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Auf dem Lahnradweg durch DiezPhoto: Dominik Ketz, © Tourist-Information Diez
Away from car traffic and the hustle and bustle, the Lahnradweg lets you enjoy the Lahn Valley, mostly on asphalt paths and mostly right next to the river. In any case, you should plan plenty of time to stop and have a look around. Because along the way, noble castles, defiant fortresses, lively museums, picturesque half-timbered towns and elegant spas invite you to make a stop. The numerous riches of the Lahn Valley do not make the choice easy. Then there are the hospitable inns along the Lahn - and the same applies to these: they are actually too good for a quick rest.
Rest stopsHotel und Restaurant Orthwein
Schönemühle Pastry Shop & Café
HOTEL & RESTAURANT heyligenstaedt
Zum Anker am Dutenhofener See
Landhotel Naunheimer Mühle
Pizza Da Enzo
Lahn-Café am Rosengärtchen
Palais Bar & Restaurant
Bistro der Lebenshilfe
Eiscafé Ponte Vecchio
Ventura - Feinkost aus Spanien
Ristorante La Piazza
Ludwig´s Bar Restaurant
Eiscafé Bacio am Schillerplatz
Landgasthof Bei Kleins
Hotel Wilhelm von Nassau
Gasthof zum Lahntal
Hotel "Am Goetheberg"
Landhotel Weinhaus Treis
Hotel - Restaurant Nassauer Löwen
Hotel Restaurant Lahnhof
Hotel Restaurant Adria
Pension Historisches Wirtshaus an der Lahn
Safety informationThe current water levels of the Lahn serve as a guideline for possible flooding. As soon as the highest navigable water level of 3.60 m is clearly exceeded, local flooding of the riverside paths and floodplains must be expected. After the water levels have receded, the remains of the flooding, e.g. mud, earth, branches, must still be expected for a few days at the formerly flooded areas of the riverside paths.
Here you will find our information on step-free transfer at the stations in Marburg, Gießen, Limburg and Koblenz.
Tips and hintsThe Lahnradweg
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Brückenstraße 2, 35576 Wetzlar
In Biedenkopf, a trip to the landgrave's castle, which can be seen from afar high above the town, is worthwhile. Through wide meadows and fields, past inviting places such as Buchenau, Caldern, Lahntal or Cölbe, you can continue cycling along the Lahn without much effort. The university town of Marburg, with its ensemble of the old town and the castle, is undoubtedly a cultural and historical highlight. Via Niederweimar, Odenhausen, Ruttershausen and Lollar, you continue into the Gleiberg region, which is characterised by its striking castle ruins of Gleiberg and Vetzberg.
Near Wettenberg-Wißmar, the Wood + Technology Museum invites you to an informative and exciting visit. There is also a lot to experience in Gießen. Here, highlights such as the observation platform Gießen Weststadt or the Lahnfenster Hessen, through which the underwater world of the Lahn can be explored, as well as the new palace, the armoury and the botanical garden, all attract visitors. You can join in and experiment at the Mathematikum museum. Numerous places to stay and stop for refreshments as well as good rail connections make Gießen a popular stage stop on the Lahnradweg.
From Gießen you cycle on through the middle Lahn valley. Wide green meadows and idyllic little lakes lie along the way. And Wetzlar, the next lively half-timbered town, is already waiting. If you have time for a break, stop off at one of the many restaurants and cafés in the old town or simply enjoy the sun in one of the relaxing green spaces in the Goethe and optics town.
The route continues along the Lahn, sometimes to the left, sometimes to the right, via Solms, Leun and Löhnberg to Weilburg. The baroque castle complex of the residential town is definitely worth a visit. You should also take a look at the oldest and longest ship tunnel still navigable today. Weilburg has a lot to offer.
From Weilburg, the Lahn, and with it the Lahnradweg, make numerous twists and turns. This is precisely what makes the landscape so appealing. Here you often have the feeling of being isolated from the world. And around the next bend, another postcard view awaits. You glide tranquilly through pure nature and admire little gems like Villmar or Runkel. And before you know it, the famous Limburg Cathedral appears on the horizon high above the Lahn.
In Limburg, too, you should leave the Lahn for a short stroll through the town. In the medieval old town with its many lovingly restored half-timbered houses, small shops, cafés and restaurants invite you to linger. The cathedral is a must-see, also from the inside, of course, and the "Römer 2-4-6" is one of the oldest free-standing half-timbered houses in Germany.
The Lahnradweg now leads under the old Lahn bridge into the romantic lower Lahn valley. At Staffel, you leave Hesse and cycle through Rhineland-Palatinate, where you are immediately greeted by the picturesque Oranierstadt of Diez. Here you will find two castles worth seeing, Oranienstein Castle and the Count's Castle, both of which also house museums.
Picturesque is probably a fitting description for the landscape through which you now continue to roll. The Lahn meanders through wooded slopes and glistens in the sunlight. The village of Balduinstein appropriately completes the scenery and via Geilnau and two newly built bicycle and pedestrian bridges, the route continues in a relaxed manner always along the river Lahn.
With constant contact to the Lahn, the Lahnradweg also leads from Laurenburg to Obernhof. A place with a long wine-growing tradition. With a civic vineyard, this tradition has recently experienced a real renaissance. A bottle of Riesling or Spätburgunder will certainly fit in your saddle bag. The route continues through the nature park to Nassau with Nassau-Oranien Castle perched high on the hill. Here, too, it is worth taking a break in one of the lovely cafés in the lively town centre.
Via Dausenau, whose medieval town centre with its town wall and leaning tower lies on the opposite side of the Lahn, you now reach the sophisticated spa town of Bad Ems. Imperial spa, summer capital of Europe, world spa - and since 24.07.2021 now even a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Bad Ems is proud to have received this high international distinction. Strolling through the town, it quickly becomes clear that Bad Ems, with its elegant buildings, deservedly belongs to the "Great Spas of Europe".
Once again, the route continues along the Lahn. Until it finally flows into the Rhine in Lahnstein. The view of the Lahn, which has now matured into an adult river, the arrival at Father Rhine and the romantic castles of Lahneck and Stolzenfels make you reminisce about the various daily stages, into which you can divide the Lahnradweg sensibly and flexibly thanks to the many overnight accommodation options.
The Lahnradweg is marked throughout with its own square logo and signposted in accordance with the ADFC marking guidelines. Every turn has a full signpost. This is in red in North Rhine-Westphalia, otherwise in green.
Public-transport-friendlyThe public transport connection is excellent. Only the starting point Lahnquelle requires a taxi from Feudingen station.The following can be reached by train: Feudingen (nearest station to the source), Bad Laasphe, Biedenkopf, Marburg, Gießen, Wetzlar, Leun/Braunfels, Weilburg, Limburg, Diez, Nassau, Bad Ems, Lahnstein (Niederlahnstein).
www.bahn.de or www.kurhessenbahn.de
Long-distance stations with ICE connections: Marburg, Gießen, Limburg-Süd, Koblenz
The Lahnradweg runs through three federal states. It is therefore also in the area of three transport associations that are responsible for local transport. The area from the source of the Lahn (Feudingen to Bad Laasphe-Niederlaasphe is in NRW (Zweckverband Personennahverkehr Westfalen-Süd). From Biedenkopf-Wallau to Limburg it runs in Hesse (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund) and from Diez to Niederlahnstein / Koblenz finally in Rhineland-Palatinate (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Mosel). Price information on local transport tickets within the transport associations can be found on the respective homepages. DB fares apply when crossing state borders or using long-distance trains (www.bahn.de).
For groups of up to five people, there are various offers for longer journeys. On the one hand, there are the "Länder-Tickets" within a federal state.
For train journeys beyond one federal state, the DB's Quer-durchs-Land ticket is an alternative. With this ticket, up to five people can travel on local transport throughout Germany on one day.
A note on the interchange stations for passengers with bicycles:
In Feudingen, the station closest to the source, the platform is directly at the station forecourt.
In Marburg Hbf and also in Gießen Hbf there are lifts at the platforms that are also suitable for bicycles. If you use the subway in Gießen, the lift at platform 11 will take you to the exit without any steps.
In Wetzlar there is a convenient ramp to the subway and lifts to the platforms, which are also suitable for bicycles.
All platforms in Limburg (Lahn) are accessible without steps via a convenient ramp. This starts at the north-east end of the platforms or next to the station building on the station forecourt.
In Balduinstein and Laurenburg (bypassing the steep section) as well as in Niederlahnstein and Koblenz Hbf, step-free access to the platforms is guaranteed.
You can find everything about the facilities at the stations, for example information about the various aspects of accessibility, parking spaces or services offered at the station, at www.bahnhof.de.
By roadA45 (AS-Siegen or AS-Olpe) to Lahnquelle or Feudingen
Directions to other towns on the Lahn (a selection)
A5 and B3 to Marburg, Gießen, Wetzlar
A5 or A3 plus B 49 to Weilburg
A3 to Limburg
A3 (AS Montabaur) plus B49 to Bad Ems
A3 or A61 plus A48 and B 42 to the mouth of the Lahn in Niederlahnstein
Book recommendation by the author
Lahn-Radweg – Von der Quelle zum Rhein Maßstab 1:50.000 • bikeline Verlag Esterbauer • 15. überarb. Aufl. 2021 ISBN 978-3-85000-984-3 • 14,90 €
Author’s map recommendations
ADFC-Regionalkarte Lahntal , 1:75.000, 6,80 €, ISBN 9-783870-734138
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- 8 Stages
Von der Lahnquelle nach Biedenkopf. Überwiegend bergab radelt man auf der Startetappe des Lahnradweges entspannt die noch junge Lahn entlang.
Wo die Landgrafen ihre Schlösser hatten - die zweite Etappe des Lahnradweges führt ganz gemütlich durch Wiesen und Felder von Biedenkopf nach Marburg.
Gaudiamus igitur! Fröhlich rollt man am Lahnwanderweg von einer Universitätsstadt zur anderen. Unterwegs lockt Badevergnügen aber auch Lehrreiches!
Ohne Steigungen lässt man es auf dem Lahnradweg durch die Lahnauen nach Wetzlar rollen - auf dieser kurzen Etappe kann man es ganz locker angehen ...
Bergbau, Schlösser, Optik und nicht zuletzt Goethe - die 5. Etappe des Lahnradweges besticht durch ihre Vielzahl an kulturhistorischen Highlights.
Die 6. Etappe des Lahnradweges führt im Einklang mit der Natur durch traumhafte Mittelgebirgslandschaft. Schlösser und Burgen gibt es als Zugabe.
Malerisch ist wohl die treffende Bezeichnung für die Landschaft auf der 7. Etappe des Lahnradweges. Vorbei an Felsen rollt man durch waldreiche ...
Die 8. und damit letzte Etappe des Lahnradweges. Die Lahn muss in den Rhein! Aber vorher gibt es noch einiges zu sehen und zu erleben.
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