This tour is highly diversified and offers many highlights: Kubacher Kristallhöhle, the animal park in Weilburg, the pond near Braunfels and two castles!
Distance 17.9 km
Highest point310 m
Lowest point149 m
This stage of the Lahnwanderweg trail is particularly varied. It offers both geological and cultural attractions. First of all, you will pass the Weilburg castle with its impressive garden. The crystal cave in the borough Kubach is very special in terms of its geological potential: Kubach is the only crystal cave in Germany and has the highest hall (30 meters) of all German show caves. The little zoo which was originally established by Prince Karl August in 1590, is now used as a wildlife park. The "Große Weiher" (big pond) near the town Braunfels, which has a constant temperature of 12 degrees throughout the year, is home to unique pieces of fauna and flora. Finally, you will find a fairytale castle in Braunfels.
Plan carefully which attraction you would like to visit before starting the tour since visiting all of them (Braunfels castle, wildlife park, crystal cave or Weilburg castle) will not be feasible in one day.
The Lahnwanderweg trail takes you through the picturesque town center of Weilburg and past its castle complex which is worth a visit. Later on, hikers will be guided through a wooded area towards Kubach. You will need some energy for the ascent to the "Crystal Cave" trail where we would recommend making a detour to the impressive cave.
The Crystal Cave, which was first entered by humans in 1974, is a unique natural beauty and well worth a visit. Moving on, you will hike through an idyllic meadow valley and later on get to the Weilburg wildlife park through the forest.
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. Walking across an open area with beautiful views, you will reach another forest. Moving on through this former mining area, you will pass the Silbersee and reach the Großer Weiher near Braunfels. The pond is a real paradise for birds and insects.
Via the L3451 (be careful) and through the forest you will now hike in the direction of the final destination of this stage: the marketplace in Braunfels.
all notes on protected areas
By train to Leun and Weilburg, with bus line 180 to Braunfels, www.bahn.com
B49 to Leun, L3052 to Braunfels, B49 and L3020 to Weilburg
Braunfels below the castle; Weilburg railway station
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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")