Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 12

Lahnwanderweg stage 12 Braunfels - Weilburg

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  • Schloss Braunfels
    / Schloss Braunfels
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Schloss Braunfels
    Photo: Oliver Stiehler
  • / Hessenhaus am Weilburger Tierpark
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Schloss Weilburg thront über der Lahn
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
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This tour is highly diversified and offers many highlights: The pond near Braunfels, the Kubacher Kristallhöhle, the Weilburg animal park and two castles - quite a lot!
Distance 17.9 km
6:15 h
243 m
332 m
310 m
149 m
Today’s stage of the Lahnwanderweg trail is particularly varied. It offers both geological and cultural attractions. The Braunfels castle indeed provides a fairytale-like scenery. The "Große Weiher" (big pond) has a constant temperature of 12 degrees throughout the year and is home to unique pieces of fauna and flora. The little zoo which was originally established by Prince Karl August in 1590, is now used as a wildlife park. The crystal Kubacher Kristallhöhle presents a special geological spectacle. It is the only crystal cave in Germany and has the highest hall (30 meters) of all German show caves. And finally, you will pass the Weilburger Schloss with its impressive garden.

Author’s recommendation

Plan carefully which attraction you would like to visit before starting the tour since visiting all of them (Wildlife park, crystal cave or Weilburg castle) will not be feasible in one day.


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Jörg Thamer 
Update: December 07, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
310 m
Lowest point
149 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Konditorei/Cafe Vogel

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



Braunfelser Kur GmbH

Am Kurpark 11, 35619 Braunfels

Tel. 06442/9344-0

, www.braunfels.de


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. 

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

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

www.lahnwanderweg.de www.daslahntal.de


Braunfels, market place (249 m)
50.514087, 8.389910
50°30'50.7"N 8°23'23.7"E
32U 456744 5595969


Weilburg, center

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 12 of the Lahnwanderweg trail runs from castle to castle. It starts at the market place of Braunfels. From there you follow the markings downhill to the road L3451. Across a bridge you reach the Großer Weiher. The pond is a pure paradise for birds and insects. You will walk along the pond and then turn left uphill just before you get to the district road. Through the forest you approach the Silbersee. It continues with an ascent to the hiking car park "Naturpark Hochtaunus".

From here we walk down into a beautiful valley with mining history. Along an old stone wall you will get to the entrance of the animal park. The animal population ranges from fallow deer and wild horses to wolf and lynx. The pond in front of the park offers a good opportunity for a little rest.

Behind the animal park, you follow the markings across the road B456, walk through an idyllic meadow valley and finally reach the signpost "Kristallhöhle". The "Kristallhöhle", which was first entered by humans in 1974, is a unique natural beauty and well worth a visit.

You now hike through a rustic forest area in the direction of Weilburg. In Weilburg the trail first leads downhill along the Frankfurter Straße and then through the old town gate into the picturesque old town. The Lahnwanderweg trail now passes the castle complex, which is worth a visit, and ends at the final destination of the stage, the memorial to the victims of the war in 1870/71.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


By train to Leun and Weilburg, continue with bus (Line 180) to Braunfels, www.bahn.com

Getting there

B49 to  Leun, L3052 to Braunfels, B49 and L3020 to Weilburg


Braunfels below castle, Weilburg railway station / Indoor pool


50.514087, 8.389910
50°30'50.7"N 8°23'23.7"E
32U 456744 5595969
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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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 30, 2017 · Community
Auch diese Tour startet derzeit mit einer Umleitung und zwar im Abstieg vom Schloss Braunfels. Die Beschilderung der Umleitung empfanden wir an dieser Stelle als etwas unglücklich. Hilfreich wäre unserer Ansicht nach den Grund für die Umleitung und evtl. eine Übersichtsskizze anzufügen. So kann der Wanderer einfacher entscheiden, ob die Informationen noch aktuell sind. In diesem Falle haben wir einen umgestürzten Baum als Grund für die Umleitung in Verdacht, der Weg ist allerdings mittlerweile so weit geräumt daß der ursprünglichen Beschilderung wieder gefolgt werden kann. Nach dem Silbersee wird ein Wanderparkplatz erreicht, hier empfehlen wir der Teerstraße ca. 400m nach links zu folgen, dort bietet sich der unserer Meinung nach schönste Ausblick auf das Schloss Braunfels.
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When did you do this route? August 24, 2017
Schloss Braunfels
Photo: Lukas Wanderer, Community

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Schloss Braunfels

17.9 km
6:15 h
243 m
332 m
Highest point
310 m
Lowest point
149 m
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