This stage will be sporty! It even includes a small via ferrata. Highlights of this trail will be wonderful views such as Gabelstein, Wolfslei or Goethepunkt.
Distance 19.3 km
It’s all there, in this stage: woodlands and wine, sporty ascents and descents, wonderful views such as Gabelstein, Wolfslei or Goethepunkt and lonely valley cuts. In the communities of Balduinstein and Laurenburg, castles are enthroned high up on the slope. All of this will make some hikers’ hearts beat faster! The stage is quite sporty as there will be some parts where climbing is required. Hence you should make sure to manage your energy well. Over rocks that are partly secured by ropes, you will climb along a ridge. A head for heights and surefootedness are required but you can also choose an easy alternative that doesn’t include climbing. And in Obernhof, charming wine taverns with tasty Lahn wines will be waiting in the evening.
On the way, you will find several possibilities to stop for a refreshment in Laurenburg. If you prefer taking it easy and slowly, split the route and stay in Laurenburg overnight. By then you will have managed a distance of about 10 km.
Look out points are strung together like pearls on a necklace on this stage! At the church in Balduinstein, the markings guide you up a staircase path with a magnificent view of the castle. The Saukopp viewing pavilion offers a fantastic view of the Lahnschleife and Balduinstein. Afterwards the trail leads along the edge of the forest and then through pastures and fields Afterwards the trail leads along the edge of the forest and then through pastures and fields before continuing back into the forest to the Gabelstein-Hölloch nature reserve.
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.