Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 18

Lahnwanderweg stage 18 Obernhof - Bad Ems

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  • Lahnbrücke in Obernhof
    / Lahnbrücke in Obernhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht Hohe Lay
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick auf die Lahn und Nassau Hohe Lay Rundwanderweg
    Photo: Ulf Klimke, Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Kurz vor der Hohen Lay
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Bäderlei
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Sagenumwobene Heinzelmannshöhlen
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Bad Ems
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 400 300 200 100 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Aussichtspunkt Kuxlay Gelbachufer Hohe Lay Stadtmauer Dausenau Hohe Lay Concordiaturm Burg Nassau
This stage will delight lovers of vistas and culture. The Nassau castle, the Schiefe Turm of Dausenau... Panoramic highlights like the Hohe Lay! A stunning mix.
Distance 19.4 km
7:15 h
728 m
740 m
The route, which is rich in variety, continues down the Lahn valley. No matter whether it is Nassau castle, the Schiefe Turm of Dausenau, a winged altar from the 15th century or the second oldest half-timbered town hall in Germany - one day will actually be much too short to visit everything. In the towns of Nassau and Bad Ems, nice places to take a break will ensure your physical well-being. On the Hohe Lay, the Kuxlay or on the top of the Concordiaturm "vista lovers" will be in their element A truly superlative trail that requires a total of about 720 altitude meters to be mastered, though. So, plan enough time to enjoy everything.

Author’s recommendation

A leisurely stroll through Dausenau with its unique medieval townscape is a must-do! You will find various places to stop for a bite to eat and drink. Anyway, you should take enough drinks with you!
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: September 14, 2021
Highest point
341 m
Lowest point
77 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Nassau Castle

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



Touristinformation Bad Ems

Bahnhofplatz, 56130 Bad Ems

Tel. 02603-94150


Touristinformation Nassau

Obertal 9a, 56377 Nassau

Tel. 02604-95250




Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V.

Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar

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

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


Obernhof, bridge over river Lahn (89 m)
50.315867, 7.851764
50°18'57.1"N 7°51'06.4"E
32U 418250 5574381


Bad Ems, Kurhaus

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Lahnbrücke in Obernhof, the trail leads uphill into the vineyards. In the forest you will reach the Langenaublick. Afterwards, a well secured path guides you around a rock outcrop. A beautiful nature trail takes you down to Weinähr am Gelbachufer.

Then you walk along a path through the forest to the Hohe Lay viewing rock. Using a metal staircase, you can get to the viewing platform with a view of Arnstein monastery and Langenau castle. On a forest path and passing another beautiful view of the Lahn valley, you walk on downhill to Nassau. In Nassau, with its pretty town hall, we cross the Lahn on the large bridge, keep right along the road for a short distance and next, follow the trail to the left up to the Burg Stein.

If you have the time and feel like making a detour of about 700 m to Nassau castle, you will enjoy the beautiful view from the top. The Lahnwanderweg trail now leads downhill along a path that passes the Freiherr-vom-Stein memorial. Afterwards, the trail climbs steeply up to the magnificent Kuxlay viewpoint, where the river Lahn can be admired from the other side.

Now we continue downhill to Dausenau. We recommend leaving the Lahnwanderweg trail for a short while to stroll through the picturesque town center with the second oldest Gothic half-timbered town hall in Germany. You can also visit the Schiefe Turm. After having visited the town you will come along the Ackertsturm and the Ackertspforte and follow a hilltop path to the Concordiaturm with its viewing platform.

You will pass numerous vantage points while the trail zigzags downhill to Bad Ems via the Bäderlei. But before, the Heinzelmannshöhlen will be surprising and finally the way leads through a parking garage! A very rare thing, to be sure, on Germany's hiking trails. The destination of this stage is the grand Kurhaus located directly on the banks of the Lahn. It tells us: Bad Ems has a long-standing cure tradition!


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Public transport


By train to Obernhof and Bad Ems, www.bahn.com

Getting there

B 260 from Bad Ems to Nassau, B 417 to Obernhof or vice versa


Obernhof railway station,

Bad Ems, indoor car park


50.315867, 7.851764
50°18'57.1"N 7°51'06.4"E
32U 418250 5574381
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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Robert Mühlbauer
August 20, 2021 · Community
Wir haben die drei Etappen 16 - 18 in Angriff genommen (die 19. ist bis Mitte Sept 2021 gesperrt). 3. Tag - 10. Etappe: nach Übernachtung im Landhotel Weinhaus Treis (übrigens sehr empfehlenswert) sind wir bis Dausenau gewandert. Nicht ganz so toll wie die 17. aber auch sehr schöne Etappe. Der 3. Anstieg zum Ausichtspunkt Kuxlay hat es wirklich in sich, also lieber etwas langsamer angehen. Bis Dausenau sind es etwa 14 km, haben bei moderater Gangart incl. Pause 3,45 h benötigt.
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Barbara Engels 
August 01, 2020 · Community
Anstrengende, aber schöne Tour. Der letzte Anstieg hat es in sich. Ausserhalb der Ortschaften wenig Bänke ab Nassau. Leider war in Dausenau ausser dem Campingplatz keine Gastronomie offen, schade.
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When did you do this route? August 01, 2020
Photo: Barbara Engels, Community
Markus Schmidt
June 25, 2020 · Community
Das erste Stück von Obernhof bis Nassau ist definitiv das schönste. Die Etappe hat mir im gesamten sehr gut gefallen. Stellenweise erinnert mich der Weg an die Ligurische Küste dann wieder an das Alpenvorland mit einem klitzekleinen hauch von Alpinem Weg. Zwischendurch erhascht mann immer wieder einen schönen Blick in das Lahntal und Rastplätz sind auch reichlich vorhanden. Der Weg an sich ist super gepflegt und Top Ausgeschildert. Die Möglichkeit in fast jedem Dorf mit der Bahn zurück zu kommen erleichtert einem die Entscheidung wie erit mann laufen soll ungemein. Mir hat die Etappe sehr gut gefallen und ich werde mir die anderen mit Sicherheit auch noch anschauen. Danke an alle Ehrenamtlichen die diesen Weg pflegen.
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When did you do this route? June 25, 2020
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19.4 km
7:15 h
728 m
740 m
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