The oldest water tank in Hachenburg is located along the trail and the Rothbach Grotto invites you to pause and take a deep breath. In the course of the route, there is a wonderful view of Hachenburg with its baroque castle at the so-called "summit cross". Through the district of the old town with the Hachenburg brewery, hop garden and historic ice cellar, you return to the traditional town center with its old market and golden lion on the fountain. Here you can let your soul dangle, before it goes through the castle garden to the finish point.
The Kleiner Wäller "Löwenspur 3 blau" walking trail combines the tranquility of the Hachenburg city forest with magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.
From Bad Marienberg (east): We leave Bad Marienberg via the L294 and turn left at the end of the road onto the B414. We follow this road through Kirburg and past Norken. After about nine kilometres we leave the B414 to the left onto the L281, which we follow to Hachenburg.
From Altenkirchen (west): We take the B414 to the roundabout before Hachenburg, which we leave at the first exit in the direction of Hachenburg onto the B413. At the first turning to the left (after the level crossing) we leave the road and enter the L288. Follow this road until you reach Hachenburg.
From Höchstenbach (southwest): We follow the B413 until we turn the road to the right into Koblenzer Straße. We follow this road until we reach Hachenburg.
From Betzdorf (north): We follow the L288 out of Betzdorf. At the turn-off towards Marienstatt, we turn right onto the K21. Immediately afterwards we turn left to stay on the K21. We follow the road until we come to a junction where we turn left onto the B414 towards Hachenburg. At the roundabout, we take the first exit towards Hachenburg, joining the B413. We leave this road after the level crossing to the left onto the L288, which we follow until we reach Hachenburg.
Take the Hessische Landesbahn to Hachenburg railway station, from there walk approx. 300 m to the starting point, Burggarten Hachenburg.
From Altenkirchen, take bus line 289 in the direction of Helmeroth to the school/sports centre. Change there to bus number 408 in the direction of Hachenburg. From the bus stop at the market, it is about a 5-minute walk to the starting point at the Burggarten, Alexanderring, Hachenburg.
From Bad Marienberg, take bus line 960 in the direction of Hachenburg. From the bus stop at Markt, it is about a 5-minute walk to the starting point at Burggarten, Alexanderring, Hachenburg.
Taxi company:Taxi Schmidt: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/6119 or 02662/6688
Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/944444
Taxi Kappi-Tullius: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/939390
Taxi Hilgers: Bad Marienberg, Tel.: 02661/5055
Taxi company Kevin Nagel: Bad Marienberg, Tel.: 02661/5949
Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Altenkirchen, Tel.: 02681/2222
Taxi Uwe Bischoff: Wissen, Tel.: 02742/1055
Hachenburg; free parking "Am Burggarten", Alexanderring, 57627 Hachenburg, entrance to Parkhotel Hachenburg
At the info point take the path into the Burggarten. After approx. 60 m turn left on the path and always follow the blue Löwentatze signs. Leave the Burggarten to the right at the upper wall opening. Past the Landscape Museum, cross Leipziger Straße at the crosswalk and continue left and immediately turn right into Adolphweg. After 200 meters there is a steep section! After the steep section, cross Borngasse at the crosswalk and turn left. Immediately turn right into the street "Am Schwimmbad". At the end of the street, before the boat pond, turn left into Birkenweg. Continue straight ahead until you reach the forest. Pass the Kneipp treading pool half-right. Here you have a view, depending on the weather, to the Siebengebirge near Bonn.
Behind the water reservoir (the historical one is on the left side) continue to the right. At the next crossing turn left and after about 40 meters turn right again. Cross the Gehlerter Straße (be careful!) and continue along the forest road into the Rothenbachtal. Turn right at the first junction, pass the brewery spring (left side) and after about 350 meters turn left to the "Rothbachgrotte". Cross the Rothenbach and follow the path (climbing character) for about 300 meters until you reach the edge of the forest.
Cross the Steinebacher Straße here. Turn into the street "Vor der Heck" and immediately take the forest path on the left side next to the garage. Pass a statue of the Virgin Mary and follow the trail markings until you reach the tarred road in front of the Altstädter Grillhütte. Turn right and follow the road to the Altstädter Bergkreuz. In this area you have very good panoramic views of Hachenburg and the surrounding area.
At the Altstädter Bergkreuz follow the grassy path either to the left or to the right of the electric fence until you reach the road "Am Hebeberg" Keep right until you reach the "Bergstraße". Then turn left, cross Steinebacher Straße and continue along the footpath after the letterbox until you reach "Bleichstraße". On the "Bleichstraße" always keep left until you reach the old town "Mühlenbrunnen" on the right side. Continue to the next intersection and then turn right until you reach the brewery. Alternatively, you can make a detour to the "Bierpark" of the Hachenburg brewery.
At the Gehlerter Weg, change sides at the crosswalk and then continue left, after about 70 meters continue right along the footpath. Pass the old "Eiskeller" of the brewery until you reach the parking lot of the children's house. Pass the parking lot to the right and immediately at the end of the fence continue along the sidewalk on the left until you reach the "Lohmühle" near the Löwenbad.
Turn left into "Bachweg", continue straight ahead for about 350 meters until you reach "Johann-August-Ring", turn left here and immediately right at Steinweg.
Walk through Wilhelmstraße (pedestrian zone) until you reach the "Alter Markt".
The "Alter Markt" with the lion fountain is the baroque, historical center of Hachenburg. Leave the "Alter Markt" to the east to the left or to the right past the Protestant Church to the intersection Borngasse - Leipziger Straße - Alexanderring. Here begins the Burggarten. After approx. 150m on the left you have reached the starting and finishing point again.
Light hiking shoes or sturdy footwear (running shoes) are sufficient.
If you want to learn something about hops and beer brewing, you should take a short detour from the blue trail in the old town to the beer garden of the Hachenburg Westerwald Brewery (entry is free of charge and at your own risk).