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Lahn: classic from Bad Laasphe

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  • Botanischer Garten Marburg
  • Elisabethkirche Marburg
  • Bootsverleih Marburg
  • Lahn-Radweg
  • Botanischer Garten Marburg
  • Marburg
  • Stadtansicht Marburg
  • Radstrecke bei Diez
  • Marburg Schloss
  • Wetzlar
  • Eisenmarkt Wetzlar
  • Botanischer Garten Marburg
  • Alte Lahnbrücke Wetzlar
  • Runkel
  • Bei Weilburg
  • Bad Ems

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Classic from Bad Laasphe

An insider tip among wheel lovers! You will be amazed by the quiet dream of nature with picturesque half-timbered houses and extensive nature reserves.

Use the day of arrival for an excursion to the Lahnquelle and stroll through the narrow streets of the historic university town with the famous Elisabethkirche. On your travels, visit the Wetzlar Goethestadt with the Lottehaus and the retired iron ore mine Grube Fortuna. Discover the Residenzstadt Weilburg with its magnificent castle complex and the historic town center of Limburg, which is a protected monument, with its world-famous cathedral. Take a break at Kloster Arnstein before you reach Bad Ems, one of Germany's most beautiful and tradition-steeped health resorts. Take a bike tour to the Loreley and enjoy the ship's return from St. Goar to the old wine town of Braubach or Koblenz. The most beautiful places to stay in the Lahn valley as well as the well-balanced route offer enough time for all cyclists to enjoy the many sights. 

1. day Bad Laasphe arrival

You should make time for a short visit of the old town (arrival by German railways possible/ parking lot at the hotel/ rental bike at the hotel).

2. day Bad Laasphe - Marburg 51 km

Time flies on your first day of cycling. Starting in Bad Laasphe you cycle via Biedenkopf into the old town of Marburg. Culture and history have always aroused each other in Marburg. This was already the case in the 13th century: the Teutonic Order, in honor of the 1231 St. Elisabeth, built the first Gothic hall church on German soil. The Elisabeth church became a destination for pilgrims from all over the country. The famous Elisabeth church and the landgraves' palace are worth visiting. In the evening you can enjoy wonderful hours in international restaurants or in students pubs. 

3. day Marburg - Wetzlar 54 km

Let's get started for the first stage of your journey. Today you cycle through the wide valley of the Lahn, along idyllic situated lakes, to Wetzlar. Discover Wetzlar's worth seeing Old Town and enjoy the spicy speciality of the region - a 'Handkäs mit Musik' (a cheese with onions in oil).

4. day Wetzlar - Weilburg 40 km

You leave Wetzlar by using the old medieval stone bridge. Soon you reach mine Fortuna, the only ore mine in Germany where ore mining is shown with the help of original equipment. The stage to Weilburg is unforgettable. The renaissance palace of Weilburg is located at a rock high above the river Lahn.

5. day Weilburg - Limburg 40 km

The course of the river winds it´s way between Taunus and Westerwald. You cycle on the asphalted path via Aumenau and Runkel to Limburg, well-known for the cathedral.

6. day Limburg - Bad Ems 47 km

Today you enjoy another great scenic experience: away from all traffic the journey leads through an untouched valley from Diez to Balduinstein. This day has two ascends. Recover during a break at monastery Arnstein or at Nassau castle. At the end of the day you reach Bad Ems, one of the most beautiful and traditional health resorts in Germany.

7. day Bad Ems - St. Goar - Braubach/Koblenz 17 / 46 km

After 12 km the Rhine valley opens up in front of your eyes. Here you enjoy the highlight of your journey with a trip via Boppart and St. Goar to the legendary Loreley. By ship you go back to Braubach or Koblenz

8. day Braubach/Koblenz Abreise

Your bicycle vacation comes to an end after breakfast. It is possible to depart by train, should you wish to return to Bad Laasphe, we recommend our return transfer service (departure at 9 a.m., ca. 3 hours).

prices & services

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Lahn: classic from Bad Laasphe
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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prices 2020

Prices are per person.

Season 1

18.04. – 07.05.2020

24.09. – 11.10.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 569,00 €
Single room 704,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 642,00 €
Single room 852,00 €
 

Season 2

08.05. – 23.09.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 585,00 €
Single room 720,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 662,00 €
Single room 872,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
70,00 €
 
tandem
140,00 €
 
electric bike
180,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Koblenz Cat. B
Double room 48,00 €
Single room 78,00 €
 
Braubach Cat. B
Double room 47,00 €
Single room 63,00 €
 
Koblenz Cat. A
Double room 60,00 €
Single room 80,00 €
 
Braubach Cat. A
Double room 52,00 €
Single room 67,00 €
 
Bad Laasphe all Categories
Double room 65,00 €
Single room 79,00 €
 

bookable additional services

Transfer back to Bad Laasphe (daily at 09:00 am)
70,00 €
Travel services
  • Hotel categorie B: sometimes 5 km to the urban centre
  • Hote categorie A: mostly in the center
  • boat trip on the Rhine
All-carefree service:
  • accommodation incl. breakfast
  • room with shower/bath/WC
  • luggage transport
  • map of bike trails with marked route
  • detailed route description
  • tips for tour preparation
  • touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service

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worth knowing

Worth knowing

Below you will find specific information about the bike trip on the Lahn - bike path. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Arrival by train

Bad Laasphe is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Lad Laasphe. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.

Train schedule information

Parking facilities at the hotel

Our partner hotels in Bad Laasphe always provide parking posibilities. Sometimes even free, for the entire duration of your bike trip, no pre-reservation is necessary.

Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.

Condition of cycle paths

The Lahn Valley Bike Trail leads through beautiful and varied landscapes of forests, hills, meadows, wetlands and steep slopes studded with rocks. The Lahn originates in the middle of silent forests in the low mountain ranges Siegen-Wittgenstein, the most densely forested region of Germany. After the Lahn has left the mountain country, the Lahn valley widens and passes into a hilly landscape. The Lahn then runs through an open and fertile Shire before the slopes come closer and form a gorge-like valley. In the last section the Lahn runs in tight turns to its mouth with the Rhine at Lahnstein.

The Lahn Valley Cycle Route was honoured in 2006 as one of the first cycle tracks in Germany, with 4 out of 5 stars by the ADFC. Evaluated have been navigability, eviction, security and tourism infrastructure.

You cycle on mostly flat, paved hiking and cycling trails aside from traffic noise, only occasionally a few gradients must be overcome. The route is very well signposted. Most of the time the railway line runs parallel to the bike path.

Available rental bikes

If you choose to rent a velociped-rental bike for the tour, you can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 27-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

Velociped rental bikes

Transfer back to the starting point of the journey

Daily at 9am there is the possibility to transfer back to Bad Laasphe with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at 12pm. The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle. The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without transfer and the hassle of hauling luggage.

Extra costs which are not inculded in the price

A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.

7 day hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any
other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help
you as fast as possible.

Passport and visa requirements, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

tour highlights

The Old Town Bad Laasphe

Das staatlich anerkannte Kneipp-Heilbad am Eingang zum Wittgensteiner Land wurde im Jahr 1983 zum Kurort ernannt. Die Altstadt wird geprägt von 63 denkmalgeschützten Fachwerkhäusern, die ein gemütliches Flair ausstrahlen.

Old Town in Bad Laasphe

St. Elisabeth Church Marburg

Construction of the earliest purely Gothic hall church on German soil began in the same year that Elisabeth of Thuringia was canonised (1235). The church which was erected by the Teutonic Order over the grave of Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia was consecrated in 1283 and became one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the late Middle Ages. Until today, the Protestant community church is an extraordinary monument to sacred architecture and the destination of tens of thousands of visitors every year. In addition to the burial ground of the Landgraves of Hessen, Elisabeth’s richly ornamented golden shrine is very impressive. The colourful stained-glass windows show St. Elisabeth’s life and charity work and are among the most significant examples of Gothic glass art. 

St. Elisabeth Church

Old Town with Town Hall

Charming lanes and winding stairs, beautifully renovated timber-frame houses and historic churches – Marburg’s old town invites visitors to take a stroll, pass the time and relax with its unique charm. Everywhere you’ll find numerous documents and traces left behind by history’s greats such as the Brothers Grimm, Martin Luther or the Nobel Prize winner Emil von Behring.

The central market square, with its late Gothic Town Hall from the 16th century is the image of town life. For over 400 years now, the same amusing exhibition has played out every hour on the hour. On the Renaissance gable of the Town Hall, the cock raises its wings to the rasping-tinny sound of the messenger’s trumpet call.

Old Town with Town Hall

Lottehaus Wetzlar

The Lotthaus received in the 19th century his name common still today, as 1863 Wetzlarer citizen there a memorial for Charlotte Kestner, born Buff furnished. Charlotte Buff inspired Johann Wolfgang Goethe to the main shape of the "Lotte" in his first novel "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" (1774).

Lottehaus in Wetzlar

Goethe in Wetzlar

Weilburg Castle

The Weilburg Castle (former residential castle of the House of Nassau, Dukes of Nassau-Weilburg) was sold to the State of Prussia in 1935 by Charlotte of Nassau-Weilburg, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, together with her other Nassau residence, Biebrich Palace at Wiesbaden. The ruling House of Luxemburg kept however the burial chapel of their ancestors. This magnificent castle has been a museum since 1935 and can be visited by guided tour.

Weilburg Castle

Limburg Cathedral

With its multiple towers and hilltop site overlooking a river, the Limburger Dom looks like a Romantic castle. Located at the top of the attractive city of Limburg an der Lahn in the Rhineland, the painted church was built in the 13th century and only became a cathedral in 1827. It is well preserved in its original form and contains a multitude of murals and early medieval sculpture.

Limburg Cathedral

Marble Hall Bad Ems

In the past there were roaring balls and theatrical performances with world stars that filled the building complex with life. Today's glamor is often spoiled by the audience when wedding couples celebrate the most beautiful day of their lives in the marble hall with its incomparable ambience.

Marble hall Bad Ems

Loreley

The Loreley is a 433 feet high slate cliff in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage near the town of St. Goarshausen. The view of St. Goarshausen, from the Loreley ( Lorelei ) outlook point, with Castle Katz and the view of the town St. Goar and its Fortress Rheinfels, leaves a wonderful impression on all Loreley ( Lorelei ) tourists.

The Rhine, at the Loreley, is up to 82 feet deep and only 371 feet wide. Because this area is so deep and narrow, it is one of the most dangerous places in the World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Ships, crossing each other here and all along the section between Oberwesel and St. Goarshausen, are directed by light signals, called “Wahrschau”.

Loreley

Marksburg Braubach

Braubach, a little-known town near Koblenz, Germany, has a surprise in store for its visitors. High on the hill overlooking the town sits the imposing Marksburg Castle, dating from 1117. It is arguably the best-preserved castle of the entire Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO site, and one of the best of the German castle tours.

Don't let the “castle” part of its name fool you. Marksburg has nothing in common with Disney fairy tales and it was never meant to be a palace for royalty. Like most countryside castles, Marksburg Castle was a fortress, built by the landowners to protect their harvest, hired hands, and local residents, who paid annual taxes for such protection. The countryside was the domain of outlaw bands, who raided farms and villages to fill their pockets and stomachs.

Marksburg Castle

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