Across the nature reserve Lahnknie to Sterzhausen. The short detour to the ruins of Weißenstein is a must-do. At your destination, Marburg welcomes you with its fascinating Elisabethkirche.
Distance 15.9 km
Highest point345 m
Lowest point187 m
There is no need to worry that hikers and cyclists will get in each other's way while passing the nature reserve Lahnknie very near along the river Lahn. The short detour to the Weißenstein ruin is worthwhile. These castle ruins are located on a hilltop in a height of 260 m and made out of light sandstone. You will also come across the huge Behring mausoleum. Emil von Behring, the first Nobel Prize winner for medicine, bears the title "Savior of Children" because he defeated diphtheria. Marburg is a jewel to round off the day – take time and enjoy.
You should start early in the morning in Caldern so that you can extensively enjoy the afternoon in the gorgeous city of Marburg. Marburg has that much on offer!
The stage takes off from "Calantra". At the beginning of the 9th century, the small town of Caldern in the upper Lahn valley was already mentioned by this name in the documents of the monastery of Fulda. From the centre of the village, first take the direction of the railway station. Turn right behind the Lahn bridge and you will walk through the beautiful Lahnknie nature reserve. The floodplain forest, grassland and fallow land as well as the hedges provide habitats for a variety of endangered animal and plant species. In Sterzhausen, first of all go to the level crossing and then, reaching the sports field you have to move to the other side of the river Lahn.
You now ascend through the pleasant hilly landscape. Soon the houses of Michelbach will come into view. A zigzag course leads to the wind turbines. The citizens’ initiative “Windkraft für Michelbach” is the owner of two wind tubines. Walking along the edge of the forest, the Lahnwanderweg trail takes you to a bench with a magnificent view. Simply put down your rucksack and enjoy the sun! Pretty soon you can see Wehrda in the distance. After a short descent, the trail it branches off to the Weißenstein ruin. The light sandstone on the wooded hilltop gave the castle as well as the mountain their names.
The short detour to the ruins will be worth it since you will find a beautiful view and a place to take a break – at the right moment! Afterwards, the trail returns to the branch and continues downhill passing a refuge with a barbecue area. Wehrda is just touched right at its outskirts and you follow the markings to a small staircase uphill to Marienhäuschen. From here, the Lahnwanderweg trail runs through the forest on beautiful ways before suddenly and unexpectedly the Behring mausoleum appears on the right-hand side. Now you leisurely stroll down to Marburg, admire the St. Michaelskapelle that is known as the "Michelchen” among the locals. You will finally be in front of the gigantic Elisabethkirche. It is the first Gothic church in Germany. Remaining task of the day: discover and marvel at Marburg.