Between crown and Loreley
The Lahn cycle path is a secret tip among bike lovers! You will be amazed by the quiet dream of nature with picturesque half-timbered houses and wide nature reserves. Stroll through the narrow streets of the historic university town of Marburg with the famous Elisabethkirche. On your cycling tour, visit the town of Wetzlar with the Lottehaus and the disused 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 and in the historic "Wirtshaus an der Lahn" 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 Marburg arrival
You should make enough time for the visit of the historic old town and the Elisabeth-church (arrival by German railways possible/ parking lot at the hotel/ rental bike at the hotel).
2. 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. Cafes and restaurants invite you to stroll through the historic city center. What makes the Cathedral so unique, you should look closer: The facade is obviously unfinished. Go on a dicovery trip trough this church in the center of Wetzlar old town and enjoy the spicy speciality of the region - a "Handkäs mit Musik" (a cheese with onions in oil).
3. day Wetzlar - Weilburg 32 km / 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.
4. 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.
5. day Limburg - Bad Ems 36 km / 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, at Nassau castle or in the historic pub at the Lahn. At the end of the day you reach Bad Ems, one of the most beautiful and traditional health resorts in Germany.
6. day Bad Ems - Braubach/Koblenz 17 km / 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 (+29 km). By ship you go back to Braubach or Koblenz
7. day Braubach/Koblenz departure
Your bicycle vacation comes to an end after breakfast. It is possible to depart by train, should you wish to return to Marburg, we recommend our return transfer service (departure at 9 a.m., ca. 2,5 hours).
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.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
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.
Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels
Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels
For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.
Prices are per person.
- Shipping trip on the river Rhine
- Hotel categorie B: sometimes 5 km to the urban centre
- Hote categorie A: mostly in the center
- 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
- 25% reduction for children under 14 years of age in a room with two people paying the full price
- 15% reduction for children under 14 years of age in their own room
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
Marburg 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 Marburg. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Marburg always provide parking posibilities. Sometimes even free, for the entire duration of your bike trip.
There are always plenty of parking spots available, 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.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Daily at 9am there is the possibility to transfer back to Marburg with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at ca. 11.30am. The driver 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.
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.
The Marburger castle belongs to the most succinct buildings in the city of Marburg. It was put on as a castle in the 11th century and is beside his historical meaning as the first residence of the county Hessen of bigart-historical or construction historical interest.
As the first purely Gothic hall church on German ground a particular importance comes up of the Elisabethkirche art-historically. The simple Early-Gothic architecture of the building is a special experience for many visitors.
Old Town Wetzlar
Explore Old Town of Wetzlar, nevertheless, some times on foot! This historical walk accompanies you above medieval marketplaces and precipitous little stairs, through narrow lanes and romantic corners and introduces 43 worth seeing bildings with historical backgrounds in the Wetzlarer Old Town to you.
The cathedral in the cathedral. What makes the Wetzlarer cathedral so unique, you should have a look at close range.
The high level castle existing of four wings forms the oldest part of the whole complex Weilburger castle. This part was built in the style of the Renaissance in part steps in the years 1533-1572 and was preserved till this day almost consistently.
The Limburger cathedral, called also Georgsdom, sits enthroned above the Old Town of Limburg beside the castle Limburg. The high situation on the rock above the Lahn provides for the fact that the cathedral is visible far away. Today the construction is valid as one of the most perfect creations of late Romanesque architecture. Neverless, there already appear elements of the early Gothic.
Guided tours Limburg
Limburg can look back at a long history full of change. This story not always ran peacefully. Undertake with us a raid by the longest past times.
Mine Fortuna near Oberbiel
Since 1987 the iron ore mine closed in 1983 pit Fortuna is opened for visitors. To the visitor's mine in the woodland, to the north of Oberbiel, the field and pit road museum Fortuna (FGF) is connected.
Woodroad Bad Ems
Steadily she pushes the precipitous mountain up - the health resort woodroad, summit forward of Bad Ems. What seems of wide one like a floating hat box is a quick and ecologiacally friendly traffic facility. Two cabins of the funicular railway connect the city centre with the spa area on the Bismarck's height in the shuttle service. From there on top the visitior has an imposing view of the health resort town and the whole Lahntal as well as the heights of the Taunus. A cafe directly situated in the top terminal and restaurant invites with a panoramic terrace to the enjoyment of the sight.
The Marksburg castle built in the 12th century became the landmark of the town and is the only undestroyed height castle at the Mittelrhein. Today the Marksburg is a seat of the German castle union and is visited by tourists from all over the world. The US-president Richard Nixon at that time who can be inspired in a state visit here from the Rhine romanticism probably belongs to the best known visitors. In Japan even a faithful simulation stands in a fun fair, after the German castle union refused to let clear away the castle against payment of an invonceivable sum and to let rebuild in Japan. (See more over: "Thus the Marksburg came to the Pacific beach").