Long Distance Hiking
The Wiedquelle rises under the roots of a centuries-old beech tree. From there we start and accompany the Wied in the direction of Dreifelden, where we can marvel at the oldest stone church in the Westerwald, the Trinity Church. On the banks of the Dreifelder Weiher, the largest body of water in the Westerwald lake district, we take a break on one of the benches, let our souls dangle and enjoy the breathtaking landscape. We follow the Wiedweg and leave the Dreifelder Weiher nature reserve in the direction of Oberes Wiedtal, where we come to the Steinebach sculpture park
Where the Wied has its origin and endangered birds find shelter
By car via A3 to exit Montabaur, via B255 and B8 to Freilingen and L303 to Linden.
Train from Cologne to Hachenburg station, continue with VRM bus line 433 to Linden (Westerwald)
Train from direction Limburg to train station Hachenburg, continue with VRM bus line 433 to Linden (Westerwald)
Return from gas station, Höchstenbach to Linden (Westerwald): VRM bus line 115 or bus line 415 to Markt, Hachenburg and continue with VRM bus line 433 to Linden (Westerwald).
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Cab Schmidt GbR: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/6119 or 02662/6688
Cab Uwe Bischof: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/944444
Cab Kappi-Tullius: Hachenburg, Tel.: 02662/939390
Hehn-Touristik: Alpenrod, Tel.: 02662/3366
Cab Hilgers: Bad Marienberg, Tel.: 02661/5055
Cab company Kevin Nagel: Bad Marienberg, Tel.: 02661/5949
Cab Uwe Bischoff: Altenkirchen, Tel.: 02681/2222
Cab Uwe Bischoff: Wissen, Tel.: 02742/1055
Taxi-Mietwagen Jaung, Reinhold: Hamm/Sieg, Tel.: 02682/8555
Linden: free parking at the village community center, Waldstraße 11, 57629 Linden (approx. 600 m to the Wiedquelle)
Note: no parking directly at the Wiedquelle/start point!
Höchstenbach: free parking at the cemetery, Friedhofstraße 57629 Höchstenbach
I start with the first stage of the 110-kilometer Wied Trail at the source of its namesake, the Wied, in Linden. The Wied spring, set in natural stone, lies under the roots of a beech tree that is several hundred years old. Before I set off on my hike, I inform myself about my exact location and the surroundings on the information board.
I cross the L303 and follow the Wiedweg for about 600 meters on a nature trail before turning right after 200 meters. After a short stretch on a gravel path, I turn left onto a trail that crosses the forest road after about 300 meters and continues straight for about 400 meters to Trift Street. I continue along the path on the other side for 800 meters, leaving the Dreifelden cemetery on my right and then turn right onto a gravel path. After a few meters I keep right again and follow the Wiedweg for 500 meters to Dreifelden. At the Wiedbachstraße I make a detour to the right to the Dreifaltigkeitskirche. After that I go back and follow the road around a right turn before I turn right onto a nature trail. After about 100 meters I turn left, shortly after that right and approach the Dreifelder Weiher.
I follow the path, cross a small bridge and turn left after 200 meters to follow the pond 2.4 kilometers parallel to the shore and finally to the other side of the lake to the campsite Haus am See. I enjoy the view of the water and strengthen myself a little before I turn right onto a gravel path, which after 200 meters leads into a natural path.I follow this for about 400 meters to the shore of the Hofmannsweiher pond and about 1.1 kilometers further. Then I turn left onto a 500-meter gravel path and take a sharp right onto a nature trail.
After 800 meters I reach the sculpture park Steinebach an der Wied. An information board introduces me to the cultural-historical symbols in the Upper Wied Valley and I admire the basalt column, a woman's figure made of oak wood, the meadow weir made of steel and wood as well as the spring symbol for the "Heiligenborn". Then I walk on in the direction of Steinebach an der Wied. After about 900 meters I find myself in the middle of the village and cross the Hachenburger Straße. I cross the Steinebach and come across the Mühlenweg. I follow this to the right until I reach Wiedstraße and turn left. Then I walk almost straight ahead for about six kilometers through the nature reserve Oberes Wiedtal in the direction of Höchstenbach to the end point Born's Imbiss.
Sturdy shoes recommended!
Enjoy a great view of the Dreifelder Weiher at one of the benches.