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More than just forests – 16 stages on the WesterwaldSteig

Dominik Ketz / Westerwald Gäste-Service e.V.

More than just forests – 16 stages on the WesterwaldSteig

Hiking Collection by komoot

10-22

days

3-6 h

/ day

150 mi

15,425 ft

15,775 ft

150 miles (240 kilometers) through spectacular landscape: the WesterwaldSteig takes you through the low mountain range in 16 stages as it extends across Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. In this Collection, we present you the sections that will take you over one of Germany's best hiking trails which was awarded the title of Quality Hiking Path. Why? You can expect fabulous views, picturesque rock landscapes, idyllic lakes, great hiking trails through the hills and pretty half-timbered villages. In short: it's pure hiking bliss!

The starting point of the WesterwaldSteigs is in Hesse Herborn. From here, the path leads you to the highest point in the Westerwald, the Fuchskaute. You will wander through the deep Holzbachschlucht gorge, discover the Westerwald Lake District and learn more about the time when the volcanic rock basalt was mined in the region. Several monasteries are also located along your way to the Rhine. On the last leg to Bad Hönningen, you will dive into Roman history, before reaching the banks of the Rhine where you can reflect on your two week hiking adventure. This is the most extensive way to experience the Westerwald.

You can easily reach the start and end of the long-distance hiking trail by train. On the way, you will find many railway stations in villages if you want to shorten your adventure. You can also choose to do just do one or a few of the sections if you don't want to hike the whole WesterwaldSteig in one go. Many of the sections are not very long, so you can combine them with each other. The region is well connected by bus and train, just bear in mind that not all of the stages have transport links. More information and tips for the right connections can be found here: westerwald.info.

At the end of each hike, you will always find some accommodation. However, you should plan and book where you want to sleep in advance as there is not always a large choice. This way, you don't have to worry about where you will rest and you can enjoy the hiking even more.

If you are a thrill-seeker, then pack your via ferrata equipment. At stage 13, you can choose whether to take the more relaxed or adventurous way to the Hölderstein.

Let yourself be enchanted by the Westerwald – a region that is wonderful for hiking in any season and which will surprise you with a lot of variety.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    04:31
    9.70 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,650 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Beautiful half-timbered houses, mysterious stone chambers and impressive landscapes - on the first stage of the WesterwaldSteigs you will find plenty of variety. At just under 16 kilometers you wander from Herborn to Breitscheid. By train, you will arrive relaxed at the starting point of today's stage and the entry into the 240-kilometer-long WesterwaldSteig.After a round through the picturesque …

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    6.97 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage on the Westerwald-Steig will be promising. The goal of the eleven-kilometer-long route is the Fuchskaute, the highest point in the Westerwald. The tour starts in the Hessian town of Breitscheid. The first few kilometers you hike relaxed uphill, at the airfield Breitscheid over to the 615 meter high Bartenstein. Time for a first break.The path leads …

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  • Intermediate
    03:32
    8.24 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the third stage of the WesterwaldSteigs you will find relaxed hiking fun. The 13 kilometer route starts on the Fuchskaute and leads you to the town of Rennerod. You have only 90 vertical meters to master, so you mostly hike downhill.You leave the highest point of the Westerwald and walk along meadows and small woodland downhill to Rehe. …

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    10.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Continue on stage four of the WesterwaldSteigs in the Hohen Westerwald. Today's hike takes you from Rennerod to Westerburg. Highlight of the good 16-kilometer tour is the wild and romantic Holzbachschlucht.From Rennerod you walk through the forest relaxed downhill to the Great Secker pond. It is worth stopping by the shore to enjoy nature and tranquility. The path leads …

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    13.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fifth stage of the WesterwaldSteig offers you great views and recreation in idyllic waters. The 21-kilometer route brings you in a beautiful up and down from Westerburg to Freilingen.You leave Westerburg to the north and walk along the Schafbach stream to Hergenroth. Then you cross the railway tracks and continue through the picturesque forest - a particularly beautiful …

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    11.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On stage six of the WesterwaldTigigs, you'll come up high: from the lookout tower on the Gräbersberg you have a fantastic panorama of the western Westerwald. Starting point of the nearly 19-kilometer tour is in Freilingen.You leave the bank of the Postweiher, but you soon reach the next lake, the Dreifelder Weiher. With more than 120 hectares, it is …

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  • Easy
    01:39
    3.72 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you can really take your time: stage seven from Nistertal to Bad Marienberg is only six kilometers long, but no less beautiful. From Nistertal you walk along the Mühlgraben to the shore of the Großen Nister. There, in the beech forest, you can discover the impressive bridge viaduct over which the railroad was once huffing. The bridge is 300 …

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  • Intermediate
    04:22
    9.66 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage eight of the WesterwaldSteig starts with a trip to the rock world. Basalt Lake near Bad Marienberg is all about the volcanic rock of basalt, which is formed when low-viscosity, siliceous magma escapes from the surface of the earth and cools there. The Westerwald basalts are around 25 million years old. Around the lake you will learn more about this and the earlier mining.

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  • Intermediate
    03:04
    6.97 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The new stage of the WesterwaldSteigs you can tackle very relaxed - good eleven kilometers and only 130 vertical meters to master. So you have more time to explore, for example, the monastery complex Marienstatt extensively. Start your hike in the beautiful old town of Hachenburg.You leave the town through the castle garden and soon cross the Great Nister. …

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  • Difficult
    05:49
    12.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The tenth leg of the WesterwaldSteigs brings you under the earth and then up again - variety is guaranteed on the 20 kilometer long track. You start the hike in Limbach and climb straight into a beautiful section along the Kleine Nister.At the weather shelter you will leave the river and hike up to the Hohe Ley. From the …

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  • Intermediate
    04:22
    9.74 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today's section on the WesterwaldSteig, stage eleven, will take you to Marienthal in Weyerbusch at about 16 kilometers. Before you leave the starting point, you visit the monastery Marienthal. It is definitely worth a look inside the Franciscan monastery.You hike uphill until you are standing on the 388 meter high dome head. If you still climb 35 meters or …

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    9.52 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At stage twelve of the WesterwaldTig you can expect pure half-timbered romance. You start the more than 15 kilometers long tour in Weyerbusch and on your way to Flammersfeld you will walk through several idyllic villages with their characteristic houses. After six kilometers, number one is the half-timbered village Mehren.Mehren is one of the most beautiful places in the …

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  • Difficult
    04:07
    9.13 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 13 of the WesterwaldSteigs becomes adventurous - if you want it. You have the chance to climb the Hölderstein via ferrata. But if that's not your thing or if you do not have the right equipment, there is also a normal hiking variant. Start of the 15-kilometer hike through the Grenzbachtal is in Flammersfeld.Right at the beginning you …

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    10.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 14 of the WesterwaldTig shows you the Wiedtal and a little later the Asbach plateau. Starting point of the hike is the contemplative place Horhausen. It is necessary to master 17 kilometers to reach the finish line Strauscheid.You leave Horhausen and wander through several small villages down to the Lahr glory. The town of Peterslahr is located in the middle of this area, which is a popular destination thanks to its great scenery.

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    10.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 15 on the WesterwaldSteig takes you on a nearly 17-kilometer route from Strauscheid to the Waldbreitbacher Wiedtal in the center of the Rhine-Westerwald. You leave the place and wander above the Wied through the forest. After about three kilometers you reach the Weißenfelser Ley, from which you have a great view of Wiedtal and the surrounding wooded hills.

    You …

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  • Intermediate
    03:30
    7.54 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Final sprint! Stage 16, the last section of the WesterwaldTig, takes you to ancient Roman territory. On the twelve-kilometer route from Waldbreitbach to Bad Hönningen you pass the Limes, the 550-kilometer-long protective wall that the Romans erected between the Rhine and the Danube for protection against the Germanic tribes.The first stop along the route is at the monastery church …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    150 mi
  • Duration
    67:34 h
  • Elevation
    15,425 ft15,775 ft

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More than just forests – 16 stages on the WesterwaldSteig