Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 4

Lahnwanderweg stage 16 upstream Balduinstein - Limburg

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  • Grafenschloß-Jugendherberge
    / Grafenschloß-Jugendherberge
    Photo: Dominik Ketz / Tourist-Information Diez
  • / Balduinstein
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Franzosenlay
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Am Fels entlang
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Wandervergnügen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Kurz vor Fachingen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick auf Fachingen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Grafenschloß Diez
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Marktplatz Diez
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Grafenschloss Diez
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Säckerbrunnen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Limburg, Bahnhofsvorplatz
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 200 150 100 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Grafenschloss-Jugendherberge Alter Stollen Marktplatz von Diez Hütte (H) Limburg (Lahn) Aussichtspavillon Teufelskanzel
Castles, fortresses, half-timbered houses and rocks will be the highlights of this stage. Yet there is even more to discover!
Distance 14.1 km
4:15 h
329 m
328 m
People quite like Balduinstein village with its beautiful Lahnpromenade and castle ruins. Leaving it behind will be rewarded with further things to explore. Fachingen is especially known for the mineral water of the same name. With a 26% market share, it is the most important source of medicinal water in Germany. The Grafenschloss Diez is situated high above the Lahn and the town itself invites visitors to stay. Viewpoints like the Katzenkopp and the Franzosenley can be seen on the way. The beautiful town of Limburg is the rewarding destination of this stage.

Author’s recommendation

The museum in the count's castle in Diez is worth a visit.


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Jörg Thamer 
Update: July 01, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
215 m
Lowest point
104 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 Diez  

Wilhelmstraße 63, 

65582 Diez

06432/9 54 32 11

, www.urlaub-in-diez.de


Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V.

Brückenstraße 2,

35576 Wetzlar

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

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


Center of Balduinstein (114 m)
50.346556, 7.968646
50°20'47.6"N 7°58'07.1"E
32U 426619 5577672


Limburg, railway station (main)

Turn-by-turn directions

From the center of Balduinstein, stairs and serpentines will take you up to the Katzenkopp viewing plateau. After leaving the village of Hausen and walking on a short passage across open fields, you will find yourself in a wonderfully light forest. Soon you will also reach the lookout point Franzosenley.

Passing impressive rocks and a shelter, this tour takes you towards Fachingen. But before your arrival, the Lahnwanderweg trail goes steeply downhill to the Fachinger Grundstollen. From here you will hike to Fachingen through fresh meadow ground. Everyone thinks of water when talking about Fachingen because "Fachinger" is a special healing water with a long tradition. Pass Fachingen railway station on your right and walk steeply uphill to a viewing pavilion. After walking along the edge of the forest, you will reach Diez.

On the way down to the town, you will have several chances to take a look at the Diezer Grafenschloss. Soon you will find yourself standing on the picturesque marketplace of the little town. After a long break, you will walk up to the Grafenschloss which is nowadays used as a youth hostel.

Leaving the forest, the way leads into a meadow way and finally guides you to the Schafsberg hill of Limburg through some fields. Across the hill the trail takes you to Limburg railway station which is the destination of this stage. In the old town, numerous restaurants await you to stop for a bite to eat. Those who can still manage the ascent will be able to enjoy the sight of the famous Limburger Dom.


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Public transport


By train to Limburg and Balduinsteing, www.bahn.com

Getting there

B54 from Limburg to Diez, L3018 to Balduinstein


Balduinstein, riverside of Lahn

Limburg, car park at railway station


50.346556, 7.968646
50°20'47.6"N 7°58'07.1"E
32U 426619 5577672
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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14.1 km
4:15 h
329 m
328 m
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