Lahnwanderweg stage 17 Balduinstein - Obernhof
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Am Lahnwanderweg in den Weinbergen bei ObernhofPhoto: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
Rest stopsHotel-Restaurant Balduin
Landhotel Weinhaus Treis
Hotel "Am Goetheberg"
Safety informationOn the via ferrata (Goethepunkt) you need a head for heights and should be sure-footed, but there is also an easy (non-climbing) alternative.
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Tips and hintsLahnwanderweg
Collecting memories with the hiking pass
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It is well worth making a short detour to the refuge at the Gabelstein where another impressive view is waiting for you. We walk on through the forest and a path takes us down to the "Höllenloch". Here we cross a small bridge and then follow the markings uphill towards Steinsberg. Keep to the right as soon as you enter the village. Crossing meadows, you will reach the edge of the forest.
The Lahnwanderweg trail takes a zigzag path that leads down to the Rupbach and then uphill. In Laurenburg you will cross the river Lahn. Here you can stop for a bite to eat and, if required, you can easily split the stage in two parts at Laurenburg. Afterwards you hike uphill through the former Laurenburg colliery area. Your efforts will be paid off by two more vantage points: The Marienhöhe and the Wolfslei. From here you pass along rock formations and for quite a while along the edge of the forest near Dörnberg. The Liebeslay provides another worthwhile view. Then we idyllically walk through the forest to the Goethepunkt where a viewing plateau is waiting for lovers of spectacular vista.
After an extensive break in this impressive setting, the key question is now to be answered: are you up for the via ferrata? The more difficult variant leads down over rope-secured and non-slip passages. There is also a ladder to overcome. Sure-footedness and a certain degree of a head for heights are required here. The comfortable variant is very easy and to be mastered by everyone. After descending from the Goethepunkt, the first vineyards come into view. Passing charming wine taverns, you will arrive at the Lahn bridge and the railway station.
Public-transport-friendlyBy train to Balduinstein and Obernhof, www.bahn.com
Getting thereA 3, exit Limburg-Nord, K 26 to Balduinstein, K 25 from Balduinstein to Holzappel, B 417 to Obernhof
ParkingBalduinstein, riverside of Lahn
Obernhof, railway station or behind bridge over river Lahn
Book recommendation by the author
- 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
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EquipmentPossibly hiking sticks for two steep ascents respectively descents. Apart from that only ordinary hiking equipment is required. Take backpack vespers and drinks with you.
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- 11 Waypoints
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