Bicycle Rides

Challenging and entertaining: on the WW1 circular cycle route

Route profile

Length / Distance 235,6 km
Rise 2,758 hm
Descent 2,654 hm
Duration 18,7 h
Highest point 648 hm
Lowest point 152 hm


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With Hachenburg we choose one of the most beautiful towns in the Westerwald as a starting point and linger briefly on the old market with its dreamy half-timbered backdrop before we make our way south. Soon one of the many bathing opportunities that we will encounter along the WW1 awaits us near Maroth with its forest lake. Via Selters we continue through a landscape of fields and forests to Sessenbach, where a visit to the planetarium is highly recommended. In Höhr-Grenzhausen, the next highlight awaits us with the largest ceramics museum in Europe, before we enjoy the Weserwald in all its beauty on our journey through the almost paradisiacal area of the Nassau Nature Park. Our ride up to the Fuckskaute is going to be pretty sporty again. For this we are rewarded with a magnificent view from the highest elevation in the Westerwald. Shortly before Hachenburg we recover and cover the last kilometers.

Brief description

A long round trip takes you from Hachenburg across the Westerwald and back. You will experience several themed cycle paths and numerous highlights await you.


Coming from Cologne or from the B51, Severinsbrücke and Deutzer Ring/B55 take Östliche Zubringerstraße/L124. Take A59 and A3 to L258 in Dierdorf, take exit 37-Dierdorf on A3. Take the B413 to Bahnhofstrasse in Hachenburg.

Coming from Frankfurt, follow the Theater Tunnel, Gutleutstraße and the B44 to B43. Take A3 to B255 in Heiligenroth, take exit 40-Montabaur on A3. Follow B255, take B8 and L292 to Bahnhofstraße in Hachenburg.

Public transport

By train to the train station in Hachenburg


The train station in Hachenburg offers sufficient paid parking facilities.


Of course, I can also join the circular tour at other points, but my instructions begin at the train station in Hachenburg. The modern WW1 is very well signposted, it shows a white wheel on a green background and the lettering WW1 below it. The tour continues through the communities of Hattert and via the Marzauer Mühle to Wahlrod. The Roßbacher forest and fields follow up to Roßbach. The next destination further south is Selters in the Westerwald. Then, among other things, the planetarium in Sessenbach awaits you on a hill. A little further in Höhr there is a pottery workshop and a museum in the jug oven. In the following I continue on the German Limes cycle path over fields and through forest. Past the Limes tower just before Hillscheid, the tour leads again through the forest to a Roman tower near Kadenbach and further east. It goes gently down in the direction of the Altes Brauhaus in the Lahntal. The route towards Welschneudorf, Hübingen and Gackenbach has hardly any gradients. Here I can now visit the wildlife park. I then cycle through the Nassau Nature Park in the direction of Großholbach. Just before the village is Bildches Eich, a small chapel worth seeing, which invites you to the Marian devotion. The tour takes me through small towns further south and east to Niedererbach. I cross Autobahn 3. From now on I cycle uphill more often. From Niedererbach it goes north again over a longer distance. I would like to make a stop, but I'll hold on a little longer because then Westerburg will be waiting with its sights. A little further, the Wiesensee near Stahlhofen invites me to relax. I've already covered around 140 kilometers here. About 20 kilometers further, the Fuchskaute near Willingen lures me with the ascent. In the town of Lippe, you first head south, then east, the terrain remains fairly level or tends to go downhill. On the further path, which runs partly in a zigzag, I pass the basalt quarry Weiße Ley on the left near Nauroth and in Atzelgift Mühle and Waldkapelle. Now, just before Astert, the Hohe Ley vantage point awaits, later the Assberg slate pit and a few kilometers further the Marienstatt monastery with its brewery. Finally, my path leads me back uphill to Hachenburg.


For bags and backpacks, not only the back offers space on a bike tour - the weight of the equipment should be distributed over several parts of the body and bike. Wind, rain or sun can lead to very different temperature sensations on the bike - a cold can best be avoided with professional cycling clothing. On a multi-day tour, you should always have a change of clothes on hand to be prepared for any eventuality. In addition to other important pieces of equipment, the necessary tools and repair utensils should not be forgotten. At high speeds, it's easy to take a wrong turn on a bike tour: traditional and modern aids such as a bike map or a GPS device are used for orientation. You should always have a small emergency kit with you.


Sporty types can try the golf course near Stahlhofen am Wiesensee and then take a refreshing dip in the lake.


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Hachenburg, train station

Starting Point

Hachenburg, train station

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

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