Germany

Hiking Trail

Marienwanderweg - In the footsteps of pilgrims

Route profile

Difficulty
Difficult
Length / Distance 20,6 km
Rise 383 hm
Descent 414 hm
Duration 6,0 h
Highest point 328 hm
Lowest point 170 hm

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Description

The Marienthal Monastery is idyllically located in untouched nature. From here we pass several small villages and hike over forest, field and meadow paths to the tranquil town of Ahlhausen. From now on, the Nister accompanies us on our way past Stein-Wingert to the point of view of the Spitze Ley, where we are fascinated by the view over the wild and romantic Kroppacher Switzerland. Back in the Nister Valley, the Nister Bridge in Heimborn leads us across the river to the "German Corner of the Westerwald", a particularly charming piece of earth where the small and the large Nister flow together. We follow the Nister past the Lützelauer Mühle until we can once again enjoy a grandiose view from the Hohe Ley viewpoint. Now we pay a visit to the Assberg roof slate pit. Finally we reach our destination in the Nistertal, the Cistercian Abbey of Marienstatt, and have a rest in the brewery or enjoy the silence in the beautiful monastery garden.

Brief description

Not only pilgrims are always enthusiastic about this popular hiking tour, which leads through beautiful nature and connects the Marienthal monastery with the Marienstatt monastery.

Approach

To the Marienthal Monastery:

From Hachenburg (southeast): We leave Hachenburg via Graf-Heirich-Straße and the L288 and at the end of the street turn right onto the B413. We leave the roundabout at the second exit to take the B414 in the direction of Altenkirchen. We follow the B414 for about seven kilometers until we leave it after Kroppach to the right into Wissener Straße / L290. We follow this road for about three kilometers until we turn right in Eichehardt onto Siegener Straße / B256. We leave this street after about 200 meters to the left into Schulstrasse, which we follow later in Gartenstrasse. We follow this road out of the place where the road becomes the K42. At Racksen and Nassen we turn left. We follow this road for about two kilometers until we turn sharply right onto the K51. We follow this street until it becomes Marienthaler Straße, which becomes the street "Am Kloster", which leads us to the monastery.

From Altenkirchen (south): We leave Altenkirchen via Siegener Straße and then drive via L256 in the direction of Mammelzen. In Eichelhardt we turn left into Schulstrasse, which we follow later in Gartenstrasse. We follow this road out of the place where the road becomes the K42. At Racksen and Nassen we turn left. We follow this road for about two kilometers until we turn sharply right onto the K51. We follow this street until it becomes Marienthaler Straße, which becomes the street "Am Kloster", which leads us to the monastery.

Von Wissen (northeast): We leave Wissen via Koblenzer Straße and turn right onto the B62. After about two kilometers we use the right-hand lane to take the driveway to the B256 in the direction of Olpe. In Hamm we turn left into Thalhauser Straße (signs for Breitscheit / Seelbach). We continue to follow this road until it becomes the K50 and now follow the K50. At Breitbach we turn left onto the K51. We follow the K51 until shortly before the Marienthal monastery, where we turn into the street "Am Kloster".

To the Marienstatt Monastery:

From Hachenburg (southeast): We leave Hachenburg via the L288 and turn right onto the B413 at the end of the street. We follow this road to the roundabout, which we leave at the second exit onto the B414. After the roundabout, we turn right onto the K21 in the direction of Marienstatt, which we follow until we reach the parking lot.

From Altenkirchen (west): We drive on the B414 to the turning to Marienstatt (K21 / signs in the direction of Marienstatt). We follow this road until we have arrived in Marienstatt.

From Bad Marienberg (east): We leave Bad Marienberg via the L294 and turn left at the end of the street onto the B414. We leave this street at the turning towards Nister and Betzdorf. We follow the signs towards Betzdorf on the L288 until we turn left onto the K21 at the first intersection. Then we turn left again immediately to stay on the K21 and follow this road to Marienstatt.

From Betzdorf (north): We leave Betzdorf via the L288, which we follow to the exit to the right in the direction of Marienstatt. Now we are on the K21. To stay on this street, we turn the next left and drive to Marienstatt.

Public transport

Marienthal Abbey: Take the Hessian regional railway from the train station in Hachenburg in the direction of Siegen. After about 35 minutes we are at the Marienthal monastery.

Marienstatt Abbey: With the 408 bus from Hachenburg to Hattert. From there, take the 415 bus to Marienstatt.

Taxi company:

Taxi Schmidt GbR: Hachenburg, Tel .: 02662/6119 or 02662/6688

Taxi Kappi-Tullius: Hachenburg, Tel .: 02662/939390

Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Hachenburg, Tel .: 02662/944444

Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Altenkirchen, Tel .: 02681/2222

Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Wissen, Tel .: 02742/1055

Taxi rental car Jung, Reinhold: Hamm / Sieg, Tel .: 02682/8555

Parking

Marienthal: Free car park at the Marienthal Monastery, Am Kloster 13, 57577 Seelbach near Hamm (Sieg)

Marienstatt: Free car park at the Marienstatt Monastery, 57629 Marienstatt

Directions

The tour can be hiked in both directions. In this description, the Marienthal Monastery was taken as the starting point.

From the Marienthal Monastery we walk past several places until we walk from Ahlhausen on the side of the Nister. We pass the places Stein-Wingert and Heuzert and the Lützelauer Mühle until we come to one of the numerous viewpoints. Passing the Assberg roof slate pit, we arrive at our destination, the Marienstatt Cistercian Abbey.

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.

Tips

The tour can be hiked in both directions.

Literature

Topographic map 1: 25000 Ferienland Westerwald sheet 1, ISBN 978-3-89637-253-6

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Notice

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

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