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
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.
Take the time for the detour to the Weißenstein castle since this is a nice place for a longer break!
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.