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Lahn: classic from Marburg

Between crown and Loreley

Bike tour
7 Days / 6 Nights
individual tour
easy to moderate
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699.00 €
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The Lahn cycle path is an insider tip among bike enthusiasts! 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 Elisabeth Church. Visit the Goethe city of Wetzlar with the Lottehaus and the disused iron ore mine Grube Fortuna on your bike tour. Discover the residential city of Weilburg with the beautiful castle complex and the old town of Limburg with the world-famous cathedral. Take a break at Arnstein Abbey and in the historic tavern on the Lahn before you reach Bad Ems, one of the most beautiful and traditional spas in Germany. Top off your bike tour with a detour to the Loreley and enjoy the return trip by ferry from St. Goar to the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz. The most beautiful places to stay in the Lahn valley and the balanced route offer all bike- lovers enough time to enjoy the many sights.

This trip is perfect for:

  • Nature lovers: The landscapes along the Lahn are wonderfully unspoiled
  • Romantics: The small towns and villages along the cycle path invite you to daydream 
  • History enthusiasts: There are numerous historic towns along the Lahn

Highlights

Marburg Castle
The founding residence of the Hessian Landgrave was built as a castle to crown the land of the so-called “Gisonenfelsen” rocks. Origins date back to around 1000 whereby the Landgrave castle was counted among the first hill castles in Germany and the starting point for the development of Marburg. 

Marburg

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. 

St. Elisabeth Church

Cathedral Wetzlar
The Cathedral, formerly the collegiate parish Church of Our Lady of Adoration, has remained unfinished. On the site of the current church once stood a 12th century Romanesque church which itself was preceded by two earlier churches. Construction of the choir of a new church began in 1230.

Cathedral Wetzlar

"Deutsches Eck" in Koblenz
World-famous: Where Father Rhine and Mother Moselle meet: The Deutsches Eck ("German Corner")
The establishment of the Teutonic Order at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle in 1216 gave this historic site its name, the “Deutsches Eck”. Koblenz also owes its name to the meeting point of the Rhine and the Moselle - from “Castellum apud Confluentes”, Latin for “fort at the confluence”, which over time became the current name of Koblenz.

Deutsches Eck

Lahn: classic from Marburg

easy to moderate
Bike tour
7 Days / 6 Nights
individual tour
from
699.00 €
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Tour

You should take your time for a short visit of the old town . The famous Elisabeth church and the landgraves' palace are worth visiting, too. In the evening you can enjoy wonderful hours in international restaurants or in students pubs. 

Look forward to the beautiful Lahn cycle path, which leads through the wide Lahn valley past idyllic bathing ponds to Wetzlar. Explore Wetzlar's old town and the interesting cathedral on an afternoon stroll. Stroll through the medieval market square, discover steep stairs, narrow streets and romantic corners. Experience the modern side of Wetzlar on the optics course. Here you will discover optical phenomena, such as a large diamond made of optical glass, which reflects the light with a sparkle, or a kaleidoscope with infinite reflections.

You leave Wetzlar over the stone bridge and soon you will reach the Fortuna pit (+ 8 km), the only iron ore mine in Germany where ore mining is demonstrated using original machines underground. The route to Weilburg, whose renaissance castle is located on a high rocky ridge above the Lahn, remains unforgettable in the landscape. In the afternoon you can look forward to a tour of the palace complex with its sumptuous and representative interiors. Treat yourself to a cafe in the baroque palace garden with its orangery, visit the palace church and marvel at the palace courtyard, which annually forms the backdrop for the famous Weilburg palace concerts.

The course of the river winds it's way between Taunus and Westerwald today. You cycle idyllically on the paved path via Aumenau and Runkel to Limburg. The Limburg Cathedral, also known as St. George's Cathedral, towers above the old town next to Limburg Castle. This high location on the rocks above the Lahn ensures that the cathedral is visible from afar. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful creations of late romanesque architecture. Not only is a visit to the world-famous Limburg Cathedral an absolute must, but also a stroll through the city center, because it is one of the most beautiful old towns in Germany!

Enjoy a scenic highlight today: away from any traffic, you roll along the Lahn cycle path through an untouched valley landscape from Diez to Balduinstein. This day has two climbs in store, whereby you can comfortably bypass one ascent by train (11 km). Then take a rest at the Arnstein Monastery or Nassau Castle before cycling to Bad Ems. You will be thrilled, because your first look is at the architectural gem of Bad Ems: the Kurhaus, the Kurcafe, the Marble Hall, the Kurtheater and the casino are presented in a long row. This "chocolate side" of the Lahn finds a worthy and beautiful continuation in the gardens of the park. Enjoy your stay and let your mind wander.

After 12 km the Rhine valley opens before your eyes. Here you can crown your bike tour with a detour (+ 29 km) via Boppard and St. Goar to the Loreley. Climb the famous rock in peace, which was the fate of so many boaters, immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the lively wine village of Boppard or escape with the chairlift to lofty heights and marvel at the unique view of the Rhine loop. However you plan the day, you can enjoy the return journey to Koblenz by ferry.

Today your beautiful trip ends after breakfast in Koblenz in the hotel. Train departure possible. If you want to go back to Marburg, we recommend our handy return transfer service (departure at 9:00 a.m., duration approx. 2 hours), which will take you directly from the hotel in Koblenz back to the start hotel.

The boat trip on the Rhine (possible from 27th April 2024) from St. Goar / St. Goarshausen to Koblenz is unfortunately not possible on Mondays in the 2024 season. Instead, you have the option of travelling by boat from St. Goarshausen to Boppard (also included in your trip) and then continuing by bike to Koblenz (approx. 20 - 23 km).

map

Lahn Cycle Map Classic from Marburg

Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

All-carefree service:
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast: 
    Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels, mostly in the center
    Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels, sometimes 5 km to the urban centre
  • Room with shower/bath/WC
  • Luggage transport
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Digital route guidance via smartphone app 
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service
additional included service:
  • boat trip on the river Rhine (possible from 27th April 2024)

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

Marburg can be easily reached by train from all major cities in Germany. The best way to get to our partner hotels in Marburg is a short taxi ride from the train station.

You can find information on timetables and prices at:

Train information

Parking at the hotel

Our partner hotels in Marburg offer good parking options for the entire duration of your bike trip, a reservation is not necessary. Prices different.

You will receive detailed information about the parking options at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of your journey.

Condition of cycle paths

The Lahn cycle path leads through charming landscapes with forests, hills, meadows, floodplains and steep slopes studded with rocks. The Lahn has its origins in the middle of  the low mountain range of Siegerland-Wittgenstein, one of the most densely forested regions in Germany. After the Lahn has left the mountains, the Lahn valley widens and turns into a hilly landscape. The Lahn then runs through fertile and open floodplain forests before the slopes of the Lahn valley come closer and form a gorge-like valley. In the last section, the Lahn runs in tight turns until it flows into the Rhine at Lahnstein.

In 2006, the Lahntal cycle path was one of the first cycle paths in Germany to be awarded 4 out of 5 possible stars by the ADFC. Among other things, Navigability, signposting, safety and tourist infrastructure assessed.

You cycle on mostly flat, paved bike and hiking trails away from traffic, only occasionally small climbs have to be mastered. The route is consistently well and consistently signposted. For the most part, a railway line runs parallel to the path.

Current information about the route can be found on the website of the Lahntal Tourismus Verband e.V.: Current information Das Lahntal

Transfer back to the starting point of the journey

Daily at 9 am there is the possibility to use our transfer service back to Marburg (approx. 2 hrs). Pick up is at your hotel and the bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service. If you bring your own bicycles, an additional fee will be charged.

Extra costs which are not inculded

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

7 days 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

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.

For all those who want to combine comfort with sustainability and only require digital travel documents, we grant a discount of € 20.00 per room.
Please let us know at the time of booking whether you would like to use printed or digital travel documents.

Available rental bikes

7 speed bike
27 speed bike
Velociped E-Bike
7 speed bike

We would recommend the 7-speed tourer for all those that are looking for a back-pedal brake and wide gel seat for maximum comfort in an upright sitting position. It is equipped with a simple hub gear shift and is perfectly suited to tours on flat to slightly hilly terrain.

27 speed bike

The 27-speed tourer is the best choice for cyclists that value the advantages of the dérailleur gear shift for flexibility whilst going up and down hills. This bike allows you to be a little more active without compromising on saddle comfort and practical everyday suitability.

Velociped E-Bike

 

E-bikes combine a lot of advantages. The electric drive ensures a completely relaxed cycling, even during long tours or on hilly routes. Other features, such as a suspension seat post and front fork plus well-tuned gears, ensure additional riding comfort.

Your travel expert for this tour

I provide you with advice and assistance

Steffi Groß

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