Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 2

Lahnwanderweg stage 18 upstream Bad Ems - Obernhof

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  • Bad Ems
    / Bad Ems
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Heinzelmannshöhlen
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Bäderlei
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Rathaus Dausenau
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Burg Nassau
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Kurz vor der Hohen Lay
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht Hohe Lay
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Treppe zur Hohen Lay
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Gemütlicher Abschluss in Obernhof
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
m 400 300 200 100 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Römerquelle Aussichtspunkt Kuxlay Burg Nassau Stadtmauer Dausenau Hohe Lay Concordiaturm Gelbachufer
This stage will delight people who love good views as well as those who love culture. You will get to the Nassau castle, the Schiefe Turm of Dausenau and the Hohe Lay viewpoint!
Distance 19.4 km
7:15 h
747 m
710 m
The route, which is rich in variety, continues up the Lahn valley. Particularly aficionados of vistas and history will enjoy this stage 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 town of Nassau, nice places to take a break will ensure your physical well-being. On top of the Concordiaturm, on the Hohe Lay or on the Kuxlay, people who like impressive views will be happy. Hikers will master about 750 meters of ascent on this stage. To round off the day, you can treat yourself to a tasty Lahn wine in one of the cute wine taverns in the community of Obernhof. So, plan enough time to reward yourself!

Author’s recommendation

Fill your bottle at the Römerquelle in Bad Ems. Stroll through Dausenau with its unique medieval townscape! Take a detour to Nassau castle!
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: September 14, 2021
Highest point
341 m
Lowest point
77 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Restaurant & Café Concordiaturm
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


Bad Ems, Kurhaus (77 m)
50.330076, 7.729309
50°19'48.3"N 7°43'45.5"E
32U 409559 5576103


Obernhof, bridge over river Lahn

Turn-by-turn directions

Right after the start at the Kurhaus the way leads through a parking garage! A very rare thing, to be sure, on Germany's hiking trails. Behind the car park the path will zigzag steeply uphill. Via the Bäderlei with the Heinzelmannshöhlen and numerous viewpoints you will finally reach the Concordiaturm tower with its viewing platform.

From here, the trail leads gently downhill until the city wall of Dausenau appears. 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, the Lahnwanderweg trail leads across the Lahn bridge and takes you steeply uphill to Kuxlay. High above the Lahn, a resting place can be found. If you have enough time, you should also make a detour to Nassau castle and enjoy the beautiful view. Passing the Freiherr-vom-Stein monument, you will reach Nassau with its pretty town hall.

Behind Nassau a forest path leads up to the Hohe Lay. Using a metal staircase, you can get to the viewing platform with a view of Arnstein monastery and Langenau castle. Behind Weinähr with the Gelbachufer, a well secured nature trail leads around a rocky outcrop to the Langenaublick. From there, Obernhof is quite close. Passing cozy wine taverns, you will sooner or later reach the Lahnbrücke.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


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

Getting there

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


Obernhof railway station,

Bad Ems, indoor car park


50.330076, 7.729309
50°19'48.3"N 7°43'45.5"E
32U 409559 5576103
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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Bettina Werner
August 01, 2021 · Community
Genau wie auf Etappe 17 eine sehr schöne Wegführung mit viel Pfadanteil. Tolle Ausblicke und wirklich viele schöne Rastplätze. Ich fand diese Etappe weniger Motorradlärm belastet. Daher ziehe ich nur 1 Stern für Lärm ab.
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710 m
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