Let’s hope that you will be lucky with the weather for today’s tour in order to be able to guarantee the views. Passing the Burgruine Hohenfels, you reach the Rimberg with its 360° panoramic view.
Distance 13.4 km
Highest point476 m
Lowest point229 m
From Buchenau, the trail first leads through woods and meadows alongside the ruins of the Hohenfels double castle. The Rimberg tower allows a view towards the Vogelsberg, the Taunus and the Rothaargebirge. The hill has always provoked arguments among the population because its peak is just within the area of Dautphetal village while its eastern part belongs to Lahntal-Caldern village. Nowadays they see eye to eye about the Rimberg: on May 1st and October 3rd, citizens of both communities flock to the Rimberg and celebrate together.
Plan an extended break at the Rimberg - you should make sure to climb the tower. There won’t be any refreshment stops on this stage - take provisions with you. If you want to stay overnight, we recommend booking in advance.
Coming from the Lahn bridge in Buchenau, first walk in the direction of the Hohenfels ruins. Via "Am Burgberg" you will be taken to a fairground with an old village smithy and resting areas. When you have a look at the opposite slope you can already spot the Rimbergturm. Its top overlooks the forest. Hike over meadows first to a hilltop and then uphill to the Burgruine Hohenfels. Since 1997 the Hohenfels Castle Association has been researching and preserving the castle ruins with the help of the University of Marburg.
Continue into the open fields with beautiful views over the gently rolling hills with their two small and very pretty hamlets. In the valley to the right Damshausen is dreamily situated in the natural area Damshäuser Kuppen. Dreaming is also allowed at the marvellous resting area with panoramic view. It is now only a stone's throw to the Rimbergturm. The Rimbergturm was destroyed by a storm in 1971 and rebuilt in 1997 by the district of Marburg-Biedenkopf which was supported by neighboring communities as well as private donations. Do not miss the chance to climb the tower and enjoy the panoramic view!
Afterwards a small path will lead us downhill to the edge of the forest. A little while later on the left-hand side we can see the Rimbergturm at the mountain once again, before Caldern comes into our view. Here is the trail’s matching: after all, you have been walking along the Rimbergstraße through "Calantra". This was the first documented name of Caldern at the beginning of the 9th century.