Weyerbusch is known especially for Friedrich-Wilhelm Raiffeisen, who became the town mayor in 1845. During the famine in the winter of 1846/47 he established the 'Weyerbuscher Brodverein' to help the starving residents of the village and thus founded the cooperative system. To provide the residents with cheap bread during this difficult time, he built a bakery and sold the bread at half the normal price. His idea was so successful that he continued working in this field and garnered attention worldwide in the process.
This stage of the trail leads through Raiffeisen country from Weyerbusch to the romantic medieval village of Mehren in the Mehrbach Valley and via Ahlbach, with its beautiful gardens, to Flammersfeld.
From the north: A3 via the Bonn/Siegburg motorway junction onto the B8 towards Altenkirchen to the Weyerbusch exit
From the south: A3 to the Neuwied exit (36) and continue on the B256 towards Weyerbusch
Oberwesterwaldbahn train from Au-Limburg to the stop at Altenkirchen (WW) and continue by bus to the stop at Weyerbusch Post: bus no. 291
Return journey from Flammersfeld to Weyerbusch: bus no. 120 or 132 to Altenkirchen and from there bus no. 291 to Weyerbusch
Weyerbusch, Hotel Sonnenhof (Kölner Straße 33)
From Hotel Sonnenhof in Weyerbusch, the trail follows Kölner Straße towards Forstmehren. It continues through meadowland into the Mehrbach Valley and on to the romantic medieval village of Mehren. The trail then follows the meandering River Mehrbach, passing Kescheid, where there is a rest station, before arriving at Ahlbach, which will delight you with its beautiful half-timbered houses and cottage gardens. The trail reaches Flammersfeld through a sports field and a forest straight out of a fairy tale. We bypass the town to the west, walk under the B256 and through meadowland to reach the end of the stage by walking the short distance to the town centre. You can also reach the town centre by taking a path from the western outskirts of the town (loop through Flammersfeld). Don't miss the Raiffeisen museum in the town centre, the 250-year-old mayor's house, which shows how people lived and worked in Raiffeisen's time.
Access paths (marking: green W on a yellow background)
Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate, weatherproof clothing that protects you from cold and wet or heat and sun.Take enough liquid with you. There are not always places to stop for refreshments.Please wear walking shoes appropriate for the trail, 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 trail are not passable for you, then you should avoid them. Especially in adverse weather conditions, muddy and slippery passages can occur on natural paths.Especially in autumn, you should also be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide uneven surfaces, roots, stones or holes in the path. You must expect path impairments of this kind when you undertake a hike.Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons.
Suitable weatherproof clothing
For adventure lovers: visit the ‘Bollesje’ dungeon in Mehren
- Wanderkarte-Leporello Westerwald-Steig, hiking map with GPS data and tips for day trips, rest stops and leisure activities, map size (w x h): 18 x 20 cm, 39 pages in total, including 29 pages of maps, ISBN 978-3-89920-461-2, €8.95 - Official WesterWaldSteig trail map for hikers and holidaymakers, 1:50 000 scale map, LVermGeo Rheinland-Pfalz, ISBN 978-3-89637-406-6, €8.50