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Oh, wonderful Westerwald – 10 hikes between Cologne and Frankfurt

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Oh, wonderful Westerwald – 10 hikes between Cologne and Frankfurt

Hiking Collection by Westerwald - Die Urlaubsregion

10

Tours

53:47 h

105 mi

11,950 ft

The Westerwald low mountain range is popular with hikers, nature lovers, and outdoor sports enthusiasts alike. But, why? Well, located between the cities of Cologne and Frankfurt, the area has a lot to offer. The area’s green nature, the rippling River Rhine and vast expanse of landscapes enchant visitors whilst providing a place to have fun outdoors, with lots of variety, of course!

These diverse mountains are divided into no less than seven individual natural areas, each with its own character: the Westerwald-Sieg, the Hessian Westerwald, the Hachenburg Westerwald and the Westerwald Lake District, the High Westerwald, the Kannenbäckerland, the Southern Westerwald and the Rhine-Westerwald Nature Park. There are lots more wonderful parts with plenty of opportunities to hike. You can explore the different sides of the Westerwald on the signposted ‘Wäller Tours’ which take you deep into the extensive low mountain range’s nature.

In this Collection, we present all 10 Wäller Tours which are spread out across the 3,000 square metres (9,820 feet) region. The routes take you through magical forests and picturesque valleys, up to lofty heights with great views, and to the shores of shimmering lakes, rivers and ponds. You get an insight into the region’s history standing at the gates of regal castles and whilst crossing old bridges. All of the routes have earned the title of premium hiking trail and the Wanderbares Deutschland seal of approval. The routes can be completed within a day, so there’s something for every ability, age, and taste.

The Westerwald’s immense beauty never gets boring. The region has so much to offer and this Collection shows you lots of places that are worth visiting. So why wait to visit the wonderful Westerwald?

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  • Difficult
    07:06
    12.9 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Almost 21 kilometers full of beautiful panoramas, beautiful stream valleys and historic buildings awaits you on the "Iserbachschleife" Wäller tour. But don't let the grueling distance put you off - you can cut off along the way. But let's start with walking first. You start in Anhausen, and you walk

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    7.23 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Almost twelve kilometers, almost continuously along rippling water: This is what awaits you on the “Eisenbachtal” Wäller tour. A varied circular route northwest of Nomborn, which is particularly recommended for families with children and - because of its refreshing nature - in summer.

    

    It starts at the

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  • Difficult
    04:36
    10.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the Brexbach Gorge Trail, a number of hiking kilometers, but also many beautiful natural treasures await you. This great hiking route leads you for more than 16 kilometers through the wild and romantic Brexbachtal and to some beautiful viewpoints. But let's not get too carried away.

    First we go to

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    7.43 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Lots of variety and Waldbreitbach in the Wiedtal from its most beautiful side, this is how this Wäller tour presents itself. Impressive paths lead you up to the Bärenkopp. In doing so, you rarely lose sight of the wonderful Wied.

    

    The hiking pleasure starts in a free parking lot on Marktstrasse in the

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  • Intermediate
    04:59
    9.10 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Wäller Tour "Buchfinkenland" runs about 14.5 kilometers around the towns of Gackenbach, Hübingen and Horbach. You therefore walk around the entire area that is named after the beautiful bird. Along the way, some historic sites await.

    The hike starts on the edge of Gackenbach. And the first highlight

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  • Intermediate
    04:28
    9.96 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Wäller Tour “Elberthöhen” definitely lives up to its name: while you master a total of 300 meters in altitude - naturally nicely distributed over the almost 16 kilometers of total length of the tour - you can enjoy fabulous views throughout. In all directions and in clear weather even as far as the

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    6.46 mi
    2.3 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    By now you know: in the Westerwald, spectacular views, historic buildings and unique natural treasures shake hands. This is also noticeable on this 10 kilometer long circular walk. Because you will come across a number of Christian significant places along the way, the Waller Tour “Hohe Hahnscheid” is

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    10.9 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    What gave the Klosterweg the German hiking seal “Premiumweg”? The unique way to cast hikers under its varied spell. With a total length of almost 18 adventurous kilometers, it leads you through three stream valleys and up to a few promising heights. By the way, it connects the Rheinsteig in Rengsdorf

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  • Intermediate
    05:00
    8.87 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Via a sloping path, the Wäller Tour Augst takes you past historic sights, through beautiful nature and in between to a glass of well-deserved, liquid gold – delicious local beer!

    You start at the hiking car park Neuhäusel-Ost. From here you walk through orchards first towards Eitelborn and you have beautiful

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  • Difficult
    12:09
    22.3 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,925 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Wäller Tour “Greifenstein Loop” lets you experience many wonderful highlights of the Westerwald over 36 kilometers. Ambitious hikers can do it within a day - but it certainly promises more enjoyment if you split it up into two or even more stages. You will find an ideal stage stop in Beilstein, for

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    105 mi
  • Duration
    53:47 h
  • Elevation
    11,950 ft

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