The Kleine Wäller Wolfsteine is a great circular hike for families and all hikers who love variety.
The tour starts at the Bad Marienberg Wildlife Park, from where it follows forest paths to the Small and Large Wolfstones. Here you should take the time to read the legend of the Wolfsteine on the information board.
The path leads over the Marienberger Höhe to the town centre. The spa park with its apothecary garden and barefoot path is definitely worth a stop.
There are many places to stop for refreshments in the town centre, so you can start the last third of the hike well fortified.
Continue towards the basalt park. Here you will find information boards about basalt mining in earlier times. The path leads past the basalt lake and the park's imposing basalt wall steeply uphill towards the wildlife park.
Before you reach the game park, you pass the Hedwig Tower. Here you can enjoy the view over the Westerwald at the end of the hike.
An eventful trail - past the Wolfsteinen and many other Bad Marienberg sights.
The 7 km long circular trail is particularly suitable for families, as there is plenty for the children to discover along the way and the hike is guaranteed not to be boring.
- From Cologne: A3 exit Hennef/Sieg via B8 and B414 to Bad Marienberg.
- From Frankfurt: A3 exit Limburg via B54 and B414 to Bad Marienberg
- From Dortmund: A45 exit Haiger/Burbach via B54 and B414 to Bad Marienberg
- From Gießen: A45 exit Herborn via B255 and B414 to Bad Marienberg
- From Koblenz: A48 and A3 exit Montabaur via B255 to Bad Marienberg
By train to the Nistertal or Westerburg stop. Continue by bus to Bad Marienberg, bus stop Neuerweg.
Bus line 116 and 483
Large free car park at the Bad Marienberg Wildlife Park.
From the car park at the Bad Marienberg Wildlife Park, I walk past the adventure playground of the Wildlife Park and the climbing forest straight ahead into the forest. After 500 metres, I keep to the right and walk a short distance uphill to the first basalt formation, the "Kleiner Wolfstein". There I take a short rest on a rustic oak bench in the forest church, an open-air place of worship, and enjoy nature. Then I follow the narrow path uphill for 100 metres, winding between basalt stones and trees. At the crossroads I come to, I turn left and follow the path for just under a kilometre through the forest to the "Großer Wolfstein" natural monument. An information board informs me about the legend of the wolf stones, which the devil supposedly lost in flight. Climbers, of which I am not one, can try their hand at the huge basalt boulders.
I continue on a wide forest path to the Marienberger Höhe and the juniper heath, from where I enjoy the view over Bad Marienberg. Then I follow a field path downhill, turn right after 400 metres and head towards the town centre. I walk around a residential area for a short distance until I reach the street "Unter den Eichen". There I turn left and walk about 300 metres to Kirburger Straße. I follow this to the right and continue straight ahead over a roundabout. Then I turn right into Büchtingstraße and follow it for 200 metres. From there, my path leads me to the right through the spa gardens, past the listed half-timbered house of the Tourist Information and to the "Park of the Senses" with barefoot path and pharmacy garden. I take off my walking shoes and treat my feet to a detour on the circular path with 16 different surfaces. Then I take a quick look at the apothecary garden with 100 different plants before continuing my way across the market square into Bismarckstraße with its shopping and refreshment facilities.
The last third of the way takes me along Bismarckstraße and Rauscheidstraße to the Basalt Park open-air museum, where display boards give me an insight into the volcanic activity of the region some 25 million years ago. From there I walk steeply uphill towards the Wildpark and use the remaining energy to enjoy the panoramic view of the Westerwald from the Hedwig Tower.
Especially in autumn, be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path.
Path impairments of this kind are to be expected on every hike.
Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate, weatherproof clothing that protects you from cold and wet or heat and sun.
A walk on the barefoot path is not to be missed! If the weather is suitable, take off your shoes and socks and walk along the different fields of the barefoot path. An experience for the senses!
The brochure "Kleine Wäller - Großer Genuss" is available at the Tourist Info or online here.