Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 1

Lahnwanderweg stage 19 upstream Mouth of Lahn - Bad Ems

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  • Lahnstein - "Baareschesser"
    / Lahnstein - "Baareschesser"
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Ruppertsklamm
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Aussicht vom Mehrsberg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Unterwegs
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahnschleife
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Lahneck, Stolzenfels und Allerheiligenberg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Gipfelkreuz über Fachbach
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blick vom Lemberg
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Emser Therme
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Russisch-orthodoxe Kirche Bad Ems
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Blumenstadt Bad Ems
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Uferpromenade Bad Ems
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, CC BY-SA, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Römerquelle
    Photo: Martin Prasch, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
  • / Mondänes Finale in Bad Ems
    Photo: Jörg Thamer, © Lahntal Tourismus Verband e. V.
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If you hike the Lahnwanderweg trail from the mouth of the river to its source, this stage will be the first one to accomplish. Its 16.4 kilometers have plenty to offer such as great views, tranquility, unspoilt nature and history.
Distance 16.4 km
5:15 h
395 m
389 m
Let’s go! Right at the beginning of this trail its diversity will become apparent: a placid, furious as well as wild and romantic way with views and passages that invite hikers to relax. The Lahnwanderweg trail begins at the place where the Lahn enters the Rhein. In the district of Niederlahnstein, the banks of the Rhein and Lahn are still very calm. 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. Pure relaxation and quiet can be found in magnificent beech forests as well as at the vantage points high above the Lahn. The stage ends in the town of Bad Ems where the tour will become historically interesting and glamorous.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the end of your day at the Emser Therme. Spending time at the thermal bath will relax your muscles and will make sure that there will be a fresh start for the next day!
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Jörg Thamer 
Update: August 16, 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




Niederlahnstein, railway station (71 m)
50.316284, 7.600391
50°18'58.6"N 7°36'01.4"E
32U 400355 5574734


Bad Ems, railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

From Niederlahnstein railway station, take the yellow marked access path directly to the Rhein where the Lahnwanderweg trail begins. At the mouth of the Lahn, where the Lahn enters the Rhein, you have a beautiful view of Lahneck castle and Stolzenfels castle. Past the inn at the Lahn, the tour leads along the river to the lower entrance of the Ruppertsklamm gorge. Now the steepest part of this stage begins. Through the wild and romantic Ruppertsklamm gorge, the trail will ascend 150 meters upwards for the following 1.5 kilometers. The path through the gorge is well secured and you can enjoy the furious natural spectacle.

When you reach the upper exit of the Ruppertsklamm gorge, the path turns right through the forest up to the Mehrsberg. An ingenious panoramic section begins 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 refuge that you can find there. Through the mixed forest, which is typical of the Lahn valley, the Lahnwanderweg trail now continues to the "Zwei Tannen Hütte" and to the summit cross, situated high above the communities of Fachbach and Nievern.

The trail now leads down to Fachbach from where it climbs up again to the Lemberg. In this old vineyard area, boer goats live under semi-wild conditions. The way leads through the residential area down to the town of Bad Ems. Shortly behind the Emser Therme, you will reach the promenade. Bad Ems offers several possibilities for a break with food and drinks. The stage ends at the Kurhaus with the Römerquelle in quite a chic atmosphere.


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Public transport


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

Getting there

B 260 to Bad Ems and Niederlahnstein


Niederlahnstein, railway station (P+R)

Bad Ems, car park


50.316284, 7.600391
50°18'58.6"N 7°36'01.4"E
32U 400355 5574734
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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Claudia Christ 
November 09, 2021 · Community
Ich fand es stressig, in Lahnstein einen geeigneten Parkplatz zu finden. Die Strecke selbst ist bis zur ersten grandiosen Sicht aufs Dreiländereck schön, danach fand ich die Recht langweilig (ging halt einfach durch Wald) und sehr laut.
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When did you do this route? November 09, 2021
Andreas Bender
December 15, 2020 · Community
Ich bin dieses Etappe am 13.12.20 gegangen. Es war eine wirklich sehr schöne Etappe. In Lahnstein gestartet ging es entspannt an der Lahn entlang bis zur Klamm. Dann leicht kletternd hinauf zur Schutzhütte und von da aus noch höher zum Panorama-Ausblick Richtung Lahnstein. Dann weiter durch den Wald oberhalb der Lahn....bis Bad Ems. Es ist eine sehr schöne Etappe mit vielen schönen Facetten.
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5:15 h
395 m
389 m
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