The short tour
A little more than a weekend - but really a lot of holiday. On this cycling tour, you start in the lively university town of Marburg, famous for the Elisabethkirche and the Landgrafenschloss. Look forward to the relaxed atmosphere in the city with its quaint student bars. Tourism, 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 Saints, who died here, built the first Gothic hall church on German soil. The Elizabeth Church became the target of pilgrims from all over the country - a first form of tourism. Landgraf Philip the Magnanimous founded the foundation stone for the world-wide university town with students and visitors from all over the world. Enjoy the peace and quiet in the idyllic alleyways of the historic Wetzlar and admire the world-famous Limburg Cathedral and the completely protected city center. Dive into the river of time. Living medieval in a modern city. Let us start with the old bridge. In former times a ford crossed the river Lahn, from the middle of the 12th century a first wooden bridge. Enjoy a scenic highlight on the last day of the bike, away from all traffic; you will be able to ride through untouched valley landscape before your trip ends in Bad Ems.
1. day Marburg arrival
Make sure you have enough time to visit the historical Old-town and the Elisabeth church of Marburg (it is possible to arrive by train/parking facilities 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 - Limburg 65 km
You will leave Wetzlar again via the stone bridge to reach the ancient mine Grube Fortuna after only 8 km. This mine is the only ore mining facility nation-wide, where visitors become witnesses of how ore mining was operated in the past with the original machines. After that, you will continue your way through the unforgettable landscape to Weilburg, whose Renaissance-style castle is situated on a plateau elevated high above the Lahn. The river begins to curl then between the Taunus and Westerwald regions. You will follow the paved towpath via Aumenau and Runkel to Limburg and its famous cathedral.
4. day Limburg - Bad Ems 47 km
Enjoy today the scenic highlight of the trip: Far away from any traffic, you will find your way through untouched valleys from Diez to Balduinstein. Two climbs which can be comfortably avoided by train (11 km) are part of the route today. Catch your breath again at the monastery of Arnstein or at the castle of Nassau before continuing to Bad Ems.
5. day Bad Ems 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.
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.
Prices are per person.
18.04. – 07.05.2020
24.09. – 11.10.2020
08.05. – 23.09.2020
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
Marburg is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. From the station to our partner hotels in Marburg please take a taxi.
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 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 between 9am and 10am there is the possibility to use our transfer back to Marburg (approx. 2,5 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.
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 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.
The Old University Marburg
The world’s first Protestant university, founded in 1527 by Landgrave Philipp the Magnanimous, provides a major contribution to the town life thanks to its over 26.500 students in medicine, natural sciences, the humanities and social sciences.
The building of the Old University, which is still visible today, was built between 1873 and 1891 by Carl Schäfer in the neo-Gothic style on the foundations of the Dominican abbey dating from the late 13th century. The auditorium located here provides a unique glimpse into the history of the town of Marburg with its large historic canvases by Peter Janssen.
The University church, built at the start of the 14th century, is 500 years older than the neo-Gothic Old University next door.
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.
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).
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.
Guided City Tour in Limburg
Limburg's old town is one of the prettiest and best preserved in the region. It boasts a good number of half-timbered houses, some dating back to the 13th century, but most of them "only" from the 17th or 18th century. All those white houses with their red or black framework give Limburg a particularily cheerful atmosphere.
Diocesan Museum Limburg
Housed in a historic building, this museum is home to a collection of religious art, including a reliquary of the True Cross, a Byzantine work of the 10C, and another of the Staff of St Peter. The museum also boasts a collection of medieval sculpture, the highlight of which is the Lamentation of Christ, a terracotta sculpture dating from 1415.
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.
The Russian Orthodox Church, Bad Ems
To the family meeting in the "imperial bath" the Russian relationship always also ame - czar Alexander II met in Bad Ems with pleasure his favorite uncle, emperoer Wilhelm I in 1876 was initiated the church also into presence of the both. Typically for a Russian-orthodox church are five domes; besides, the colour Blue symbolises the wisdom of God. Inside the iconostasis, the admirably decorated partition between the space of the believers and that which is left only to the priest shows the different patron saints of the orthodox church. If Holy Alexandra who is consecrated the church also belongs to it.