Westerwald - Die Urlaubsregion

Oh, wonderful Westerwald – 10 hikes between Cologne and Frankfurt

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Oh, wonderful Westerwald – 10 hikes between Cologne and Frankfurt

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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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Tours & Highlights

    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 filled with wonderful panoramic views, lovely stream valleys and historical buildings await you on the “Iserbachschleife” Wäller tour. But don't let the demanding length scare you off - there is an opportunity to take short cuts along the way. But first you have to start hiking. Namely in Anhausen, from where you start to the east and towards the Steinebachtal.Over enchanted paths and past a small refuge you go straight up to the first highlight of the tour: In the middle of the forest, the Hausenborn church ruin enchants with its mystical nature and its ancient walls - an amazing experience! Immediately afterwards, it's back downhill to the next valley: the Saynbach valley, which accompanies you to Isenburg. Once you have arrived in town, you can take a detour to the ruins - otherwise you will march on cheerfully. After a short ascent to Ebenfeld, the so-called waterway leads you into the wild and romantic Iserbach valley. From Thalhauser Mühle, which marks the abbreviated (yellow) variant back to Anhausen and is also ideal for a stop, idyllic, small fish ponds appear again and again along the way.When you arrive at the picturesque Veltens Weiher, it's not far: through the Siehrsbach valley, it goes slightly upwards to Rüscheid, where you can enjoy another wonderful panorama from the viewing platform. Then you leisurely hike back to your starting point.

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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 hiking car park at the Studentenmühle. From here you walk directly towards the edge of the forest and further into the wonderful meadow landscape of the Eisenbachtal. The brook shows the way - as a hiker, you are only too happy to follow its lively course through the picturesque landscape.After a good three kilometers, the Eisenbachtal finally opens. A meadow marks the transition to the Gelbachtal. And that is no less idyllic than its predecessor: The Gelbach accompanies you through a unique landscape, then you also start to climb over the Holbachtal towards the Steinernes Kreuz.Before you end your tour with a possible (and very rewarding) ascent to the promising Bornkasten, you will pass the small chapel “Bildches Eich” and walk under the ICE route Cologne-Frankfurt. However you do it - whether you want to climb the summit or not - you should plan a stop at one of the two mills at the end. The student mill has even been awarded the "Quality Hosts Wanderable Germany" award. So you don't have to go far after your break, but stand directly at the hiking car park and thus the starting point of this tour.

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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.

    A few more kilometers, but also many wonderful natural treasures await you on the Brexbach Gorge Trail. The premium hiking trail takes you over 16 kilometers through the wild and romantic Brexbachtal and to some wonderful viewpoints. But first things first.Let's go in Grenzau. The charming place is not only known for its unique half-timbered houses, but also for the proud castle, which sits slightly elevated on a hill. This is exactly where you march up, only to hike a little later on a natural forest path to the so-called Kaiserstuhl. In serpentines you descend into the wild and romantic Brexbachtal. Here you hike a bit along the tracks of the Brexbachtalbahn and enjoy the wonderful landscape and the quiet forest.Then the crispest ascent of this round follows: It goes up to the Teufelsberg. From the distinctive nose of the terrain, you can once again enjoy an unobstructed view of the valley just explored. Alternating through idyllic forests and across wide meadows, it goes slowly back towards the starting point. You will pass a model airfield, an impressive gorge and finally get back to Grenzau via the Kammerforster Steig.

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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 heart of Waldbreitbach. From here you make your way past the international Nativity and Bible Museum towards the forest. A narrow path leads you straight to a slope above the village. While you stroll through the dense trees, you can always enjoy wonderful views of its pretty center.Soon you will be crossing the lively Wied for the first time. Then the ascent begins: In a zigzag you first climb a vegetated lookout rock, a little later then the 304 meters of the Bärenkopp. You can be persuaded to take a break from the viewing bench next to the proud summit cross. You already have most of the vertical meters of this tour behind you.Over panoramic plateaus you pass the outskirts of Verscheid and then march on over meadow and field paths in the direction of Luh-Kapellchen. The neat building invites you to pause for a moment. A little later they will open up in front of you: the neo-Gothic towers of the St. Marienhaus monastery. It pays to visit the mother house of the Waldbreitbach Order of the Franciscan Sisters before you head back towards the starting point via a section of the WesterwaldSteig.

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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" takes you around 14.5 kilometers around the towns of Gackenbach, Hübingen and Horbach. So you circle the entire area named after the pretty bird. Some historical sights await you.It starts on the outskirts of Gackenbach. And the first highlight is not far: At the edge of the path you will see a pretty little chapel. Then you march on through the wonderful nature, enjoying great views again and again. This is also the case with the Willgenhausen desert. The former settlement has a bank ready for you today, which comes in handy after the slight increase.It's uphill a bit, then the path takes on more leisurely shapes again. The slight ups and downs remain with you throughout the tour. After a good eleven kilometers you will discover another historic part of the Westerwald - the ruins of an old smelter, where ore and silver were once processed. Especially for children, but also for many adults, probably the highlight of this tour. Past a nicely placed rest area, you then slowly walk back towards the starting point.By the way: If - back in Gackenbach - you haven't had enough, then a visit to the Westerwald wildlife and leisure park might be just the right program to follow up your hike. A great experience for the whole family just because of the two brown bears.

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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 Feldberg.Therefore, starting from the center of Niederelbert, it also begins directly with an ascent. It goes up to the lookout point "Steinkaut", which gives you wonderful views over the place with its pretty church. From here you stroll mainly through magical forest areas in the direction of Welschneudorf, where you will pass a small refuge and thus only one of the many possible resting places on this tour.If you don't have any provisions with you, don't worry. In Welschneudorf there is a butcher, a bakery and a small supermarket - so there are plenty of opportunities to fill up your hiking backpack for the rest of the way. Then glorious meadows and the lively stilt creek guide you between picturesque fish ponds to the two heights called Röthchen and Hähnchen and finally back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:51
    6.37 mi
    2.2 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    By now you know: In the Westerwald, spectacular views, historical buildings and unique natural treasures shake hands. This is also noticeable on this ten-kilometer lap. Because smaller and larger sites of the Christian faith are always waiting along the way, the “Hohe Hahnscheid” Waller Tour is also known as the prayer path.The route in the heart of Irmtraut, which was recognized as a quality route for Wanderable Germany in the “Dream Tour” category, starts. You walk through a beautiful forest to the first highlight of the tour, the Hessenblick. It owes its name to the location on the state border between Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, which runs just 250 meters further down.You march on and soon hear the babbling of the idyllic Holzbach. It leads you on a narrow path directly into the wild and romantic Holzbach gorge. Take your time here to discover the wonderful natural world. You can round off the experience a little later with coffee and cake at Hofgut Dapprich. Then it goes past Seck and over the panorama platform of the St. Michael-Josef-Chapel back to your starting point.

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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 with the WesterwaldSteig in Waldbreitbach and runs through an extremely attractive piece of earth, the Rhein-Westerwald Nature Park. The monastery path is always worth a trip.The start of the trail is right in Rengsdorf at the St. Kastor chapel. Over the natural monument Römergraben you make your way from here to the idyllic Laubachtal and from there on to Ehlscheid. If you feel like it, here is a good time to take a break - the local gastronomy is particularly familiar with hikers and their wishes.Over the Gommerscheider Höhe with a spectacular view up to the Malberg and then over the deep Dombach Valley you will soon reach the next village with Kurtscheid - this time including a lookout tower. And from then on it goes downhill: The Fockenbachtal lets you immerse yourself in wonderfully hilly meadow landscapes. You pass the Neuerburg castle ruins and cross the Burgseifen. Then you climb - accompanied for a short distance by the lively Fockenbach - via Ackerhof up to Glockscheid.The local St. Marienhaus monastery invites you to take a stroll through its gardens and halls. The terrace promises a magnificent view of the Wiedtal. It is the first possible destination on the Klosterweg. If you haven't had enough, you can hike from here to the parish church “Maria Himmelfahrt” in Waldbreitbach and thus the final destination of today's tour.Tip: To get back to the starting point from the destination of your tour, you can use a shuttle service or hiking bus. You can find information on travel times here: wiedtal.de/fileadmin/regionen/wiedtal/Wandern/Wander-Service/Shuttleservice_Wiedtal.pdf.

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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.

    In the varied ups and downs, the Wäller Tour Augst takes you past historical sights, through beautiful nature and in between to a glass of well-deserved, liquid gold.It starts at the Neuhäusel-Ost hiking car park. From here you hike through orchards and accompanied by great views of several small villages first in the direction of Eitelborn. After you have crossed the Binnbachtal, you are already standing on the outskirts of Eitelborn. You circle the place, immerse yourself in a mix of vast land with paddocks and colorful mixed forests.After a good seven kilometers, it suddenly appears in front of you: the Sporkenburg ruin, located on a spur of the Schlossberg. Maybe you have provisions with you, then this beautiful place is ideal for a break. You descend along the Theilenbach and then follow the Emsbach to Arzbach. In the old, local beer house you can treat yourself to a beer, then the final spurt is already on: A crisp ascent takes you to the panoramic Mühlberg - the Sonnenweg then leads you back to your starting point.

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    Difficult
    12:09
    22.4 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,900 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 a total of 36 kilometers. Ambitious hikers can easily manage it within a day - but it certainly promises even more enjoyment if you split it into two or even more stages.It starts in Herborn and from there via the villages of Merkenbach and Fleisbach up to Greifenstein. The charming place is best known for its spectacular hilltop castle. Not least because of the world of bells and the double church located on the castle grounds, a detour at this point is definitely worthwhile. Then you dive back into untouched nature and forests and you will soon reach the wonderfully situated Ulmbach dam. In summer you can go swimming here and give your legs a short break - a little more than half of the tour is still ahead of you.Via Rodenroth you climb up to the Rasenberg, which, in good weather, gives you a magnificent view of the Feldberg im Taunus. In the mountain forest above Nenderoth, which you reach only a few kilometers later, the next highlight awaits you with the Nenderother waterfall. If you come here in spring or autumn, it bubbles particularly nicely over the rocks.Above Arborn you hike in the last section of the tour to the Hahrehausen landscape conservation area with the Adolf Weiss monument and finally past the Krombach dam back to the WesterwaldSteig near Rehe. This is where the loop ends.Tip: If you haven't had enough, you can continue the route via the WesterwaldSteig as a circular hiking trail in the direction of Fuchskaute to the starting point in Herborn. But we would easily plan another day for that. Otherwise, from Rehe, bus number 520 will bring you back to Herborn at regular intervals.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    105 mi
  • Duration
    53:47 h
  • Elevation
    12,000 ft

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