Hiking in the beautiful Westerwald – 9 superb circular routes
© Andreas Pacek
Welcome to the beautiful Westerwald! The low mountain range on the River Rhine in Germany is a paradise for all those who enjoy walking. In addition to the many attractive destinations and picturesque surroundings, the special atmosphere between mountain and valley never ceases to amaze you.
In this Collection, we present nine circular hiking trails that are perfect for exploring and getting to know Westerwald on foot – alone, as a couple or with the whole family. With a Tour length of between 6 and 13 kilometres (4 - 8 mi), there is certainly something for everyone. The beauty of these loops is that you don't have to worry about the destination, because you always return to the starting point.
The first three Tours take you into the Wied Valley, where you will get to know the landscape and experience a section of the WesterwaldSteig long-distance hiking trail. The babbling River Wied is always close by on all three Tours.
The remaining six hikes explore the region between Altenkirchen and Hachenburg. Here, you will stroll along shining lakes and spacious valleys. These circular routes also offer magnificent panoramic views, exciting sights and great places to stop for refreshments along the way.
So what are you waiting for? Lace up your boots and discover Westerwald!
Once around the city churches. In a nutshell, this is how the ten-kilometer Ottoturm circular route runs. It leads you over forest and meadow paths, but also partly through the city itself. The highlight of this tour is the Ottoturm observation tower. Climbing the 102 steps is worthwhile, because here you can look over the landscape of the Westerwald when the weather is nice.
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The start and end of this circular route is the Steinen forest playground. The 13-kilometer circular route starts from here and takes you past some interesting and exciting bodies of water. There are great views of the glittering lakes and ponds and the surrounding area. Due to the large number of stagnant bodies of water in this region, it is also known as the Westerwald lake district.