Westerwald-Steig Stage 5: Westerburg - Freilingen (East - West)
Where castle dwellers lived, colourful meadow valleys proliferate and glittering water surfaces seduce. Hidden beauties. I stroll through the narrow streets of the upper town and discover masterful half-timbered houses, such as the beautiful Burgmannenhaus, or the stained glass windows in the choir of the old castle church. In the museum of traditional costumes of yesteryear, I encounter the simple and hard life of times gone by, and I am glad that I am walking on foot out of desire and not out of necessity. My detour to the nearby Wiesensee immediately gives me holiday feelings. The lake is pure idyll! I will follow the train of fair-weather clouds in the sky and look forward to being accompanied on my hike again and again by the quiet blue of numerous ponds and lakes. The landscape now shows the charm of gentle mountain tops, extensive meadow valleys and sparse deciduous forests. A nature with a special charisma! Perhaps it is precisely because of this that numerous places of pilgrimage have developed here in the Westerwald. Not far from Westerburg, a pilgrimage church has been built in honour of the Virgin Mary. The Liebfrauenkirche puts me in a cheerful mood and I discover the beautiful interior. I will encounter a piece of heaven on earth here again and again. Heavenly beautiful, but of a completely different nature, is the Westerwald lake district. A real stroke of luck for summer visitors, bathers and nature lovers. Here I just want to drift, forget time and play in the water with my bare feet. Please note that there are currently no refreshment stops or hotels in Freilingen! We recommend Gasthof "Zum Seeweiher" in Dreifelden (Tel. 02666/643, www.zumseeweiher.de), which is another approx. 4 km from Freilingen.If these additional kilometres are too long for you, we recommend leaving the WesterwaldSteig shortly after Himburg and following the main hiking trail II (white II on black background) to Dreifelden.