Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 6

Lahnwanderweg stage 14 upstream Villmar - Aumenau

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  • Lahn kurz hinter Villmar
    / Lahn kurz hinter Villmar
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Ausblick oberhalb Schanzlerhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Brücke über den Tiefenbach
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Tiefenbach
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Ausblick Panoramaweg Steimelskopf
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Am Steimelskopf
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Hinunter zum "unteren Grund"
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Hier lässt sich idyllisch rasten
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Die Lahn kurz vor Aumenau
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Die Lahn
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Auf der Brücke in Aumenau
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 250 200 150 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Heimanns Mühle Lahn-Marmor-Museum Steimelskopf Schanzlerhof Brücke Villmar Bf Aumenau Bf
The meadows and forests high above the river Lahn are fascinating aspects of the area that is “home” to the Lahn marble. Whenever the weather is good, the Steimelskopf hill offers views as far as the Taunus and the Rheingau.
Distance 12.7 km
4:15 h
166 m
165 m
Today you will start at the source of the Lahn marble. It has been used for many famous buildings. One example is the baroque marble bath of the Weilburger castle which is nearby. But it has even been used in the hermitage in St. Petersburg and in the entrance hall of the Empire State Building in New York! After visiting the Lahn Marmor Museum and the Unica marble quarry there is still enough time for the rest of this tour. Between Villmar and the borough Aumenau, the lonely meadow and forest sections high above the river Lahn are fascinating. With good weather conditions, the Steimelskopf offers a view of the Taunus and even the Rheingau. Afterwards you will walk down the Lahn to Aumenau village in a relaxed way. 

Author’s recommendation

Plan visiting the Lahn Marmor Museum before the hike! It is located directly on the access road, opposite Villmar railway station.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: July 01, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
239 m
Lowest point
118 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



Tourist-Information Weilburg

Schlossplatz 1, 35781 Weilburg an der Lahn

Tel. 06471/314 67

, www.weilburg.de


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V. 

Brückenstraße 2,

35576 Wetzlar

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

, www.lahnwanderweg.de, www.daslahntal.de


Villmar, railway station (121 m)
50.395459, 8.186712
50°23'43.7"N 8°11'12.2"E
32U 442193 5582917


Aumenau, bridge over river Lahn

Turn-by-turn directions

The marble bridge of Villmar is already worth the trip. After visiting the new Lahn Marmor Museum and the natural monument Unica you will still have enough time for the presented tour. Passing the natural monument Unica, the access path leads through the forest up to the Lahnwanderweg trail.

Along the edge of the forest and over fields you will now reach the Schanzlerhof. Above the farm the view opens up and you can see as far as the mountains of the Taunus. Through the forest you will now walk down into the Tiefenbachtal. The Tiefenbach has a length of only 9 km and flows into the Lahn. You will cross it over a small footbridge.

Although the trail is not very steep, it constantly goes uphill to the Steimelskopf. On the panoramic trail at the Steimelskopf you can enjoy an incredible view between the Taunus and the Westerwald. Afterwards you will get into a beautiful section at the nature reserve. A bench is waiting for you at the signpost "Unten im Grund", inviting you to sit down for a moment. Passing meadows and fields, you will finally get to the Heimannsmühle.

At the end of the tour, there is another beautiful section through the forest with views of the Lahn. Hikers will have the choice between several places for refreshments at the stage destination in Aumenau. The railway station is on the opposite side of the river Lahn.


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Public transport


By train to Aumenau and Villmar, www.bahn.com

Getting there

Via L3063 to Villmar or Aumenau


At Villmar railway station or Aumenau at church


50.395459, 8.186712
50°23'43.7"N 8°11'12.2"E
32U 442193 5582917
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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12.7 km
4:15 h
166 m
165 m
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