe · Open
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  • Lahnquelle
    Lahnquelle
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m 700 600 500 400 300 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Heiligenborn Etappenpunkt / … Feudingen Lahnquelle Ilsequelle Wanderparkplatz Heiligenborn Blick in das Lahntal
We start at the birthplace of the river Lahn! Because the Lahnwanderweg trail sets off from the source of the Lahn at an altitude of 606 m in the Rothaargebirge. Silent forests, cosy places and heavenly peace.
Open
moderate
Distance 14.3 km
4:15 h
244 m
459 m
664 m
392 m
Cheerful and light-hearted, the small river Lahn has its source at an altitude of over 600 m in an idyllic spring pond at the Lahnhof in the Rothaargebirge. From here the tour continues along wonderful forest paths. At the Ilsequelle you can satisfy your thirst with healthy water. It has already been known as a sacred spring in the Middle Ages. The upper Ilsetal inspires. Here you will walk along a wild and romantic brook. Finally, the Lahnwanderweg trail leads us along scenic paths through quiet forests down to Feudingen.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at the "Heilige Ilsequelle". In the Middle Ages it was one of the most famous healing springs in Central Europe.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: June 15, 2022
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
664 m
Lowest point
392 m
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Track types

Asphalt 3.52%Dirt road 57.24%Nature trail 24.60%Path 8.75%Road 5.87%
Asphalt
0.5 km
Dirt road
8.2 km
Nature trail
3.5 km
Path
1.3 km
Road
0.8 km
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Rest stops

Romantik Landhotel Doerr

Safety information

For information on diversions and relocations, please see our "Current Information".

Information on restrictions in the rail network can be found here.

Tips and hints

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The free pocket guide "Lahnwanderweg" and further information are available at www.lahntalliebe.de and from

 

Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441-30998-0

Fax: 03212-1239508 

 

www.lahntalliebe.de

info@daslahntal.de

 

Touristikverband Siegen-Wittgenstein e. V. 

Koblenzer Str. 73, 57072 Siegen

Tel. 0271/333 10 20

www.siegen-wittgenstein.info

 

 

Start

Source of river Lahn near Netphen (Forsthaus Lahnquelle, Lahnhof 1, 57250 Netphen) (606 m)
Coordinates:
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50.892508, 8.241335
DMS
50°53'33.0"N 8°14'28.8"E
UTM
32U 446642 5638145
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Destination

Feudingen

Turn-by-turn directions

The small spring pond’s amazing green beautifully shimmers in the early day light. From the Forsthaus Lahnquelle, follow the road slightly uphill to the Hotel Lahnhof. In front of the hotel your trail goes up to the right. Passing a car park for hikers, please cross the state road L722. Enjoy the view of the headwaters of the rivers Lahn, Eder and Sieg at the edge of the forest where you will reach the highest point of the hike at 664 m above sea level.

The Lahnwanderweg trail now joins the fairy tale trail “Kleiner Rothaar” (little Rothaar) for a while where you can learn about the life of the little redheaded dwarf Rothaar who cares about nature. Over a wooden bridge the signposting of the Lahnwanderweg trail leads us into the wild and romantic upper Ilsetal without getting wet. Now you will have a wonderful walk along the river Ilse. At the holy spring of the Ilse you should take an inspiring break on the hiking wooden lounger. Afterwards cross the small brook again and follow the markings up to Heiligenborn.

A secluded spot with pretty half-timbered houses. For a short distance the stage now runs parallel to a district road with little traffic and, immediately behind a car park for hikers, leads straight ahead into the forest towards Feudingen. Hurricane Kyrill has provided some beautiful views in this section. From Lahnquelle onwards, you hike almost exclusively downhill. Silently and contemplatively, the walk continues through the cosy forest.

Where the trail leads out of the forest, you will have an openened up view over the hilly landscape. A small rest area at the entrance to Feudingen offers a beautiful panorama of the small climatic health resort. Following the road "Zum Eichholz" you reach the hiking portal in Feudingen after walking a few hundred metres. Here the second stage of the Lahnwanderweg trail starts. From the hiking portal you can easily reach the centre of the village near the church, the railway station and the accommodations in the village.

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Public transport

By train to Feudingen, www.bahn.de, then shuttle from railwaystation Feudingen to Forsthaus Lahnquelle.

Getting there

L718 to Banfe, then continue via K17 to Forsthaus Lahnquelle

Parking

Parking opposite to Forsthaus Lahnquelle

Coordinates

DD
50.892508, 8.241335
DMS
50°53'33.0"N 8°14'28.8"E
UTM
32U 446642 5638145
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pocketguide "Lahnwanderweg" (free) at  www.daslahntal.de or order at Lahntal Tourismus Verband (see "details") 

Hikeline Lahnwanderweg, 14,90 €, 1. Auflage 2014 ISBN: 978-3-85000-535-7

Rother Wanderführer Lahnwanderweg, 14,90 €, 1. Auflage 2016 ISBN: 978-3-7633-4492-5

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinland-Pfalz-App free download

- Rad- und Wanderkarte Oberes Lahntal  Lahnwanderweg 6,50€ Maßstab 1:25.000 • ISBN 978-3-86973-129-2

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Equipment

Ordinary hiking equipment required. Take backpack vespers and drinks with you. Refreshments at the source and in Feudingen or (by access) in Glashütte.

Questions and answers

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August 03, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? May 24, 2021
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.3 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
244 m
Descent
459 m
Highest point
664 m
Lowest point
392 m
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