Long Distance Hiking

Druidensteig - Stage 5 from Betzdorf to Steinebach

Route profile

Length / Distance 9,4 km
Rise 339 hm
Descent 223 hm
Duration 2,7 h
Highest point 449 hm
Lowest point 218 hm


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The shortest stage of the Druidensteig is a tough one. First, you have to master the climb up to Steinerother Kopf. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view over the Westerwald. You then descend into the idyllic Elbbach valley. The Dickendorf mill is a special historical site here. The second ascent of this stage up to the "Weißer Gaul" also needs to be mastered before you reach your destination, the Bindweide visitor mine. From here, you can continue to Gebhardshain via an access path.

Brief description

On the stage from Betzdorf to Steinebach, the visitor mine Grube Bindweide awaits your visit! Are you already looking forward to the underground ride on the mine train?


Stage 5 is the shortest stage of the Druidensteig with a length of only approx. 9 kilometers. The long-distance hiking trail now leaves the Siegtal valley near Betzdorf for the last time and takes you to Steinebach an der Sieg.

From Betzdorf, the hiking trail climbs over 200 meters in altitude to the Steinerother Kopf. However, the many distant views at Dauersberg and Steineroth give you plenty of opportunity for short breaks. From the former basalt quarry at Steinerother Kopf, you can enjoy a special view over the northern Westerwald to the Bergisches Land region from the small picnic area.

In the Elbbach valley, the hiking trail leads you to the historic Dickendorfermühle mill with its original grinder. Stop here and enjoy a delicious piece of cake made by the owners themselves. From here, the ascent to the "Weißer Gaul" begins - here you will climb another 100 meters in altitude. On this ridge, the Druidensteig trail once again leads into an ore mining area. Traces of open-cast mining and the remains of small tunnels can be found along the trail.

In Steinebach an der Sieg, the stage finish is at the visitor mine Grube Bindweide. The Geoinformation Center of the Westerwald-Lahn-Taunus Geopark offers the opportunity to travel underground on an original mine train to the historic mining sites.

In addition to some offers in Steinebach a. d. Sieg, there are further offers for catering, accommodation and gastronomy in Gebhardshain. The village is connected to the Druidensteig trail via a 2-kilometer access route.

Safety instructions

  • If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not suitable for you, then you should avoid them. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on near-natural paths.
  • In autumn in particular, you should be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide uneven surfaces, roots, stones or holes in the path. You have to reckon with this type of path impairment when you go on a hike.
  • Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons or download the free "Experience Rhineland-Palatinate" app.


  • Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing that is suitable for the weather and protects you from the cold and wet or the heat and sun.
  • Take enough liquid with you. Refreshment stops are not available everywhere.
  • Please wear hiking boots that are suitable for the route and offer sufficient grip even on slippery and steep or rocky and uneven paths.


The ride on the mine train in the Bindweide visitor mine is a special experience. Delicious cakes await you at the Dickendorfer Mühle.


A KOMPASS North hiking map including the Druidensteig is available from the Westerwald Shop.


Bindweide mine visitor mine

Starting Point


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