Now that we are on our way to Feudingen, we will have to accomplish further meters of altitude. The section through the romantic Ilsetal promises relaxation and peace.
Distance 16.8 km
Highest point562 m
Lowest point321 m
This stage has quite a lot of ups and downs. First of all, you will walk uphill to the impressive Wittgenstein castle, then down to the Lahn near Saßmannshausen where you cross the young river at the Wahlbachsmühle. After an ascent to the Großgemeindestein there will be a further descent into the romantic Ilsetal. At the end of the hike, you will walk over the hills again until you reach the stage’s destination in the village of Feudingen that is welcoming hikers warmly. Take your time and enjoy the landscape to the full.
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.
Starting at the Haus des Gastes in Bad Laasphe, the trail takes you past the most beautiful half-timbered house in the city and the old town fountain after which it continues through the picturesque old town. To get to the historic cemetery, you need to take a steep ascent. Having arrived there, the imposing Wittgenstein castle is really close. It is the landmark of Bad Laasphe. The castle that was built in the 12th century is used as a boarding school today. On weekends the castle café is open from 10:00 am.
Passing other school buildings, the way leads along a ridge. The hiker will come across yellow flowering broom bushes. This place will also provide a beautiful view into the Lahn valley. The trail continues past the rustic Kamel-Eiche and the "gebrannte Köpfchen" as well as along the Friedwald. Afterwards, you will be taken down to Saßmannshausen where the main road is crossed. A little bit further, it crosses the young Lahn at the Wahlbachsmühle. Afterwards, you are in for a challenging ascent to the Großgemeindestein where two small huts invite you to take 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.
The sentier du Lahnwanderweg trail now leads further into the wild and romantic Ilsetal. On this idyllic section you should listen carefully since the chirping of birds and the splashing of the little river will delight the heart of every nature lover. Walking across a wooden footbridge, the route leads back into the forest. The Weidelbacher Weiher is a nice place for a short break and there is also a lot to discover for nature fans of all ages. Through the forest and past the Höhwegskopf, you will finally reach today's stage destination Feudingen with the hiking portal. Feudingen is a hiking-friendly village and offers both food and accommodation.