The laid-back bicycle tour
Look forward to the charming Lahn valley. Follow the bike path through forests, along meadows, mighty castles and romantic towns with beautiful half-timbered architecture. The Lahn river takes you to the fairy tale country of Brothers Grimm and Students in Marburg and Gießen add to the lively flair of the university towns. In Wetzlar, Weilburg or Limburg, the narrow streets invite you to walk around the picturesque towns. Bad Ems, a health resort, will guarantee your well-being! There will be enough time for all kinds of activities!
1. day Lahnquelle arrival
You will spend the night next to the Lahn spring, in a cozy Landhotel. (For those who arrive by train, the hotel offers a pick-up service form the train station in Feudingen.)
2. day Lahnquelle - Biedenkopf 30 km
Starting from the spring, you will roll through wooded landscapes via Feudingen and Bad Laasphe to Biedenkopf. Romantic narrow streets in the Old-town and the Landgraves Castle will impress you. The catsle is one of the most important monuments in Hessen.
3. day Biedenkopf - Marburg 39 km
Your next stage leads you through the wide Lahn valley to the Otto-Ubbekohde-museum in Sarnau. A short break is worthwhile as Otto Ubbelohde is famous for his drawn print templates and his illustrations for the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Just a few kilometres from here Marburg awaits you. Do not miss the famous Elisabeths Church and the Landgraves castle. Let the fabulous flair of the Old-town capture you and enjoy the international restaurants and the cozy pubs in the evening.
4. day Marburg - Gießen 34 km
Time to say goodbye to the fascinating Marburg. But the route on flat paths to Gießen is enjoyable and you will look forward to the next stop: the Mathematikum in Gießen, which is the world's first mathematical science center. More than 170 exhibits open a new door to mathematics. Visitors of all ages solve puzzles, build bridges, stand in a giant soap bubble, see themselves infinite times in a mirror and much more. Look forward to a few surprises!
5. day Gießen - Wetzlar 21 km
After breakfast, Wetzlar will be reached soon. Visit the Old-town with its narrow streets, half-timbered houses and the Cathedral! We reccommend a side trip to the mine "Grube Fortuna" in Solms. There you will have the chance to take a breath-taking look into the depths of the earth. Old mine workers traditions are filled with life again; you will dive into a world that will fascinate you. On a 50-minute guided tour you will learn how ore mining was accomplished with the original machines.
6. day Wetzlar - Weilburg 32 km
The first kilometres of the day will be accomplished fast. You will not forget the beautiful landscape seaming your way to Weilburg and the renaissance palace of Weilburg, located at a rock high above the Lahn river. Book a guided tour around the castle and enjoy a cup of coffee in the castles garden.
7. 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. The Old-town with its half-timbered architecture dating from the 13th -18th century is under a preservation order. Colorful carved ornaments are very typical for the local architecture.
8. day Limburg - Nassau 27-39 km
A scenic highlight awaits you today. Far away from any traffic, you will cycle through untouched landscapes from Diez to Balduinstein. Two climbs (which can be comfortably accomplished by train (11 km)) are part of the route today. Have a rest at the monastery of Arnstein. A beautiful forest track will take you to Nassau with its small castle, which invites you to conquer in the afternoon.
9. day Nassau - Koblenz 28 km
In Bad Ems you will marvel at the numerous impressive buildings which are contemporary witnesses of Roman history and German Romanticism. Back on your bike the Rhine valley open before your eyes (after 12 km). What an amazing view! On this beautiful Rhine-bike path you will reach "Deutsches Eck" and the heart of Koblenz soon.
10. day Koblenz departure
Your holiday ends after breakfast. You can either depart by train or return to the spring by using our comfortable transfer service (departure 9am).
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.
28 days cancellation option
This low-cost option (2% of the tour price) applies to all original Velociped tours in the 2021 season and allows you to cancel your booking free of charge up to 28 days before the start of the tour without giving any reason.
Prices are per person.
17.04. – 06.05.2021
27.09. – 17.10.2021
07.05. – 26.09.2021
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- 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
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
The next train station is in Feudingen. Hotel "Forsthaus Lahnquelle" offers a pick-up service from the train station for a small value (ca. 30 Euro per bus (max. 6 persons), Tuesday is rest day), reservation required. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Parking facilities at the hotel
At hotel Forsthaus Lahnquelle you can park your car for the entire duration of your tour, costs ca. 5,- Euro per day. No reservation possible.
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 velocipede-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 use our transfer service back to spring (approx. 3 hrs). Pick up is at your hotel and the bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service.
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, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
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.
Spring of the Lahn river
The Lahn rises in the southern Rothaargebirge very close to other two rivers in the region, Sieg and Eder. The source is located at an altitude of 610 m near Lahnhof (North Rhine-Westphalia). The Lahn Cycle Path accompanies the river from its spring to its mouth into the Rhine river near Lahnstein. This bike path is one of the most popular long-distance cycle paths in Germany.
The landmark of Biedenkopf is the Landgrave castle, built in the 15th century, with its museum “Hinterlandmuseum”, which towers high above the small lanes of the half-timbered old town.
Dominating the landscape, the primary residence of Hesse’s Landgraves was built as fortress on a rocky outcrop known as the Gisonenfelsen. The earliest traces of habitation date back to around 1000 AD, making the Castle of the Landgrave one of the first hill castles in Germany and the nucleus for the growth of the town of Marburg.
St. Elisabeth Church
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.
Mathematikum in Giessen is the world's first mathematical science center. More than 170 exhibits open a new door to mathematics. Visitors of all ages and educational backgrounds exerimentate: they puzzle, build bridges, stand in a giant soap bubble, see themselves infinite times in a mirror and many many more.
Looks like in a fairy tale, but is true: located on the top of a basalt rock, Schloss Braunfels welcomes its visitors. Since 800 years the castle is a living cultural monument, rich in very special art treasures and still inhabited by the family.
Weilburg Castle with adjoining castle garden towers high above Weilburg, on the top of the mountain spur. Here you can enjoy the best view over Weilburg.
The Limburg Cathedral
With its multiple towers the Limburger Dom looks like a Romantic castle. Located at the top of the attractive city of Limburg an der Lahn the painted church was built in the 13th century and became a cathedral in 1827. It is well preserved in its original form and contains a multitude of murals and early medieval sculpture.
Nassau an der Lahn is the cradle of numerous European monarchies. Even today, descendants of the House of Nassau reign in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with King William Alexander of the Netherlands and Grand Duke Henri. This impressive history is best brought to life by a visit to Nassau Castle, the ancestral seat of the noble families.
"Deutsches Eck" in Koblenz
World-famous: Where Father Rhine and Mother Moselle meet: "Deutsches Eck"
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.
Shortly after Kaiser Wilhelm I’s death, the idea arose of creating a memorial to him, as it was the Kaiser who had brought about the unification of Germany after three years of war. Three years later in 1891, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the grandson of the deceased, chose the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz as the most suitable location. A harbour of refuge in the Moselle estuary was filled in to create space for the memorial. The Deutsches Eck in its present form was created.