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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 9

Lahnwanderweg stage 09 Lollar - Rodheim-Bieber

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  • Auf der Burg Gleiberg
    Auf der Burg Gleiberg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 350 300 250 200 150 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Gail´scher Park Abzweig Zuweg Gießen Abzweig Zuweg Lollar Burg Gleiberg Wißmarbachtal Hotel Köhler Lollar Bf
It’s romantic hiking the paths in the idyllic Wißmarbachtal. Have you ever dreamed of being a lady or a lord of the castle? The detours to the medieval castle ruins of Gleiberg and Vetzberg will make you happy.
Distance 21.4 km
6:45 h
403 m
368 m
324 m
163 m
Starting from Lollar, the trail climbs up again into the mixed forest. Next you stroll down into the romantic Wißmarbachtal. People who could imagine themselves as ladies and lords of the castle will enjoy the detour to the ruins of Vetzberg and Gleiberg. According to an old legend, there is a secret passage between the two castles - but be aware, it is not marked with the Lahnwanderweg trail sign! Make sure to climb the towers of the castles Vetzberg and Gleiberg since both of them offer breathtaking panoramic views.

*** Current note: Due to renovation works the tower of the castle ruin Vetzberg is not climbable at the moment! ***

Alternative starting point in Gießen:

For a duration of 6.9 km, the access path from Gießen to the Lahnwanderweg trail leads across the Lahnauen to the turnoff in Krofdorf-Gleiberg. From there, the Lahnwanderweg trail continues for a further 5.4 km to the stage village of stage 9, Rodheim Bieber, or in a northerly direction for a further distance of 15.6 km to the stage village of Lollar where the LAWA stage 8 follows to the north.

Alternative destination for stage 9:

Alternatively, you can also end the stage in Gießen via the Gießen access path to the Lahnwanderweg trail, in which case it will provide a total distance of 21.5 km.

Author’s recommendation

Both castles offer refreshment stops. Opening hours: see Burg Gleiberg and Burg Vetzberg Castle. The Gail'sche Park in Rodheim-Bieber is also worth a visit.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: February 28, 2023
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
324 m
Lowest point
163 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 3.75%Dirt road 40.93%Forested/wild trail 46.32%Path 1.21%Road 7.73%Unknown 0.04%
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Dirt road
8.8 km
Forested/wild trail
9.9 km
0.3 km
1.7 km
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Rest stops

Burg Gleiberg

Safety information

For information on diversions and relocations, please see our "Current Information".

Information on restrictions in the rail network can be found here.

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The free pocket guide "Lahnwanderweg" and further information are available at and from


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441-30998-0


Landkreis Gießen - Stabsstelle Wirtschaftsförderung/Tourismus

Riversplatz 1-19, 35394 Gießen

Tel. 02752/8 98



Center of Lollar (165 m)
50.649070, 8.702592
50°38'56.7"N 8°42'09.3"E
32U 478973 5610843


Center of Rodheim-Bieber

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts in the small town of Lollar situated in the central Hessian region. Beginning at the railway station, follow the yellow access signposts, first through the town, then walk across the river Lahn and further on at comfortable paths up into the forest. Behind the Nabu bird shelter, keep right and after about 900 meters you will reach the signpost of the main trail. Follow the signpost straight ahead towards Krofdorf-Gleiberg.

Passing a reforestation area, the trail descends into the wild and romantic Wißmarbachtal. This romantic nature reserve is home to numerous rare plants. Between the fish ponds, the Lahnwanderweg trail branches off in a right-hand direction and now ascends before you will have a wonderful panoramic view towards Burg Gleiberg. The hiker will be awaited by another beautiful vantage point with an information board at the first houses of Launsbach.

Following the signposts, you now continue downhill through the forest. Walking on field paths you first go round the castle hill and next ascend to Burg Gleiberg. The castle consists of the upper castle and the lower castle (refreshment stop) where many of the old details have been restored. Being on the main tower (keep) of the upper castle, which is approximately 30 m high, you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Gießen basin along the river Lahn to the Vogelsberg, the Westerwald and the Taunus. The ruins of Burg Vetzberg can be seen as well from here. The Lahnwanderweg trail takes you along allotments to Krofdorf. Afterwards you walk across a country road and through a wide valley in the direction of Vetzberg. At "Alter Garten", we will cross the former border between Hessen-Darmstadt and Preußen. Making a detour to the castle is highly recommended since the lookout tower offers a wonderful view.

Follow the markings onwards through the fields. Passing the cemetery and the church, you finally reach the stage destination of Rodheim-Bieber. To round off the day, we suggest a visit to the Gail’sche Park.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


By train to Lollar or to the alternative starting point in Gießen.

To Rodheim-Bieber by bus from Gießen

Getting there

B3 to Lollar, A480, then L3047 and L3286 to Rodheim-Bieber


Parking spaces are available in both townships where stages start or end


50.649070, 8.702592
50°38'56.7"N 8°42'09.3"E
32U 478973 5610843
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pocketguide "Lahnwanderweg" (free) at 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

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Ordinary hiking equipment required. Take backpack vespers and drinks with you.

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21.4 km
6:45 h
403 m
368 m
Highest point
324 m
Lowest point
163 m
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