We start at the Haus des Gastes in Limbach and soon reach the publicly accessible, medieval roof slate pit Assberg. We hike through beautiful deciduous forests down into the valley of the Great Nister, where the Cistercian Marienstatt Abbey with its early Gothic basilica, the romantic cloister garden and the Marienstatter brewery await us. Via the monastery walk we reach the Imperial Cemetery and start the ascent to the "Schöne Aussicht" lookout point. Here the name says it all and we are impressed not only overlook the entire monastery complex, but also see the castle of the medieval town of Hachenburg in the distance. We continue to the picturesque village of Astert and from here we follow the Great Nister until shortly before Heuzert. We climb the Hartenberg with another spectacular vantage point and then start the way back past the Lützelauer Mühle, where the Kleine Nister awaits us and leads us along the wild and romantic Heunig cave path to Limbach.
This tour is full of opportunities to visit cultural highlights and natural beauties - variety guaranteed!
From Hachenburg (south): We leave Hachenburg via Graf-Heinrich-Straße and the L288. At the end of the street we turn right onto the B413. At the roundabout we take the second exit to join the B414 in the direction of Altenkirchen. We leave this street at the first crossing to the right on the K21, which we leave directly to the left on the K19. We follow this road through Müschenbach to Astert. After Aster we turn right to stay on the K19. After a little more than a kilometer, we turn right onto the K20, which we follow to Limbach.
From Altenkirchen (west): We take the B414 in the direction of Hachenburg and follow this road to Müschenbach. At the ED petrol station we turn left into the main street, which we follow to the end. There we turn left into Hachenburger Straße, which we follow out of Müschenbach. We are now on the K19, which we follow past Astert, where we turn right to stay on the K19. After a little over a kilometer we turn right onto the K20, which we follow to Limbach.
From Betzdorf (north): We leave Betzdorf via the L288 and follow this road until we turn right after about ten kilometers Leave Luckenbach. We turn left onto the L281. After about one kilometer we turn left into Marienstätter Weg. We follow this through with Atzelgift. We continue on the elevated road (always straight ahead). When we are out of Atzelgift, we follow the K20 straight ahead to Limbach.
From Hachenburg there is a regular bus connection with bus line 270 to Streithausen, from there it is about 25 minutes' walk to Limbach.
Taxi Schmidt: Hachenburg, Tel .: 02662/6119 or 02662/6688
Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Hachenburg, Tel .: 02662/944444
Taxi Kappi-Tullius: Hachenburg, Tel .: 02662/939390
Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Altenkirchen, Tel .: 02681/2222
Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Wissen, Tel .: 02742/1055
Taxi rental car Jung, Reinhold: Hamm / Sieg, Tel .: 02682/8555
Limbach: Free parking space at the guest house in Limbach, Hardtweg 3, 57629 Limbach
Marienstatt: Free parking space for hikers in Marienstatt, 57629 Marienstatt
Important note: The route is not signposted!
After starting at the guest house, we will soon reach the Assberg roof slate pit. From there we hike into the valley of the Great Nister, where the Cistercian Abbey of Marienstatt is waiting for us. We reach the Imperial Cemetery via the monastery walk. We leave the monastery walk at this point and start the ascent to the "Schöne Aussicht" lookout point. From there we hike on through the town of Astert, from where we follow the Kleine Nister until shortly before Heuzert. We make our way back to Limbach via the Hartenberg and the Lützelauer Mühle.
We should definitely take the time to take a breather in the beautifully landscaped monastery garden!