Thematic Trail

Bad Marienberg - The Fire Loop

Route profile

Length / Distance 18,4 km
Rise 334 hm
Descent 334 hm
Duration 5,1 h
Highest point 562 hm
Lowest point 313 hm


Glowing lava poured out of the earth's interior. That was once upon a time. What remains and shapes the region around Bad Marienberg is basalt. The Feuerschleife is a circular hike (17.5 km) that is peppered with eloquent evidence of the glowing Westerwald past and presents itself as a varied loop in the most beautiful Westerwald landscape.

Brief description

An excursion into the region's fiery earth history. Approx. 17.5 kilometres and lots of fresh air! Here you encounter the region's stone-rich heritage.


- 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 opposite the MarienBad, Bismarckstraße 65, 56470 Bad Marienberg


The basalt park at the start, the basalt rock tumuli of Kleiner and Großer Wolfstein, the basalt outcrop from Scharfenstein, the basalt boulders in the valley of the Nister, the beautiful basalt rock valley of the Schwarze Nister below Bad Marienberg and the passage through Bad Marienberg peppered with many testimonies of basalt mining make the hot history of the region present. The stone-rich heritage, the mixture of forest, meadow and river passages, the final walk through the town - beautiful!

The path is not marked!

Safety instructions

The path is not marked!

Especially in autumn, be aware that the 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.

Bring a daypack, binoculars, sunscreen in summer, plenty of liquids and a snack if necessary. Telescopic hiking poles may be helpful for the passages around the Großer Wolfstein or through the valley of the Schwarze Nister.


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 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

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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