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 Rodheim-Bieber Aussichtspunkt Abzweig Zuweg Lollar Burg Gleiberg Wißmarbachtal
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
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: August 21, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
324 m
Lowest point
163 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



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)
50.649070, 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  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 hier geht´s zum kostenlosen 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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Lukas Wanderer
August 22, 2017 · Community
Der Aufstieg zur Ruine Vetzenstein ist nach des Tages Mühen ein beschwerlicher. Anders als im Pocket Guide beschrieben ist der Turm derzeit NICHT begehbar, der Aufstieg über die Außentreppe endet auf halber Höhe vor verschlossener Turmtür. Wer also auch noch das Pech hat, an einem der beiden Ruhetage der Burgschänke Vetzberg (derzeit Montag/Dienstag) hier vorbeizulaufen, kann sich im Zweifelsfalle den Aufstieg sparen. Ein Tip zur Unterkunft: wer im einzigen Hotel in Rodheim-Bieber in der Karlstraße nächtigt, tut gut daran ab der Ruine Vetzberg nicht mehr dem Lahnwanderweg-Zeichen zu folgen sondern sich neu zu orientieren und den direkten Weg zum Hotel wählen.
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When did you do this route? August 21, 2017
Tschuk Chumin
April 06, 2014 · Community
Sobald man Lollar verlassen hat und somit auch die großen lauten Straßen, verläuft der Weg hauptsächlich auf schönen kleinen Waldwegen. Die Beschilderung ist einwandfrei, die Aussichten von den Hügeln auf das Lahntal und die Burgen schön, der Wald idyllisch: ich kann diesen Abschnitt des Lahnwanderwegs nur empfehlen.
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When did you do this route? April 01, 2014

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21.4 km
6:45 h
403 m
368 m
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