Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 11

Lahnwanderweg stage 11 Wetzlar - Braunfels

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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
4:15 h
237 m
151 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.

Author’s recommendation

Definitely visit Braunfels castle with a guided tour: www.schloss-braunfels.de
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: July 01, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
291 m
Lowest point
151 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Konditorei Vogel
Altstadt Braunfels

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



Tourist-Information Wetzlar

Domplatz 8, 35578 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441/99-7755

, www.wetzlar-tourismus.de


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. 

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

Tel. 06441/30998-0, Fax 03212/1239508

, www.lahnwanderweg.de  www.daslahntal.de


Wetzlar, Eisenmarkt (35578 Wetzlar) (163 m)
50.555225, 8.500779
50°33'18.8"N 8°30'02.8"E
32U 464636 5600485


Braunfels, market place

Turn-by-turn directions

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.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


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

Getting there

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.


50.555225, 8.500779
50°33'18.8"N 8°30'02.8"E
32U 464636 5600485
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


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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Andreas Roos
October 03, 2021 · Community
Von historischer Altstadt zu historischer Altstadt mit schöner Ruine und wunderschöne Natur. Es geht steil hoch zum Kalsmunt, der Ausblick über Wetzlar entschädigt aber auf jeden Fall. Weiter geht es über einen schönen Waldtrail zum Naturschutzgebiet. In Braunfels lädt der Marktplatz zu einem schönen Abschluss ein.
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When did you do this route? September 17, 2021
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
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Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Photo: Andreas Roos, Community
Lukas Wanderer
August 23, 2017 · Community
Aktueller Wanderhinweis: aufgrund von Arbeiten am Kalsmunt ist der Weg im Bereich der Ruine umgeleitet, die Umleitung aber vorbildlich ausgeschildert - Danke schön. Im Wald bei Nauborn wurden wir von Gassi-Geherinnen gebeten, uns die Wegführung im Bereich des Aufstieges zum Waldrand näher anzuschauen bzw. den Aufstieg zu bewerten. Nach Meinung der Hundehalterinnen sei der Aufstieg zu steil und müsste mit Stufen versehen werden. Wir finden: der Aufstieg ist für trittsichere Wanderer kein Problem. Da die Hunde trotz zahlreicher Hinweistafeln im Schutzgebiet nicht angeleint waren, plädieren wir vielmehr dafür den Anstieg zum Waldrand noch etwas steiler zu gestalten.
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When did you do this route? August 23, 2017

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13 km
4:15 h
237 m
151 m
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