Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 19

Lahnwanderweg stage 19 Bad Ems - Mouth of Lahn

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The final stage of the Lahnwanderweg trail once again presents all the diversity that characterises the Lahnwanderweg trail: views, tranquillity, unspoilt nature and history. 16.4 kilometers that have plenty to offer!
Distance 16.4 km
5:15 h
389 m
395 m
Farewell to a realm of multiple facets! A varied hike through three federal states ends where the Lahn enters the Rhine. And the last stage once again presents all the diversity that characterises the Lahnwanderweg trail. You start in the town of Bad Ems where the tour will become historically interesting and glamorous. Pure relaxation can be found in magnificent beech forests as well as at the vantage points high above the Lahn. The journey will become furious as well as wild and romantic as soon as hikers will get on the partially rope-guided way through the Ruppertsklamm gorge. In the district of Niederlahnstein, the banks of the Rhein and Lahn are very calm. Do you feel melancholy? Then just make new plans.

Author’s recommendation

Fill your bottle at the Römerquelle in front of the Kurhaus.
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: August 27, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
289 m
Lowest point
61 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Be careful in the Ruppertsklamm, especially if the ground is damp.

Boer goats graze in semi-wild keeping on the Lemberg. These can be very curious, but are harmless.

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



Tourist Information Lahnstein

Salhofplatz 3, 56112 Lahnstein

Tel. 02621/914-171



Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V.

Brückenstraße 2,

35576 Wetzlar

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




Bad Ems, Kurhaus (77 m)
50.330096, 7.729329
50°19'48.3"N 7°43'45.6"E
32U 409561 5576105


Niederlahnstein, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage starts at the Kurhaus in Bad Ems in quite a chic atmosphere. Don't forget to fill your drinking bottle at the Römerquelle before you walk along the Lahn promenade and through the cure quarter to the "Goethe-Gymnasium" school centre. Turn right here and then left through a residential area up to the Lemberg. In this old vineyard area, boer goats live under semi-wild conditions.

In Fachbach you walk uphill the old post road to a vantage point with a summit cross, that towers high above Fachbach and Nievern. Through the mixed forest, which is quite typical in the Lahn valley, you continue to the "Zwei Tannen Hütte". After leaving the forest, you are invited to enjoy an ingenious panoramic section with views of Lahnstein, Lahneck castle, the Allerheiligenbergkapelle and Stolzenfels Castle. The most comfortable way to enjoy this view is sitting or lying down on the wooden lounger in the shelter hut at the Mehrsberg. Close your eyes and hike the Lahnwanderweg trail in review once again!

At the Ruppertsklamm refuge the next signpost leads to the beginning of the exciting path through the gorge of the same name. The wild and romantic path will descend 150 meters downwards for the following 1.5 kilometers. The trail through the gorge is well secured and so you can enjoy the furious natural spectacle. From the lower entrance of the gorge you will soon walk contemplatively along the river and past the Wirtshaus an der Lahn. At the mouth of the Lahn, where the Lahn enters the Rhein, the magnificent long-distance hiking trail comes to a worthy finish with a view of Lahneck castle and Stolzenfels castle. The yellow marked access path guides you to the railway station of Niederlahnstein.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


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

Getting there

B 260 to Bad Ems and Niederlahnstein


Bad Ems, indoor car park


50.330096, 7.729329
50°19'48.3"N 7°43'45.6"E
32U 409561 5576105
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


Sturdy shoes required (wetness in the Ruppertsklamm), apart from that 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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Patrick Hummer
November 08, 2020 · Community
Nach den schweren aber sehr schönen 2 Etappen vorher wirkt dieser Weg erstmal unspektakulär aber ab dem letzten 1/3 wird man mehr als belohnt
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Wander Verliebt
November 20, 2018 · Community
Vor allem die Abschnitte oberhalb von Bad Ems und die Ruppertsklamm bei Lahnstein sind wunderschön.
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When did you do this route? May 25, 2018
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Chris Wein
October 24, 2017 · Community
Ich bin im Oktober 2017 in 3 Tagen von Baduinstein nach Lahnstein gewandert und habe einmal auf der Hohen Lay übernachtet, was ein sehr schönes Erlebnis mit sagenhafter Aussicht bei Nacht war und die zweite Nacht habe ich auf einem Aussichttspunt kurz nach dem Concordiaturm vor BadEms übernachtet. Die gesamte Strecke hat richtig Spaß gemacht und war wegen der fantastischen Aussichten und Sehenwürdigkeiten sehr zum Genießen und Erholen :-)
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When did you do this route? October 14, 2017
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16.4 km
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389 m
395 m
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