Starting from Wetzlar, the route climbs up to the castle ruins of Kalsmunt. Moreover, you will walk through the nature and bird sanctuary Weinberg to get to the picturesque town of Wetzlar. Although this stage is rather short, it has a lot to offer.
Distance 13 km
Highest point291 m
Lowest point151 m
History and stories characterize today's stage. In the past Kalsmunt castle ruins protected Wetzlar and the "Hohe Straße" which used to be a very important trade route from Köln to Frankfurt. In the nature and bird sanctuary Weinberg, nature and landscape lovers will feel very comfortable. The protected area is home to many rare animal and plant species and, as in the past, is still grazed with sheep. Three to four times a year a wandering shepherd moves across the meadows with more than 800 animals. The destination of this stage is the scenic Braunfels with its fairytale castle, the old town and the Herrengarten.
The stage starts at Eisenmarkt in the picturesque old town of Wetzlar. From here the trail leads past pretty half-timbered houses on to Schillerplatz. There you have to turn right to the traffic lights. Here you cross the Karl-Kellner-Ring and next the trail climbs towards Kalsmunt. The castle ruins are located at 243 meters above sea level. Kalsmunt was built under Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa. Climbing the tower of the castle ruins is a must-do! You won't find another place where you can enjoy such an impressive view of Wetzlar.
Downhill, passing a playground, you hike down the street "Kalsmunt Westhang". After about 200 meters keep left. Now the path will gently take you up and down through the forest towards the "Weinberg" nature and bird sanctuary with its rich flora and fauna. If you are lucky you might meet the wandering shepherd. But nevertheless, nature and landscape lovers will find plenty of pleasure here.
On a wide and gravel passage you continue. A sign at the wayside remembers the pit Amanda which used to be the most productive mine in the area of Wetzlar. Further on, by following the markings you reach the Feldbergblick lookout point. Here, you can look deeply into the mountains of the Taunus whenever the weather is good. Afterwards, the Lahnwanderweg trail leads along the edge of the forest to the Margaretenhöhe pit. Keep to the right there and further on walk downwards to the Eisenberg.
From there it is still about 1.5 km to the outskirts of Oberndorf. In the distance, you can see Braunfels castle in its fairytale magnificence on the hillside. Through the Kurpark (Herrengarten) one strolls comfortably up to the market place and the castle. The little town of Braunfels promises varied hours - both cultural and culinary.
By train to Wetzlar, with bus line 180 back to Leun/Braunfels station, www.bahn.com
By bus from Braunfels (Europaplatz) to Wetzlar ZOB or vice versa. Also at www.bahn.com
B49 to Wetzlar or L3025 from Leun to Braunfels
"Lahnufer" in Wetzlar or at the north side of the railway station; in Braunfels below castle.
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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")