Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 4

Lahnwanderweg stage 04 Biedenkopf - Buchenau

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  • Brücke in Buchenau
    / Brücke in Buchenau
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 500 400 300 200 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Landgasthof Der Katzenbacher Landgrafenbuche Biedenkopf Bf Buchenau - Bahnhof Katzenbach Lippershardt Wolfsgeschirr
Biedenkopf and Buchenau are not only connected by the Lahnwanderweg trail but also by the tradition of the Grenzgänger. It is an ancient custom that is revived here every seven years.
Distance 12.5 km
3:45 h
299 m
338 m
The Grenzgänger of the town Biedenkopf will walk in a precession right around the town´s perimeter and make a real ball of it. The dates that can be found on the Vesperplatz "Lippershardt" east of Biedenkopf provide proof to this custom that has its origins in the Germanic tribes' border patrols. The custom was continued in the Middle Ages, when the border was not yet marked by cadasters and stones. This stage will not follow the Grenzgänger way all the time but will touch it again and again.

Author’s recommendation

Since this stage is not very long, there will be enough time in the morning to visit Biedenkopf castle and the old town of Biedenkopf.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: November 26, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
473 m
Lowest point
232 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Landgasthof Der Katzenbacher

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



Naturpark Lahn-Dill-Bergland

Herborner Straße 1, 35080 Bad Endbach

Tel. 02776/801-15

, www.lahn-dill-bergland.de


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. 

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

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

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


Biedenkopf, railway station (272 m)
50.909507, 8.528738
50°54'34.2"N 8°31'43.5"E
32U 466867 5639867


Buchenau, bridge over river Lahn

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts at the level crossing, very close to Biedenkopf railway station. You will find a signpost here, that guides your hike out of the village along the back of the station. Via the road "im Frauental" you now follow the marking to the forestry office. From here go uphill to the Frauenberg. Then after a strict right-hand turn, you hike right above the cemetery, always parallel to the Lahnhöhen Extratour, until you reach the refuge at the Vesperplatz "Lippershardt". Here you can learn a lot about the tradition of the Grenzgänger custom. Along the edge of the forest you continue to the hikers‘ car park.

The area at the Rahmbusch (441 m) is a flora-fauna conservation habitat and offers a lot of peace and quiet. Walking uphill through the forest, you will now reach the Landgrafenbuche. The huge natural monument is situated at a much-branched crossing with all kinds of directional signs. The old, historical signpost proves the long hiking tradition that exists in this region. At the Landgrafenbuche follow the marking and go down to the right. Soon, you will reach the smallest district of Biedenkopf that only has 30 inhabitants: the tiny hamlet of Katzenbach. It is quite a romantic spot on earth but even has the possibility to stop for refreshments and overnight stays.

Now, take the local road for a short while, before the Lahnwanderweg trail turns right and subsequently leads downhill into the Katzenbachtal. Taking the bridge and crossing the idyllic Katzenbach, you follow the brook rightwards for a short distance. You will leave the brook by keeping to the markings to the left and a short ascent will begin. At the crossing "Wolfsgeschirr" you will learn about a deadly mission from the year 1747 back when the last wolf in this region was killed right at this place. Soon the first houses of Buchenau can be seen. On a meadow path, pretty close along the Lahn, you finally reach today's stage destination: the Lahnbrücke (Lahn bridge) in Buchenau.


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Public transport


By train to Buchenau or Biedenkopf, www.bahn.com

Getting there

B 62 from Marburg to Biedenkopf and to Buchenau


Biedenkopf, railway station


50.909507, 8.528738
50°54'34.2"N 8°31'43.5"E
32U 466867 5639867
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 backpack vespers 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
  • Blister kit
  • 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 05, 2021 · Community
Eine Tour mit viel schöner Natur aber ohne größer Abwechslung. In Katzenbach gibt es ein sehr nett aussehendes Lokal mit Biergarten - leider waren wir zu früh unterwegs und es hatte noch zu.
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When did you do this route? June 03, 2021
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
June 01, 2021 · Community
Bei der Planung meiner Lahnwanderung habe ich in Buchenau keine Unterkunft finden können. Auch von einem Hotelbesitzer aus der Gegend kam die Info: es gibt keine mehr. Ich bin dann ab Biedenkopf dem Lahnhöhenweg (Lh) nach Dautphe-Mornshausen gefolgt. Nach Übernachtung in Mornshausen zurück nach Dautphe und weiter über den Lh Caldern. Wunderschöne Touren!
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12.5 km
3:45 h
299 m
338 m
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