Hiking in Germany has never been so beautiful!

The Westerwald covers approximately 3,000 square kilometers, inviting hikers of all ages to use all their senses to soak in its beautiful surroundings, its attractive destinations and the atmosphere of its forests and valleys. The best way to do this is on foot. Why? Because the act of hiking gradually opens up the landscape to the viewer at the rhythm of their own steps. 

Digital hiking pass Westerwald

Explore the Westerwald in an interactive way and collect hiking pins on the WesterwaldSteig, the Wiedweg, the Wäller Touren and the Kleine Wäller.

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Our hiking trails in the Westerwald

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Westerwald-Steig Stage 1: Herborn - Breitscheid (East - West)

Moderate
4.8 h
16 km
506 hm
216 hm
The first stage of this trail starts in Herborn's market square and leads around the Dollenberg mountain into the Ambach Valley and on to Neuhaus. The trail continues through the Donsbach Valley, then follows the bird park to Uckersdorf, where it leaves the village in the direction of Gonkelrain. It climbs over the Kramberg and continues along the slopes of the Mühlberg mountain to Erdbach, with its 'Zeitsprünge' museum. Highlights of the tour are the Große and Kleine Steinkammer caves between Erdbach and Breitscheid, as well as the 'Herbstlabyrinth' limestone caves just before Breitscheid.

Wäller Tour Augst

Moderate
5.0 h
14 km
381 hm
382 hm
14 kilometres through the historiccultural landscape of the Augst bringme wonderful views and interesting sights. I startat the Neuhäusel-Ost hikers' car parkand reach the excellently marked premium trail. I head south alongmeadow paths in a southerly direction andenjoy the landscape. Natural paths lead through the floodplains of theof the Binnbach. There is a smallclimb before the forest. Then I hike up the Schlossberg to the accessibleSporkenburg ruins from the 11thfrom the 11th century. Thenthen descend along the Theilenbach stream to the L 329.I come across a farm track,I follow it in the direction of Arzbach across meadows and pastures. I satisfy my hunger in the old brewery. NowI climb up the Mühlberg, which I caneasier with the help of my trekkingeasier with my trekking poles. Wide views,including the watchtowers of theof the Limes, reward the effort. AtKadenbach there is a rest areawith a barbecue hut. The trail continues uphillto the "Maria in der Augst" chapel, which was only built in 1999/2000. Alast look at the surroundings andI walk back through the forestto the starting point.

Wäller Tour Elberthöhen

Moderate
5.0 h
16 km
315 hm
315 hm
The tour through the wooded and meadowy Stelzenbach valley near Montabaur offers pure nature. I start at the Hollerer Straße hikers' car park in Niederelbert. The next destination is the "Steinkaut" vantage point with its wide steps. In the forest, I learn a lot about the forest habitat on the bio-trail. Then I reach the Wolfskirchhof. The last wolf in the Westerwald was killed here in 1886. Mixed forest and wide fields follow. A trail takes me to Dielkopf. Behind Welschneudorf, I walk through a semi-open pasture landscape, later with fish ponds on the right. A small access path takes me to Oberelbert. I then walk past the Forellenhof and through the Stelzenbach valley into the forest. I walk uphill and stand below the "Rötchen" at the highest point of the path. Here is the wonderful wayside shrine "Maria Hilf" and in good weather I can see as far as the Taunus. The path leads me downhill from the "Hähnchen" hill to Niederelbert. The church is my last stop before I reach the hikers' car park.
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Quality hiking trails in the Westerwald

The WesterwaldSteig 235 km - 16 varied stages

The WesterwaldSteig, THE hiking trail in the Westerwald, guarantees variety, fun and enjoyment of nature on 235 km and 16 stages. The long-distance hiking trail is certified as a "Wanderbares Deutschland" quality trail by the German Hiking Association and is put through its paces every three years. Quality is the top priority in the Westerwald Hiking Trail!

The WesterwaldSteig is one of the Top Trails of Germany, the best hiking trails in Germany. For all those who want more. More joie de vivre, more adventure, more first-class hiking fun. 

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Westerwald-Steig Stage 1: Herborn - Breitscheid (East - West)

Moderate
4.8 h
16 km
506 hm
216 hm

The first stage of this trail starts in Herborn's market square and leads around the Dollenberg mountain into the Ambach Valley and on to Neuhaus. The trail continues through the Donsbach Valley, then follows the bird park to Uckersdorf, where it leaves the village in the direction of Gonkelrain. It climbs over the Kramberg and continues along the slopes of the Mühlberg mountain to Erdbach, with its 'Zeitsprünge' museum. Highlights of the tour are the Große and Kleine Steinkammer caves between Erdbach and Breitscheid, as well as the 'Herbstlabyrinth' limestone caves just before Breitscheid.

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Westerwald-Steig Stage 3: Fuchskaute - Rennerod (East - West)

Moderate
2.3 h
9 km
55 hm
91 hm

Passing the Fuchskauten-Scheune restaurant and guesthouse, the trail leads downhill along the slopes at the edge of the forest until it reaches Rehe and the recreation area at the Krombach dam. It then follows a disused railway line as far as the Alsberg military barracks, passing the Hexenbaum, the Botterweck basalt boulder and the three emperor oak trees, before reaching Rennerod.

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WesterwaldSteig experience loops - hikable all around

Discover the WesterwaldSteig adventure loops.

The scenic and adventurous hiking tours in the Westerwald run along existing hiking trails, but do not have any independent markings on site. 

To help you find your way around at all times, you can find detailed tour descriptions and the corresponding maps for free download in our hiking tour planner. Here you can also conveniently download your route as a GPS track.

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On the way on a quality trail: from the source to the estuary

The Wiedweg

On the way on a quality trail: from the source to the estuary 

Just in time for the 2022 hiking season, the Wiedweg has now been certified as another Wanderbares Deutschland quality trail in the Westerwald. 

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Wäller Touren - day and circular hiking trails in the Westerwald.

Immerse yourself in the regional diversity of the Westerwald hiking region! Here, varied routes and numerous highlights shake hands.

Hike the Westerwald on certified day tours between 9 and 22 kilometres in length, mostly in the form of circular trails.

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Wäller Tour Eisenbachtal (round tour - premium hiking trail)

Easy
3.5 h
9 km
157 hm
157 hm

A wonderful trail with undeniable recreational qualities is located northwest of Nomborn in the Eisenbach Valley. Forest and water provide a pleasant microclimate here, especially on hot days. After starting at the hiking parking lot of the Studentenmühle, the trail leads along the Eisenbach through shady woods to the "Bildches Eich". Here, a small forest chapel from 1963 and a hollowed oak tree with a statue of the Virgin Mary from 1830 await the hiker. Back along the Holbach, where two mills invite you to rest at the end of the circular path.

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Wäller Tour Raiffeisens Sonntagsspaziergang - Hamm (Sieg)

Easy
1.8 h
7 km
80 hm
80 hm

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Wäller Tour Augst

Moderate
5.0 h
14 km
381 hm
382 hm

14 kilometres through the historiccultural landscape of the Augst bringme wonderful views and interesting sights. I startat the Neuhäusel-Ost hikers' car parkand reach the excellently marked premium trail. I head south alongmeadow paths in a southerly direction andenjoy the landscape. Natural paths lead through the floodplains of theof the Binnbach. There is a smallclimb before the forest. Then I hike up the Schlossberg to the accessibleSporkenburg ruins from the 11thfrom the 11th century. Thenthen descend along the Theilenbach stream to the L 329.I come across a farm track,I follow it in the direction of Arzbach across meadows and pastures. I satisfy my hunger in the old brewery. NowI climb up the Mühlberg, which I caneasier with the help of my trekkingeasier with my trekking poles. Wide views,including the watchtowers of theof the Limes, reward the effort. AtKadenbach there is a rest areawith a barbecue hut. The trail continues uphillto the "Maria in der Augst" chapel, which was only built in 1999/2000. Alast look at the surroundings andI walk back through the forestto the starting point.

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Kleine Wäller - walking (hiking) trails

For strollers who like to stroll and manage less long tours, the Westerwald also has low-barrier walking paths and strolling trails. The "Kleine Wäller" are suitable for those for whom the focus is on relaxing walking without special preparation and equipment, but also for occasional hikers who fancy short tours.

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Small Wäller "Lion track 3 blue" - Hachenburg - walking trail

Moderate
2.2 h
8 km
136 hm
143 hm

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.

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Good to know

Where is the best place to hike?

The best hiking routes are the WesterwaldSteig (a certified long-distance hiking trail with 235 km and 16 stages), the Wäller tours (a certified circular or day hike in the Westerwald) and the Kleine Wäller hiking route. You can find more information about the destinations on your hiking routes in the Westerwald.

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How many kilometers can one hike in a day?

The distance one can hike in one day depends on one's fitness level, but also on the hiking route and its elevation profile. For inexperienced hikers, we recommend starting with half-day tours.

Tips for your perfect hiking equipment!

When hiking in the Westerwald, it is important that you have the right equipment on board so that your tours are a pleasure.

We show you what should be on your packing list. 

The right footwear as the basis for your hiking holiday     

If you're going hiking, you need the right footwear, of course. If you're planning longer tours, you shouldn't set out in conventional trainers, because you need the right grip on hiking tours. Therefore, opt for robust and, above all, comfortable hiking shoes.    

Tip: Never take new hiking boots with you on holiday, but break them in beforehand. Otherwise, the tour can quickly become an ordeal if you have bad blisters. Good hiking shoes should fit the shape of your foot, meet the requirements of the terrain and be as water-repellent as possible.  

Suitable hiking clothing for any weather. If you are planning extended hiking tours, you should also take the appropriate clothing with you.   

First and foremost these are:  

  • Hiking trousers (short and long)  
  • Hiking jacket  
  • Functional underwear  
  • Hiking socks    

Hiking clothing has special functional properties that are of particular benefit to you on strenuous tours. If you exert yourself, you will logically also sweat and therefore need clothing that absorbs sweat well and also transports it away again. Breathable functional clothing is therefore recommended. Once you are soaked in sweat and have not dried off again, it can quickly become cold, because wet clothing draws extreme heat away from the body.  

It's also important that you don't only plan for good weather. Everyone hopes for the best for their hiking holiday, but you should always expect the occasional rain shower. Rainwear is therefore a must in your rucksack on every tour, as it allows you to react quickly. Most rain gear also packs up so well that it hardly takes up any space in your backpack. 

Sun protection on hiking tours  

It is not only in summer that suitable sun protection is indispensable on your hiking tours. If you are always alternating between the forest and the meadows and there is a slight breeze, you will not notice how quickly you burn. Sunscreen with SPF30 should therefore be obligatory for your hiking tours, and sunglasses and light headgear are also part of the package. Even if the sun may not shine so strongly, you should protect yourself sufficiently, because especially in summer the sun can be very intense even through an overcast sky. And nothing would be worse than getting sunburnt, because then carrying your backpack on the tour the next day can be very uncomfortable. 

What else should I bring on hiking tours? 

Provisions & water 

Provisions and sufficient liquid are a matter of course on your tours, because if you are exerting yourself, you will also want to fortify yourself in between and will need more water than on less active days. 

Binoculars 

There is a lot to discover in the Westerwald. That's why you should take binoculars with you on your tours. For example, you might see some local animals that you would like to take a closer look at. It would be annoying if your binoculars were not at home or in your accommodation.    

Hiking map 

Although the hiking trails are usually well signposted, it never hurts to have a hiking map with you if you are hiking in the Westerwald for the first time or if you don't know your way around yet. This way you can always find your way around and even spontaneously extend or shorten the tour along the way.    

Important documents 

Nobody hopes it, but if you get injured on a hiking tour, you should be able to identify yourself and have your health insurance card with you. It's best to pack important documents like these in a plastic bag in your backpack. That way they are protected from the rain at all times and you won't have a rude awakening after a thunderstorm because everything is soaked.  

Off to the Westerwald! 

If you've packed everything, nothing can go wrong, because then you're well equipped for an eventful hiking holiday in the Westerwald recreation area (whether it's a hike on the WesterwaldSteig, circular and day hikes or walking trails).   

We wish you lots of fun and the best of relaxation!  

This article was produced in cooperation with Sportscheck. 

Digital hiking pass Westerwald

With the free Summit Lynx app, hikers can easily collect hiking pins in the Westerwald. When hiking on the “WesterwaldSteig”, “Wiedweg”, “Wäller Touren” and “Kleinen Wällern”, certain waypoints are passed. These can then be registered via the app. If all the points on a tour have been registered, you will be credited with a certain number of points. Once you have reached a certain number of points, you will receive the Wäller Bronze, Wäller Silber and Wäller Gold medals.

You will receive the corresponding badge digitally on your smartphone and a certificate by e-mail.

In addition, you can contact us by e-mail (mail@westerwald.info) stating your address and you will receive a surprise. P.S.: For each hiking medal, a different gift awaits you.     

And this is how it works:    

1. Install and start the app Summit Lynx in the "App Store" or on "Google Play"

2. Log in with your own Facebook account or create your own SummitLynx account.  

3. Select a tour in the Westerwald and start hiking.  

4. When you reach a waypoint on site, start the app and create an entry in the tour book by clicking on the suggested destination at the bottom.  

5. The waypoint/destination is now automatically credited towards the points collection.  

We wish you lots of fun! 

How long does it take to hike 10 kilometers?

On average, you hike 4 km/h, whereby the altitude profile of the hiking route should always be taken into account. For 10 km you need about 2.5 hours pure walking time.

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