Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 5

Lahnwanderweg stage 05 Buchenau - Caldern

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  • Aussicht Rimbergturm
    / Aussicht Rimbergturm
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 500 400 300 200 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Rimberg mit Aussichtsturm Blick auf Caldern Buchenau - Bahnhof Kleine Teiche
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
4:00 h
434 m
437 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.

Author’s recommendation

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.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: November 26, 2021
Highest point
476 m
Lowest point
229 m
Best time of year

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


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



Turn-by-turn directions

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.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Railway station Buchenau and Caldern www.bahn.com

Getting there

B 62 from Marburg to Caldern and to Buchenau


Buchenau, railway station


50.871692, 8.599863
50°52'18.1"N 8°35'59.5"E
32U 471845 5635633
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 ganz tolle Etappe mit sehr schöner, abwechslungsreicherer Natur. Die Burgruine Hohenfels muss man im hohen Gras etwas suchen - es ist aber eine schöne Abwechslung. Kurz vorm Schluss geht es nochmals richtig hoch zum Rimberg Turm - die Aussicht lässt aber den Anstieg schnell vergessen. Bisher unser Highlight auf dem gesamten Lahnwanderweg. Ein kleiner Tipp - uns hat der „Umweg“ nach den Ruinen Richtung Elmshausen nicht so gut gefallen - hier würden wir beim nächsten Mal geradeaus am Treisberg vorbeigehen.
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When did you do this route? June 03, 2021
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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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