Red cheeks are for sure
The sportive 6-day trip from the spring to the mouth.
This trip starts at the spring of the river Lahn in the middle of the Rothaargebirge. You will discover the lively town of Marburg with the university, the Elisabeth church and the Landgraves castle. Enjoy the narrow streets of Wetzlars' Old-town with its typical half-timbered houses and marvel at the cathedral of Limburg and the beautiful Old-town. Enjoy the beauty of the landscape while cycling through untouched valleys far off from any traffic before you reach Koblenz.
1. day Arrival at the spring
In the middle of Germany, in the region Siegen-Wittgenstein the river Lahn arises. You will spend the night at hotel "Fortshaus Lahnquelle" next to the the spring in the forest. For those who arrive by train: the hotel offers a pick-up service from the train station in Bad Laasphe-Feudingen for a small value. Parking space with costs at the hotel.
2. day Lahn spring - Marburg 67 km
Time flies on your first day of cycling. Starting at the spring you will cycle through beautiful wooded countryside to Bad Laasphe. Follow the young river to Biedenkopf an the old town of Marburg. Culture and history have always aroused each other in Marburg. The famous Elisabeth church and the landgraves' palace are worth visiting. In the evening you can enjoy your time in international restaurants or students pubs.
3. day Marburg - Braunfels 62 km
Today you cycle through wide meadows via Giessen to Wetzlar. You should definitely plan a visit of the Old Town - it's worth it. Overnight stay in Braunfels with its impressing castle.
4. day Braunfels - Limburg 58 km
Another highlight is waiting for you today. You should not miss to visit the renaissance palace of Weilburg. Close to the river you follow the Lahn bicycle path to Runkel. There you can visit one of the largest castle ruins in Germany, before you reach the world famous cathedral and the old town of Limburg.
5. day Limburg - Koblenz 59 km
Today you enjoy another great scenic experience: away from all traffic the journey leads through an untouched valley from Diez to Balduinstein. Visit Nassau castle and the worth seeing health resort Bad Ems. In Lahnstein you have to say goodbye to the river Lahn, as tyou will follow the Rhine bikepath to the centre of Koblenz.
6. day Koblenz departure
Your cycle holiday comes to an end after breakfast. It is possible to depart by train, if you wish to return to the spring we recommend our transfer service back to the first hotel (departure at 9 a.m., ca. 3 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.
40 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 40 days before the start of the tour without giving reasons.
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 located in Feudingen. The hotel 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 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 old town is characterized by 63 listed half-timbered houses and exude a cozy atmosphere.
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.