Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 15

Lahnwanderweg stage 05 upstream Caldern - Buchenau

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  • Villa Calantra - Caldern vor 1200 Jahren
    / Villa Calantra - Caldern vor 1200 Jahren
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick auf den Rimberg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Dem Rimberg entgegen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Wegemarkierung Lahnwanderweg / Hugenotten- und Waldenserpfad
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick vom Rimbergturm
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Rastplatz
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Infotafel Burgruine Hohenfels
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 500 400 300 200 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Nikolaikirche Caldern mit Paradiesgarten Rimberg mit Aussichtsturm Burgruine Hohenfels Blick auf Caldern Kleine Teiche
Let’s hope that you will be lucky with the weather for today’s tour in order to be able to enjoy the views. One of its highlights is the Rimberg. Afterwards you will walk past the ruins of Hohenfels castle to get to Buchenau. 
Distance 13.4 km
4:00 h
438 m
435 m
From the Rimberg tower you will have a view as far as 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. Finally, the tour continues through woods and meadows past the ruins of the Hohenfels double castle down to Buchenau.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at the Rimberg where you should make sure to climb the tower. There won’t be any refreshment stops on this stage so you should 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


Caldern (229 m)
50.844856, 8.660466
50°50'41.5"N 8°39'37.7"E
32U 476095 5632627


Buchenau, bridge over river Lahn

Turn-by-turn directions

We will start in Calantra which was how Caldern used to be called about 1200 years ago. After an (optional) detour to the beautiful Nikolaikirche, the Lahnwanderweg trail leaves the tiny village and goes into a westerly direction. Soon you will be able to spot the Rimberg that is overlooking everything. Make sure to turn around at the edge of the forest and let your gaze wander over Caldern. Afterwards, the hike goes steeply uphill through the forest towards the Rimberg.

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. From the top you have a wonderful view as far as the Vogelsberg, the Taunus and the Rothaargebirge You will also find a refuge. Walking on narrow paths and wide trails you will be taken downhill to a rest area with a great panoramic view. Afterwards the trail will lead across the field with some more beautiful views and guide you along the edge of the forest. Damshausen lies in the upcoming valley.

You will cross the woods and get out of it again next to two small ponds. Across meadows and fields, the path leads into the next wooded area where you will walk past the ruins of the double Hohenfels castle. Since 1997 the Hohenfels Castle Association has been researching and preserving the castle ruins with the help of the University of Marburg. Keep right behind the castle and take a relaxed stroll down through the forest. You will soon reach Buchenau with the Lahn bridge and the town center.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Railway station Buchenau and Caldern www.bahn.com

Getting there

B62 from Marburg to Caldern and Buchenau


In Caldern or at railway station Buchenau


50.844856, 8.660466
50°50'41.5"N 8°39'37.7"E
32U 476095 5632627
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, possibly hiking sticks for descent from Rimberg.

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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438 m
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