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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 2

Lahnwanderweg stage 02 Feudingen – Bad Laasphe

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  • Blick auf Feudingen
    Blick auf Feudingen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
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: April 20, 2023
Highest point
562 m
Lowest point
321 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 6.72%Dirt road 73.19%Forested/wild trail 12.96%Path 1.70%Road 5.39%
1.1 km
Dirt road
12.3 km
Forested/wild trail
2.2 km
0.3 km
0.9 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.

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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


TKS Bad Laasphe GmbH

Wilhelmsplatz 3, 57334 Bad Laasphe

Tel. 02752/8 98




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.

Public transport


By train to Feudingen and Bad Laasphe

By road

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

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Andreas Roos
August 03, 2021 · Community
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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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