Hiking Trail

Marienstatt - monastery walk

Route profile

Length / Distance 1,6 km
Rise 19 hm
Descent 22 hm
Duration 0,5 h
Highest point 252 hm
Lowest point 234 hm


We start our little walk at the famous Cistercian Abbey of Marienstatt. The abbey was founded in 1222 by Cistercian monks in the valley of the Great Nister. It is a sacred place and a spiritual hub for the region. The surrounding landscape is shaped by the history and economic activity of the Cistercian monks. The beauty of the Nistertal valley and the diversity of nature make Marienstatt and the surrounding cultural landscape particularly attractive. We discover this landscape on our circular route and learn more about the work of the monks at that time. At seven stations we learn a variety of topics about the history of the Marienstatter monastery, cultural landscape and nature. After the walk we let our soul dangle in the beautiful monastery garden and enjoy the splendor of the flowers.

Brief description

A nice, easy walk in a charming landscape with lots of nature experiences around the Cistercian Abbey of Marienstatt.


From Hachenburg (southeast): Via the L288 onto the B413 and onto the B414 in the direction of Altenkirchen. Leave the B414 at the first possibility to the right on the K21 and follow this road.

From Altenkirchen (west): Drive over the B414. After Müschenbach, turn left onto the K21 in the direction of Marienstatt and follow this road.

From Bad Marienberg (east): Drive over the B414 and leave it at the exit in the direction of Nister. Follow the L288 to the turning in the direction of Marienstatt and then turn onto the K21. Take the next left again to stay on the K21.

From Betzdorf (northeast): Follow the L288 to the turn-off on the K21 in the direction of Marienstatt. Take the next left again to stay on K21.

Public transport

With the bus line 408 from Hachenburg to Hattert and from there with the bus line 415 to Marienstatt.

Taxi company:
Taxi Schmidt GbR: Hachenburg, phone: 02662/6119 or 02662/6688
Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Hachenburg, phone: 02662/944444
Taxi Kappi-Tullius: Hachenburg, phone: 02662/939390


Marienstatt: Free hiking car park in Marienstatt, 57629 Marienstatt


We start our walk at the Cistercian Abbey of Marienstatt. From there we walk towards the Great Nister, which we cross at the historic Nister Bridge. Continue right into the alluvial forest. In the alluvial forest we follow the course of the Great Nister until we come to the weir made of natural stone. The path leads us past a clay pit, where a slight depression in the ground relief indicates the former clay quarrying. After a short ascent, we have a great view of the valley of the Great Nister and Kroppacher Switzerland. Shortly before the end of our walk, we pass the rock parlor, where two castles once stood.

Safety instructions

  • Wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing that is suitable for the weather and protects you from the cold and wet or from the heat and sun.
  • Take plenty of fluids with you. There are not many places to stop for refreshments.
  • Please put on suitable hiking shoes on the way, which will give you sufficient grip even on slippery and steep or rocky and uneven paths.
  • If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the path are not accessible to you then you should bypass this.
  • Especially in adverse weather conditions, near-natural paths can lead to muddy and slippery passages.
  • Particularly in autumn, it is also important to ensure that the leaves lying on the ground can cover bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path.
  • You should expect this kind of obstacle to the path when you go on a hike.
  • Although the path is consistently very well marked, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons.


After a nice walk, relax in the lovingly laid out monastery garden with its beautiful flowers.

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