Etappe 8: Von Wilgersdorf nach Dillenburg – der Rothaarsteig
Rothaarsteig planned a hike.
December 14, 2020
If you start from the town center in Wilgersdorf, the last stage begins like the penultimate one ended: You walk around two kilometers back the way you came and then continue your tour on the Rothaarsteig in a southeastern direction. After a kilometer on new paths and through forest and heathland, you come to Kalteiche, where the Rothaarsteig in the border area between North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse is divided into the dill variant and the Westerwald variant. Both paths ultimately lead to Dillenburg, but the Westerwald variant over the Fuchskaute is more than 50 kilometers longer. On the suggested route, the dill variant, it is about 20 kilometers to Dillenburg. The closer you get to Dillenburg, the more the landscape of the Rothaargebirge merges into that of the Lahn-Dill-Bergland.At the latest after you have reached Manderbach after 12 kilometers, you will come to a more densely populated area and the forests are increasingly giving way to fields and settlements. After you have left the Lören on the right, you enter more or less urban area around Dillenburg. With the new, now official variant of the Rothaarsteig, you initially hike around Dillenburg in a north-westerly direction - which is the more scenic, but also longer route. You will pass the Bismarktempel with a beautiful view of Dillenburg in the forest near the city. On the shorter variant, which is drawn in here, you initially move a little along the busy B 253 in the urban area and then go up to the Wilhelmsturm, the landmark of Dillenburg. The old town northwest of the Wilhelmsturm is also nice to look at. From there you walk through the Hofgarten to the Dillenburg train station - the official end of the Rothaarsteig. Regional trains take around 60 minutes to get to Frankfurt / Main from Dillenburg station.