Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 3

Lahnwanderweg stage 17 upstream Obernhof - Balduinstein

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  • Lahnbrücke in Obernhof
    / Lahnbrücke in Obernhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Klettersteig Obernhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht vom Goethepunkt
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick auf die Schaumburg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Wegweiser bei Dörnberg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht von der Wolfslei
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Bergbau Laurenburg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Laurenburg
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Laurenburg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht vom Gabelstein
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussichtspunkt "Saukopp"
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht Saukopp
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Ziel in Balduinstein
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m 300 200 100 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km 37) Obernhof - Brücke Gabelstein Rupbach-Brücke Goethepunkt Wolfslei Höllenloch
This stage will be sporty! It even includes a small via ferrata. Highlights of this trail will be wonderful views such as Goethepunkt, Wolfslei or Gabelstein.
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Distance 19.3 km
6:45 h
798 m
774 m
It’s all there, in this stage: woodlands and wine, sporty ascents and descents, wonderful views such as Goethepunkt, Wolfslei or Gabelstein 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.

Author’s recommendation

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.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: July 01, 2021
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Highest point
293 m
Lowest point
88 m
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Safety information

On the via ferrata (Goethepunkt) you need a head for heights and should be sure-footed, but there is also an easy (non-climbing) alternative. 

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

www.facebook.com/lahnwanderweg

 

Touristinformation Bad Ems

Bahnhofplatz, 56130 Bad Ems

Tel. 02603-94150

 

Touristinformation Nassau

Obertal 9a, 56377 Nassau

Tel. 02604-95250

 

www.badems-nassau.info

 

Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

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

  www.lahnwanderweg.de

www.daslahntal.de

Start

Obernhof, bridge over river Lahn (89 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.315871, 7.851763
DMS
50°18'57.1"N 7°51'06.3"E
UTM
32U 418250 5574382
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Destination

Center of Balduinstein

Turn-by-turn directions

There will be a couple of breathtaking viewpoints on this stage! Across the Lahnbrücke and past rustic wine taverns, the route goes steeply uphill through Obernhof. It is worth turning around every now and then to take a look at Arnstein monastery on the opposite bank of the Lahn. Now you have to decide: are you up for the via ferrata? The more difficult variant leads over rope-secured and non-slip passages, the comfortable variant is much easier to master.

A viewing plateau at Goethepunkt awaits you with a spectacular vista. From then on, the trail leads us quietly and idyllically through the forest, over meadow ways and past rock formations to the Wolfslei. After a panoramic rest, we will hike across the Flotationshalde further down to Laurenburg.

In Laurenburg you will cross the river Lahn. On the other side of the Lahn, the trail continues through the forest and zigzags down to the Ruppachbrücke. A sporty ascent is waiting for you to get in the direction of Steinsberg. Through the Höllenloch the trail leads to the refuge at the Gabelstein where another impressive view is waiting for you.

After leaving the forest of the Gabelstein-Hölloch nature reserve, the majestic Schaumburg castle appears. At the Saukopp you will have one last chance to have a gigantic view of the Lahnschleife after which the way leads down to Balduinstein. Restaurants and cozy pubs are waiting for you and invite you to stop for a bite to eat.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train to Obernhof or Balduinstein, www.bahn.com

Getting there

A3 exit Limburg-Nord, B417, K26 to Balduinstein, K25 from Balduinstein to Holzappel, B417 to Obernhof

Parking

Obernhof, railway station or behind bridge over river Lahn

Balduinstein, riverside of Lahn

Coordinates

DD
50.315871, 7.851763
DMS
50°18'57.1"N 7°51'06.3"E
UTM
32U 418250 5574382
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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") 

- 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

Equipment

Possibly hiking sticks for two steep ascents respectively descents. Apart from that only ordinary hiking equipment is 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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Rating

4.5
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Bettina Werner
July 31, 2021 · Community
Wir sind die Etappe andersrum gelaufen und von Balduinstein gestartet. Wir sind bis nach Nassau gelaufen. Die Wegführung ist schön. Viele schmale Wege und für Hochsommer gar nicht so schlimm zugewachsen. Manchmal sind die Zeichen nicht so gut zu erkennen, da sie zugewachsen sind. Für den Weg an sich würde ich 4 Sterne geben. Aber der nervenraubende Motorradlärm vergällt einem wie so oft in Deutschland den Wandergenuß.
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Petra S 
January 25, 2021 · Community
Auch im Winter eine sehr lohnende und abwechslungsreiche Tour
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When did you do this route? January 22, 2021
Photo: Petra S, Community
Photo: Petra S, Community
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Ma Rs
June 01, 2020 · Community
Abwechslungsreiche Tour mit guter Bahnanbindung! Die Tour führt durch Wälder und über Wiesen, beinhaltet viele Anstiege mit grandiosen Aussichtspunkten und sogar einen kleinen Klettersteig (zwischen Obernhof und Laurenburg). Die insgesamt rund 800 Höhenmeter machen sich gegen Ende durchaus bemerkbar, jedoch konnten wir die Tour mit einigen Pausen in ca. 6,5 Std. bewältigen. Insgesamt die schönste Tour, welche ich an der Lahn gelaufen bin und dringend weiterzuempfehlen. Anm.: Aufgrund des Klettersteigs empfehle ich, die Tour in Obernhof zu starten, sonst muss man diesen herabsteigen.
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When did you do this route? May 31, 2020
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798 m
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774 m
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