Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 12

Lahnwanderweg stage 08 upstream Lollar - Fronhausen

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  • Die Lahn bei Lollar
    / Die Lahn bei Lollar
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Wegweiser Abzweig Lollar
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht vom Altenberg bei Lollar
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht vom Altenberg bei Lollar
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Salzböde
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Durchs Salzbödetal
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Schmelz-Mühle
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Fachwerk in Fronhausen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Fronhausen, Chorturmkirche aus dem 12. Jahrhundert
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 300 250 200 150 10 8 6 4 2 km Vogelschutzhütte Ruttershausen Altenberg Etappenstart Abzweig Zuweg Lollar Schmelzmühle Lollar Bf
A comfortable day is waiting for hikers of this tour with wide views from the Altenberg. There used to be eight mills in the romantic Salzbödetal. Today you can make a break at the Schönemühle café and the Schmelzmühle inn.
Distance 11.9 km
3:45 h
215 m
205 m
To start off the day, we will climb the Altenberg mountain which lies high above the landscape (299 meters). After a short stop at the benches on the top, hikers will walk through the romantic Salzbödetal at the edge of the Krofdorf forest. Rilke described the Salzbödetal as a particularly attractive landscape as early as 1905.

Author’s recommendation

Take a lunch break or a stop at the Schmelzmühle or gâteaux and cakes at the Schönemühle.

If you want to stay in Fronhausen overnight, you should book in advance.

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Jörg Thamer 
Update: July 20, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
275 m
Lowest point
163 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Konditorei & Café Schönemühle

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



Landkreis Gießen - Stabsstelle Wirtschaftsförderung/Tourismus

Riversplatz 1-19, 35394 Gießen

Tel. 02752/8 98

, www.giessener-land.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 Lollar (165 m)
50.649061, 8.702619
50°38'56.6"N 8°42'09.4"E
32U 478975 5610842


Fronhausen, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

From Lollar railway station, follow the yellow signs for the Lahnwanderweg trail access route. The bridge offers a beautiful view of the Lahn. Follow the access route past Ruttershausen village up to Wehrholz. Here you can have a look at the bird shelter with its many different bird houses. The trail will now climb up steadily to the Altenberg with an altitude of 299 m. At the top there is a wonderful place to rest and unwind.

From the Altenberg hill the hike leads down steeply to the village of Salzböden. The Schönemühle at the end of the village is the ideal place for a coffee break. The art of its master pâtissier is well known for miles around. Afterwards hikers will walk through the meadows along the edge of the forest, through the idyllic Salzbödetal. The Schmelzmühle will be on your left. Here you can have a look at an old document (a license for using the mill) as well as the big mill wheel.

The mill has been owned by the family since 1844. It is not only locals who appreciate the bread menu with farmer's breakfast, well-ripened hand cheese and a hearty homemade sausage. Afterwards our tour continues with a rather easy ascent through the forest. Don’t miss the turn-off towards Fronhausen at the top! Now following the yellow signs of the access route, the trail descends to today's stage destination. Fronhausen will welcome its visitors with its rustic half-timbered houses and the choir tower church from the 12th century.


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Public transport


By train to Lollar or Fronhausen, www.bahn.com

Getting there

B3 to Lollar or Fronhausen


Center of Lollar or Fronhausen


50.649061, 8.702619
50°38'56.6"N 8°42'09.4"E
32U 478975 5610842
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

- Münzer, Rad- und Wanderkarte Lahntal Marburg bis Gießen, 1:25.000,   9,80 € 1. Auflage 9/2019 - ISBN: 978-3-9817589-3-1


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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11.9 km
3:45 h
215 m
205 m
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