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Lahnwanderweg stage 04 upstream Buchenau - Biedenkopf

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  • Lahn bei Buchenau
    / Lahn bei Buchenau
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  • / Blick auf Buchenau
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  • / Wolfsgeschirr
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  • / Brücke über den Katzenbach
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  • / Katzenbacher Hof
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  • / Teich im Wald bei Katzenbach
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  • / "Historischer" Wegweiser an der Landgrafenbuche
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  • / Blick auf Biedenkopf
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  • / Schloss Biedenkopf
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  • / Biedenkopf, Bahnhof
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m 500 400 300 200 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Landgrafenbuche Wolfsgeschirr Katzenbach Lippershardt
Buchenau and Biedenkopf 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.
open
easy
12.5 km
3:45 h
338 m
299 m
The Grenzgänger (people who are crossing borders on a regular basis) 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 until it will reach Biedenkopf.

Author’s recommendation

Since this stage is not very long, there will be enough time in the evening to visit Biedenkopf castle and the old town of Biedenkopf.
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Jörg Thamer 
Updated: February 17, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
473 m
Lowest point
232 m
Best time of year
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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, hints and links

www.facebook.com/lahnwanderweg

 

Naturpark Lahn-Dill-Bergland

Herborner Straße 1, 35080 Bad Endbach

Tel. 02776/801-15

info@lahn-dill-bergland.de, www.lahn-dill-bergland.de

 

Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. 

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

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

info@daslahntal.de, www.lahnwanderweg.de, www.daslahntal.de

Start

Buchenau, bridge over river Lahn (232 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.871692, 8.599863
DMS
50°52'18.1"N 8°35'59.5"E
UTM
32U 471845 5635633
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Destination

Biedenkopf, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

We will start the journey on the Lahnbrücke in Buchenau. Follow the signs and follow a meadow path along the Lahn. Afterwards you need to gather your strength to accomplish the following ascent. Take a final look back at Buchenau. 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.

Now you will follow the Katzenbach which can be crossed via a wooden bridge. A short uphill section has to be overcome after which the trail leads further into the Katzenbach valley. At the end of the valley 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 and even has a stop for refreshments. 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.

The area at Rahmbusch (441 m) is a flora-fauna conservation habitat and offers a lot of peace and quiet. Passing the hikers’ car park, the trail continues along the edge of the forest. Soon you will arrive at the refuge at the Vesperplatz "Lippershardt" where you can learn a lot about the tradition of the Grenzgänger custom. The trail continues across the Frauenberg where you will walk along the edge of the forest on a way that joins to the "Lahnhöhen-Extratour" hike right above the cemetery. Afterwards you only need to walk down to Biedenkopf. The end of the stage is directly at the railway station which can be reached via the level crossing. The climatic health resort Biedenkopf is located on the border to North Rhine-Westphalia and offers a quaint old town as well as a castle. If you have some time left, you should definitely stop by!

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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

Getting there

B 62 from Marburg to Buchenau or Biedenkopf

Parking

Center of Buchenau or Biedenkopf

Coordinates

DD
50.871692, 8.599863
DMS
50°52'18.1"N 8°35'59.5"E
UTM
32U 471845 5635633
w3w 
///wharfs.scabbed.spectator
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

Equipment

Ordinary hiking equipment required. Take backpack vespers and drinks with you. 

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Jörg Lang
November 14, 2020 · Community
schöne Landschaft auch im November
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Jörg Lang
May 26, 2019 · Community
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
12.5 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
338 m
Descent
299 m
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