Charming Lahn river
Whether romantic location right on the Lahn, centrally located in top downtown location or felt as a lord and princesses: In this extremely beautiful Lahn bike trip you stay in stylish 4-star hotels with special charm. With 5 of 6 nights, your attractive home also offers its own wellness and / or spa area, which invites you to relax and unwind. In Marburg you stay in the Vila Vita Rosenpark directly at the Lahn, in Wetzlar in the Michel Hotel near the old town and cathedral, in Weilburg in the castle hotel in the middle of the imposing ensemble of the castle, in Limburg in the traditional Dom Hotel, in Bad Ems in the venerable Häckers Grand Hotel & Spa Resort and in Koblenz at the foot of the fortress Ehrenbreitstein in Diehls Hotel.
1. day Marburg Arrival
Look forward to the old and yet young university city Marburg, to a historic half-timbered old town and to the famous Elisabeth church. Your Hotel Vila Vita Rosenpark is beautifully located directly on the River Lahn and offers 2 fine restaurants and a large summer terrace. Long awaited and finally opened is the new wellness area to enjoy and feel good! Saunas and steam baths, a swimming pool, a gym and a variety of spa treatments are all available on 1,000 square meters. (DB arrival possible, paid parking at the hotel, bike rental at the hotel).
2. day Marburg - Wetzlar 54 km
You will cycle to Wetzlar through the wide Lahn Valley past idyllically located bathing lakes. In Wetzlar, marvel at the small old town with its many half-timbered buildings and the interesting cathedral. Stroll along the medieval market square, over steep steps, through narrow streets and discover romantic corners during an afternoon stroll. Your 4-star hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the historic cathedral and a 5-minute walk from the Old Town. The hotel also offers a spa with swimming pool, sauna and gym.
3. day Wetzlar - Weilburg 32/ 40 km
You leave Wetzlar via the historic stone bridge. After a few kilometers on the Lahn Cycle Path, a detour to the Fortuna Mine (+ 8 km), the only iron ore mine in Germany, where the original ore is used to demonstrate ore mining to the visitors underground. Weilburg is quickly reached, its Renaissance castle perched on a high ridge above the Lahn. Today you live like the lord and lady of the castle. At the Schlosshotel Weilburg you will experience a harmonious combination of tradition, comfort, style and cosiness. In the middle of the old town of Weilburg - at the imposing ensemble of the palace complex with its Renaissance and Baroque buildings - you will enjoy the amenities of a 4-star hotel, personal service and excellent cuisine. Although you are in a historic building, you do not have to compromise on the benefits of a sauna, swimming pool and gym. Swim a few laps in the pool or strengthen your body's defenses in the sauna.
4. day Weilburg - Limburg 40 km
Idyllic, the Lahn wind between Taunus and Westerwald and with next to it at the bed of the river leads the Lahn Cycle Path. Enjoy a quiet and scenic bike ride on the paved towpath through Aumenau and Runkel to Limburg with its world-famous cathedral, which radiates after intense renovation today again in the colors of the Middle Ages. The recent interior restoration (1975-1991) became an art historical sensation. Over the course of several years of subtle painstaking work, it brought to light colorful Romanesque frescoes from the original 13th-century spatial version. Thus, Limburg has a treasure of art that is unique in Europe. Your present home Dom Hotel Limburg is just 300 meters away. The traditional 4-star hotel offers an atmosphere of generous elegance. Enjoy an exceptional ambience with many loving details and a friendly, sophisticated service.
5. day Limburg - Bad Ems 36/ 47 km
Today course offers many scenic highlights, as the Lahn bike path leads you through the untouched valley landscape from Diez to Balduinstein. But you also have to master two ascents, with the possibility of avoiding one increase by taking the train (11 km). Look forward to Kloster Arnstein and Burg Nassau before you reach the old spa town of Bad Ems. You will be centrally located in Hackers Grand Hotel & Spa Resort. The Grand Hotel in Bad Ems is the first choice if you are looking for an "imperial" spa hotel in Rhineland-Palatinate. For this reason, the thermal garden Kaisergarten, which consists of 13 different steam baths and saunas, was also set up in the hotel. Wellness arrangements include an herbal steam bath, an outdoor block sauna, an indoor whirlpool, an ice grotto, a Roman steam bath, foot baths and other exclusive relaxation stations. The Häcker's Grand Hotel is the only hotel in Germany, that has a thermal pool, which is fed directly from an underground spring.
6. day Bad Ems - Koblenz 17/ 46 km
Today our cycle only 12 km on the beautiful Lahn bike path, then opens the vast Rhine Valley in front of your eyes. Now you are spoiled for choice: either on the direct way to Koblenz with plenty of time for the German Eck, a possible boat trip and a cable car ride to the fortress Ehrenbreitstein or crown your bike trip with a detour (+ 29 km) on the Rhein-Radweg Boppard and St. Goar to the Loreley. The return trip to Koblenz can be arranged by train or ship. In Koblenz you stay at the Diehls 4-star hotel in direct Rhine location below the fortress Ehrenbreitstein. Relaxation for body, soul and spirit promises the panoramic sauna with a direct view of the Rhine, the swimming pool or treat yourself to a soothing massage at the end of your bike tour.
7. day Koblenz Departure
Today after breakfast ends your beautiful cycling holiday in Koblenz. DB departure possible, for Marburg we recommend our return transfer service (departure 9:00am, duration about 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.
- 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
Worth knowing about the Lahn river bike trail
Please find more information about the Lahhn river bike trail below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Vila Vita Rosenpark Hotel: Beautiful location with river view. 2 restaurants and a terrace. Long awaited and finally opened: the new wellness area to enjoy and feel good! On 1,000 square meters we offer saunas and steam baths, a pool, a gym and a variety of spa treatments.
Michel Hotel Wetzlar: This 4* hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the historic cathedral and a 5-minute walk from the Old Town. The hotel offers a wellness area with swimming pool, sauna and gym.
Schlosshotel Weilburg: At Schlosshotel Weilburg you will experience a harmonious combination of tradition, comfort, style and cosiness. In the middle of the old town of Weilburg you will enjoy the amenities of a 4* hotel, personal service and excellent cuisine. Although you are in a historic building, you don't have to miss the benefits of sauna, swimming pool and gym. Swim a few laps in the pool or strengthen your defenses in the sauna. After a session, you can cool down in the cold plunge pool.
Dom Hotel Limburg: An atmosphere of generous elegance awaits you in our traditional 4* hotel. Enjoy an exceptional ambience with many loving details and a friendly, sophisticated service.
Häckers Grand Hotel & Spa Resort: The Grand Hotel in Bad Ems is the first choice if you are looking for an "imperial" spa hotel in Rhineland-Palatinate. Therefore the hotel provides the thermal spa "Kaisergarten", which offers 13 different steam baths and saunas. This includes an herbal steam bath, an outdoor block sauna, an indoor whirlpool, an ice grotto, a Roman steam bath, foot baths and other exclusive relaxation stations. The Häcker's Grand Hotel has a thermal pool, which is fed directly from an underground spring. No matter what kind of relaxation you prefer, the new space will captivate you with its special ambience.
Koblenz Diehls 4-Sterne Hotel: Located below fortress Ehrenbreitstein. Relaxation for body, soul and spirit you will find at the panoramic sauna with Rhine view. Enjoy our swimming pool or treat yourself to a soothing massage.
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 hotel in Marburg provides a parking gararge, apprx. 15 € per day/car.
Furthermore there is a close public car park, apprx. 10 € per day/car.
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 velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we bring it to your first hotel and pick it up at your destination. 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
Daily at 9 am there is the possibility to transfer back to Marburg with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at ca. 11.30am. 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.
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain is broken, 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 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. Landgrave castle, princely residence, fortress – the Gothic and late Gothic structures with renaissance fixtures represent a unique, multifaceted history. The casemates located at the castle moat and park are evidence of this. An important part of the castle, which is now in the possession of the university, is the university museum for cultural history which includes collections on Hesse’s pre and early history, religious art and civic urban living.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cathedral in Limburg
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.
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.
"Deutsches Eck" in 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.