The Kleine Wäller Schwarze Nister is the second walking trail in Bad Marienberg. Here you can stroll leisurely and enjoy nature. And although the tour is only just under 4.5 km long, there is plenty to see, even in autumn and winter. In summer, a Kneipp treading pool or the little river itself offers cooling for feet and legs, and in the Bacher Lay it is always cool anyway. The basalt wall is worth seeing and you can also discover remnants of former basalt mining, always accompanied by the Black Nister. Sometimes it is closer, sometimes a little further away from the path.

Back in the city, the Barefoot Trail and Apothecary Garden in the Park of the Senses await your visit.

Brief description

This leisurely walk accompanies the Schwarze Nister river on its way through the Bacher Lay nature reserve.


- 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

Public transport

By train to the Nistertal or Westerburg stop. Continue by bus to Bad Marienberg, bus stop Neuerweg.

Bus line 116 and 483


Free parking at the Tourist Info, Wilhelmstraße 10, 56470 Bad Marienberg


The leisurely tour along the Schwarze Nister, a tributary of the Große Nister, starts at the tourist information office and first leads up Wilhelmstraße, past the Protestant church on the right, to the Marienquelle. Here you can pause for a moment and admire the small grotto. The trail continues downhill until the Schwarze Nister appears and accompanies the trail for a short distance at the same altitude. You then reach the Bacher Lay nature reserve and cross the small river over a rustic wooden bridge.

Immediately afterwards, the view falls on an imposing, steeply rising basalt wall, which shines in green in summer with plants and trees and becomes an impressive ice wall in winter.

Continue to the right, where after a short climb the path high above the Black Nister is accompanied by giant trees and basalt on the left.

Then the trail continues along the Nisterpfad past the Schützenhaus back to Bad Marienberg. In Nassauische Straße, turn left into Bornstraße and then immediately right into the Park der Sinne (Park of the Senses) with barefoot path and apothecary garden. With free admission, you can relax and immerse yourself in the world of herbs.

Finally, it is just a few steps back to the starting point, the tourist information office.

Safety instructions

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.


Sturdy shoes are recommended, as well as appropriate clothing for the weather, which protects against cold and wet or heat and sun.

Also take enough liquid with you, there are no refreshment stops along the way.


Treat your feet to a refreshment in the Kneipp pool or in the Black Nister and try out the different surfaces on the barefoot trail.


The map "Hiking trails in the Westerwald" of the regions Bad Marienberg, Rennerod and Westerburg is available for € 5.95 at the Tourist Info.

Scale 1:25,000


Tourist-Info, Wilhelmstr. 10, 56470 Bad Marienberg

Starting Point

Tourist-Info, Wilhelmstr. 10, 56470 Bad Marienberg

More information & GPX download


In the tour planner we inform you under the tab "Current info" about temporary route changes, closures and detours.

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