Lahn Valley Cycle Path — from the Rothaar Mountains to the Rhine in 5 stages

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Lahntalradweg

The Lahn Valley Cycle Path winds its way over 244 kilometres from the source of the Lahn in the Rothaar Mountains to the mouth of the Rhine in Lahnstein. You accompany the river through romantic forests, past green pastures, wide fields, lush meadows and narrow valleys. On the way you will cross unique bridges, through picturesque towns such as Marburg, Wetzlar or Bad Ems and past fairytale castles, palaces, churches and monasteries. Most of the time you cycle directly on the banks of the river, which winds its way through the enchanting nature in countless loops. Thanks to so much beauty and variety, the ADFC has awarded the cycle path four stars.

This collection will show you how to cycle the Lahn Valley Cycle Path in five stages. In an additional kick-off stage, we also present you with a nice way to cycle from Siegen station to the Lahn spring, where the cycle path begins - the source of the Lahn is not directly accessible by public transport. If you prefer to travel directly by train to the Lahn Valley Cycle Route, you can travel as far as Feudingen. The village is located on the cycle path and about ten kilometres from the Lahn spring. If you like, you can start your cycling tour here. Alternatively, you can park your car here at the source.

In all the destinations of the Lahntal cycle path you have various overnight accommodations. There are also numerous guesthouses, campsites and railway stations along the way if you want to shorten individual stages. Cozy restaurants, cafés and beer gardens provide for your physical well-being both in the stage towns and on the way. So you can cycle full of pleasure to Lahnstein, where the cycle path ends. From the nearby stations Niederlahnstein or Oberlahnstein you have the possibility to take the train home. If you feel like cycling even more here at the mouth of the Lahn into the Rhine, you can simply continue your adventure on the Rhine cycle path.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    01:42
    12.9 mi
    7.6 mph
    1,675 ft
    475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The kick-off stage takes you from the main station in Siegen to the start of the Lahntalradweg to the Lahn spring. From the train station you cycle comfortably out of the city. Through the green valley of the Feuerbach you drive continuously uphill. To the left and right of you are slopes with beautiful forest and lush meadows. About halfway you reach Deuz. At the old train station, you can take a look at the world's first omnibus, which operated in 1895 between Siegen, Netphen and Deuz. You can also stop in the small village.Freshly fortified, you then cycle up to the Rothaargebirge. Beautiful paths with beautiful panoramic views of the meadows, forests and villages lead you first moderately uphill. On the last two kilometers, which will take you up to the top of the ridge where the Lahn spring is located, it gets steeper. But after the climb you made it and you are in the waypoint. Up here at the Lahn Spring you can really enjoy the nature, the view and the tranquility. To stay and stop you have two inns to choose from.

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    25.6 mi
    9.7 mph
    875 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today your bike tour starts on the Lahntalradweg. On the first stage it is mainly downhill. From the Lahn spring you roll through the upper Lahn valley. It goes past green pastures and through wonderfully quiet forest. After about ten kilometers you reach Feudingen. The station of the place is the nearest to Lahn spring. If you want to skip the opening stage, you can cycle from here to Lahn spring or directly in Feudingen in the Lahntalradweg.Behind Feudingen you drive along the wooded slope of the Gottelsberg, which is associated with a small increase. After that, the bike path winds its way through the wooded slopes that line the Lahn valley. About halfway you reach Bad Laasphe. Here you can take a break, stroll through the pretty village and eat in one of the cafes or restaurants. Freshly fortified, you then cycle on a slightly sloping route through the somewhat broadening Lahntal past romantic forests and wide fields to the stage destination Buchenau.

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    36.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    475 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Behind Buchenau, you immediately plunge into an idyllic landscape of wide fields and lovely wooded slopes that line the Lahn valley. Thanks to the downhill stretch, the bike almost goes by itself and so you can enjoy the picturesque scenery to the fullest. On your way to the first stop in Marburg, you cross the Lahn several times on small bridges, from which you have a beautiful view of the wonderfully natural river.Marburg is almost halfway and is therefore ideal for a break. The historic old town is absolutely worth a visit and spoils you with cozy cafes and restaurants. But also on the banks of the Lahn you will find nice rest stops if you want to do without the detour to the center. Behind Marburg, the Lahn valley widens and opens to a wide plain. Here you cycle on almost completely flat route always near the river through wide fields. From time to time, you will also pass beautiful lakes or cycle through inviting places until you finally reach Gießen, today's stage destination.

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  • Intermediate
    02:58
    31.3 mi
    10.5 mph
    675 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Along the Lahn you cycle out of Gießen. At the gates of the city, you will be greeted by beautiful fields and meadows, which lead you to a small hill just off the Lahn. From here you have a wonderful view over the wide landscape. Back on the river you cycle on a flat stretch through the lush green meadows. With a little luck you will see storks stepping over the grass or sitting in one of the high nests. Following the Lahn, it goes past small lakes and places to Wetzlar. Here you can take a break, look at the beautiful old town with the cathedral and strengthen you for the onward journey.Through the still quite long Lahntal you follow the river. Time right on the shore, so you can wander the view over the comfortably flowing water and canoeists can observe, sometimes a bit away from the beautiful Lahnauen and wide fields. At various points you cross the Lahn and pass by locks. These are nice places to stop by to enjoy the beauty of the river and watch the action on the water. The last piece of the stage you drive directly along the shore and have at the entrance to the stage destination Weilburg a breathtaking view of the castle Weilburg, the symbol of the city.

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    26.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Weilburg, the Lahn Valley is even more beautiful. Beautifully wooded hills line the now very narrow valley. The smooth paved bike path meanders right along the shore, so you can always enjoy the view of the water and the green shores. The beautiful nature along the forests and meadows accompanies you, while you follow the merry loops of the Lahn. Romantic castles and churches that stand on hills above the valley catch your gaze every now and then. On the way, idyllic places and cozy beer gardens invite you to relaxed breaks. After a few kilometers, the valley becomes more open again and you cycle more and more through wide meadows and fields, but you can still look forward to enough trees on the bank of the river Lahn, which will provide you with pleasant shade in the summer.Shortly before the final destination you reach Limburg. Here you can take an extended break and stroll through the pretty old town with the impressive cathedral. Here you will also find various restaurants and cafes, where you can relax. Passing through beautiful fields and past the imposing Oranienstein Castle, you cycle to the nearby destination Diez.

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  • Difficult
    03:30
    34.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Behind Diez, romantic wooded slopes rise again on the banks of the river Lahn, winding in narrow loops through the picturesque valley. The bike path takes you along the shore for the first few kilometers, then makes a detour via Holzappel, which is located on a hill. The climb ensures that this stage is a bit more challenging than the previous ones, but the view from the height and during the fast descent back to the Lahn Valley is even more beautiful. Through fabulous landscape with hills, forest and a sparkling river you cycle past sublime castles, picturesque villages and the monastery Arnstein.In the pretty spa town of Bad Ems, which lies a few kilometers before the stage destination, worth a long break. The city on the Lahn invites you with its magnificent buildings to a discovery tour through the streets. You will certainly discover countless cafes and restaurants where you can relax. Afterwards, you continue along the banks of the river Lahn until you reach the mouth of the Rhine in Niederlahnstein, where the Lahn Cycle Path ends. Here you can see how the Lahn merges with the Rhine. In the background you can see the wooded hills and Schloss Stolzenfels on the other side of the Rhine. A beautiful moment worth a while. Satisfied, you can then cycle to the nearby station in Niederlahnstein and start your journey home or continue your bike ride on the Rhine Cycle Path.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    167 mi
  • Duration
    17:00 h
  • Elevation
    6,950 ft
    7,525 ft