Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 6

Lahnwanderweg stage 06 Caldern - Marburg

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  • Lahn bei Sterzhausen
    / Lahn bei Sterzhausen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Sonnenaufgang auf dem Lahnwanderweg im Marburger Land
    Photo: Foto: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Marburg, Schlossgarten
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Marburg, Schloss
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Marburg, Marktplatz
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 400 350 300 250 200 150 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Burgruine Weißenstein Sterzhausen/Bahnübergang Marienhäuschen Windräder Caldern - Bahnhof
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
5:15 h
356 m
398 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.

Author’s recommendation

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!
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: November 26, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
345 m
Lowest point
187 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



Marburg Stadt und Land Tourismus GmbH

Erwin-Piscator-Haus, Biegenstraße 15, 35037 Marburg

Tel.: 06421 99 12-0, Fax: 06421 9912-12,

E-Mail: , 

Internet: www.marburg-tourismus.de


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. 

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

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

, www.lahnwanderweg.de, www.daslahntal.de


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


Marburg, St. Elizabeth's Church

Turn-by-turn directions

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.


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Public transport


By train to Caldern and Marburg www.bahn.com

Getting there

B 62 from Marburg to Caldern, Marburg  B 3


In Caldern


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

- Münzer Rad- und Wanderkarte Marburg und Umgebung, 9,80€, Maßstab, ISBN 978-3-9817589-5-5


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.

Questions and answers

Question from Cristina García Martínez · July 31, 2020 · Community
Etappenwanderung von Solms Albshausen nach Marburg den Lahnwanderweg
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Answered by Peter Heimes · August 01, 2020 · Community
Wie lautet den jetzt Uhre Frage?


Andreas Roos
August 05, 2021 · Community
Der Start entlang der Landstraße ist wirklich nicht unbedingt ein Highlight, die Tour steigert sich aber von Kilometer zu Kilometer. Zu empfehlen ist der Abstecher zur Ruine Weissenstein - hier kann man nach ca. 9 km eine schöne Rast einlegen. Die letzten Kilometer durch den Wald nach Marburg sind wunderschön. Etwas unterhalb des Behring Mausoleum (rechts ab) kann man noch einen Abstecher über einen Trail mit wunderschönen Ausblick über Marburg machen - können wir nur empfehlen. Wir sind auf dieser Tour extra früh gestartet und hatten in Marburg noch eine Stadtführung gebucht, auch das können wir nur empfehlen.
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When did you do this route? June 12, 2021
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
June 01, 2021 · Community
Das erste Stück zwischen Caldern und Sterzhausen ist wirklich kein schöner Beginn dieser doch insgesamt sehr tollen Wanderung. Durch das hohe Gras zu stapfen ist auch keine wirkliche Alternative. Die blühenden Obstbäume und die Pferdeherde sind ein kleiner Trost. Nach Sterzhausen kommt man der Lahn recht nahe. Dann wird es anspruchsvoll ... bergauf. Es folgen viele Fernblicke. Ich kann die Wanderung empfehlen.
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Photo: René, Community
Photo: René, Community
Armin Feulner (Marburg Stadt und Land Tourismus)
September 05, 2016 · Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Der Lahnwanderweg führt nicht auf dem geteerten Fahrradweg, sondern nebenher auf einem Wiesenweg zwischen Obstbäumen und Ackerrain. Leider werden an dieser Stelle zwischen Caldern und Sterzhausen oftmals die Markierungsschilder mutwillig entfernt, so dass der Irrtum entstehen kann, dass auf dem Fahradweg gelaufen werden muss. Wir versuchen regelmäßig die entsprechende Markierung zu überprüfen.
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15.9 km
5:15 h
356 m
398 m
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