Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 2

Lahnwanderweg stage 02 Feudingen – Bad Laasphe

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  • Schloss Wittgenstein
    / Schloss Wittgenstein
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick über Bad Laasphe mit Schloss Wittgenstein im Hintergrund
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 600 500 400 300 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Großgemeindestein Schloss Wittgenstein Saßmannshausen Friedwald
Now that we are on our way to Bad Laasphe, we will have to accomplish further metres of altitude. The section through the romantic Ilsetal promises relaxation and peace.
Distance 16.8 km
5:15 h
414 m
484 m
562 m
321 m
This stage has quite a lot of ups and downs. From the hiking portal in Feudingen, the trail leads you up steeply to the heights before continuing through the wild and romantic Ilse valley again. Next, another ascent to the Großgemeindestein and again downhill to the Wahlbachsmühle, where the quite young Lahn is to be crossed. And finally, once again over the heights to the impressive Wittgenstein castle. At the end of the hike, you will only stroll downhill to the hiker-friendly Bad Laasphe, though. Guiding principle for you: There is no rush. Take your time and enjoy the landscape to the full.

Author’s recommendation

It is pleasantly cool in the most densely wooded district of Germany, even on very hot days. There won’t be any places to stop for refreshments, so we recommend bringing provisions and beverages.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: November 24, 2021
Highest point
562 m
Lowest point
321 m
Best time of year

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



TKS Bad Laasphe GmbH

Wilhelmsplatz 3, 57334 Bad Laasphe

Tel. 02752/8 98

, www.tourismus-badlaasphe.de


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. 

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441/30998-0, Fax 03212/1239508

, www.lahnwanderweg.de, www.daslahntal.de


Feudingen, hiking portal (392 m)
50.936917, 8.320546
50°56'12.9"N 8°19'14.0"E
32U 452258 5643029


Bad Laasphe, "Haus des Gastes"

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hiking portal in Feudingen you start towards the Bettelmannsbuche. The old and mighty tree became victim of a storm in 1976. Nevertheless, the place has always been known as a resting place for pilgrims and carters. On the top of the hill you will walk to the tranquil Weidelbach Weiher. This is a nice place for a short break and there is also a lot to discover for nature fans of all ages. The Lahnwanderweg trail then follows the course of the river Ilse slightly downhill and crosses a low-traffic district road. Walking across a wooden footbridge, a path takes you to the most idyllic part of the stage.

In the Ilsetal you should listen carefully since the chirping of birds and the splashing of the little river will delight the heart of every nature lover. From the Ilsetal, you follow the Lahnwanderweg trail marking to the right uphill to the Großgemeindestein, where two small huts invite you for a rest. This is the place where people commemorate the regional reform in 1975. Many trails meet at this stone which stands exactly in the middle of the new large municipality. At the Großgemeindestein, follow the Lahnwanderweg signposts (markings) in direction Windhof. Later, the trail leads steeply down to the mill Wahlbachsmühle, where you cross the young Lahn river. Afterwards, you will arrive in Saßmannshausen.

From Saßmannshausen the trail leads uphill, along the Friedwald and passes the rustic Kamelseiche (camel oak) at the "gebranntes Köpfchen" (burned little head). Leaving the forest, you are welcomed by yellow flowering broom bushes. This place will also provide a beautiful view into the Lahn valley and the hike now continues along the ridge. Later on, the school buildings of Wittgenstein castle appear into view. The castle that was built in the 12th century is used as a boarding school today and is the landmark of Bad Laasphe. Having walked up and down the past few kilometres, the hiker may enjoy a refreshing break at the Schloss Café (please note the opening hours). Once you have passed the historic cemetery, you will finally descend until you reach the first houses of Bad Laasphe.

Walking through the picturesque old town of Bad Laasphe, one passes the town's most beautiful half-timbered house and the old town fountain before reaching today's stage destination at the Haus des Gastes. Bad Laasphe also offers numerous possibilities for food and accomodation.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


By train to Feudingen and Bad Laasphe www.bahn.com

Getting there

B62 from Marburg via Bad Laasphe to Feudingen


Railway station Feudingen


50.936917, 8.320546
50°56'12.9"N 8°19'14.0"E
32U 452258 5643029
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


Ordinary hiking equipment required. Take enough food and drinks with you!

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Andreas Roos
August 03, 2021 · Community
Wir haben die Etappe 2 und 3 an einem Tag gemacht, insgesamt waren die ca 35 km herausfordernd aber sehr schön. Eine erste Pause hatten wir am Weiher (km 4) eingelegt. Es ging sehr schön (trotz der aktuellen Forstarbeiten) durch den Wald vorbei am Grossgemeindestein. Zur Rast läd die Waldbachsmühle ein (trotz Corona konnten wir uns an einem Kühlschrank bedienen). Das Schloss Wittgenstein ist nett anzusehen, war aber leider wegen Corona geschlossen.
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When did you do this route? May 29, 2021
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Andreas Könne
April 21, 2018 · Community
Besonders der Teil in der kleinen Schlucht hat sehr gut gefallen. Auch der forellenteich war sehr schön. Ansonsten viel Forstwege.
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Anja Wiel
November 02, 2017 · Community
Beim Fotos hochladen leider keinen Stern vergeben. sorry. Daher hier als Korrektur
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16.8 km
5:15 h
414 m
484 m
Highest point
562 m
Lowest point
321 m
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