Red cheeks are for sure
The sportive 6-day trip from the spring to the mouth.
This trip starts at the source of the river Lahn in the middle of the forest Rothaargebirge. You will discover the lively town of Marburg, seat of the historical university, the Elisabeth church and the Landgraves castle. The towns casual atmosphere and the homey bars are waiting for you to stop by. Afterwards, enjoy the calm in the narrow streets of Wetzlar historical Old-town with its typical half-timbered constructions and marvel at the cathedral of Limburg, famous in the whole world. But Limburg has even more to offer: The beautiful Old-town has been designated a historic monument! After Limburg you will have the chance to enjoy the beauty of the landscape while cycling through untouched valleys far off from any traffic before reaching your final destination Koblenz at the river Rhine.
1. day Lahnquelle arrival
In the middle of the forest you stay in a cosy hotel directly at the spring of the Lahn (if you arrive by train it is possible to book a transfer from the train station in Feudingen).
2. day Lahn spring - Marburg 67 km
Time flies on your first day of cycling. Starting at the spring of the Lahn you roll through densely wooded countryside via Feudingen to Bad Laasphe. You cycle via Biedenkopf into the old town of Marburg. 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 St. Elisabeth, built the first Gothic hall church on German soil. The Elisabeth church became a destination for pilgrims from all over the country. The famous Elisabeth church and the landgraves' palace are worth visiting. In the evening you can enjoy wonderful hours in international restaurants or in students pubs.
3. day Marburg - Braunfels 62 km
Today you cycle through wide meadows at the Lahn via Giessen to the cathedral town of Wetzlar. You should definitely plan a visit of the Old Town - it's worth it! Don't miss out the visitors mine pit Fortuna, it is absolutely worth seeing.
4. day Braunfels - Limburg 58 km
Another highlight is waiting for you. Using the Lahn bike trail you cycle to Weilburg. You should not miss to visit the renaissance palace of Weilburg. Pretty close along the river you follow the Lahn bicycle path. Visit the probably largest ruin of a castle in Germany in Runkel, before you reach the world famous cathedral and the old town of Limburg.
5. day Limburg - Koblenz 59 km
Once again the Lahn bicycle path offers great cycling experiences. On this former towpath you cycle to Balduinstein. On this part of the tour the bicycle path seems to be taken out of a picture book. A stop at a Lahn wine grower at the Lahn refreshes mind and palate. Visit Nassau castle and the worth seeing traditional spa Bad Ems, before the Rhine valley opens up in front of your eyes. In Lahnstein you have to say goodbye to the idyllic course of the river Lahn, because for the last remaining kilometres you follow the Rhine bicycle path to the centre of Koblenz.
6. day Koblenz departure
After breakfast your long journey from the spring of the Lahn to the Rhine ends. You can add our tours along the Rhine, Moselle, Ahr and Kyll or you may have another nice cycling holiday in the centre of Germany.
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
The nearest railway station is Feudingen. A transfer from the station in Feudingen to the hotel at the source of the Lahn can be booked inexpensive via the hotel. Per trip (maximum 6 people), the fee is 30.00 EUR (Tuesday is day of rest). Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
At the hotel Forsthaus Lahnquelle you can park your car for the whole duration of the trip. The fee per parking space is 5,- EUR per day. There are always many parking sport available, a reservation is not required.
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 transfer back to the source of the Lahn with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at 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.
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.
The Old Town Bad Laasphe
The state-approved Kneipp spa at the entrance to Wittgensteiner country was named as a health resort in 1983. The old town is dominated by 63 historic listed houses, which exude a cozy flair.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kurwald Mountain Railway, Bad Ems
Discover the Bismarck Hill with the cable railway
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 Braubach
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.