Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 14

Lahnwanderweg stage 06 (upstream) Marburg to Caldern

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  • Start in Marburg, hinauf zum "Michelchen"
    / Start in Marburg, hinauf zum "Michelchen"
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Marburg, St. Michaelskapelle (Michelchen)
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Behring-Mausoleum
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Behring-Mausoleum
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Treppe zum Marienhäuschen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Burg Weißenstein
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick auf Wehrda
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Bei den Windrädern
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Naturerlebnis
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahn bei Sterzhausen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Bahnanbindung
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahn
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Sitzgelegenheit
    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
This tour begins at the famous Elisabethkirche. The short detour to the ruins of Weißenstein is worth it. Afterwards the hike goes along the river Lahn through the nature reserve Lahnknie until you arrive at the village of Caldern.
Distance 15.9 km
5:15 h
398 m
356 m
You will start off with a lot of cultural and historical input. First you have the choice of Marburg with the fascinating Elisabethkirche and the half-timbered old town. Right at the beginning of this stage you will pass the gigantic Behring mausoleum. Emil von Behring, the first Nobel Prize winner for medicine, bears the title "Savior of Children" because he defeated diphtheria. The short detour to the Weißenstein ruin is worthwhile. These castle ruins are located on a hilltop that is 260 m high and made out of light sandstone. You will get to the Lahn again but there is no need to worry that hikers and cyclists will get in each other's way.

Author’s recommendation

Take the time for the detour to the Weißenstein castle since this is a nice place for a longer break!
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: October 29, 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


Marburg, St. Elizabeth's Church (187 m)
50.814795, 8.769242
50°48'53.3"N 8°46'09.3"E
32U 483743 5629255


Center of Caldern

Turn-by-turn directions

Unfortunately, we will now leave Marburg again. At the Elisabethkirche, follow the signs and take the stairs up to St. Michaelskapelle that is known as the "Michelchen” among the locals. Continuing uphill through the forest, you will reach the Behring mausoleum. The Nobel Prize winner, who was born in 1854, was buried here in 1917 to the great sympathy of the populace.

Afterwards the Lahnwanderweg trail runs through the forest on beautiful ways before arriving at the Marienhäuschen. Through the forest and over a small staircase it goes down to Wehrda which we will pass on its left side. After a short descent, the trail now continues uphill again until it branches off to the Weißenstein castle. The light sandstone on the wooded hilltop gave the castle as well as the mountain their names. The short detour will be worth it since the ruins offer a beautiful view and a place to take a break.

Afterwards, hikers have to walk upwards properly but are again rewarded with a nice view. Two wind turbines belong to the citizens' initiative "Windkraft für Michelbach" and soon the houses of the village come into view. Walking through the pretty landscape, the trail follows the markings down to Sterzhausen where you will change to the other side of the Lahn and walk through the beautiful nature reserve Lahnknie. The floodplain forest, grassland and fallow land as well as the hedges provide habitats for a variety of endangered animal and plant species. Without any further ascents, the trail will now take you to the stage finish in Caldern. At the beginning of the 9th century, the small town in the upper Lahn Valley was already mentioned as Calantra in the documents of the monastery of Fulda.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Caldern and Marburg www.bahn.com

Getting there

B 62 from Marburg to Caldern, Marburg B3


In Caldern


50.814795, 8.769242
50°48'53.3"N 8°46'09.3"E
32U 483743 5629255
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.

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